TEAM

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DR. HONG GUO, PhD

CEO and co-Founder

Dr. Guo obtained his PhD in theoretical and computational condensed matter physics in 1987 from the University of Pittsburgh. He joined McGill University in 1989 and is now a James McGill Professor of Physics. He was elected to Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2004, and to Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2007. He is the recipient of several national research awards of Canada including the 2004 Killam Research Fellowship Award from the Canadian Council for the Arts; the 2006 Brockhouse Medal for Excellence in Experimental or Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics from the Canadian Association of Physicists; the 2009 CAP-CRM Prize in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics from the Canadian Association of Physicists.

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DR. LEI LIU, PhD

Senior Scientist and Project Manager, co-Founder

Dr. Liu obtained his Ph.D in 1991 in computational atomic physics from the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing. After working many years in academia in both China and USA, he joined McGill University in Canada in 2004. Dr. Liu is a founding member of NanoAcademic team, and is an expert in computational modeling of atomic structures, DFT, quantum transport and electronic device modeling.

DR. YU (ERIC) ZHU, PhD

Senior Scientist & Project Manager, co-Founder

Dr. Zhu obtained his Ph.D in 2003 in quantum transport theory from Peking University, Beijing. After working several years in McGill University in Canada and in the University of Hong Kong, he became a founding member of the NanoAcademic team. Dr. Zhu is an expert of first principles theory, Green’s function theory, DFT, electronic structure theory and methods, as well as modeling of quantum transport in nanostructures.

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LIANG YUE, BA

Account & Office Manager

Liang Yue got her B.A. in Chinese literature and drama from the
Central Academy of Drama and certificates for proficiency in
French and English as a second language from the UQAM. She joined
NanoAcademic in 2008 and served as an account manager since then.

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DR. VINCENT MICHAUD-RIOUX, PhD

Research Scientist

Dr. Michaud-Rioux obtained his PhD in Physics from McGill University in 2018, where he worked on various mathematical problems pertaining to electronic structure and transport calculations. He notably developed the DFT code RESCU during his time in Prof. Guo’s group. He then joined Nanoacademic Technologies where he now works as a researcher and oversees the development and commercialization of RESCU.

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DR. SAEED BOHLOUL, PhD

Research Scientist

Dr. Bohloul recieved his PhD in Physics from McGill University in 2017 and joined NanoAcademic shortly thereafter.

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DR. FÉLIX BEAUDOIN, PhD

Research Scientist

Dr. Beaudoin first obtained an M. Sc. from Université de Sherbrooke under the supervision of Prof. Alexandre Blais, followed by a Ph.D. from McGill University with Prof. William A. Coish. Under the auspices of the Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Nature et Technologies, Dr. Beaudoin then worked as a postdoctoral associate and university lecturer at Dartmouth College in the research group of Prof. Lorenza Viola, in close collaboration with the Quantum Information and Integrated Nanosystems Group led by Prof. William D. Oliver (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Dr. Beaudoin cumulates over 10 years of research experience in the field of quantum technology, with more than 10 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals on quantum noise, quantum control, quantum metrology, and modeling of spin qubits and superconducting qubits alike.

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DR. CHENYI ZHOU, PhD

Research Scientist

Dr. Zhou obtained his PhD from McGill University in the field of theoretical/computational condensed matter physics, with a specialisation in modelling nanoscale transport in the presence of disorder and many-body interactions. He is also experienced in numerical programming for materials simulations in the Density Functional Theory (DFT) framework.

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DR. NILOUFAR FAGHIHI, PhD

Research Scientist

Niloufar obtained her PhD in Applied Mathematics from Western University, with an emphasis on theoretical and computational condensed matter physics. She worked on mathematical formulations to model physics phenomena, in particular the inter-relation between the elastic and magnetic properties in ferromagnetic crystalline solids. She then continued as a postdoctoral research fellow at McGill University in Prof. Martin Grant’s group, where she developed various formalisms and computer codes to model anti-ferromagnetism and spin-glasses. She joined NanoAcademic Technologies in 2019.

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DR. Pericles Philippopoulos, PhD

Research Scientist

Dr. Pericles Philippopoulos obtained his PhD in Physics from Prof. William Coish’s group at McGill University in 2020. The focus of his work was to gain a better understanding of spin interactions, specifically hyperfine and spin-orbit couplings, in semiconductor nanostructures. Dr. Philippopoulos also has experience using first-principles methods (DFT) to calculate fundamental properties (e.g. hyperfine couplings,  electric-dipole moments) for electrons and holes in semiconductors. He joined NanoAcademic Technologies in 2020.

