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Controlled payload release is one of the key elements in the creation of a reliable drug delivery system. In a recent Langmuir paper T. Noyhouzer and coworkers in both the Mauzeroll group and Canesi group (UQAM) discovered a new redox triggered drug release mechanism. Supported by in vitro assays their system demonstrated a selective release at the tumor infected sites.

PhD Student Yasser Gidi, from the Cosa group, wins the 2016 NSERC Gilles Brassard Doctoral Prize for Interdisciplinary Research

A dormant singlet oxygen photosensitizer that is activated upon its reaction with reactive oxygen species (ROS) was reported by A. Durantini and coworkers in the Cosa group in J. Am. Chem. Soc. The selective production of singlet oxygen in ROS stressed vs regular cells was successfully tested via the photodynamic inactivation of stressed Gram negative Escherichia Coli strain

Graduate student Yevgen Nazarenko (photo), professor Parisa Ariya and coworkers recently showed how snow sucks up pollution. This research was published in Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts.

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DNA nanostructures are typically used as molecular scaffolds. In a publication in Nature Chemistry, grad. student Tom Edwardson and Prof. Hanadi Sleiman show that DNA structures can act as reusable templates for ‘molecular printing’ of DNA strands onto gold nanoparticles. Read more

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

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.