PTC Seminar: Oct 20, 2020

Date: October 20, 2020 2:00 pm (ET)


  • Pawel Tecmer
    Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland
  • Pat Clancy
    McMaster University


Pawl Tecmer
Pawel Tecmer
Professor at Nicolaus Copernicus University (NCU) Torun, Poland, 
PhD, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2012) (Luuk Visscher)
Postdoc, ETH Zurich (Reiher)/ McMaster (Ayers)

Paweł Tecmer received his Ph.D. from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Lucas Visscher.

Electron correlation effects in complex electronic structures from the pCCD model and beyond

Tecmer spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow at ETH Zurich in Switzerland and two-and-a-half years at McMaster University in Canada, before settling at the Nicolaus Copernicus University (NCU) in Torun, Poland, where he currently is an Associate Professor. His research interest focuses on the electronic structures of heavy elements, strong electron correlation, excited states, unconventional electronic structure methods, and interpretation of the chemical phenomenon using orbital entanglement (for more information see Together with colleagues from the NCU in Torun, he is developing a PyBEST quantum chemistry software package (, applicable at the interface between chemistry and physics.


Pat Clancy

Pat Clancy
Professor at McMaster University
BSc, St. Francis Xavier University
MSc/PhD, McMaster University
Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto
Postdoc/Neutron Instrument Scientist, McMaster University

Spin‐orbit driven ground states in Iridium‐based quantum materials

Pat completed his Ph.D. in Physics at McMaster University under the supervision of Prof. Bruce Gaulin. After graduation, he received a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship to work with Prof. Young‐June Kim at the University of Toronto. He has also held positions as a Professor at Trent University, and as a Postdoc/Neutron Instrument Scientist based at the McMaster Nuclear Reactor. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at McMaster University. Pat’s research interests involve the study of quantum materials (particularly iridates) using synchrotron x‐ray and neutron scattering techniques. He is also part of the instrument design team for MacSANS, a new small angle neutron scattering instrument, currently under construction at the McMaster Nuclear Reactor.