Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureates
The Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) Program recruits world-leading scientists to establish Canadian universities as centres of excellence and secure Canada’s reputation as a global leader in research and innovation.
The Faculty of Science is proud to host two of Canada's initial chairholders.
A physical chemist by training, David Cory is developing the tools needed to navigate, control and exploit the quantum world. These tools will form the building blocks of a quantum computer that will outperform today’s supercomputers in speed and computing capacity.
Philippe Van Cappellen
Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureate in Ecohydrology
By combining fieldwork, laboratory experiments and theoretical modeling, Philippe Van Cappellen’s research examines the effect of natural and human activity on water quality and ecosystems at local, regional and global levels.
Canada Research Chairs
The Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world's top countries in research and development.
Canada Research Chair in Groundwater Remediation
Groundwater is a main drinking water source for many Canadians. David Blowes studies the fate and transport of contaminants, such as arsenic, lead and mercury, in groundwater systems. His field and lab work focus on protecting and restoring groundwater quality.
Brian Dixon examines the effect of climate change on fish immune systems and health. Higher water temperatures have been linked to increased disease from pathogens and parasites. His research will inform policy, preserve fisheries and protect threatened fish species.
Impurities and vacancies, no matter how small, can drastically affect a material's magnetic and superconducting properties. Michel Gingras investigates the effects of this random disorder at low temperatures, expanding our fundamental knowledge of condensed matter physics.
Laura Hug seeks to define microbial diversity and function at contaminated sites using culture-based and culture-independent methods, generating a blueprint of which species are there and which pathways are active.
Recent advances in geochemical methods have provided exciting new insights into how the Earth has evolved over nearly 4.6 billion years to become a habitable planet with plentiful natural resources.
Using these new geochemical methods, Brian Kendall is trying to increase our understanding of how the Earth became capable of hosting complex life. His research will also help find and manage the natural resources that are critical to sustaining civilization.
Canada Research Chair in Quantum Information
Although quantum computers are more powerful than their classical counterparts, they are also much more fragile. Raymond Laflamme's research is focused on overcoming this kind of interference by developing error-correcting codes that will protect quantum information.
Using state-of-the-art numerical tools, Roger Melko simulates novel quantum properties like entanglement at their very core, by modeling the individual constituent electrons, atoms, and spins. His research could lead to new ways to engineer materials and information systems.
Solid state electrochemist Linda Nazar has improved lithium-ion battery electrode materials and discovered new classes of materials suited for fuel cells and solar cell energy conversion devices. Her discoveries are set to transform our energy economy.
Canada Research Chair in New Analytical Methods and Technologies
Recognized as one of the greatest analytical inventions of the last decade, Janusz Pawliszyn's Solid Phase Microextraction technique is revolutionizing the health, food and environment sectors by making on-site analyses faster, less invasive, and more accurate.
Kevin Resch uses experimental quantum physics to understand photon entanglement and quantum information science. His work focuses on generating new quantum states of light with applications ranging from quantum computing to future medical imaging instruments.
Canada Research Chair in Quantum Molecular Dynamics
Pierre-Nicholas Roy is developing new methods, theories and software to solve the quantum mechanical equations governing the movement of confined molecules, leading to new materials with very interesting quantum properties.
Canada Research Chair in Organic Material Synthesis
Organic-based materials will enable the advancement of flexible, lightweight, low-cost electronic devices. Derek Schipper is exploring novel ways to synthesize this class of materials to unlock new properties and investigate their exciting applications.
Quantum computers have the potential to revolutionize computation by taking just seconds to solve problems that normal computers currently cannot solve. One of the many challenges involved in building a quantum computer is finding a way to overcome the fragility of quantum information. Crystal Senko aims to overcome this important challenge.
Fish and aquatic organisms respond dramatically when exposed to contamination in the environment. Mark Servos uses these organisms to identify the highest risk contaminants and develops new technologies and approaches to clean up sensitive ecosystems.
University Research Chairs
University of Waterloo recognizes exceptional achievement and pre-eminence in a variety of fields through its University Research Chairs Program.
Brian McNamara (Physics & Astronomy)
Christine Muschik (Physics & Astronomy)
Josh Neufeld (Biology)
Carol Ptacek (Earth & Environmental Sciences)
Heidi Swanson (Biology)
Ben Thompson (Optometry & Vision Science)
NSERC Industrial Research Chairs
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Industrial Research Chairs (IRC) Grants are designed to develop research programs within high-demand industries and provide enhanced training for researchers through interactions with industry.
A Senior Chairholder since 1995, Janusz Pawliszyn is partnering with industry to further refine applications of his Solid Phase Microextraction (SPME) technique. Industry partners include Supelco (Sigma-Aldrich), Gerstel, Unilever, TeknoScan, P&P Optica, PAS Technology, Biofont, and Convergent Bioscience.
Since 2003, the University of Waterloo has been recognizing its most internationally preeminent faculty through the title "University Professor". Once appointed, faculty retain this rare and prestigious designation until retirement. This title is administered by the Office of the Provost and presented annually at Spring Convocation. Current University Professors from the Faculty of Science include:
- 2020 Lyndon Jones (Optometry & Vision Science)
- 2016 Linda Nazar (Chemistry)
- 2010 Janusz Pawliszyn (Chemistry)
- 2005 Terry McMahon (Chemistry)