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Chérif F. Matta, PhD, HDR, FRSC (UK)

Professor & Chair

Dept. of Chemistry & Physics

Office: Evaristus C208
Lab: Evaristus 140
Phone: +1 (902) 457-6142
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Broad Research Interests:

Theoretical, quantum, and computational (bio)chemistry.

Specific Research Topics:

Theory of chemical bonding, electron localization-delocalization matrices (LDMs), effects of intense external electromagnetic fields on reaction rates and molecular structure, molecular descriptors for drug-design.

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Languages:  Arabic, French, English, Spanish.

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2009    Habilitation to Direct Research (HDR)

            (Equivalent to the Doctor of Science (D.Sc.))

            Université de Lorraine (Formerly, Henri-Poincaré) (France)

2002    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

            McMaster University (Canada)

Postdoctoral Training

2004-2006       Izaak Walton Killam Postdoctoral Fellow

                        Dalhousie University (Canada)

2002-2004       Postdoctoral Fellow

                        University of Toronto (Canada)




Awarding Body





Lady Davis Fellow

Lady Davis Fellowship Trust, Israel.



Laureate of the « La preuve par l’image » - Science Exposed Prize (National competition, $2,000).


Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC) and Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas), Québec.



Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)

Royal Society of Chemistry, UK



MGMS Silver Jubilee Prize for 2009

Molecular Graphics and Molecular Simulation Society (MGMS), UK



John Charles Polanyi Prize in Chemistry for 2004

Prize awarded to “exceptional young researchers”: Certificate and cash prize of $15,000 at the time, today $20,000.

Council of Ontario Universities (COU), The Government of Ontario, Canada




Izaak Walton Killam Fellow (Chemistry)

The Killam Trusts, Canada


2005, 2003

BioVision-Next Science Fellow “Bio-Leaders of Tomorrow”

“Fellowship awarded to 100 of the brightest and most promising PhDs and MBAs from all Universities worldwide”

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) & The World Life Science Forum




Chemistry Teaching Fellowship Award

For significant contributions to curriculum development in CHEM447H (4th year biological chemistry)

University of Toronto, Canada





2004, 2001

IUCr Young Scientist Travel Awards

International Union of Crystallography (IUCr)



Dept. of Chemistry Nominee for the University Distinguished Thesis Award

McMaster University, Canada




Finalist: Schrödinger Prize


American Chemical Society and the Chemical Computing Group, Inc.



Finalists: “Dean of Science Award for Academic Excellence in Graduate Work”

School of Graduate Studies, McMaster University



Centennial Scholarships for Academic Excellence

McMaster University, Canada

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