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Professor Emeritus in Chemistry
186th Encaenia Ceremony A: May 28, 2015
Dr. Saba Mattar has had a distinguished career at UNB, and currently holds an honorary research professor position at the university. Throughout his 27 years at UNB, his research program was always highly innovative and he continues to maintain an active research program, even after retirement. He has been an enthusiastic researcher and has always been eager to share with his colleagues new equipment or hardware that he had designed and built.
During his time at UNB, Dr. Mattar received the UNB Merit Award twice for his service. For 20 years, he was a member of the Level II Assessment and Promotions Committee. He served as a Senate member, representing the faculty of science and was chair of the Senate Library committee. He was also a member of the Senate Computer Users’ committee, Senate Safety and Senate Awards and Scholarship committees, and served as vice-president, president and past president of the Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers at various points between 2004 and 2012.
At the department level, Dr. Mattar served as chair of the chemistry department’s Safety and Technical Services Committee and was also director of Graduate Studies for one academic year until his retirement. From 2005 to 2007, he served as director of the UNB Centre for Laser, Atomic and Molecular Sciences.
Dr. Mattar taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. He has supervised five Master of Science students and six PhD students through to completion.
Throughout his career, Dr. Mattar continuously held an NSERC Discovery grant. He has 67 publications in highly reputable peer reviewed journals such as the Journal of Chemical Physics, Chemical Physics Letters, Journal of Physical Chemistry and the Journal of Magnetic Resonance. Dr. Mattar has also been a reviewer for six national research-granting agencies. In addition, he has given more than 100 presentations at conference proceedings.
IBM’s Visions Magazine featured his research on General Theory of Total Equivalency of Atoms in Molecules that resulted in ‘Mattar’s Rule’.
Dr. Mattar has served the UNB community and his faculty well. He is most deserving of the honour of professor emeritus at the University of New Brunswick.