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


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, 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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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)




Awarding Body


The 2017 Award for Research Excellence

Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada.


Election as Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP)

Institute of Physics, UK.


Lady Davis Fellow

Lady Davis Fellowship Trust, Israel.


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.


Election as 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

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”

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


Chemistry Teaching Fellowship Award

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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