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Dr. Kingsley Donkor, NSERC Collaborative Research and Development Grant recipient

Research & Graduate Studies

Collaborative. Creative. Innovative.

Research at TRU is making a difference. Many of our most important research discoveries stem from community-based research questions that result in real-life solutions with immediate and far-reaching impact. They influence policy, enrich culture, improve programs and build more vibrant cities. Our faculty are engaged in training the next generation of world-class researchers at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

TRU is one of the province’s leading research universities, and is a proud member of the Research Universities Council of British Columbia.

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Associate Vice-President Research and Graduate Studies: CandidatePresentation (III)

  Date: February 21, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  Location: International Building (IB)

You are invited to attend public presentations by candidates for Associate Vice-President Research and Graduate Studies.

Arts Colloquium: Becoming medicine: Organ donation and the other side of politics

  Date: February 28, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
  Location: Campus Activity Centre

Join Dr. Lindsey McKay as she presents her research as part of the Arts Colloquium Series.

The environmental fate of arsenicals from the surface chemistry of hematite nanoparticles

  Date: February 28, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  Location: Ken Lepin Building

The fate of arsenic compounds depends on their surface interactions with geosorbents that include minerals and natural organic matter.

Smoking Cultures Dialogue Project

  Date: March 4, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
  Location: Brown Family House of Learning

What are your thoughts around smoking, cannabis, and vaping? Share your thoughts during this small-group dialogue led by students.

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Science Seminar Series—Structure and properties in hierarchical organic/inorganic materials: Insights from theory

Dr. Paci, graduate advisor in chemistry at the University of Victoria, presents Structure and properties in hierarchical organic/inorganic materials: Insights from theory as part of the Science Seminar Series.


In the bottom-up approach to nanotechnology, molecular-scale devices are constructed by designing their components to self-assemble and realize a desired structure or complex.

In this context, the self-assembly process often occurs in the vicinity of a solid substrate.

Theoretical investigations of surface self-assembly and the properties of such materials can be extremely useful counterparts to experimental studies, but can be challenging to pursue.

One main issue is that while ultimately, quantum level information about the molecules, the surface and their interactions is essential to understand, the representative size of the system is more amenable to bulk simulations.

This presentation will describe some of our group’s efforts to advance the theoretical understanding of molecular self-assembly and behaviour on solid surfaces.

Our studies of the formation of organized patterns upon adsorption and their relationship to molecular structure will be discussed in some detail.

During the second part of the talk, we present our investigations of field-response properties of nano-structured material.