Rafik Naccache, PhD
Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
PhD - Concordia University, 2008-2012
Postdoc - l'Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique - Centre EMT, 2012-2015
Awards and Distinctions
2012 - Governor General Gold Medal Winner - Technology, Industry and the Environment
2012-2014 - NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow
Physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry and spectroscopy
The structure of the atom; the periodic table; properties of atoms, covalent bonding treatments including Lewis theory, valence shell electron pair repulsion theory of structure, valence bond and molecular orbital theory. Crystal field theory applied to the structure and properties of transition metal complexes. Bonding theories of metallic materials and semi-conductors.
This modular course covers the areas of production, characterization and applications of nanoscale structures and materials. Each module is taught by a different professor as well as guest lecturers. Topics may include (but are not limited to) size dependent properties, synthesis of organic and inorganic nanostructures, self-assembled structures, chemical patterning and functional nanopatterns, biomaterials. Nanometer scale fabrication techniques such as lithographic methods, nano-stamping and patterned self-assembly are discussed. Modern analysis techniques such as atomic force microscopy and electron microscopy, which are used to map and measure at the single molecule level, are introduced. Applications such as photonics, optical properties, biodetection and biosensors, micro- and nano-fluidics, nanoelectronics and nanomachines are presented.
Chem 495 - Modern Spectroscopy
This course demonstrates how quantum theory applies to the measurement of absorption and emission spectra of atoms and molecules. The course examines rotational, vibrational, and electronic spectroscopy as well as photoelectron and related spectroscopies, Lasers and laser spectroscopy.
My research interests revolve around the use of metallic and luminescent nanoparticles for the development of novel sensors, imaging probes and drug delivery vehicles. My group examines the synergistic effects between different types of nanomaterials in our efforts to develop multi-functional hybrid nanoprobes
We have several positions available for Undergraduate, M.Sc. and Ph.D. students