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R. J. Dwayne Miller

Chemistry / University of Toronto /

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R. J. Dwayne Miller has published over 300 papers, notably contributions leading to the development of ultrabright electron sources to light up atomic motions. His group were the first to achieve the long-held goal to watch atomic motions during the defining moments of chemistry and have attained the fundamental space-time limit to imaging chemistry. His research accomplishments have been recognized with numerous awards (Sloan, Guggenheim, Dreyfus, Polanyi, Rutherford, CIC Medal, ACS E. Bright Wilson), most recently the EPS Award in Laser Science for “Achieving the Fundamental Limit to Min. Invasive Surgery with Complete Biodiagnostics.” These concepts are now going to clinical trials with the promise of enabling scar free surgery with broad medical applications. He is also a strong advocate for science promotion earning the RSC McNeil Medal for founding Science Rendezvous, now in its 14th year, aimed to make science accessible to the general public, including remote northern communities, with over 250,000 attendees (>6000 volunteers) annually.

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  • Spatial imaging mass spectroscopy
  • Structure-function relations of biological systems
  • Atomically resolved reaction dynamics
  • Molecular imaging
  • Image reconstruction methods
  • Development of new conceptual basis for chemistry
  • Applications of lasers to medicine
  • Femtosecond spectroscopy
  • Ultrabright electron source development
  • Diffractive optics based nonlinear spectroscopy


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