Simon Trudel

Simon Trudel

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Office: +1 (403) 210-7078


Office: SB417


Educational Background

B.S. Chemistry (Honours) / Physics (Minor), McGill University, 2003

Ph.D. Chemistry, Simon Fraser University, 2008


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.


Areas of Research


Prof. Trudel's nanomagnetism research group is interested in studying nanoscaled multifunctional materials, wherein magnetism is one of the recurring properties. In particular, we are actively pursuing:

  • The development of synthetic avenues towards size and shape controlled nanostructures. This includes nano -crystals, -rods, -wires, and advanced core/shell nanostructures.
  • The investigation of non-conventional magnetic materials such as nanoscaled coinage metals (Au, Ag, Cu) and materials that are typically diamagnetic (non-magnetic) in the bulk (such as Al2O3, MgO, ZnO nanocrystals). Understanding the origin of these properties, and developing a designer control of them is emphasized.


Course number Course title Semester
NANS 401 LAB 02 B02 Design in Nanoscience 2021
NANS 401 LAB 03 B03 Design in Nanoscience 2021
NANS 301 LEC 01 01 Intro Nanoscience & Nanotech 2021
NANS 401 LAB 01 B01 Design in Nanoscience 2020
NANS 401 LEC 01 01 Design in Nanoscience 2021


  • FoS Early Career Research Award (Nomination), University of Calgary - Faculty of Science.
  • Curriculum Development teachnig award, University of Calgary. 2018
  • FoS Early Career Research Award (Nomination), University of Calgary - Faculty of Science.
  • Killam Emerging Research Leader Award (Nomination), Killam Foundation.
  • UofC Entrepreneur and Innovator Recognition, 2014

More Information


For a complete list of publications, please visit the IQST website.