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DR. WANTING ZHANG, PhD

Performance Simulation Engineer

Dr. Zhang obtained her PhD from China University of Mining and Technology-Beijing in the field of materials science and engineering, with a specialization in multi-scale modeling of the mechanical properties of materials. She has worked in Beijing Automotive for two years, where she gained a significant experience in calculation of durability performances of industrial models and developed a FEA automatic analysis system for automobiles based on the HyperMesh platform.

She joined Nanoacademic Technologies Inc. in 2021.

DR. PENG (PETER) KANG, PhD

Research Scientist

Dr. Kang obtained his Ph.D in materials physics from University of Science and Technology Beijing, with the research emphasis on computational physics of novel 2D materials. He then started his journey as a postdoctoral researcher at McGill University in Prof. Hong Guo’s group, where he mainly focused on developing simulation codes regarding materials informatics plus machine learning techniques.

He joined Nanoacademic Technologies Inc. in 2021.

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JEREMY F. GARAFFA, MSc

GUILLAUME QUENNEVILLE-HIMBEAULT, BSc

Director of Sales and Marketing 

Software Developer

Mr. Garaffa obtained a Master’s degree in Microelectronics Engineering from L’École des Mines de Saint-Etienne in 2008, followed by a Master’s Degree “MINELEC” in Physics of Nanoelectronics from Aix-Marseille University completed with a Master’s Degree in complex sales and marketing from IAE Lyon Institute of Business Administration and Jean Moulin University Lyon3. He then worked in the electronics, microelectronics, nanomaterials, specialty metals and composites industries in France, Switzerland and Canada while managing development of up to $25m+ business units oriented towards engineering and manufacturing services, key accounts and global marketing strategies in start-ups and international groups at Director level addressing sectors such as Aerospace, Medical Technologies, Robotics, Telecommunications, Security, Luxury and Automotive among others for customers located in dozens of countries.
He joined Nanoacademic Technologies Inc. in 2021 and is in charge of promoting, developing a coherent international marketing strategy to develop the sales stream of our atomistic and quantum software tools within our SaaS strategy, plus our consulting services to advanced R&D clients worldwide.

Mr. Queneville-Himbeault obtained a Bachelor's in Mathematics and Computer Science from Université de Montréal. His degree was preceded by 9 years of military service as a system administrator with a focus on networking and radio-frequency communications.

He is now a software developer with experience in HPC, build systems, automated testing, databases, and back-end web development. He joined Nanoacademic Technologies Inc. in 2021 and oversees building and maintaining ci/cd pipelines as well as developing other key infrastructures in support of Nanoacademic's software products.

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DR. YIBIN HU

Technical and Scientific Consultant

Dr. Hu obtained his PhD in computational condensed matter physics in 2007 from the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He collaborated with the McGill team during his graduate studies and joined McGill University afterward. He is an expert in computational algorithms for atomistic modeling, quantum transport modeling, device physics, and parallel computation. His current academic research is in the field of nanoelectronic device physics.

DR. JEREMY TAYLOR

Technical and Business Consultant

Dr. Taylor obtained PhD in theoretical and computational condensed matter physics from McGill University in 2000. He first-authored the most original paper on the NEGF-DFT formalism for atomistic modeling of quantum transport, a method that has become the state-of-the-art in first principles modeling of electronics. During 2003-2008, he served as the CTO of Atomistix and was a main developer of the ATK electronic package. He is now working in USA and Canada. 

DR. LANGHUI WAN

Technical and Software Consultant

Dr. Wan obtained his PhD in theoretical nuclear and particle physics in 2002 from the University of Science and Technology of China. He is an expert on computational mathematics, scientific computing, high performance computing and software development. His current academic research is in computational modeling of materials and electronics.

DR. PENG (PETER) KANG, PhD

Research Scientist

Dr. Kang obtained his Ph.D in materials physics from University of Science and Technology Beijing, with the research emphasis on computational physics of novel 2D materials. He then started his journey as a postdoctoral researcher at McGill University in Prof. Hong Guo’s group, where he mainly focused on developing simulation codes regarding materials informatics plus machine learning techniques.

He joined Nanoacademic Technologies Inc. in 2021.