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The 2018/2019 Belleau Lecture: Sunny Xie - Single Cell Genomics: When Stochasticity Meets Precision

19 Feb 2019 13:00

DNA exists as single molecules in individual cells. Genomic variations such as copy-number variations (CNVs) and single nucleotide variations (SNVs) in a single cell occur in a stochastic way, necessitating single-cell and single-molecule measurements to be identified. However, existing single-cell whole genome amplification (WGA) methods are limited by low accuracy of CNV and SNV detection....

Chemical Society Seminar: Rubén Martín - Turning simplicity into complexity by Ni catalysis: From comprehension to prediction

26 Feb 2019 13:00

An increased utilization of feedstock materials in catalytic endeavours holds great promise to revolutionize approaches in organic synthesis for preparing added-value building blocks....

Chemical Society Seminar: Guillermo Bazan - Molecular Design of Conjugated Oligoelectrolytes for Bioelectrochemical Applications and Antibiotic Development

12 Mar 2019 13:00

Conjugated polymers and oligomers are typically thought of being relevant within the context of emerging optoelectronic technologies. This presentation will highlight how a subset of these materials, namely conjugated oligoelectrolytes (COEs) can be designed for the perturbation and modulation of microbial processes. The first section of the talk will focus on the self-assembly and intercalation of COEs with lipid bilayer membranes....

Chemical Society Seminar: Xiaoguang Lei - Natural Product Synthesis as a Driving Force to Address the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis

19 Mar 2019 13:00

Natural products and their derivatives have long been used as medicinal agents, and they still make up a significant fraction of clinically approved drugs. Natural product total synthesis provides a rich and unparalleled opportunity to develop new synthetic transformations, conceive novel and general strategies to access complex structures, and study the mechanism of action of bioactive targets....

CCVC: Patrick Holland - Nitrogen Binding and Fixation using Iron Complexes

26 Mar 2019 13:00

N2 reduction (or "fixation") has been a longstanding target of study in chemistry because of the compelling goal of utilizing abundant, cheap atmospheric N2 for chemical synthesis. Current methods reduce N2 to ammonia at high temperatures and pressures. This seminar will discuss our research into low-temperature N2 fixation, as well as new mechanisms that lead to organic products from N2....

Solid-state NMR training day March 27

27 Mar 2019 09:00

The NMR facilities at McGill, UQAM, Université de Montréal, and the MUHC-RI will do a training day on solid-state NMR at Université de Montréal on March 27 from 9 AM to 5 PM.  Contact Robin Stein (ssnmr.chemistry[at] to sign up. 

Chemical Society Seminar: Chris Chang - Activity-Based Sensing Approaches to Decipher Transition Metal Signaling

2 Apr 2019 13:00

Traditional strategies for development of chemoselective imaging reagents rely on molecular recognition and static lock-and-key binding to achieve high specificity. We are advancing an alternative approach to chemical probe design, termed activity-based sensing (ABS), in which we exploit inherent differences in chemical reactivity as a foundation for distinguishing between chemical analytes that are similar in shape and size within complex biological systems....

CCVC: Katalyn Barta -

9 Apr 2019 13:00

NMR is Fun 2019

14 May 2019
15 May 2019

The NMR facilities of Université de Montréal, UQAM, and McGill will hold two days of NMR training on May 14-15 at UQAM. Day 1 will be at a basic level and will cover basic NMR principles, instrumentation, and tips and tricks for 1D and 2D NMR. Day 2 will be more advanced and will cover selective experiments, DOSY and relaxation, and exchange NMR and NOESY/ROESY techniques....

CCVC: Karl Anker Jørgensen - Organocatalysis – from lab to industrial processes

14 May 2019 13:00

The lecture will present the development of organocatalytic stereoselective reactions that have found application in academia and industrial settings. The focus will be on how different activation modes have been applied for the development of novel reaction concepts that have opened up for new directions in the synthesis of complex molecular scaffolds.