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The Chemistry Outreach Group

The Chemistry Outreach Group works to foster a deeper understanding of chemistry through fun and interactive experiments for students of all ages.

Our free demonstrations include an equal mix of educational information and exciting chemical and physical reactions. We have a wide variety of content available that can be adapted to any age group, from kindergarten through CEGEP. All of our demonstrations have a hands-on component and we work with teachers to tailor our presentations to the students’ current science unit. It is our hope that our experiments will provide educators and students with lots of material to discuss in future classes.

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Who Are We?

Candide Champion is a Masters student in computational chemistry at McGill. He is particularly interested in topics at the interface of chemistry and physics and thoroughly enjoys making liquid nitrogen ice cream.





Chris Corkery now makes technology for the ISS and occasionally lectures at McGill. He enjoys talking to people, science, and demos that involve lasers.






 Samantha Gateman is a PhD candidate in McGill’s chemistry department studying electrochemistry. Her hobbies include cooking up a storm both in the laboratory and in the kitchen, and knitting outfits for her cat, Sophie.






Igor Huskic is a PhD student at McGill's Department of Chemistry. His interests are Solid State Chemistry, Green Chemistry and all things crystalline. When not doing that, he likes to read, cook and bike. His favourite experiments are the liquid light-bulb and fireflies in a bottle.




Anne Labarre just started her Master's degree in medicinal chemistry. Her favourite demo is the elephant toothpaste, from which she always saves a bit for her elephant at home (but don't tell anyone). Apart from this, she enjoys swimming and reading.





 Christophe Lachance-Brais has been in love with chemistry since he learned atoms are like small Legos. Now he tries to share his passion, no matter how many explosions it takes! He spends his days advancing his Master’s, but he also skies, climbs and beer-pongs. 






Elise Malek-Adamian completed her Master's degree in Chemistry at McGill University in the research group of Dr. Masad J. Damha where she now serves as a research assistant. She is originally from Ottawa, Ontario. She enjoys studying how chemistry applies to biology. 





Maureen McKeague is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Pharmacology. Maureen loves chemistry outreach simply because: "What in the world isn't chemistry?" Her favourite experiment will always be making slime because it works, it's colourful, and anyone can do it!





 Ada McVean just finished her Chemistry and Gender Studies undergraduate degree. She works for the McGill Office for Science and Society busting pseudoscience at every opportunity. She enjoys organic chemistry, lab work, science communication and any experiments that involve fire.






Siba Moussa is a PhD student at McGill's Chemistry Department. She is interested in all things related to electrochemical sensing, enzymes and nanotechnology. When Siba is not in the lab, you’ll find her wandering outdoors or reading a book or two. One of Siba’s favourite things is to show others how cool chemistry is through outreach!  





Siting Ni is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry studying material chemistry. She loves creating something colorful in the lab, listening to classical music, and putting some paints on canvas.





Daniel O'Reilly is a PhD student in the Damha lab. His research focuses on nucleotide modifications and their uses in medical therapies. He enjoys soccer, experiments with fire and sleeping in. 






 Celine Prell is a U3 Chemistry major with a keen interest in all things inorganic. She enjoys lab work nearly as much as she enjoys petting dogs






Jorge Ramos is currently in his PhD trying to understand how molecules work. Directly imported from Mexico he enjoys talking and teaching science to any people who is  (or not) willing to hear him.  In love with the idea of scientific society where the reason drives the world.




Anaïs Robert is a first year MSc Neuroscience student with a background in chemistry. She loves applying all the cool things she's learned from chemistry to biology and everyday life. When not in the lab, you can find her kicking a soccer ball around with some friends.





Hannah Sragovicz is a U3 chemistry minor. She loves the time she gets to spend in the lab showing kids how "AWESOME" science can be. Getting back to that exciting view of "science" as"explosions!" and "slime!" and "ice cream!" breathes life into the study of chemistry.





 Tara Sverko is a U3 Chemistry student. Her favourite Chemistry experiment is Elephant Toothpaste.






Daniel Therien is a Ph.D. student in chemistry at McGill under the joint supervision of Professors Karine Auclair and Tomislav Friščić. His research focuses on studying new ways of dealing with crustacean waste shells through sustainable processes using enzymes. When not in the lab, he enjoys playing piano or working on fun graphic design projects.





Danielle Vlaho completed her PhD in Nucleic Acid Chemistry at McGill in 2017. Since then, she has worked in the Department of Chemistry, where she spends most of her time as the laboratory instructor for McGill’s undergraduate Organic Chemistry courses. Danielle loves chemistry in all its forms – but especially when it comes to cooking and baking!





 Dr. Alexander Wahba is a teacher in the Chemistry department and the staff supervisor for Outreach. He enjoys DNA chemistry and cinema.outreach.chemistry [at] ( Email him) if you're interested in joining Outreach! 






 Kevin Zhang is a PhD student interested in all things related to fluorescence. When not in the lab, he can be found semi-homeless in another country, making carnitas tacos, or double-faulting at your local tennis court. 

Interested in Joining?

Group members include departmental staff, postdocs, graduate students and undergraduate students. If you want to join, send us an outreach.chemistry [at] (email)!


Pint of Science 

Date: May 20th - 22nd 2019

Time: 19:00 - 21:00

Location: Various bars and pubs around Montreal

Languages: English

Details: Pint of Science Canada invites scientists to your favourite local bars to discuss their latest research and discoveries over a drink or two. This is the perfect opportunity to meet scientists and ask questions. You have no excuse not to come and share a drink with us!



Eureka! Festival 

Date: June 7th 2019

Time: 12:30 - 15:30

Location: Old Port of Montreal Promenade, 200 de la Commune St W, Montreal, QC, H2Y 4B2, CA

Languages: English, French

Details: Learn how chemistry is fueling our transportation with the McGill Chemistry Outreach group at Eureka! Festival

Détails: Découvrez comment la chimie alimente notre transport avec le groupe Outreach chimie McGill à Eureka! Festival



Want Outreach For Your Group?

We travel to schools to give demonstrations in the students’ classroom or you can visit us here in the Otto Maass Chemistry building. Our presentations are in the building’s new active learning laboratory, a state-of-the-art classroom designed to maximize student-teacher interaction and collaborative learning.

Please outreach.chemistry [at] (e-mail) Dr. Alexander Wahba if you are interested in setting up an event for your school or group!

Our current events are listed below, please feel free to come on out and see what we're like in person!