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.
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.
The Ottawa Citizen | Mar 12, 2015 by: Avi Freidman Are asphalt roads and sidewalks in neighbourhoods really needed? Of course they are, you might say. Otherwise, where else will people walk and how will drivers reach their garages? But let’s look at the wisdom of having roads and sidewalks in their current form. As we rethink our future neighbourhoods and fix existing ones, we may want to take a hard look at our streets and reclaim them. After all, it is we who pay for their costly construction and neverending upkeep.
Science News | March 18, 2015 by: Lesley Evans Ogden A group of prominent Canadian academics is trying to change the dynamic by releasing its own set of climate policy recommendations for the nation.
The Globe and Mail | March 18, 2015 by: IVAN SEMENIUK AND SHAWN MCCARTHY Canada could shift entirely to renewable sources of electricity by 2035 and eliminate 80 per cent of its greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century, says a group of Canadian academics that is aiming to spur government action on climate change. To get there, they recommend a national carbon-pricing plan, and greater effort to move electricity produced from low-carbon sources such as hydro dams across provincial borders.
À l’époque, l’histoire n’a pas fait grand bruit. Tout a débuté en 2012, lorsque cinq étudiants de l’Université McGill ont déposé leur candidature au Hult Prize. Connaissez-vous le Hult Prize ? Il s’agit d’un prestigieux concours international en entrepreneuriat social, notamment soutenu par Bill Clinton et Muhammad Yunus. Il permet au gagnant de remporter une bourse de 1 M$ US.
Undergraduates can find the most up-to-date info on their programs & courses at mcgill.ca/study; this year's eCalendar—with registration, academic, and other info for the 2015–16 academic year—is now online!