Simon Trudel, Ph.D.



B.Sc. Mcgill University, Honours in Chemistry & Minor in Physics

Ph. D. Simon Fraser University (2008, Ross H. Hill Supervisor)

Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellow Kaiserlautern Technische Universität

(Burkard Hillebrands, Host) August 2008 – October 2009



Assistant Professor

University of Calgary

Joint appointment in Department of Chemistry and Nanoscience program

November 2009 to date


Secretary, Executive of the Materials Division, Canadian Institute for Chemistry

Co-founder and PI, Centre for Advanced Solar Materials

Executive member and PI, Institute for Quantum Science and Technology



Firewater Fuel Corp.



Dr. Simon Trudel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry jointly appointed to the Nanoscience Program at the University of Calgary, where he is also a member and founding investigator of the Centre for Advanced Solar Materials. Dr. Trudel holds one provisional patent in the field of clean energy conversion, and has authored over 20 scientific articles on the study of structure-property relationships in advanced nanostructured materials.


After completing his undergraduate studies at McGill University (B. Sc. Honours Chemistry, Minor Physics, 2002), Dr. Trudel moved to the Canadian west coast where he completed his Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University, studying the synthesis and characterization of magnetic thin-films, nanoparticles, and nanocomposites. After earning a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship in 2008, Dr. Trudel joined Prof. Dr. Burkard Hillebrands (Physics Department, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany) to study Heusler compounds for spintronic applications. Dr. Trudel joined the University of Calgary in 2009 as an assistant professor. There, he now leads a nanomaterials-focused research group, interested in the structure-property relationships that govern functionality in nanoscale materials. In particular, the magnetic and catalytic properties of metallic and metal oxide nanoarchitectures are of great interest to his work.



ACAMP Cleantech Seminar March 2012

Interdisciplinary Research Forum (U of Calgary)

U Manitoba Chemistry

U of C Physics

Defense Research and Development Canada (CFB Suffield)

2nd Canadian Magnetism Meeting 2010
Guelph U Chemistry

Xerox Research Centre Canada


MIT Technology Review

National Public Radio (USA)

Discovery News

Globe and Mail

CBC News

CTV News

La Presse

Journal de Montréal

Vancouver Sun

National Post