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.
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.
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
Prof. J.P. Lumb received his tenure and is promoted to the rank of associate professor. Congratulations!
1,2-Oxy-aminoarenes are omnipresent in biologically active molecules and advanced materials, but current syntheses are often atom and step inefficient, and can require highly optimized and expensive catalysts. Recent work, conducted by graduate student Kenn Esguerra and postdoc Wenbo Xu in the Lumb Group, has made important strides towards improving the efficiency of 1,2-oxy-amioarene synthesis by interfacing two unrelated, but complementary, biosynthetic processes.
At the University of New Brunswick this morning, The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced $51,968,051 for 223 projects at 39 universities across the country, including over $4.5 million across 14 projects at McGill, through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund. The Fund was established to help universities like McGill innovate, as well as to attract and retain top research talent, by giving them access to cutting-edge research equipment, laboratories and tools.
Xijie Dai, Haining Wang and C.J. Li have recently demonstrated that carbonyl derivatives could be used in a similar fashion to Grignard reagents using a smart Umpolung strategy and thus replaced organometallic-based reagents for nucleophilic carbonyl addition reactions for alcohol synthesis.
For the second year in a row, students from the Green Chemistry course (CHEM 462) are releasing their journal issue, published online as The McGill Green Chemistry Journal. This volume gathers the reviews written by students who took the course. Students used peer evaluation, similar to the standard in scientific publication as a means to raise the quality of all the papers submitted.
The Sir William C. Macdonald Chair in Chemistry was established in 1901 and is one of the oldest Named Chairs at the University.
Dima has a significant international reputation that was recently validated in the Full Professor promotion process, and are one of the world’s most creative “designers” and makers of novel materials.
Graduate student Bryan Lee from Dr. Ariya group has submitted a video for the 2017 NSERC Science, Action! competition. His video is titled “Mercury on the Move”, which briefly speaks on the impact of mercury pollution in the environment to the public. His video is live on YouTube now, which can be found here.
It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Emeritus Professor Donald Patterson at age 89. Donald Patterson was born on October 13, 1927, in Montreal where he excelled at school, first at Selwyn House and then at Westmount High. In 1944, he placed first in the province in the Quebec high school final exams. He went on to study Mathematics and Physics at McGill University (B.Sc. ’48 ; M.Sc. ’50), and then chemistry for his PhD at the University of Bristol, England (1950-1953).
Dr. Cristina Mottillo is the recipient of the prestigious 2017 CCUCC Chemistry Doctoral Award from the Canadian Institute of Chemistry (CIC). The Award, sponsored by the Canadian Council of University Chemistry Chairs (CCUCC), recognizes a recent Ph.D. graduate for their outstanding achievement and potential in research. Cristina performed her Ph.D.
The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada has awarded an E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowship to Prof. Tomislav Friščić, to support his work in an innovative branch of chemistry that aims to develop environmentally friendly alternatives to solvent-based chemical processes.
NSERC awards up to six of these two-year, $250,000 fellowships annually to enhance the career development of outstanding and highly promising scientists and engineers.