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A recent paper in ACS Nano “Controlling Motion at the Nanoscale: Rise of the Molecular Machines”  by Ph.D. student Alex Bushuyev, with Prof. C.J. Barrett, was just named the #1 most-read paper of the entire ACS Nano Journal in the month of August.  Congratulations Alex! ACS Nano 2015, 9, 7746–7768

Welcome to all new and returning students! A few McGill Chemistry Faculty enjoying the outdoor convocation ceremonies Chemistry Tuesday June 2 2015!

P450 metabolism generated a complex dynamic mixture of diastereomers. The structure identification puzzle was solved by translating numerous experimental results into a computational protocol aimed at considering all possible combinations of diastereomers to narrow it down to one. The results of Paolo Schiavini, Joshua Pottel, Nicolas Moitessier, Karine Auclair are in ChemMedChem

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.

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

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.