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International expert on nanotechnology to speak at Memorial University

Ref. No. 64

DATE:     Nov. 30, 2001
SUBJECT:     International expert on nanotechnology to speak at Memorial University

Dr. Dennis Salahub, director general of the Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences at the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa, will be presenting a lecture titled Nanotechnology at NRC, in Canada and Around the World, on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Nanotechnology is the science of building materials and machines at a size that is 1/10,000 of the width of a human hair. Using nanotechnology, scientists can control individual molecules and build machines and materials one atom at a time. This technology will play a vital role in many areas, including health, computing science, energy, biotechnology, education, manufacturing and engineering.

Dr. Salahub will give a brief introduction to nanoscience and nanotechnology, with examples from work at NRC to illustrate its enormous promise for the future. He will also present an overview of activities in Canada. The lecture will be given at a non-specialist level and will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001 at 1 p.m., Room A-1043, Arts and Administration Building.

Prior to his appointment at the NRC in 1991, Dr. Salahub was a Professor of Chemistry at the Université de Montréal from 1976 to 1999, holding a McConnell Chair from 1990. A native of Alberta, Dr. Salahub has been interested in theoretical and computational chemistry since his undergraduate days in Edmonton and his doctorate at the Université de Montréal.

Dr. Salahub has published some 250 research papers, and has delivered more than 300 invited lectures on the national and international scenes. His students are now occupying important postions in academia, industry and government in several countries. The computer code, deMon, developed in his laboratory is used by researchers around the world.

He was the program leader of the Centres of Excellence in Molecular and Interfacial Dynamics (CEMAID) from 1991 to 1994 and a founding member of the Centre de Recherche en Calcul Appliqué (CERCA) in 1991. He has served on NSERC's Grant Selection Committee and twice on the Reallocation Steering Committee for Chemistry (1997, 2001, Chair). He was the lead applicant for an $18 million Canada Foundation for Innovation grant that brought high-performance computing to Québec in 1998 and was an early proponent of the c3.ca organization which is fostering high-performance computing and networking in Canada. He has been a consultant for industry and the Steacie Institute is currently fostering several incubation and spin-off companies.

At the Steacie Institute, Dr. Salahub is shaping research thrusts in nanoscience and technology, bioscience and technology, and optical science and technology, under the banner of the Institute's motto "The fundamental things apply". He has contributed to NRC's vision for nanotechnology in Canada and to the founding of the new $120 million National Institute for Nanotechnology in Edmonton, Alberta.

Dr. Salahub has been the recipient of a CNC-IUPAC Award, the Noranda Award of the Canadian Society for Chemistry and a Killam Research Fellowship. In 1998 he was named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.


For more information, contact: Deborah Inkpen, information officer (research), Memorial University, at 737-4073 or e-mail: inkpend@mun.ca


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