Training Activities

Sept. 18 Workshop

Negotiating and Communication Styles​. Dr. Darlene Hnatchuk (CAPS McGill). 12:00-14:00. OM 428.

June 19

Student seminar

Interrupted Melanogenesis: A Short, Bio-Inspired Entry into Highly Functionalized Indoles. Ohhyeon Kwon (Lumb group). 12:00-13:00. Ruttan Room.

June 12 Workshop

Professionalism in the work place. CAPS McGill. 12:00-13:30. Ruttan Room.

May 17 Summer School

Day 2: Graphics workshop (Prof. Audrey Moores), 9:00-11:30: closed session for trainees. Green Entrepreneurship workshop (Dr. John Warner, Warner-Babcock Institute), 13:00-16:00: open to all. OM 217.

3MT Student Competition (OM 217), 16:15-17:15: open to all. OM 217.

May 16 Summer School Day 1: Career paths for Chemists. 9:00-16:00. OM 217. Closed session for trainees.
May 11 Workshop

Prof. Audrey Moores. 3MT Final Practice Session. 10:00-12:00. Ruttan Room.

April 27

Student seminar

Julie Ducharme (Auclair group). Investigation of Cytochrome P450 3A4 Cooperativity via Bioconjugation of Natural Ligands. 12:00-13:00. Ruttan room.

April 13


Prof. Audrey Moores. 3MT Practice Session II. 13:30-15:30. P&P 109B.

March 16 Workshop

Prof. Audrey Moores. 3MT Practice Session I. 10:00-12:00. Ruttan Room.

March 9 Workshop Jan Bottomer (CAPS, McGill). Time Management for Students. 11:30-13:30. Ruttan Room.
March 1 Student seminar

Arshath Abdul Rahim (Ghoshal group). Detection and characterization of metal nanoparticles in biosolids from municipal wastewater treatment plants. 12:45-13:45. OM 428.

February 10

Annual Interdisciplinary Case Competition

Keynote lectures by Howie Honeyman (CEO of FWT; formerly CTO GreenCentre; SVP of R&D and Applications at Natrix Separations; and Principal Scientist at E-Ink) and Adrian Horotan (Safer Made). 13:00-15:00. Seminars and student competition. Bronfman Building: room 422.

January 26 Student seminar Zoe Hearne (Li group). Palladium-Catalyzed Synthesis of Conjugated Dienals. 12:00-13:00. Ruttan Room.
January 18


Media Training. McGill Media Relations. 9:30-12:30. Service Point pavillion: room MS-74.


November 28 Workshop Dr. Leigh Loots. Data Visualization: Effectively communicating your findings through images. 10:00-12:00. Research Commons (Redpath-McLellan library).
November 14


Tim Lougheed. Media Training: Science journalism and becoming a better communicator. 14:00-16:00. Ruttan room.
November 7

Instrumentation training

Nathalie Bourgeoys (Agilent). GC Lunch & Learn. 10:00-12:00. Ruttan room.

October 30 Outreach

McGill Open House. Chemistry demonstrations all day long by CREATE trainees. Oct. 30: 10:00-16:00, Otto Maass (main lobby and labs).

September 19 Seminar

Dr. Mike Ward (Editor, Chem. Mater.). Challenges in Scientific Publication and Communication in a Twitter World . 12:00-14:30, Ruttan room.

September 8 Student seminar

Patrick Julien (Friscic group). Developing Greener Approaches to Metal-Organic Materials. Sept. 8: 12:00-13:00, Ruttan room.

August 31 Seminar

Nathalie Bourgeoys (Agilent). Lunch & Learn: Selecting the best column for your analysis. 11:00-13:00, Ruttan room.

August 18


Dr. Mahmood Sabahi. IP and Patents. 10:30-12:30, Ruttan room.

July 13 Seminar

Dr. Maxwell Leung (National Center for Computational Toxicology, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 13:30. McIntyre Medical Bldg., room 1345.

June 21

HPLC training

Paul Poupart (Agilent). 9:00-16:00. Lumb and Li labs.

May 11

CREATE summer school: Day 3

Professors Li (Green Synthesis), Moores (Nanotechnology), Friscic (Mechanochemistry) and Jessop (Queens University: Supercritical fluids) 8:30-11:00 and 13:00-16:00. OM 217.

3MT student competition: OM 217.

May 10

CREATE summer school: Day 2

Professors Voutchkova and Kostal (GWU). Toxicology workshop. 8:30-13:00, 14:45-16:30. OM 217.

Prof. Vanderwal (University of California, Irvine). Seminar: Title TBD. 13:00-14:30. OM 10.

May 9 CREATE summer school: Day 1 Prof. Bhavik Bakshi (Ohio State University). LCIA workshop. 8:30-16:30. OM 217. Co-sponsored with TISED.


