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Dr. Jean-Michel Nunzi is awarded $400,000 for a Leaders Opportunity Fund Projects

"Congratulations to Jean-Michel Nunzi and co-investigators James Stotz and Dominik Barz on being awarded $400,000 from MEDI for their Leaders Opportunity Fund Project, “Research on portable multidimensional micro-nano biological sensing devices”." [posted June 27,  2014]


Professor Diane Beauchemin's Research is featured in Chemistry World

Diane Beauchemin group’s research was featured in Chemistry World published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The article outlined a new forensic tool that is being developed using a combination of spectroscopy and statistical analysis to determine a person’s gender and ethnicity through a thread of hair.


Click here to view Chemistry Work article [posted May 16,  2014]

Avena Ross, Queen's National Scholar in Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry

Dr. Ross was born in Manitoba, however, she grew up in New Zealand where she attended the University of Auckland. After Dr. Ross completed her BSc (Hons.) in Chemistry in 2005 she returned to Canada to undertake Doctoral research at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Prof. John C. Vederas FRS. During her degree Dr. Ross investigated antibacterial peptides called lantibiotics, exquisitely potent molecules that are produced by bacteria as a chemical defense. She received her PhD in Chemistry in 2012 and then joined the lab of Prof. Bradley S. Moore at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California at San Diego. At Scripps Dr. Ross has continued to study peptides from bacteria and her work currently focuses on how these complex molecules are biosynthesized in nature. Dr. Ross was supported by NSERC during her PhD studies and is currently an NSERC postdoctoral fellow. In addition to federal fellowships Dr. Ross has received multiple University-based awards including a Doctoral Dissertation award from the University of Alberta. Dr. Ross joins the Department of Chemistry in January 2015 as a Queen’s National Scholar in Chemical Biology. [posted May 14,  2014]

Bader Celebration Snieckus Quote

Following the celebration of Alfred Bader’s 90th birthday  at Queen's, the weekly magazine of the American Chemical Society (over 18,000 members), C&EN News published (April 28th issue) a surprise laudatio article with well wishes and videos from recognized chemists and friends around the world.  Victor Snieckus was cited: "Alfred Bader's name is synonymous with helping chemists to make molecules; furthermore, his support through awards, fellowships, and scholarships is unwavering. But more than that, Alfred, with Isabel at his side, has touched all whom he has met with enthusiasm about their work and a zest for life."

 —Victor Snieckus, Bader Chair Emeritus in Organic Chemistry, Queen's University, Ontario

Click here for C&EN article Celebrating Alfred Bader
[posted May 9,  2014]

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Dr. Cathy Crudden is awarded a CIC fellowship through Chemical Institute of Canada


Congratulations to Cathy Crudden on being awarded a CIC fellowship through the Chemical Institute of Canada. This fellowship is awarded based on the merits of members of the Constituent Societies of the CIC who have made outstanding contributions.

Click here for more information [posted April 25,  2014]


Department of Chemistry researchers' paper is highlighted by Chemistry World (RSC)

Click here to view paper that is lighted by Chemistry World (RSC)

click here to view Chemical & Engineering News [posted Mar. 25,  2014]

click here to view interview by station 14 [posted April 23,  2014]

Zachary Hudson, former PhD student in Wang group, appointed Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia

Zachary Hudson, a former Ph.D. student in Suning Wang's group, has been appointed Assistant Professor and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia.  He will begin his appointment in 2015 after a postdoctoral stay in the Materials Research Laboratories at the University of California, Santa Barbara. [posted Apr. 22,  2014]

Dr. Philip Jessop is awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Green Chemistry


Congratulations to Dr. Philip Jessop on receiving a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Green Chemistry.[posted Mar. 31,  2014]

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Photo by Bernard Clark

Jeremy Durelle of the Jessop group is the recipient of the Christopher Knapper AMS award

Congratulations to Jeremy Durelle in winning the Christopher Knapper Award for excellence in Teaching Assistance! There were 500 nominations for the AMS awards, of the 10 that were shortlisted for the Teaching Assistant award 4 were from chemistry. Mark Raycroft (winner in 2012-13), Nausheen Sadiq, Stephen Walker, and the winner Jeremy Durelle.[posted Mar. 27,  2014]

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[posted Mar. 20,  2014]

Bill Newstead is the Queen's recipient of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Teaching Award


Congratulations to Bill Newstead on being selected as the Queen's recipient of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Teaching Award. The award ceremony will take place on the evening of April 8th at the Royal York in Toronto. [posted Mar. 7,  2014]

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Yingli Rao and Zachary Hudson have been awarded a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr. Suning Wang's students, Yingli Rao and Zac Hudson have been awarded the highly competitive and prestigious NSERC postdoctoral fellowship. These NSERC fellowships provide support to a core of the most promising researchers at a pivotal time in their careers.
[posted Mar. 6,  2014]



Dr. Victor Snieckus is featured in the Special Issue of Heterocycles


Victor Snieckus  was honored by colleagues and friends worldwide with the publication of two dedicated volumes in the January 2014 issue of the prominent journal Heterocycles, for his contributions to  synthetic organic chemistry, especially to the reaction coined as the Directed ortho Metalation (DoM) which has achieved textbook Name Reaction status and has received wide application in the preparation of pharmaceuticals (anti-AIDS, anti-inflammatory) and agrochemicals (antifungal for grain crops).  

