Former Executive Director


Dr. Carty was Executive Director of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, from 2008-2016, at the University of Waterloo.  From 2004-2008, he served as Canada’s first National Science Advisor to the Prime Minister and the Government.  He was President of the National Research Council Canada (NRC) for ten years (1994-2004).  Dr. Carty has a PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of Nottingham.  Before joining NRC in 1994, he spent two years at Memorial University and then 27 years at the University of Waterloo where he was successively Professor of Chemistry, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Dean of Research.

Dr. Carty’s research interests are in organometallic chemistry and nanomaterials.  He has 318 peer reviewed publications and five patents to his credit.  He is a former President of the Canadian Society for Chemistry, an honorary Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) and the Canadian Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Fields Institute, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (FAAAS).  Among many awards are: Alcan Award and Montreal Medal of the CIC;EWR Stacie Award of the Canadian Society of Chemistry; Purvis Award of the Society of Chemical Industry; Queen Elizabeth 11 Golden Jubilee (2002) and Diamond Jubilee (2012) Medals; and Taiwan National Science Council Professional  Medal.  He has received 14 honorary degrees from Canadian and foreign universities and honorary professorships at three other institutions.  Dr. Carty is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour and an Officer de l’Ordre National du Mérite of France.

Arthur Carty

University of Waterloo