April 25

Student seminar

Mikel Landry (Moores-Barrett group). Illuminating catalysis: Photo reduction and oxidation of carbonyl compounds with silver nanocubes. 12:00-13:00. Ruttan Room.

April 14


Dr. Audrey Moores. Three minutes to present your research (part II).  13:00-15:00. P&P 109B.

April 13


Dr. Leigh Loots (McGill). Crafting Effective Scientific Abstracts. The McGill Writing Center. 11:00-13:30. McLellan Library.

March 7

Student seminar

Hanno Erythropel (Nicell group). Evaluation of maleate, fumarate and succinate diesters as potential green plasticizers. 14:30-15:30. OM 428.


March 1 Workshop Prof. Audrey Moores. 3 Minutes to Present Your Research. 10:30-12:00. Ruttan Room.
February 8 Student seminar

Mehrnoosh Azodi (Ghoshal group). Dissolution and re-formation of Ag NPs in municipal wastewater media. 12:00-13:00. OM 428.

January 26 Seminar

Paul Anastas (Director, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, Yale University). Q&A on Green Chemistry and Beyond. 11:00-12:00. OM 36.

January 22-23

Annual case competition

Heather MacLean (University of Toronto) and Amy Cannon (Beyond Benign). Seminars and student competition. Bronfman Building.

January 21 Seminar

Amy Cannon (Beyond Benign). Green Chemistry Education. 14:00-15:30. Ruttan Room.

January 14 Student seminar

Laure Kayser (Arndsten group). New Multicomponent Polymerization Approaches to Conjugated Polyheterocycles and Poly(1,3-Dipoles). 12:00-13:00. OM 428.


December 10

Student seminar

Ramjee Kandel (Jessop group). Synthesis and Coordination of Amidine- and Phosphaamidine- Metal Complexes. 12:00-13:00. OM 428.

November 20 Site visit

Yacine Boumghar, Director. CEPROCQ facility, Montreal. 14:30-16:00.

November 19

Student seminar

Amir Nosrat (Maguire group). The Evolution of Climate Risk. 12:00-13:00. OM 428.

November 11


Michelle Hooth (NIH). The U.S. National Toxicology Program’s Evolving Strategies for Evaluating Substances of Public Health Concern. 14:30-16:00. OM 217.
October 22 Student seminar Dan O'Reilly (Damha group). Lighting up RNA Synthesis: Looking for Greener Pastures. OM 428. 12:00-13:00.
October 21 Seminar

Roger Zampini (VP),  Rubens Verni (Product Manager, Mining) and Ian Turpin (Sustainability Manager), Quadra. Green Chemistry Initiatives at Quadra Chemicals. Ruttan room. 9:30-11:00

October 15 Workshop Mettler Toledo. EasyMax and ReactIR. OM 340. 9:30-17:00
September 24 Workshop Tina Cerulli. Project Management Essentials. MNI, De Grandpré Room. 11:00-14:00
September 22