The Special Issue of Heterocycles consisted of 170 papers (over 1600 pages) and a portrait sketched by a student, Adam McCubbin who received his PhD under cosupervision with Bob Lemieux and is now a Professor at the University of Winnipeg.  [posted Feb. 24,  2014]

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Queen's PhD student awarded a prestigious FAPESP post-doctoral fellowship

Julia van Drunen has been granted a FAPESP postdoctoral fellowship to pursue research at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) in Brazil.  The proposed research focuses on the electrochemical conversion of biomass and biomass waste products into valuable chemicals and electrical energy.  This research project fits in well with Brazil’s booming biofuel industry and the global initiative towards environmentally sustainable energy systems.  FAPESP (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo, Foundation for Research Support of the State of São Paulo) is a government agency that supports both Brazilian and international research within the state of São Paulo.  The FAPESP postdoctoral fellowship provides researchers with financial support for two years and also funding to participate in national and international conferences.  [posted Feb. 13,  2014]


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Bill Newstead is the recipient of the Engineering and Applied Science First Year Instructor Teaching Award (Fall Term)

Congratulations to Bill Newstead on being selected by this year’s Engineering Class of 2017 as the recipient of the Engineering and Applied Science First Year Instructor Teaching Award (Fall Term). The award is given each year to the instructors of first year Engineering and Applied Science courses who, in the opinion of the students, contributed most to creating a good teaching and learning environment in the classroom.

This is Bill's 8th time winning this award![posted Jan. 31, 2014]

Kingston named one of Top 7 Intelligent Communities of the Year


See attached article in Queen's University. News Centre[posted January 27, 2014]



Intelligent Roads

Want to build better roads that are less harmful to our environment and economy due to reconstruction costs and traffic delays? Make them last longer by selecting the right materials! Simon Hesp, a.k.a. Professor Pothole, spoke to the Toronto Star about why Ontario roads are showing so much distress these days. His research collaborations with MTO and the City of Kingston are paying off to build roads with a significantly reduced life-cycle cost. The article was followed by three television interviews (CBC Ottawa, CKWS and Global News Toronto) and as many as 10 radio interviews (CBC Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, St. Catharines, Hamilton, and Calgary). Most of the video and sound clips are available online.

Naysayers can visit Google Street View at the Monkland intersection on Highway 138 in eastern Ontario: Go north for 20 km to Highway 417 and see what poor quality materials tainted with waste engine oil residue do to performance. Go south for 20 km to Cornwall to see a superior performing pavement of nearly equal age, design, climate and sub-grade, but which carries nearly twice the traffic. Last year the City of Kingston placed approximately 50,000 tonnes of asphalt with similar superior quality and durability while the Ministry has implemented one of the three test methods on all contracts that require modified asphalt cement since 2012.[posted January 23, 2014]

Dr. Tucker Carrington receives the 2014 J. C.Polanyi Award


Congratulations to Dr. Tucker Carrington, the 2014 recipient of the J. C. Polanyi Award.  This prestigious national award recognizes research excellence in physical chemistry, chemical physics, theoretical chemistry, or computational chemistry. The award will be presented at the 97th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, to be held in Vancouver from June 1st to the 5th, 2014.[posted Jan 15,  2014]


Congratulations to Dr. Philip Jessop, he is the recipient of a $378,240 Strategic Grant from NSERC


Congratulations to Dr. Philip Jessop, he is the recipient of a $378,240 Strategic Grant from NSERC.  He is also a co-recipient of two more Strategic Grants (headed by Pascale Champagne and Michael Cunningham) totaling another $945,330, all announced this past week. [posted Jan 14,  2014]


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In Loving Memory of Amanda Kelsall


Tragically on Sunday January 5th Amanda passed away while returning to the University Of Ottawa Faculty Of Medicine.  As a Queen’s Chemistry graduate of 2012, Amanda touched the lives of many in this department.  Her enthusiasm and passion for learning were an inspiration to everyone as was her academic excellence; she will be sorely missed.  Anyone wishing to express their condolences is welcome to sign the card located in the main office. [posted Jan 8,  2014]







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