Scott Hopkins

Associate Professor, Chemistry

Research interests: velocity map imaging; structure and reactivites of nanoclusters; high-resolution spectroscopy


Scott Hopkins is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo. His research interests lie at the intersection of chemistry and physics for sub-nanometer sized chemical systems. Dr. Hopkins has received several awards for his research including being named Ramsay Memorial Fellow (University of Oxford) and College Lecturer (University of Cambridge). He also recently received an Early Researcher Award from the Province of Ontario. Dr. Hopkins has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in highly regarded journals including the Journal of the American Chemical Society and Nature Communications, and his work has been highlighted nine times on journal covers. He is also a cofounder and the chief scientific officer of WaterMine Innovations, a tech company that uses artificial intelligence to design and screen new therapeutics.


  • PhD, University of New Brunswick, NB
  • BSc, University of New Brunswick, NB

Scott Hopkins


Scott 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.


Recent publications include:

  • Ieritano C, Crouse J, Campbell JL, Hopkins WS,* A parallelized molecular collision cross section package with optimized accuracy and efficiency, Analyst, 2018, DOI: 10.1039/c8an02150c

  • Walker S, Anwar A, Psutka JM, Crouse J, Liu C, Le Blanc JCY, Montgomery J, Goetz GH, Janiszewski JS,* Campbell JL,* Hopkins WS,* Determining Molecular Properties with Differential Mobility Spectrometry and Machine Learning, Nature Commun., 2018 (Accepted)

  • Ieritano C, Featherstone J, Carr PJJ, Marta RA, Loire E, McMahon TB, Hopkins WS,* The Structures and Properties of Anionic Tryptophan Complexes, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018 DOI: 10.1039/C8CP04533 (Accepted)

  • De Vlugt IJS, Lecours MJ, Carr PJJ, Anwar A, Marta RA, Fillion E, Steinmetz V, Hopkins WS,* Infrared-Driven Charge-Transfer in Transition Metal-containing B12X122- (X = H,F) Clusters, J. Phys. Chem. A., 2018, 122(35), 7051-7061

  • Psutka JM, Dion-Fortier A, Dieckmann T, Campbell JL,* Segura PA,* Hopkins WS,* Identifying Fenton-Reacted Trimethoprim Transformation Products Using Differential Mobility Spectrometry, Anal. Chem., 2018, 90(8), 5352-5357

  • Carr PJJ, Lecours MJ, Zhan C, Burt M, Marta R, Steinmetz V, Fillion E, Hopkins WS,* Mode-Selective Laser-Control of Palladium Catalyst Decomposition, J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 9(1), 157-162 2018

  • Fu W, Hopkins WS,* Applying Machine Learning to Vibrational Spectroscopy, J. Phys. Chem. A., 122(1), 167-171 2017

  • Walker S, Mark A, Verbuyst B, Bogdanov B, Campbell JL, Hopkins WS,* Characterizing the Tautomers of Protonated Aniline Using Differential Mobility Spectrometry and Mass Spectrometry, J. Phys. Chem. A., DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.7b10872 2017 (Cover Article)

Please see Scott Hopkins's Google Scholar profile for a current list of his peer-reviewed articles.