Pedro Alvarez (Rice University). Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment. Macdonald Engineering Building 267. 9:30-11:00.
September 17 Student seminar Paolo Schiavini (Auclair group). Development of P450 mutants for biocatalytic applications. 12:00-13:00. OM428.
August 17 Student seminar Zoe Hearne (Li group) and Luis Carlos de la Garza Becerra (Moores group). Internships 101. 12:00-13:00. OM 428.
June 4 Student seminar Jevgenijs Tjutrins (Arndtsen group). Palladium-Catalyzed Carbonylative functionalization of heterocyclic compounds. 14:00-15:00. OM 428.
June 1 Workshop Ma'n Zawati, McGill Centre of Genomics and Policy. Research Ethics. 12:00-14:00. OM428.
May 28 Seminar Mark Andrews (McGill). How to Navigate the World of Start-Ups. 15:00-16:00. OM 10.
May 28 Student seminar Md Abu Affan (Jessop group). Catalytic Formylation of Primary/Secondary Amine with CO2 and H2 using a Non-Precious Metal Complexes. 14:00-15:00. OM 428.
May 25 Workshop Audrey Moores. Using social media: making the most of what’s out there.  12:00-14:00. Ruttan Room.
May 11 Seminar U.S. Science Policy. Keri Moss, Senior Policy Associate of the American Chemical Society’s Office of Public Affairs. 10:30-12:00, Burnside: room 426.
April 16 Student seminar The development of selective, catalytic aerobic oxidations of phenols for applications in synthesis. Zheng Huang (Lumb group). 14:30-15:30. Ruttan Room.
April 13 Seminar POSTPONED. Conchita Jimenez-Gonzalez, GSK Chemical Engineering and Sustainability Leader. GlaxoSmithKline: Green Chemistry Tools and Efforts 12:30-14:30. Ruttan Room.
April 8 Workshop McGill Toastmasters Club. Speak Up! Enhance Your Natural Speak-Ability. 17:00-19:00. Ruttan Room.
March 25 Seminar Tim Malloy (UCLA). Regulatory Frameworks: The Prevention, Substitution and Precautionary Principles: Conflict and Comity in Chemical Policy. 13:00-16:00. Bronfman 360.
March 24 Workshop Intellectual Property. CIPO. March 24, 11:00-13:00, Macdonald Engineering Building room 267.
March 16 Student seminar Igor Huskic (Friscic group). Title: TBD. March 19, 14:00-15:00. Ruttan Room.
March 4 Tour McGill's Hazardous Waste Management Facility. Christian Bouchard. 13:30-14:30, McIntyre Medical Bldg.
March 2 Workshop The Pharmaceutical Industry: An Introduction, followed by a recruiting session. Gilead. 13:00-16:00. Ruttan Room.
February 16 Workshop POSTPONED (date TBD). Tricks of the Trade: Crafting Grant Applications for Success. Prof. R. Bruce Lennox (McGill). 12:00-13:30. Ruttan Room.
February 9 Student seminar  Xijie Dai, Li group. Iridium-Catalyzed Direct Alcohol Deoxygenation. 12:00-13:00. OM 428.
January 21 Seminar  Regulatory Frameworks: Responsible Care. Bob Masterson, VP (Responsible Care) at the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada. Jan. 21, 2015. 17:30-19:00. Bronfman Building, Room 001. jacqueline.farrell [at] (Registration required).
January 16-17 Workshop  Drs. Robin Rogers (Canada Excellence Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals at McGill University) and Eric Beckman (Co-Director of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation at the University of Pittsburgh). Sustainable Innovation through Green Chemistry Workshop and Case Competition. Keynote lectures: Jan. 16, 13:00-15:00, Bronfman Building, Room 422. Workshop and case competition for students: Jan. 16, 13:00-18:00 and Jan. 17, 10:00-17:30. Desautels. jacqueline.farrell [at] (Registration required).
January 15 Seminar  Eric Beckman, Co-Director of the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation at the University of Pittsburgh. Starting Your Own Business. 12:00-13:30. Ruttan Room. jacqueline.farrell [at] (Registration required).
December 17 Instrumentation workshop Mettler Toledo. Recent Advances in Process Optimization Technologies: FBRM, PVM, EasySampler, ReactIR, EasyMax and OptiMax. 9:30-12:30. OM 328 and lab 440
December 8 Student seminar  Mary Bateman, Moores group. Copper coated iron microparticles:  magnetically retrievable and low-leaching heterogeneous catalysts for the azide-alkyne Huisgen cycloaddition. 12:30-13:30. Ruttan Room.
November 17 Student seminar  Arash Amirkhany, Maguire group. What goes around comes around: the translation of chemical risks into business risks. 12:00-13:00. OM 428.

November 11


Job Skills: Negotiating Salary, Benefits, and Compensation. Darlene Hnatchuk (CaPS McGill). 10:00-11:30. Arts 160. jacqueline.farrell [at] (Registration required.)

November 6


Professional and Business Etiquette — Unspoken Rules for Success: networking, business and professional communication, dining etiquette. Niem Tu Huynh (CaPS McGill). 12:00-14:00. de Grandpré room, MNI. jacqueline.farrell [at] (Registration required.)

October 20 Student seminar  Anna Albertson, Lumb group. An efficient, biomimetic approach to lignan natural products via oxidative cyclobutane fragmentation. 12:00-13:00. OM 428.

October 2


How to Talk So the Media Will Listen. Oct. 2, 9:30-12:30. McGill Media Services, Prof. Tim Kennedy, and invited journalists. With the CREATE in Neuroengineering. 9:30-12:30. Burnside 107. jacqueline.farrell [at] (Registration required).

September 22


Intellectual Property and You. Hugh Mansfield; Lawyer and Patent Agent, Goudreau Gage Dubuc. 13:00-16:00. P&P 109B. jacqueline.farrell [at] (Registration required).

September 8 Student seminar  Sai Chandrasekar, Ghoshal group. Enhanced reductive dechlorination of trichloroethylene by sulfidated nanoscale zero valent iron. 12:00-13:00. OM 428.

August 25


How to Start McGill’s Own Student-Led Green Chemistry Initiative. Laura Reyes, University of Toronto. 12:30-14:30. Ruttan Room. jacqueline.farrell [at] (Registration required).

August 21 Student seminar  Davin Tan, Friscic group. Medicine balls and smashing crystals: Mechanochemical synthesis of pharmaceutically relevant sulfonyl -ureas, -thioureas and –guanidines. 12:00-13:00. Ruttan Room.

June 16


What is Leadership? Campus Life & Engagement. 11:00-12:00. Brown Building, room 5001.

