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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Fedor Naumkin

Associate Professor

Chemistry Undergraduate Program Director


Faculty of Science

RESEARCH: Theoretical / Computational Chemistry, with a focus on interdisciplinary Nanoscience. Research areas include atomic/molecular complexes and core-shell clusters, junctions and interfaces at molecular level. Present concentration is on highly polar supramolecular systems with enhanced optical activity and internal field moderated reactions. TEACHING: A range of 2nd- to 4th-year to graduate Physical and Computational Chemistry courses, 4 per year.

Contact information

Science Building - Room 4051
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

Research topics

  • Computational nanoscience
  • core-shell clusters
  • supramolecular complexes
  • molecular interfaces

Areas of expertise

  • Computational chemistry
  • potential energy surfaces
  • molecular properties
  • structure-property relationships


  • MSc National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute 1987
  • PhD Prokhorov General Physics Institute (Russian Academy of Sciences 1992

Courses taught

  • CHEM 2010 Structure and Bonding
  • CHEM 3140 Physical Chemistry for Biosciences
  • CHEM 4060 Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
  • CHEM 4041/4042 Advanced Topics in Chemistry (Computational Chemistry)
  • And earlier:
  • CHEM 2040 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • MTSC 6010 Physics and Chemistry of Materials 
  • MTSC 6020 Advanced Topics in Materials Science (module)
  • PHY 2050 Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
  • PHY 3020 Quantum Mechanics 

Research and expertise

I. Hydrogen stored inside merged metal cages:



II. Metal clusters with carbon cores:



III. Molecules trapped between counter-ions:




Selected recent:

F. Y. Naumkin, Shape Symmetrization and IR-Spectral Enhancement of Aluminum Clusters via Doping with a Carbon Core. J. Phys. Chem. A 125 (2021) 5738–5744.

M. Sullivan and F. Y. Naumkin, Supramolecular complexes with insertion-enhanced polarity and tuned IR spectra. Int. J. Quantum Chem., 121 (2021) e26534.

M. Sullivan and F. Y. Naumkin, Highly Polar Insertion Complexes with Focused IR Spectra and Internal Field‐Inhibited Isomerization, ChemPlusChem 85 (2020) 2438-2445.

F. Y. Naumkin and D. J. Wales, Counterion-Trapped-Molecules: From High Polarity and Enriched IR Spectra to Induced Isomerization. ChemPhysChem 21 (2020) 348-355.

F. Y. Naumkin, P. del Mazo-Sevillano, A. Aguado, Y. V. Suleimanov and O. Roncero, Zero pressure and high pressure mechanisms in the complex forming reactions of OH with methanol and formaldehyde at low temperatures. ACS Earth and Space Chem. 3 (2019) 1158-1169.

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