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Sep 7/11| For Immediate Release
Ian Hamilton, Chemistry Professor
Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs
WATERLOO – Laurier Chemistry Professor Ian Hamilton was recently awarded the Computational and Mathematical Methods in Science and Engineering (CMMSE) prize at the 11th CMMSE conference, which was held in Benidorm, Spain.
The CMMSE prize is given to computational researchers for important contributions to the development of numerical methods in physics, chemistry, engineering and economics. The winner is selected by a group of his or her peers.
“I was very surprised, and also very happy to win the award,” said Hamilton. “It certainly gives me encouragement to keep moving in new directions and to keep looking for novel developments in computational chemistry.”
The CMMSE conference, first held in 2000, gives scientists and researchers the opportunity to meet and discuss techniques, applications and challenges in physics, chemistry, engineering and economics. Hamilton co-organized a mini-symposium on computation nanoscience at the conference with Stephen Gray, Theory and Modeling group leader at the Center for Nanoscale Materials, Argonne National Laboratory, who also presented Hamilton with the CMMSE prize.
Hamilton’s research focuses on several inter-related areas of theoretical and computational chemistry. In computational chemistry, his focus is on the properties of clusters and complexes that are of interest in environmental chemistry or as components of nanostructured materials. His recent work has been on species containing mercury, arsenic or gold or other heavy metals. In theoretical chemistry, Hamilton’s work on the quantum-classical correspondence has relevance to the connection between quantum mechanics and information theory and to the construction of orbital-free,kinetic-energy functionals.
Hamilton has been at Laurier since 1991, and has also been a visiting scientist at the Fields Institute in Toronto, at the Agency for Industrial Science and Technology in Japan, and the Centre of Theoretical Chemistry and Physics in New Zealand.