June 9 Student seminar  Jack Cheong, Auclair group. Expanding the Organic Toolbox: Asymmetric C-H Oxidation and C=C Epoxidation by P450 enzymes. 12:00-13:00. Otto Maass 428.
May 23 Seminar  How to Publish Your Research in High-Impact Journals. With the Royal Society of Chemistry. May 23, 15:00-16:00. Ruttan Room.
May 19 Conference CEMWOQ: Crystal Engineering and Emerging Materials Workshop of Ontario and Quebec. May 19, 9:00-18:00. Room 217 for talks; poster session in the General Chemistry Lab.

May 12


POSTPONED: TBA. How to Talk to the Media and Not Get Misquoted. Carole Graveline and Jacquie Rourke (McGill Media Relations), with invited journalists. May 12, 9:30-16:00. Burnside 105.

May 5 Student seminar  Boran Xu, Arndtsen group. A Tyrosinase-Based, TEMPO-Free Approach to Highly Active Copper Catalysts for the Aerobic Oxidation of Alcohols. 12:00-13:00. Otto Maass 428.

April 30


Facilitation Skills workshop: Leading Effective Discussions. Campus Life & Engagement. 10:00-16:30. Education Building.

April 28


Writing workshop: Polishing Poster Presentations. Chris Corkery, Barrett Group. 9:30-11:30. McIntyre Medical Building, room 208/9.

April 23


Making Connections: How to Network at Conferences with CREATE Green Chemistry and CREATE Neuroengineering.

Presented by Susan Molnar of CAPS McGill. 11:00-12:00. Otto Maass 428.

April 14


Student seminar: Simon Girard, Li group. Dehydrogenative Aromatisation: New Synthetic Methodologies for Functionalized Arenes. 12:00-13:00. Otto Maass 428.

April 7

Training Day

Waters: Supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) hands-on training. 9:00-4:00. Otto Maass 440.

March 27


Professional and Business Etiquette — Unspoken Rules for Success: networking, business and professional communication, dining etiquette. Darlene Hnatchuk (CaPS McGill). 9:45-11:15. Ruttan Room: Otto Maass.

March 24


Student seminar: Isla Milne, Maguire group.


March 13

Lunch & Learn

The Drivers of Green Chemistry. Kira Matus (London School of Economics). 12:45-14:00. Thompson House. jacqueline.farrell [at] (Registration required).

March 6


Intellectual Property: Christian Cawthorn (Partner, Patent Agent from Norton Rose Fulbright Canada) and the McGill Patent Protection Office. 13:00-16:00. Ruttan Room: Otto Maass.

February 17


Student seminar: Stoyan Rangelov, Nicell group.

January 23


POSTPONED. Making Connections: How to Network at Conferences with CREATE Green Chemistry and CREATE Neuroengineering.

Presented by Linda Cicuta of CAPS McGill. 12:00 to 14:00. de Grandpré meeting room, MNI. Lunch is included. 


December 5


ACS webinar: Alternative Assessments: Strategies for Sustainable Product Development. Question period with Dr. Audrey Moores. 14:00-15:00. Pulp & Paper 113.

December 9


Student seminar: Kenneth Esguerra, Lumb group.

November 25


Student seminar: Monika Rak, Moores group.

October 21

Seminar Student seminar: Marie Barnes; Jessop group (Queen's University)

September 23

Seminar Student seminar: Sourjya Bhattacharjee; Ghoshal group. 

September 13-14, Bronfman Building

Workshop/seminars Sustainable Innovation Through Green Chemistry Workshop and Case Competition, and lectures by David Constable and Lynn Leger.

September 5-6

Workshop 2nd Canada-China Green Chemistry and Catalysis Workshop
June 26 Seminar Student Seminar Cristina_Mottillo Friscic group
June 12 Workshop Micro GC_training_day  Agilent
June 11 Workshop Perkin Elmer_Lunch and Learn Series
May 31 Workshop Self-Assembly in the  Solid State as a Route to Greener Chemical Processes
May 28 Seminar Endocrine Disruption Seminar
May 24 Workshop Interdisciplinary Teaching Initiatives
May 22 Seminar Student Seminar: Danielle Vlaho
April 22 Seminar Student Seminar: Vanja Polic
March 27 Workshop CAT systems H*E*L
March 25 Seminar Student Seminar: Jeffrey Quesnel
February 25 Seminar Student Seminar: Nick Uhlig
February 19 Workshop Intellectual Property
February 15 Workshop Mettler Toledo: ReactIR and EasyMax State-of-the-Art Technologies for Organic Synthetic Research
December 6 ACS Webinar J. Zimmerman: Rational Design of Safer Chemicals
November 5 Seminar Dr Scialli: Hazard vs Risk: REACH as a case study
September 7-8 Workshop Sustainable innovation through Green Chemistry: an interdisciplinary student workshop


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