Department of Chemistry



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  • Chemistry 2017

    Chemistry Family 2017

  • Mission Statement

    The Department of Chemistry's Mission Statement

  • Chernoff Main Hall

    Chernoff Hall - Home of the Department of Chemistry

  • Chernoff Hall lounge area

    Chernoff Hall lounge area

  • Lecture taking place in Chernoff

    Lecture taking place in Chernoff

  • Equipment in the Mass Spectrometry Lab

    Equipment in the Mass Spectrometry Lab

  • Equipment in the Nuclear Magnetic Reaction Lab

    Equipment in the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Lab

  • Equipment in the Surface Analysis Lab

    Equipment in the Surface Analysis Lab

  • Equipment in the X-ray Crystallography Lab

    Equipment in the X-ray Crystallography Lab

Department Spotlight

Donation by the Robins Family (DavosPharma) enhances student education

Robins FamilyQueen’s grads, Barry Robins (BSc 1964 Chem.Eng., centre), and his sons, Dave Robins (BSc 1992 Eng. Chem., left) and Brian Robins (BSc 1994 Chem.Eng., right), made a generous donation of US $100,000 to the Department of Chemistry in support of our undergraduate and graduate student education programs. Barry Robins, an original native of Kingston, is the founder of DavosPharma, Upper Saddle river, NJ. The entire Robins family has been deeply involved in contributing to the welfare of Queen’s Chemistry. Their donation is only the most recent contribution to our department – Barry was one of the founders of the Queen’s Chemistry Innovation Council (QCIC). For many years, the Robins family has been active members in the QCIC and advised our students on advancing their careers and the department about its strategic priorities. Their donation to our department will be endowed to create a new graduate teaching award, to increase support for international graduate students, and to allow for undergraduate student travel to present 4th year research at national conferences. We are all very grateful to their amazing contribution to our department!

Seminar Series

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    Friday, March 23, 2018

    11:30 a.m.

    Chernoff Hall, Room 117


    Vargas Baca

    McMaster University


    Supramolecular Main Group Chemistry

    Abstract (PDF, 266KB)

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    Friday, April 6, 2018

    Russell Lecture

    11:30 a.m.

    Chernoff Hall, Room 117


    Timothy Lodge

    University of Minnesota


    Ionic Liquid/Block Polymer Nanocomposites: Remarkably Versatile, Functional Materials

    Abstract (PDF, 133 KB)

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    Friday, April 13, 2018

    Inaugural Szarek Lecture

    11:30 a.m.

    Chernoff Hall, Room 117


    Sir Fraser Stoddart

    Northwestern University

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    Friday, April 20, 2018

    McRae Lecture

    11:30 a.m.

    Chernoff Hall, Room 117


    Nathan Lewis

    California Institute of Technology

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    Friday, April 27, 2018

    Harrison-MacRae Lecture

    11:30 a.m.

    Chernoff Hall, Room 117


    Burçin Bayram

    Miami University

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    Friday, May 4, 2018

    11:30 a.m.

    Chernoff Hall, Room 117


    Jean-Philip Lumb

    McGill University

News & Events

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    Chemistry installs a new 700 MHz NMR Spectrometer!

    Staff & Faculty with the new NMR spectrometerExciting News!! Our new 700 MHz NMR spectrometer is being installed this week! The instrument is equipped with probes for both liquid and solid samples and will support departmental research and contract work for many years. The NMR instrument is part of the $8.8M CFI grant.

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    Five leading researchers recognized by Queen's will have an engaging panel discussion on Tuesday, April 3rd in the BioSciences Complex Atrium

    In Conservation with the Prizes for Excellence RecipientsThe panel discussion entitled, “In Conversation with the Prizes for Excellence in Research Recipients.” The panel will feature the 2017 Prizes for Excellence in Research recipients: Denis O’Donnell (Medicine), Cathy Crudden (Chemistry), Liying Cheng (Education), Sam McKegney (English Language and Literature), and Pascale Champagne (Civil Engineering). The panel will be moderated by Scott White, Editor-in-Chief of The Conversation Canada. A short description of Scott’s career is available below, and an article published in the Queen’s Gazette describes the recipients’ many research accomplishments.

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    Queen’s researchers receive federal funding for novel, patient-oriented cancer treatments

    Featured in the Queen's Gazette, Dr. Allingham along with co-investigators P. Andrew Evans (Department of Chemistry) and Andrew Craig (The Queen's Cancer Research Institute), will receive $497,500 over the three years. The federal financing will fund the development and pre-clinical testing of new cancer fighting drugs that disturb a key protein required for cancer cells to spread; 90% of cancer-related deaths occur by the spread of cancer cells within the body and new therapies like these will greatly improve the survival rates of cancer patients. For more information on the CHRP grants, please visit the website.

Research Spotlight

Congratulations to Dr. Crudden who has been awarded the International Precious Metals Institute (IPMI) Carol Tyler Award!

Dr. Cathleen Crudden

The IPMI Carol Tyler Award recognizes the achievement of a woman in the field of precious metals in academia or industry. Dr. Crudden has been recognized for her leading work on palladium catalyzed cross-coupling with enantioenriched organoboranes, as well as on formation of monolayers on gold surface with N-heterocyclic carbenes. Dr. Crudden is the first researcher from a Canadian University to receive this award!