Dept. of Chemistry

In 2018, Hanadi Sleiman will receive the R.U. Lemieux Award and CJ Li the Alfred Bader Award.

These awards will be presented to them during the 101st Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition which is taking place in Edmonton from May 27-31, 2018.   

Classified as: award, csc
Published on: 16 Feb 2018

The McGill Chemistry Outreach is proud to launch the first “ChemPhoto”, a photo exhibition of chemistry to coincide with Nuit Blanche on March 3 2018. The chemistry-themed photo exhibition is open to students and staff in the Department of Chemistry at McGill University. The purpose of the exhibition is to showcase the beauty of science and to foster interest in chemistry to the general public.

Who can participate: undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs and staff in the McGill Department of Chemistry.

Published on: 15 Feb 2018

Richard Lincoln in the Cosa group received the 2017 Gerhard Closs Award from the Inter-American Photochemical Society in Florida in the New Year, where he gave an award lecture entitled “Lighting and Enlightening the Chemistry of the Cell”. This award was set in remembrance of Professor Gerhard L. Closs by the Inter-American Photochemical Society to reward contributions from graduate and undergraduate students for oral presentation at the I-APS Winter Conference on any subject involving photochemistry. Congratulations Richard!

Classified as: award, Student
Published on: 5 Feb 2018

Researchers at McGill University have discovered a new, more environmentally friendly way to make ketones, an important chemical ingredient in pharmaceuticals.  While ketones are found in a wide range of useful chemicals, they are commonly prepared through energy-intensive, multi-step technologies that create significant chemical waste.  In an article published online last month in Nature Chemistry, the McGill scientists demonstrate how carbon monoxide, a widely available by-product of combustion, can instead be used to form high-energy chemicals that react directly with benzene to

Classified as: Green Chemistry, ketones, science and technology, Bruce Arndtsen, chemicals, environment
Published on: 26 Jan 2018

Mechanochemical method makes noble metal compounds without solvents or harsh reagents. Read more in Chemical & Engineering News, the magazine of the American Chemical Society.

Classified as: Green Chemistry, mechanochemistry, Sustainability, metal
Published on: 25 Jan 2018

McGill University researchers have chemically imprinted polymer particles with DNA strands – a technique that could lead to new materials for applications ranging from biomedicine to the promising field of “soft robotics.”

In a study published in Nature Chemistry, the researchers describe a method to create asymmetrical polymer particles that bind together in a spatially defined manner, the way that atoms come together to make molecules.

Classified as: Hanadi Sleiman, chemistry, scaffolds, DNA, University of Vermont, soft robotics, drug delivery, Texas A&M, bioengineering, dna-imprinted polymer
Published on: 19 Dec 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and colleague Allan S. Hay, who passed away peacefully on August 14, 2017. Prof. Hay had an international reputation as one of the most creative and productive polymer synthesis chemists of all time.  He made landmark discoveries in reactions leading to polymers/plastics that have had enormous impact on commercial products for the last 50 years. 

Published on: 11 Oct 2017

We’re pleased to let you know that McGill student Siba Moussa (supervisor Janine Mauzeroll, Dept. of Chemistry), has received the Micro-Nanosystems Design Award for her technology, “A Micro-liter Temperature-Controlled Flow Cell for Small Scale Studies of CYP 3A4 Enzyme Behavior.” 

Ms Moussa’s technology enables electro-chemical monitoring of enzymes, leading to a better understanding of their role in disease development.  Judges praised her full working prototype for its multidisciplinary breadth, and its use of cost-effective materials.  

Published on: 3 Oct 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has selected McGill Alumni, Dr. Mona Nemer (PhD 1982 in Organic Chemistry under the supervisor of Prof. Kelvin K. Ogilvie) to be the country's top scientist. Read more

Photo: Adam Scotti

Published on: 28 Sep 2017

The Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching was established in 2000 to recognize excellence in teaching and its importance to the academic experience of students at McGill University. Traditionally awarded at Fall Convocation, awardees are named at the ranks of Faculty Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Full Professor. Laura is the 2017 recipient at the rank of Faculty Lecturer. Past winners can be viewed here (link 1), including Chemistry Department faculty Ariel Fenster (2013), Paul Wiseman (2007), Hanadi Sleiman (2002), and David Harpp (2001).

Published on: 26 Sep 2017

Dr. Xi-Jie Dai and Dr. Haining Wang share the prestigious Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles award (September, 2017) from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT). This award recognizes the exceptional research contributions of university students (master's, doctorate), postdoctoral fellows and members of professional orders who are enrolled in advanced research training programs in any of the areas covered by the three Fonds de recherche du Québec. Xi-Jie Dai performed his Ph.D.

Published on: 25 Sep 2017

Researchers at McGill University have discovered a new way to use nanomaterials of a particular size and shape to perform old chemistry in a new fashion. Their finding, published in ACS Catalysis, highlights the use of cubic silver nanoparticles to harvest light for the activation of hydrogen in their hydrogenation reactions. These silver nanocubes possess an optical property called the surface plasmon resonance and their paper explores the use of these special properties in catalysis.

Classified as: Catalysis, plasmon, silver
Published on: 21 Sep 2017

Bio-Physical Science seeks to understand the functioning of living systems from the level of individual molecules up to ecosystems by applying tools and theories drawn from physical sciences. The departments of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Physiology, and Computer Science have brought together a set of undergraduate programs encompassing the many aspects of this expanding, interdisciplinary field.

Classified as: program, undergraduate
Published on: 21 Sep 2017

We are very proud to announce the names of a the 2017 Graduate student awards! The award ceremony took place on a patio of the department on a sunny June 27 2017. On the photo, see from left to right: Rob Harkness, Yasser Gidi, Mihai Burai Patrascu, Igor Huskic, Collin Sonnichsen, Richard Lincoln, Leonora Abdullahu, Dustin Duncan, Zheng Huang, Sebastian Skanvik. The full list of awards is below:


Udho Parsini Diwan Prize 
Igor Huskic (Friscic)

"Minerals with metalorganic framework structures" Sci. Adv. 2016, 2:e1600621

Classified as: Awards
Published on: 28 Jun 2017

Prof. J.P. Lumb received his tenure and is promoted to the rank of associate professor. Congratulations!

Classified as: tenure
Published on: 21 Jun 2017