Simon Trudel

Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry

Contact information


Office: 403.210.7078

Web presence

IQST Website


Office : SB417


  • NANS 301 - Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
  • NANS 401 - Design in Nanoscience

Research and teaching

Research interests

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.
  • Endowing magnetic nanomaterials with additional properties. For example, photoluminescence may be achieved through doping materials with lanthanide(III) ions. Likewise, other properties such as high spin polarization of the conduction electrons, photomagnetism, and ferroelectricity are targeted.
  • Harvesting the capabilities of these multifunctional magnetic nanomaterials for applications such as magnetic resonance imaging, cancer therapy agents, and spin-based electronic, "spintronic" devices.
  • Using advanced synchrotron methods based on x-ray absorption spectroscopy to characterize these nanomaterials.

Members of the nanomagnetism group become familiar with nanoparticle synthesis methods, electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, SQUID and magneto-optical Kerr effect magnetometry, photoluminescence, as well as x-ray absorption spectroscopy.


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.


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