Dr. Hugh Horton, Associate Dean (International & Programs) and Associate Dean (Studies) holds a BSc from York University and a PhD from the University of Cambridge where he was a Commonwealth Scholar. He subsequently held an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Western Ontario. He has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at Queen's since 1997, and Full Professor since 2012. He is an active member of the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC), having been Treasurer since 2013, and was previously the CSC’s Director of Accreditation for undergraduate chemistry programs.
Dr. Horton’s current responsibilities in the Faculty of Arts and Science include the development of new international and domestic program opportunities, academic liaison to Queen’s Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceaux Castle, Sussex, England, and liaison to the Life Sciences program in the Faculty of Health Sciences. As Associate Dean (Studies), he is responsible for the delivery of student academic services within the faculty (including IT services), academic appeals, and academic integrity.
Dr. Horton's research is in the field of surface chemistry, where his research group's main focus is an exploration of the forces controlling the interaction of small molecules with surfaces. He and his students have worked on developing new scanning probe microscope techniques for the measurement of nanoscale forces. More recently, he has been exploring the formation of a new class of materials based on N-heterocyclic carbenes – these unusual molecules, which are intrinsically highly unstable, form very strong carbon-metal bonds to surfaces, and have applications in nanoscale electronics and biosensing.