What does a Greek God and former McGill Chemistry Professor Bernard Belleau OC FRSC have in common?

Bernard Belleau was famous for developing the nucleoside analogue 3TC for viral treatment. Here, we show that a nucleoside analogue triggers a cell death mechanism named after Thanos, the Greek God of nonviolent deaths. The nucleoside analog, cytarabine, has been used as the frontline treatment of leukemia for more than 50 years, but patient survival rates are less than 20%.

Published: 21 Sep 2023

Memorial Tribute – Byung Chan Eu (1935–2023)

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Professor Byung Chan (“BC”) Eu on August 25th, 2023, at the age of 88 while in hospital. BC was born in 1935 in Seoul, Korea and earned a BSc in Chemistry at Seoul National University in 1959. He was admitted to the graduate school of Seoul National University in 1960, but soon was drafted into the Korean army which he served until 1962.

Published: 19 Sep 2023

The Clara Benson Award

The Clara Benson Award is presented to recognize a woman who has made a distinguished contribution to chemistry, in memory of the late Clara Benson who contributed immensely to both CHEM and equity (1st female Prof at UofT). This award is sponsored by The Canadian Council of University Chemistry Chairs. Prof. Karine Auclair from McGill University is the recipient of the 2023 Clara Benson Award.

Published: 1 Sep 2023

Detecting airborne viruses in a blink of an eye

Until now, there was no real-time airborne virus tracking technology, hindering the understanding of rapid virus change, transmission and associated health impacts. Led by the Ariya' lab, in collaboration with colleagues at McGill Faculty of medicine and U.

Published: 20 Jun 2023

Researchers Develop Nanosponges Using ‘Hairy’ Nanocellulose As Sustainable Alternative For Drug Delivery

Chemists from McGill University have discovered the possibility of creating biopolymer-based “nanosponges” using milled softwood pulp, a sustainable and less toxic alternative to current drug delivery systems. Although the structures developed by the researchers are too big for anti-cancer drug delivery by injection or oral intake, they could potentially be used in dressing wounds, for medical implants, and to capture unwanted materials in wastewater.

Published: 11 May 2023

Hanadi Sleiman elected Fellow of the Royal Society

McGill Chemistry professor recognized for her development of new approaches to DNA nanotechnology

Hanadi Sleiman, Professor of Chemistry at McGill and Canada Research Chair in DNA Nanoscience, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society for her ground-breaking work producing DNA nanostructures for precision drug delivery.

Published: 10 May 2023

Major advance in research on melanin, the pigment that colours skin, eyes, and hair

For the first time, scientists produce an organic molecule that mimics melanin’s essential properties

Published: 10 Apr 2023

A novel in-situ and real-time four dimensional capability for the nano and microplastic life cycle research

The Ariya lab developed a novel nano-digital inline holographic microscope (nano-DIHM) was used to advance in-situ and real-time nano/microplastic physicochemical research, such as particle coatings and dynamic processes in water.

Published: 28 Mar 2023

The Obituary of Dr. John F. Harrod

Dr. John F. Harrod, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemistry at McGill University passed away peacefully in Montreal on January 26, 2023, in his 89th year.


Published: 1 Feb 2023

Biogenic optical devices for solar energy conversion: glass-like shells of diatoms help turn light into energy in dim conditions

A McGill research team led by Professors Mark Andrews (Department of Chemistry) and David Plant (Electrical Engineering) has shown how the glass-like shells of phytoplankton (diatoms) help these microscopic organisms perform photosynthesis in dim light conditions. Despite amounting to only about 1% of the global plant biomass, phytoplankton account for about 50% of the planet’s photosynthetic activity and at least half of the world’s oxygen production.

Published: 14 Dec 2022

Introducing Professor Doctor Hélène Seiler!

McGill Chemistry congratulates Dr. Hélène Seiler on her appointment as an Assistant Professor of Physics in the Free University Berlin!

Published: 16 Nov 2022

Efficient room-temperature phosphorescence of covalent organic frameworks through covalent halogen doping

Room-temperature phosphorescence in organic solids is rare. In a recent article from Perepichka group E. Hamzehpoor, C. Ruchlin and coworkers reported highly phosphorescent boroxine Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs) using the covalent doping approach and controlling the ratio of halogenated precursors.

Published: 1 Nov 2022

High Voltage Cathodes

The performance of Li-ion batteries with high-voltage cathodes continues to be impractical for commercial devices due to several materials' limitations. In a recent article in collaboration with Samsung, Eric McCalla and co-workers systematically addressed these issues by using high-throughput screening with dopant selections covering much of the periodic table to achieve dramatically improved energies and extended cycling.

Published: 27 Oct 2022

Dance in support of Ukraine

Our own Aleksei Kavun, a Ph. D. student from the Li lab, participated in the Révolution dance competition with a political message supporting Ukraine. His heartfelt dance was broadcasted on the TVA channel on September 18th. Aleksei's Ukrainian father, Mikhail Kavun, was illegally detained in Russia and later recognized as a political prisoner.

Published: 21 Sep 2022

Come join our faculty! Apply to our faculty position in Polymer Chemistry before October 15 2022

We are currently holding a search for our next faculty member. Please share widely the job post for an assistant professor position in Polymer Chemistry. Find out all the information here:


Published: 19 Sep 2022


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