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Chérif F. Matta, PhD, HDR, FInstP, FRSC (UK)

Professor & Chair

Dept. of Chemistry & Physics

Office: Evaristus C208
Lab: Evaristus 140
Phone: +1 (902) 457-6142
Please also visit:  http://www.cmatta.ca/

Broad Research Interests:
Theoretical, quantum, and computational (bio)chemistry.

Specific Research Topics:

Theory of chemical bonding, quantum mechanics, quantum chemistry, Bader's Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules (QTAIM), electron localization-delocalization matrices (LDMs), effects of intense external electromagnetic fields on reaction rates and molecular structure, electron density-derived molecular descriptors for drug-design, the Kernel Energy Method (KEM).

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Languages:  Arabic, French, English, Spanish.

EDUCATION

DEGREES

2009    Habilitation to Direct Research (HDR)
            Université de Lorraine (Formerly, Henri-Poincaré) (France)

            (HDR Dissertation Advisor: Prof. Claude Lecomte)

2002    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
            McMaster University (Canada)

            (PhD Supervisor: Prof. Richard F. W. Bader) 

1987    Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences (5 years Hon. Degree)
             Alexandria University (Egypt)


Postdoctoral Training

2004-2006       Izaak Walton Killam Postdoctoral Fellow
                        Dalhousie University (Canada)

                        (PDF Supervisor: Prof. Russell J. Boyd)

2002-2004       Postdoctoral Fellow
                        University of Toronto (Canada)

                        (PDF Supervisor: Prof. John Polanyi, Nobel Laureate)

Graduate Diploma in Management

1994       Graduate Diploma in Health Services & Hospital Administration (Two years)

                Sadat Academy, National Institute for Higher Management (Egypt)

RECOGNITION

Year

Distinction

Awarding Body

2017

The 2017 Award for Research Excellence

Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada.

2016

Election as Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP)

Institute of Physics, UK.

2016

Lady Davis Fellow

Lady Davis Fellowship Trust, Israel.

2016

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

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

2010

Election as Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)

Royal Society of Chemistry, UK

2009

MGMS Silver Jubilee Prize for 2009

Molecular Graphics and Molecular Simulation Society (MGMS), UK

2004

John Charles Polanyi Prize in Chemistry for 2004

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

2004­­­­–2006

Izaak Walton Killam Fellow (Chemistry)

The Killam Trusts, Canada

2005, 2003

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

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

2003–2004

Chemistry Teaching Fellowship Award

University of Toronto, Canada

2004, 2001

IUCr Young Scientist Travel Awards

International Union of Crystallography (IUCr)

2003

Dept. of Chemistry Nominee for the University Distinguished Thesis Award

McMaster University, Canada

2001

Finalist: Schrödinger Prize

American Chemical Society and the Chemical Computing Group, Inc.

2001

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

School of Graduate Studies, McMaster University

2001

Centennial Scholarships for Academic Excellence

McMaster University, Canada









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