Axel D. Becke

Professor Emeritus, Harry Shirreff Professor of Chemical Research (Emeritus), not accepting graduate students


Phone: 902-494-2986
Mailing Address: 
Department of Chemistry
Dalhousie University
6274 Coburg Road
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Physical chemistry
  • Computational chemistry
  • Theoretical chemistry
  • Quantum chemistry
  • Density functional theory


  • BSc:  Queen’s University
  • MSc:  McMaster University
  • PhD:  McMaster University
  • PDF:  Dalhousie University

Research interests

Development of new theoretical and computational methods for the electronic structure of atoms, molecules, and solids, with particular emphasis on the Density-Functional Theory (DFT) of electronic structure.

Selected awards and honours

  • Canada Council Killam Prize in the Natural Sciences (2016)
  • NSERC Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering (2015)
  • Medal of the Chemical Institute of Canada (2015)
  • Theoretical Chemistry Award of the American Chemical Society (2014)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (elected 2000)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of London (elected 2006)
  • Killam Research Fellow, Canada Council for the Arts (2005-2007)
  • 1991 Medal, International Academy of Quantum Molecular Science
  • 2000 Schroedinger Medal, World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists