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Deputy Minister of Industry Canada, John Knubley (center), visits the Otto Maass Chemistry building at McGill University, with Principal Suzanne Fortier (left) and recently appointed Canada Excellence Research Chair Robin Rogers on March 16 2015.

Grad. student Amani Hariri, Prof. Hanadi Sleiman, Prof. Gonzalo Cosa and coworkers have reported on the construction of surface-grafted DNA nano-tubes that exploits an assembly methodology . Single-molecule fluorescence imaging provides unique opportunities to inspect and validate the assembly structure, morphology and robustness one nanotube at a time. This work was published in Nature Chemistry.

Graduate student Anna Albertson and Assistant Professor Jean-Philip Lumb report a novel, bio-inspired approach to lignan natural products, which solves a longstanding challenge of mimicking their biosynthesis in the lab. The method provides an exceptionally efficient route to the furanolignans tanegool and pinoresinol. The work was recently published in Angewandte Chemie.

Prof. Cosa and coworkers have demonstrated that Ni2+ provides a much desired and sought after photoprotection of fluorophores in fluorescence single molecule imaging studies. Their result just appeared in J. Am. Chem. Soc.

Watching the hidden life of materials:  Ultrafast electron diffraction experiments open a new window on the microscopic world. Grad student, Vance Morrison, Associate Professor, Brad Siwick and collaborators last contribution was released in Science on Oct 24 2014.

Research laboratories were fully renovated in 2011-12 to now offer bright and spacious space for cutting edge science to take place. Photo: Owen Egan

Circular benches, a design invented at McGill, facilitates students and teachers interaction. Photo: Owen Egan

Simon Girard (Li group) is operating a supercritical CO2 reactor, part of the CFI funded Green Chemistry facility. Photo: Owen Egan

Prof. Parisa Ariya (left) and Prof. Jim Gleason (right) talking at "Capitalize on Convergence" event at McGill Faculty Club, December 5 2012

The Department of Chemistry at McGill University provides a comprehensive teaching and research environment in the chemical sciences.  With 35 faculty and 4 research-active emeritus faculty members, the Department presently hosts over 150 graduate students and 60 PDFs/RAs.  The Department is emerging from a period of unprecedented renewal of its laboratory infrastructure, with $50M investment yielding state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratories.    Honours, Majors, Minor, and Liberal BSc programs in Chemistry are offered, leading to ca. 40 p.a. students graduating with a Chemistry degree. There are currently over 200 students enrolled in our undergraduate programs.  BSc graduates from the Majors and Honours go on to graduate studies, positions in industry and teaching as well as further studies in professional programs in medicine, law, business administration, and public health.   McGill Chemistry PhD graduates go on to excellent postdoctoral positions, academic positions,  and research scientist positions in industrial and government research laboratories across North America and Europe. A McGill Chemistry graduate invariably promotes Chemistry in the international community.