Welcome to the Thirty Sixth Annual Symposium on Chemical Physics at the University of Waterloo.


  • Alán Aspuru-Guzik Photo

    The Robert J. Le Roy Lecturer Robert J. Le Roy Photo Robert J. Le Roy (1943-2018)
    Robert J. LeRoy, one of Canada’s foremost theoretical chemists, followed his father into academia and became a learned giant within a highly specialized field. His work focused on the behaviour of molecules and atoms, particularly the forces occurring among them. When asked to explain the complexities of his profession to laypeople he was known to say: “I study the sex life of molecules.”
    Mischievously good humoured, the University of Waterloo professor inspired and mentored thousands of young scientists. His work on predictive computer modelling resulted in many honours and awards including the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry by the Royal Society of Canada (1984) and the J. Heyrovsky Honorary Medal for Merit in the Chemical Sciences by the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (1995). He always said, “Don’t choose something because it’s easy – choose it because it’s challenging and worthwhile.”
    In his 40s, Mr. LeRoy was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a relatively rare cancer in someone so young. When chemotherapy caused his hair to fall out, he decided to adopt a new look – shaving his head and piercing his ear. University of Waterloo colleagues and students got together to present him with an earring made out of a bolt. He wore it with pride.
    Bob was a truly inspiring person and scientist. To celebrate his life and accomplishments, and to honour his memory, we established the "Robert J. Le Roy Lectureship" for the Symposium on Chemical Physics.
    Alán Aspuru-Guzik
    Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto, Canada

  • Yunjie Xu Photo

    The Roger E. Miller Lecturer Roger E. Miller Photo Roger E. Miller (1952-2005)
    The Roger E. Miller Lectureship in Chemical Physics has being established by the friends and admirers of the late Roger E. Miller to honour him and perpetuate his memory. Roger grew up in Kitchener, Ontario, was a B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD. graduate of the University of Waterloo, and his professional appointments culminated in the John B. Carrol Professorship at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and his election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of London. His remarkable scientific talent was complemented by his exemplary personal character, and he was greatly admired and respected by all who knew him.
    The Lectureship is intended to attract an individual who is internationally recognized for excellence in experimental or theoretical chemical physics, who will be the Plenary Lecturer at the annual Symposium on Chemical Physics held at the University of Waterloo. In addition to his Waterloo roots, Roger was a frequent participant who spoke several times at the Symposium over the 22 year history preceeding his untimely death, so this seems a particularly appropriate way to remember him.
    Yunjie Xu
    Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta, Canada

  • Gonzalo Cosa Photo

    Gonzalo Cosa
    Department of Chemistry, McGill University, Canada

  • Lars Konermann Photo

    Lars Konermann
    Protein Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry/Biochemistry, Western University, Canada

  • Oliviero Andreussi Photo

    Oliviero Andreussi
    Department of Physics, University of North Texas, USA

  • Jean-Christophe Tremblay Photo

    Jean Christophe Tremblay
    Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie Théoriques UMR, CNRS-Université de Lorraine, France

Detailed information about symposium agenda can be found here.