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A breakthrough for organic reactions in water

CREATE in Green Chemistry Director CJ Li and CREATE trainee Dr. Feng Zhou have discovered a catalytic system which for the first time allows direct metal-mediated reactions between aryl halides and carbonyl compounds in water. Using rhodium as a catalyst with zinc as a mediator, this new technique bypasses a number of challenges posed by the conventional Barbier-Grignard reaction, which is widely used in synthesizing fine chemicals, biologically active molecules, and pharmaceuticals. The new aqueous approach promises to “streamline synthetic sequences and make them safer and more efficient,” said Prof. Li. Read more in the June 26 edition of McGill News and Nature Communications

CREATE summer undergraduate awards

We are pleased to announce the names of the five students selected to receive a CREATE undergraduate award this summer: Alexander Fabrikant (Arndtsen group), Ohhyeon Kwon (Lumb group), Benjamin Palevsky (Ghoshal group), Olivia Trautschold (Moores group), and Katherine Wagner (Maguire group). McGill's CREATE program in Green Chemistry is pleased to support students wishing to be involved early in their career in research and to improve their knowledge in the laboratory of a member professor. Congratulations to all of you!

What is green chemistry? A CREATE student video explains

Meet the CREATE profs and students in green chemistry at McGill as they explain what they do and why they do it. This video was created by undergraduate student Vanessa Chazelle (Moores group), with funding from CREATE. View the video here.

CREATE trainees discuss their research with the UK Minister of Universities and Science

The Rt. Hon. David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science, United Kingdom, and world-renowned chemist Martyn Poliakoff visited McGill University’s green chemistry labs on February 11, 2014.  Here to learn from McGill’s expertise as a center for Green Chemistry as they explore how to to set up exchanges and collaborations for students and green chemists at McGill and in the UK, they visited with CREATE trainees in CJ Li’s lab. 

Photos courtesy of Nicole Arbour

CGCC Graduate Scholarships awarded to two CREATE trainees

We are proud to announce that CREATE trainees Nick Uhlig in Dr. CJ Lee's group and Sourjya Bhattacharjee in Dr. Subhasis Ghoshal's group have each been awarded a 2014 Centre in Green Chemistry and Catalysis (CGCC) Graduate Scholarship. These scholarships offer a monetary supplement to graduate students who have displayed productivity/creativity in their research project in green chemistry or catalysis. Congratulations, Nick and Sourjya!

Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship awarded to CREATE trainee

We are proud to announce that CREATE trainee Cristina Mottillo in Dr. Tomislav Friscic’s group has received a 2014 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Award. Sponsored by the ICDD, this award supports the education and research program of promising graduate students in crystallography-related fields. Congratulations, Cristina!

New catalyst for hydrogenation

CREATE members CJ Li and Audrey Moores, CREATE trainee Reuben Hudson, and colleagues at RIKEN and the Institute for Molecular Science, have developed a new iron nanoparticle catalyst that makes hydrogenation reactions safer, cheaper, and greener. Read about their discovery in Green Chemistry, the McGill and RIKEN news, Chemistry WorldScience Daily, and Canadian Chemical News.

McGill in the top 8 Green Chemistry institutions 

Ecochem has released its list of the top 8 world-renowned Green Chemistry institutions making an impact on sustainability, and McGill is right up there. Read all about it in Ecochem. For a more in-depth look at Green Chemistry at McGill, check out this video produced by Making Headway: Exploring Research at McGill.

2nd Canada-China Workshop in Green Chemistry and Catalysis a huge success

Held on September 5 and 6, 2013, this workshop gathered 25 speakers and close to 75 participants for two days of some of the latest advances in Green Chemistry. A big thank you to keynote speaker Barry Trost and to our Chinese colleagues for travelling to Canada and creating this one-of-a-kind opportunity for our students.

"Professor Steve Maguire has implemented a great workshop that pairs MBA students with chemistry graduate students"

The 2nd CREATE Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry Workshop and Case Competition, held on September 13 and 14, 2013, was featured on the ACS Green Chemistry Institute's blog and in the Western Sustainability & Pollution Prevention Network newsletter. Co-organized by Prof. Steve Maguire (Director, Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management) and Dr. Audrey Moores (Assistant Professor, Chemistry), this case competition provided opportunities to build a network of potential collaborators in business and chemistry. It included guest lectures by Dr. David Constable (Director of the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute) and Lynn Leger (Director of ALCERECO), interdisciplinary seminars led by McGill experts, and a real-time case competition with teams comprised of 20 management and chemistry students. Read more on the ACS blog and in the WSPPN newsletter

Three Minutes to Change the World

Doctoral candidate Feng Qi (Friscic lab) was one of ten students chosen to participate in the 2013 edition of Three Minutes to Change the World. Organized by McGill’s Office of SustainabilityGraduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and the Post-Graduate Students SocietyThree Minutes to Change the World features McGill graduate students summarizing their research initiatives and highlighting the importance of their work to a non-specialist audience.

Feng Qi

Department of Chemistry, Ph.D candidate

Acceleration of Nature’s Green Strategy for Material Synthesis and Mineral Processing

Accelerated aging implements the principles of Green Chemistry and atom economy by using inexpensive and abundant starting materials, and avoiding excess reagents, high temperatures and organic solvents. The materials already explored in Feng's research resemble those encountered in ore concentrates, indicating the opportunity to develop a cleaner technology for mineral processing and metal extraction. In the laboratory, their methodology has been scaled to 10 gram amounts, with no obvious obstacles for further scaling up.

Watch Feng's video presentation here.

Green Chemistry in video

For a more in-depth look at Green Chemistry at McGill, check out this video produced by Making Headway: Exploring Research at McGill.

The Chemistry of the Future

Dr. Audrey Moores discusses McGill's Green Chemistry research in Le Devoir, Nov. 2 2012: McGill - La chimie «verte» est la chimie de l’avenir, in the McGill Tribune, Oct 2 2012: "On a quest for Greener chemistry", and in the McGill Reporter, July 3, 2013: Making Hydrogenation Greener

First CREATE Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry Workshop and Case Competition

The first Business/Chemistry Graduate workshop (Sept 7,8 2012), co-created and co-organized by Prof. Steve Maguire from the Desautel Faculty of Management and Dr. Audrey Moores (Assistant Professor, Chemistry), was in the news in the McGill Reporter and on the website Advancing Green Chemistry.





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