Dept. of Chemistry

Sponsored by Gilead Alberta ULC the R.U. Lemieux Award is presented to an organic chemist who has made a distinguished contribution to any area of organic chemistry and who is currently working in Canada.  CJ Li will be awarded and will present a lecture at the98th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, Ottawa, June 13-17, 2015.

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Published on: 14 Jan 2015

Hanadi Sleiman is the 2016 winner of the annual Izatt-Christensen Award for Macrocyclic Chemistry, sponsored by IBC Advanced Technologies.   Hanadi will be presented during the 2016 International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry, to be held in Seoul, Korea, July 10-14, 2016.  Hanadi joins the ‘club’ of some very prominent leading scientists in the field of macrocyclic/supramolecular chemistry (previous winners include JF Stoddart, D. Leigh, A. Hamilton, L. Fabbrizzi, O.

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Published on: 5 Jan 2015

Congratulations to Janine Mauzeroll for winning the 2015 Fred Beamish Award. 

Sponsored by the CSC Analytical Chemistry Division, the Fred Beamish Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates innovation in research in the field of analytical chemistry, where the research is anticipated to have significant potential for practical applications.

The award will be presented to Janine during the 98th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, which is taking place in Ottawa, Ont. from June 13-17, 2015.

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Published on: 5 Jan 2015

Prof. Tomislav Friscic was awarded this year’s Tomlinson Science Award (Assistant Professor Category). These awards have been established in honor of the interdisciplinary collaborators Rutherford and Soddy, through the generous endowment of a visionary philanthropist, Dr. Richard Tomlinson. In the next three years, he will be working with his team on a project dealing with “Molecular materials for conversion of light and heat into mechanical work”. Congratulations, Tomislav!

Classified as: Tomlinson
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Published on: 17 Dec 2014

Jeffrey Quesnel is a senior graduate student in the group of Bruce Arndtsen. He won the 2014 Udho Parsini Diwan Prize, an award given to the graduate student authoring the most exciting research article in the past year in the Department. Jeff summarizes below the importance of his article, "A Palladium-Catalyzed Carbonylation Approach to Acid Chloride Synthesis", published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (J. Am. Chem.

Classified as: award, JACS, Udho Parsini Diwan, Arndtsen
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Published on: 3 Dec 2014

The article entitled "Precision Polymers and 3D DNA Nanostructures: Emergent
Assemblies from New Parameter Space” has been chosen by the editors of JACS as a Spotlight entitled:

"COMPLEX FUNCTIONALITY FROM DNA BOXES AND POLYMER SNAKES"

Classified as: Highlight
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Published on: 24 Nov 2014

Researchers at McGill University have succeeded in simultaneously observing the reorganizations of atomic positions and electron distribution during the transformation of the “smart material” vanadium dioxide (VO2) from a semiconductor into a metal – in a time frame a trillion times faster than the blink of an eye.

Classified as: INRS, chemistry, condensed matter physics, electron, laser spectroscopy, Siwick, Ultrafast electron diffraction, vanadium dioxide
Published on: 27 Oct 2014

Reuben Hudson (bottom right on the photo) is currnetly a post doctoral fellow at Colby University in Maine, in the group of Jeffrey Katz, where he studies the synthesis of polymers. He secured this summer a large research grant on Green Chemistry with reknown green chemists Sankaran Thayumanavan from UMass-Amherst, Eric Beckman from University of Pittsburgh, and John Warner of the Warner-Babcock Institute, from the Science, Education, and Engineering for Sustainability (SEES) program of the National Science Foundation.

Classified as: Green Chemistry, Student
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Published on: 10 Oct 2014

On Oct 9, the Ariya group made a nice surprise to their supervisor. The entire lab baked, decorated, transported and setup  over 100 cupcakes to create a periodic table. The colours of the icing were characteristic of whether the element was part of the s block, d block, p blocks or f blocks and the non-metals were also frosted and of the five flavours of cupcakes: butter pecan, double fudge chocolate, red velvet, carrot cake and vanilla were characteristic of the various blocks of the periodic table. Due to lack of time, a few elements were missing, but who wants inert cupcakes anyways!

Classified as: Group life
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Published on: 10 Oct 2014
Canada Excellence Research Chair appointment builds on McGill’s strength in green chemistry

The new Chair was announced at McGill today by Senator Larry Smith, on behalf of the Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology).

This is McGill’s second CERC. The first, Dr. Luda Diatchenko, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Personalized Pain Medicine, was announced in September 2013. With this announcement, there are now 21 chairs in place at 15 universities across the country. 

Classified as: Sustainability, green, chemistry, CERC
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Published on: 10 Oct 2014

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