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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
Also Visit:  http://www.cmatta.ca/

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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EDUCATION

DEGREES

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)


PRIZES & AWARDS

Year

Distinction

Awarding Body

 

 

 

2016

Lady Davis Fellow

Lady Davis Fellowship Trust, Israel.

 

2016

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.

 

2010

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

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

 

 

2004­­­­–2006

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

 

 

2003–2004

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)

 

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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