Dept. of Chemistry

Yevgen Nazarenko (photo), Uday Kurien, Oleg Nepotchatykh and Rodrigo Rangel-Alvarado, with Prof Ariya have published a paper that demonstrates a substantial influence of snow on car exhaust pollution. In particular, the results showed that snow acts as a sink for toxic organic pollutants and nanosized particles from car exhausts. The article is published in Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts and has attracted much attention, now classified "hot" on the Journal website.

Classified as: green, pollution, snow
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Published on: 19 Jan 2016

As part of a new venture in the Moitessier research group, recent Ph.D graduate, Josh Pottel, has delved into developing software to guide protein engineering. Computers can be used to simulate the shape and function of a protein or enzyme, but need the correct tools to be able to create accurate models. An initial platform for generating and applying new side-chain (rotamer) libraries has shown promise as the foundation for a biocatalysis prediction software.

Classified as: Research, protein, computation
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Published on: 9 Jan 2016

Gold nanoparticles have unusual optical, electronic and chemical properties, which scientists are seeking to put to use in a range of new technologies, from nanoelectronics to cancer treatments.

Classified as: DNA, Nature Chemistry, optics, nanoparticles, gold, Hanadi Sleiman, nanoelectric, crystals, optoelectronics
Published on: 7 Jan 2016

On December 11, students, post-doc and professors enjoyed a well deserved end-of-term party and celebrated the holiday season with a nice meal and music. On behalf of the all department: Happy holiday season!

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Published on: 19 Dec 2015

During the fall 2015 semester, students enrolled in the Green Chemistry course (CHEM 462) were involved in a unique initiative. They entirely created their very own journal composed of reports and critiques inspired by the 12 principles of green chemistry. An editorial board composed of students in the course was cast and defined teh scope for this new publication. Students each wrote an article, submitted it to the editors, peer evaluted each other's work and finally presented their final work.

Classified as: journal, Student
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Published on: 8 Dec 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Professor Robert ('Bob') Marchessault, who died peacefully last month on September 16th, 2015, the day of his 87th birthday.

Classified as: memorial tribute
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Published on: 2 Nov 2015

Two McGill Green Chemists Professors Robin Rogers and C-J Li have again earned the 2015 Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers recognition by being among the top 1% most cited for their subject fields.  This award represents some of the world’s most influential scientific minds. Only 5 chemists in Canada are recognized.  Both Prof. Rogers and Prof. Li were also recognized in 2014.

Classified as: Highly cited
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Published on: 13 Oct 2015

Associate professor Audrey Moores was recently featured in the french radio programme "Les Années Lumière" hosted by Yanick Villedieu. In a mini series of 3 chronicles « La règle de 3 », broadcasted on ICI-Radio Canada on Sep.

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Published on: 11 Oct 2015

The CSACS Student Symposium took place on September 18th 2015, at McGill University’s New Residence Hall. This event is an occasion for students to share their work with the local self-assembly community. Prof. Gilles Bourret (Salzburg University), a former CSACS member himself, gave the keynote lecture. Bourret discussed the use of  electrochemical approaches to prepare plasmonic nanostructures with a high level of control, including coaxial lithography (COAL), a method he helped develop as a postdoctoral fellow in Chad Mirkin’s group (Northwestern University).

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Published on: 25 Sep 2015

The heavier a car is, the more fuel it consumes, so finding ways to reduce vehicle weight is a key goal in the auto industry.

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Published on: 25 Sep 2015

The solvent-free mechanochemical synthesis of a metal-organic framework, ZIF-8, was followed in real-time by in situ X-ray diffraction monitoring‎. The movie can be seen here.

Classified as: mechanochemistry, Video
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Published on: 19 Aug 2015

Researchers at McGill University have discovered a clean photo-driven pathway for the efficient synthesis of aryl iodides under extremely mild conditions. The finding, published June 18 in J. Am. Chem. Soc., provides a more straightforward and greener option for preparing versatile iodide reagents, and avoids the problem of metal residue in synthetic chemistry.

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Published on: 12 Jul 2015

The McGill News Magazine recently highlighted the development of green chemistry in our department, featuring Tomislav Friščić, C.J. Li, Robin Rogers and Audrey Moores. Read more on the magazine website.

Classified as: Green Chemistry
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Published on: 25 Jun 2015

Dr. Theresa Dankovich has gone a long way since earning a PhD at McGill from the group of Derek Gray. While at McGill she invented a method to synthetize silver nanoparticle within blotting paper, which could be directly used as powerful antibacterial filters. Now she is developping this idea to create books to help bring safe water around the world. Each page is printed with food grade ink to teach populations about safer water management practices. But the same pages can be detached and directly used as filters.

Classified as: drinkable book, gray
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Published on: 25 Jun 2015

Congratulations to Prof. Moitessier, whose generous volunteer assistance with a local High School student led to the discovery of a molecule with potential to inhibit the spread of the deadly Ebola disease, and earned 1st place National Science Fair Honours, an interview on CBC daybreak, and a story on national CBC.

Classified as: Ebola, Moitessier
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Published on: 4 Jun 2015

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