2016 Medal Winners | francais

The 2016 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal

is awarded to

Carlos Silva

"It is a great honour to be recognized by the CAP Brockhouse Medal, and a great testament to the talented research team with whom I have the pleasure to work." winner citation

The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) is pleased to announce that the 2016 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal is awarded to Carlos Silva, Université de Montréal, in recognition of for his original developments in transient optical spectroscopies which have brought deep insights into the understanding of electronic excitations in molecular semiconductors. announcement

Carlos Silva, Professor of Physics and University Research Chair in Organic Semiconductor Materials, enjoys international recognition as a leader in the development of the physics of polymeric and hybrid semiconductors by means of time-resolved optical probes, especially ultrafast spectroscopies. He focuses his current research efforts on exciton and polaron dynamics in polymeric semiconductors and novel hybrid materials such as perovskites, and strong coupling of light and excitons in organic semiconductor optical microcavities. Several of his publications have become landmark papers that have triggered widespread experimental and theoretical research by groups throughout the research world. What characterizes his contributions is a unique combination of materials processing know-how to study the appropriate sample for the problem at hand, with state-of-the-art experimental and theoretical approaches that open the door for new understanding.

Professor Silva obtained a PhD in chemical physics from the University of Minnesota in 1998, after which he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. In 2001 he became Advanced Research Fellow of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council at the Cavendish Laboratory, as well as Research Fellow in Darwin College, Cambridge. Attracted by the professional opportunities provided by a Canada Research Chair and by the academic environment at the UdeM, he moved his research program in January 2005. In Montreal, he has set up a unique facility for ultrafast spectroscopy of advanced electroactive materials, which, in conjunction with his recognized expertise, attracts a large number of international collaborations. nominator citation

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