Dept. of Chemistry

The department of chemistry is proud to announce four of our professors are bringing home prestigious awards. Prof. Karine Auclair received a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Antimicrobials and Green Enzymes in the CIHR stream. Prof. Hanadi Sleiman saw her Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in DNA Nanoscience (NSERC) renewed. Prof Maureen McKeague received a Tier 2 Canada Canada Research Chair in Genomic Chemistry (CIHR). Prof. Tomislav Friscic was renewed his William Dawson Chair.

Published on: 13 Jul 2020

McGill University researchers are using cutting-edge computer simulations and analytical techniques to identify and validate promising compounds in the search for a treatment for COVID-19.

Nicolas Moitessier, a professor in the Department of Chemistry, is using computer simulation software that he has developed over the past 15 years to predict the properties of molecules that have yet to be made.

Classified as: covid-19
Published on: 23 Jun 2020

In a step forward for the field of quantum mechanics, McGill University researchers have achieved a breakthrough in sensitive measurements of the wave-like properties of electrons.

Published on: 22 Jun 2020

Interested in what’s happening in the Chemistry Department for Fall 2020? Check out this trailer for CHEM 267, which gives a hint of things to come!


Classified as: Covid, Teaching
Published on: 19 Jun 2020

As we reflect on issues of racism in science and society, #ShutDownAcademia, #ShutDownSTEM, and #Strike4BlackLives, I would like to emphasize that the McGill Chemistry Department remains committed to the high principles of equality and inclusivity. We are proud of our incredibly diverse population of students, staff, and faculty who came to McGill from 6 continents and over 30 different countries. The individual contributions of each member of our family make McGill Chemistry a very special place, both in Canada and worldwide.

Classified as: EDI, equity, diversity
Published on: 11 Jun 2020

It is with great sadness that the Department of Chemistry announces the passing of Professor Emeritus Arthur Saul Perlin on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, just a few days short of his 97th birthday. Professor Perlin was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia and spent all of his early years in the Maritimes, many of them working on the family farm, The Sanitary Dairy. He eventually came to McGill to study Chemistry and Music, where he obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees.

Classified as: orbituary
Published on: 10 May 2020

For the first time ever, McGill University will run a summer-semester version of CHEM 181, its enormously popular course on the chemistry of food.

Enrolments are now open for a June 2020 edition of the course that has been taken by tens of thousands of students over its nearly 40-year history.

Making sense of food

Published on: 27 Apr 2020

Researchers at McGill University have discovered a new, energy-efficient way to make key ingredients for the production of pharmaceuticals, polymers and fine chemicals.

Published on: 17 Apr 2020

The Chemistry Outreach Group has taken home the Principal’s Prize for Public Engagement through Media, winning the inaugural 'Collaboration' category for groups of undergraduate or graduate students that engage with the external community and/or the media.

The Prize recognizes the vital role outreach groups play in supporting the University’s commitment to being of service to society and engaging with the broader community.

Classified as: STEM Outreach
Published on: 13 Mar 2020

With the federal ban of single-use plastics planned for this year, the demand for alternatives to everyday plastic products, such as straws, is set to increase. TreeMaTech, a startup company born through a collaboration between chemistry professors from McGill and Lakehead University, is betting on cellulose for making drinking straws that don’t suck for the environment.

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Published on: 2 Mar 2020

On February 5, at Hôtel Château Laurier Québec, the Association Québécoise de la Production d’Énergie renouvelable (AQPER) held the 3 Minutes to Change the World student competition during its 2020 symposium. Jeremy Dawkins from the Mauzeroll group won the 1st prize money with his presentation on Li-Ion Batteries. Congratulations Jeremy!

Published on: 25 Feb 2020

Scientists have been looking at pollution affecting the air, land and water around the Athabasca Oil Sands for some time. After looking at contaminants in snow taken from up-to 25 km away from the oil sands, a McGill-led scientific team now suggests that oil sand pollution is also affecting the weather patterns in the surrounding regions.

Classified as: pollution, Athabaska oil sands, weather, nanoparticles, environment, Sustainability, chemistry
Published on: 18 Nov 2019

McGill University researchers have gained tantalizing new insights into the properties of perovskites, one of the world’s most promising materials in the quest to produce a more efficient, robust and cheaper solar cell.

Classified as: Patanjali Kambhampati, perovskite, solar cells, Department of Chemistry, Sustainability
Published on: 31 Oct 2019

Joan F. Power (1958-2019)

Associate Professor of Chemistry, McGill University. Joan was the first woman faculty member to serve in the Department of Chemistry.

Beloved daughter of Bernard Power and the late Pauline M. Power (Coty), sister of Michael Power (Ruth) of White Horse, Yukon, Christine of Ottawa, and Mark (Mariette) of Blainville, Quebec.

Published on: 18 Sep 2019

Department members Tara Sprules, manager of the national high-field NMR facility QANUC, and Robin Stein, chemistry department (MC2) NMR/EPR manager, have just had an article published in the CIC newsletter about helium. Together, they use about 2900 L of helium annually to make their eight NMR spectrometers function, and recent cost increases have left them feeling nervous about the future.

Classified as: helium, QANUC, mc2, NMR, chemistry
Published on: 13 Sep 2019


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