Following a PhD in theoretical/computational chemistry at the University of Toronto, I was a research associate at the University of Chicago and a university research fellow at the University of Ottawa before joining the Chemistry department at Laurier where I am now professor of Chemistry. I have been a visiting scientist/professor at the Fields Institute in Toronto, the Agency for Industrial Science and Technology in Japan (where I was a STA fellow), the Centre of Theoretical Chemistry and Physics in New Zealand (with support from the Massey University International Visitor Research Fund) and the Sargent Group at the University of Toronto.
Using density functional theory, and other quantum mechanical methods, I am examining the properties of gold and semiconductor structures in the small nano (0.5-2 nm) regime where quantum effects are important. Besides the essential question of stability, I am interested in nanostructures that exhibit chirality and magnetism.
I am also interested in understanding and predicting chemical bonding and reactivity using the Laplacian of the electron density and the quantum potential.
I have research assistantships opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students interested in computational and theoretical chemistry.
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