Dept. of Chemistry

Dr. Theresa Dankovich has gone a long way since earning a PhD at McGill from the group of Derek Gray. While at McGill she invented a method to synthetize silver nanoparticle within blotting paper, which could be directly used as powerful antibacterial filters. Now she is developping this idea to create books to help bring safe water around the world. Each page is printed with food grade ink to teach populations about safer water management practices. But the same pages can be detached and directly used as filters.

Classified as: drinkable book, gray
Published on: 25 Jun 2015

Congratulations to Prof. Moitessier, whose generous volunteer assistance with a local High School student led to the discovery of a molecule with potential to inhibit the spread of the deadly Ebola disease, and earned 1st place National Science Fair Honours, an interview on CBC daybreak, and a story on national CBC.

Classified as: Ebola, Moitessier
Published on: 4 Jun 2015

McGill’s Board of Governors accepted the recommendation of Principal Suzanne Fortier to appoint Prof. R. Bruce Lennox as Dean of the Faculty of Science at its meeting on 21 May 2015. Prof. Lennox will take office on 1 July 2015 for a five-year term.

Classified as: Dean
Published on: 22 May 2015

On May 14th 2015, E-Innovation, a team all composed of McGill Chemistry staff and students, was awarded the second place of the 2015 McGill Dobson Cup Start-UP Competition for entrepreneurs in the Innovation Driven Track. The co-founders of E-Innovation are Prof. Janine Mauzeroll, Laurence Danis, Dr. Tomer Noyhouzer, Dr. Michael E. Snowden and Dr. Ushula M. Tefashe.  The team would like to thank once again their mentors Marc St-Arnaud, Gregory Kalinin and Pr.

Classified as: award
Published on: 15 May 2015

Imagine taking strands of DNA – the material in our cells that determines how we look and function – and using it to build tiny structures that can deliver drugs to targets within the body or take electronic miniaturization to a whole new level.

Classified as: Nanotechnology, Research, DNA, chemistry, McGill News, Hanadi Sleiman, Graham Hamblin, Janane Rahbani
Published on: 6 May 2015

The faculty members of the department of chemistry successfully secured funding in this year round of FRQNT equipes. Congratulations to Chris Barrett, Jim Gleason, Audrey Moores, Brad Siwick for leading winning applications and Tomislav Friscic, Chris Barrett, Nic Moitessier, Masad Dahma, CJ Li, and Brad Siwick for participating in new initiatives. Thomas Preston also received a Nouveau Chercheur grant. Well done.

Classified as: grant
Published on: 5 May 2015

The McGill Green Chemistry Student Association hosted a Green Chemistry Trivia Night on Mar 20 2015 at Thompson House. The association was formed by CREATE trainees following a CREATE seminar on How to Start Your Own Student-Led Green Chemistry Initiative by Laura Reyes (U. of T.) last August. The Trivia Night was a resounding success, with over 60 participants attending. The Faculty/Staff team included CREATE members CJ Li, Tomislav Friscic, and Audrey Moores, CREATE coordinator Jacky Farrell, and CREATE outreach member Alex Wabha.

Classified as: Green Chemistry, student-led initiative
Published on: 29 Apr 2015

A tiny bit of silver, combined with water and air, can convert aldehydes into acids efficiently -- instead of the classical methods using stoichiometric amounts of expensive or toxic metal oxidants, according to a new study by McGill University researchers.

Classified as: Research, Green Chemistry, catalyst, Chao-Jun Li, McGill News, oxidant, silver, solvent
Published on: 27 Mar 2015

The research group of Prof. Tomislav Friščić in McGill’s Department of Chemistry has made a name for itself in the little-known, but growing field of “mechanochemistry,” in which chemical transformations are produced by milling, grinding or shearing solid-state ingredients – brute force, in other words, rather than fancy liquid agents. “Your coffee maker grinds things,” and grinding molecules in the lab involves much the same principle, Friščić notes. Using mechanical force also has the significant advantage of avoiding the use of environmentally harmful bulk solvents.

Classified as: Research, chemistry, McGill News, Katsenis, katsenite, mechanochemistry, Tomislav Friščić
Published on: 23 Mar 2015

The William Dawson Scholar award recognizes a scholar developing into an outstanding and original researcher of world-class caliber who is poised to become a leader in his or her field, similar to that of a CRC Tier 2. The Department of Chemistry is proud to host the 2015 Scholar. Congratulations Tomislav Friscic.

Classified as: award
Published on: 22 Mar 2015

Some of our faculty members are involved in the organizing of Pacifichem 2015 symposia in Honolulu on Dec 15-20. Submit an abstract before April 15 (extended deadline) or register (early bird rate) before October 15 and join us there!

Classified as: conference
Published on: 17 Mar 2015

Robin Rogers was interviewed by C&E News and talks about his inspiration, green chemistry, innovation and McGill.

Classified as: interview
Published on: 11 Mar 2015

The Arndtsen and Lumb research groups jointly report a copper-catalyzed aerobic oxidation of alcohols without the use of traditional N-oxide co-oxidants. The tyrosinase inspired Cu-diamine complex efficiently mediates the oxidation of both activated and un-activated alcohols at ambient pressure and temperature.

Classified as: Publication
Published on: 25 Feb 2015

Researchers at McGill University have developed a new, low-cost method to build DNA nanotubes block by block – a breakthrough that could help pave the way for scaffolds made from DNA strands to be used in applications such as optical and electronic devices or smart drug-delivery systems.

Classified as: Nanotechnology, Research, DNA, chemistry, McGill News, Amani Hariri, DNA structures, fluorescence microscope, Gonzalo Cosa, Hanadi Sleiman, nanotubes, single-molecule microscopy
Published on: 23 Feb 2015

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.

Classified as: Publication
Published on: 21 Feb 2015


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