Associate Dean (Studies), Dr. J. Hugh Horton

Dr. J. Hugh Horton is on leave for 2012-2013.

Dr. J. Hugh Horton has been appointed Associate Dean (Studies) in the Faculty of Arts and Science for the period July 1, 2010 until June 30, 2016. 

Dr. Hugh Horton received his BSc in Chemistry from York University in Toronto, and held a Commonwealth Scholarship at the University of Cambridge where he obtained a PhD. He was an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Western Ontario before coming to Queen’s Chemistry Department in 1997. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2003. He held an Association of Commonwealth Universities Fellowship at the University of St. Andrew’s, Scotland, in 2004.

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. He has published widely in academic journals on surface chemistry problems including the interactions that take place when purifying mixtures of compounds, the partitioning of trace nutrients in the environment and the interactions that underlie the detection of biomolecules when testing for diseases such as cancer.

Dr. Horton served as Associate Head of the Department of Chemistry from 2006 – 2009, where he took a leadership role in major revisions to both the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in the department. From 2005-2008, he served as a member of the NSERC Scholarships and Fellowships Selection Committee, which chooses NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship and Postdoctoral Fellowship winners from across Canada. He currently serves as a member of the Accreditation Committee of the Canadian Society of Chemistry, which accredits undergraduate chemistry programs both in Canada and internationally.

posted 8 June 2009; removal date June 30, 2010.