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Research at the Faculty of Science

A true center of excellence

The Faculty of Science has become a true center of excellence in research through its world-class professors as well as its programs and infrastructure in Biology, Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, and Physics.

The research accomplished by its 160 internationally recognized professors, its approximately 500 graduate students and its dozens of postdoctoral researchers and visiting scientists has positioned the Faculty of Science as one of the most research intensive science faculties in Canada. Faculty of Science researchers are undertaking more than 400 research projects and contracts, totaling over 32 million dollars annually. Our professors have received many international and national awards including three NSERC Gerhard Herzberg Gold Medal winners and numerous Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada.  We are home to a Canada Excellence Research Chair, 20 Canada Research Chairs and 15 University of Ottawa Research Chairs.

The Faculty of Science through its strategic use of infrastructure programs hosts world-class Core Facilities and is at the leading edge for the study of Catalysis, Experimental and Computational Chemistry, Environmental Toxins, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Isotope Analysis, Molecular Biology and Genomics, X-Ray Spectrometry/Diffractometry, Geochemistry, Mass Spectrometry, Physiology and Genetics of Aquatic Organisms, Fundamental and Applied Mathematics, and Photonics. With the recent construction of the Advanced Research Complex and international partnerships such as the Max Planck-University of Ottawa Center for Extreme and Quantum Photonics, there is no doubt research will lead to breakthroughs addressing issues of national and global importance.

Research Office

Mandate of the research office

The Research Office was established to support and promote research conducted at the Faculty of Science. It serves as the main intermediary between granting agencies and researchers, as well as with University of Ottawa research centres. As well, the office assists researchers in preparing grant and scholarship applications, as well as award nominations.

Key Research Areas

The six key research areas identified in the Faculty of Science 2016–2021 Strategic Research Plan will involve our researchers in the some of the great scientific challenges of the 21st century. Our focus on supporting basic research will necessarily reinforce interdisciplinary research, research partnerships with industry and our contribution to emerging research areas.

Fundamental and Applied Mathematics and Statistics

Mathematics and statistics are fundamental to all scientific disciplines. The Faculty of Science is home to internationally-renowned researchers in pure mathematics, and is on track to rank among the top five departments of its kind in Canada for research intensity. Our mathematics professors are involved in various interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers in other faculties. This will lead to major discoveries. In the coming years, we will direct our research towards pure mathematics, data science, financial mathematics, multiscale analysis and scientific computation.

Biomolecular Sciences and Augmented Biology

A growing number of professors are using their expertise in elucidating and manipulating chemical reactions to better understand, control and alter biological mechanisms. This growing tendency towards interdisciplinary research is seen within the Department of Physics, where a cluster of excellent biophysicists pursue research objectives at the crossroads of biology, physics and engineering, including the development of new biomaterials. This is a unique opportunity to engineer living systems, creating new research fields, biotechnologies and economic opportunities.

Advanced Materials and Photonics

Internationally renowned researchers and state-of-the-art facilities, combined with the synergy between photonics and materials research, are leading to world-class innovation in areas such as plasmonic materials and devices, and molecular magnetic and electronic materials. The symbiosis of physics, chemistry and engineering-related knowledge of photosensitive materials is bound to lead to major discoveries. Highlighted research topics include advanced imaging, light-matter interaction, and leading-edge optical materials and nanophotonics.

Environment and Resources

Many Faculty of Science research projects deal with the environmental impact of human activity, such as the environmental pollution resulting from the exploitation of natural resources. Research interests include the impact of natural resource exploitation, ecotoxicology, biodiversity and environmental change, innovations in accelerator mass spectrometry and environmental science big data.

Catalysis and Renewable Energy

Catalysis is an essential technology for the manufacture of chemical products and materials, therapeutic drugs, and fuel cells and other energy conversion systems, which have greatly contributed to enhancing human life expectancy. Catalysis research at the Faculty of Science includes the development of new catalysts and chemical reactions to fabricate medicinal compounds, CO2 capture, continuous flow chemistry and the use of biomass to produce fuel.

Quantum Information Science

Quantum information is the interdisciplinary study of the connection between information theory and the microscopic laws of nature, quantum physics. Unlike classical physics, quantum physics allows for the existence of superpositions of two (or more) quantum states. This feature can provide solutions to intractable computational tasks and enhance security of communication. Researcher are undertaking projects in fields such as quantum information, quantum cryptography and quantum communication.

Contact Information

Contact Information

Research Office
University of Ottawa
Faculty of Science
Tabaret Hall, room 378G
550 Cumberland St
Ottawa, ON, Canada
K1N 6N5

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