Scott Hopkins

Scott Hopkins
Location: C2 261,C2 276
Phone: 519-888-4567 x33022


Scott Hopkins carries out research in the area of physical chemistry.

The Hopkins Laboratory for Spectroscopy and Dynamics Research employs experimental spectroscopy and chemical dynamics techniques in conjunction with high level quantum chemical calculations to decipher the nature of nanocluster systems. His research focuses on three key areas: velocity map imaging, structure and reactivities of nanoclusters, and high-resolution spectroscopy.

Research Interests

  • Clusters
  • Quantum chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Photodissociation
  • Drug Discovery, Design and Delivery
  • Devices and Analytical Methods
  • Molecular Therapeutics and Theranostics
  • Pharmacokinetics


  • 2006 Ph.D., Chemistry, University of New Brunswick, Canada
  • 2001 B.Sc., Chemistry, University of New Brunswick, Canada


  • 2022 Keith Laidler Award, Chemical Institute of Canada
  • 2018 The Journal of Physical Chemistry A Cover Article
  • 2017 ACS Central Science Cover Article
  • 2017 Early Researcher Award (Province of Ontario)
  • 2016 Journal of the American Chemical Society Cover Article
  • 2016 European Journal of Organic Chemistry Cover Article
  • 2015 Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics Journal Cover Article
  • 2015 The Analyst Journal Cover Article
  • 2015 The Journal of Physical Chemistry A Cover Article
  • 2015 Molecular Physics Cover Article
  • 2014 The Journal of Physical Chemistry A Cover Article
  • 2014 University of Waterloo Periodic Table Teaching Award
  • 2013 University of Waterloo University Research Chair
  • 2009 Chemical Physics Letters Editor’s Choice
  • 2008 Ramsay Memorial Fellow (Oxford University)
  • 2008 New Hall College Fellow (University of Cambridge)
  • 2006 Queen’s University Postdoctoral Travel Award
  • 2005 University of New Brunswick Board of Governors Award
  • 2005 University of New Brunswick Chemistry Graduate Student Award
  • 1997 University of New Brunswick Entrance Scholarship
  • 1997 Humber – St. Barbe Electoral District Scholarship


  • 2016-19 CSC Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Division Executive Committee (member-at-large)
  • 2015-17 “Interaction between light and Matter” initiative with University of Bordeaux, UW Representative
  • 2014-15Trent Conference on Mass Spectrometry, Session Chair
  • 2013-15 President’s Advisory Committee on Convocation Speakers, member
  • 2012-15 UW Symposium on Chemical Physics, Organizer
  • 2012-15 UW Symposium on Chemical Physics, Session Chair
  • 2014-2015 Director of YouTube Channel “CPPC – Chem Phys Phys Chem”
  • 2012 SOUSCC Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Division, Prize Judge
  • 2012 Virtual Researcher on Call (VROC) outreach program
  • 2012 CSC Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Division, poster judge

Affiliations and Volunteer Work

  • Member, Waterloo Artifical Intelligence Institute
  • Member, Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology


  • CHEM 120 - General Chemistry 1
    • Taught in 2020
  • CHEM 240 - Mathematical Methods for Chemistry
    • Taught in 2022, 2023
  • CHEM 400 - Special Topics in Chemistry
    • Taught in 2019, 2023
  • CHEM 750 - Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry
    • Taught in 2019, 2023

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Selected/Recent Publications

  • Coughlan N. J. A., Liu C., Lecours M. J., Campbell J. L., Hopkins W. S.,* Preferential ion microsolvation in mixed-modifier environments observed using differential mobility spectrometry, J. Am. Soc. Mass Spectrom., (2019)
  • Ieritano C., Campbell J. L., Hopkins W. S.,* Unravelling the factors that drive separation in differential mobility spectrometry: A case study of regioisomeric phosphatidylcholine adducts, Int. J. Mass Spectrom., (2019)
  • Cheng M., Rivas N., Lim S. J., Pichugin K., Petruk A. A., Klinkova A., Smith R., Hopkins W. S., Sciaini G.,* Trapping a Photoelectron behind a Repulsive Coulomb Barrier in Solution, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., (2019)
  • Chidley T., Jameel I., Rizwan S., Peixoto P. A., Pouysegu L., Quideau S.,* Hopkins W. S.,* Murphy G.,* Blue LED Irradiation of Iodonium Ylides Gives Diradical Intermediates for Efficient Metal-free Cyclopropanation with Alkenes, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., (2019) [Cover]
  • Carr P. J. J., Warneke J., Featherstone J., Jenne C., Loire E., Hopkins W. S., The structure of proton-bound triethylammonia B12X122- (X=F, Cl) Clusters, Mol. Phys., (2019) [Invited]
  • Zhou C., Ieritano C., Hopkins W. S.,* Augmenting Basin-Hopping With Techniques from Unsupervised Machine Learning: Applications in Spectroscopy and Ion Mobility, Front. Chem., (2019)
  • Ieritano C., Crouse J., Campbell J. L., Hopkins W. S.,* A parallelized molecular collision cross section package with optimized accuracy and efficiency, Analyst, (2019)
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  • "Predicting molecular collision cross-section using differential mobility spectrometry." US Patent application P-135,416. Filed 21 Nov 2017.