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  • Chemistry Family 2016

    Chemistry Family 2016

  • Chernoff Main Hall

    Chernoff Hall - Home of the Department of Chemistry

  • Working on a chip in the Electronic Shop

    Working on a chip in the Electronic Shop

  • 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

Interim Departmental Head

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Peter Loock has been appointed Interim Department Head effective July 1, 2016 for a one-year term.









Seminar Series

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    Monday, August 8, 2016

    9:00 AM

    Chernoff Hall, Room 202


    Hiroshi Nakazawa

    Osaka City University


    Selective Strong Bond Cleavage Catalyzed by Transition Metal Complexes

    Abstract (PDF, 29 KB)

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    Tuesday, August 9, 2016

    11:00 AM

    Chernoff Hall, Room 117


    Darren Derksen

    University of Calgary


    Natural Products as Inspiration for Novel Therapeutics - Opportunities and Challenges

    Abstract (PDF, 203 KB)

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    Wednesday, August 17, 2016

    1:30 PM

    Chernoff Hall, Room 415


    Vasile Catrinel Gradinaru

    Seminar fuer Angewandte Mathematik


    Long time integration of the Schrödinger equation via semiclassical propagations in the phase-space

    Abstract (PDF, 175 KB)

News & Events

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    Suning Wang's former Ph.D. student was visited by the Minister of Science

    Suning Wang's former Ph.D. student Zac Hudson, now an Assistant Professor has been awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair at UBC in Sustainable Chemistry for his work on efficient lighting technologies. Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan and Parliamentary Secretary for Science Terry Beech were on hand for the announcement.



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     Dr. Jean-Michel Nunzi co-organizes international symposium" Planning the cities of tomorrow today"

    Dr. Jean-Michel Nunzi of the Department of Chemistry and Physics and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Photonics for Life, co-organizes a symposium titled Planning the Cities of Tomorrow Today. The primary goal of the symposium is fostering exchange between researchers, students, and industry and institutional representatives on energy issues and sustainable cities.

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    Congratulations to Dr. Gregory Jerkiewicz and his research team on receiving $4-million Discovery Frontiers grant from NSERC on Friday Jan. 8th.

     Gregory Jerkiewicz and his team received $4-million grant from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for a research project based at Queen’s University, focused on developing new clean energy technologies.  Gregory Jerkiewicz (Chemistry), the project lead; Member of Parliament Mark Gerretsen; NSERC President Mario Pinto; Minister of Science Kirsty Duncan; Principal Daniel Woolf; and Vice-Principal (Research) Steven Liss and partners and members of the Queen’s community attended the event..

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    Congratulations to M.Sc. student Zijie Wang of Dr. Guojun Liu’s group!

    Jamie-Lee Freeston, Graeme Gillespie, Professor Hesp, Migle Paliukaite and Russell Taylor won the Elaine Thompson Award for their paper Physical Hardening in Asphalt presented at the 2015 Canadian Technical Asphalt Association Annual Meeting in Ottawa. Jamie-Lee Freeston gave the oral presentation.

    Under the lab supervision of Ph.D. student Yu Wang, Zijie has fictionalized cotton fabrics so that they can separate oil from oil-in-water emulsion rapidly and cleanly.  This task was achieved at the fabric pore sizes of 200 µm despite the emulsion droplet sizes of 4 µm.  His results have been just published in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. and a patent has also been filed on this technology.

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Research Spotlight

Congratulations to Dr. Muhammad Rubnawaz

Congratulations to Dr. Muhammad Rubnawaz, alumnus of the Liu group, who has just accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at the Michigan State University, East Lansing.  He is to start a program on the synthesis of innovative degradable materials from sustainable feed stocks including plant-derived materials and carbon dioxide.