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Graduate Studies in Chemistry at Queen's

Thank You for Considering Queen's for Graduate Studies in Chemistry

In an increasingly competitive world of science and technology, the correct choice of graduate school and research supervisor is one of the most important decisions you will make.

Queen's University and the Department of Chemistry enjoy international reputations and an advanced degree from here is highly regarded, which is an important consideration in today's job market. With 25 award-winning faculty, and over 130 graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and research associates performing cutting-edge research in a multitude of areas, you will find this an exciting place to do research.

Graduate Student Research Highlight

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Nausheen Sadiq - PhD Candidate in Chemistry, supervised by Dr. Diane Beauchemin

Research Topic: "Multi-elemental risk assessment of various types of rice using ICP-MS"

Overview: Various types of rice have been studied by exposing the samples to artificial saliva, gastric juice and intestinal juice to determine how much of both toxic and essential elements will leach into our bodies and from there into our blood. This is done to determine how safe the food we eat is and whether the government needs to implement safety regulations.

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Gillian Mackey - PhD Candidate in Chemistry, supervised by Dr. Stephen Brown

Research Topic: "Developing modified siloxane polymer materials for environmental sensor applications"

Overview: With increasing human populations and demands on resources, it is more important than ever to monitor our environment for pollution. Currently, most environmental monitoring is done in the lab, meaning a sample must be collected from a site, transported to a lab, and analyzed by a trained technician. It would be ideal to develop devices that can instead carry out environmental analysis in the field – these devices are called environmental sensors. In my project, we aim to modify siloxane polymers in order to produce materials with useful properties for environmental sensing. We can incorporate different chemical components, which change the light transmitting properties of the material, and attach proteins and antibodies to the surfaces of the polymers. We have applied these materials to the detection of bacteria in water and volatile hydrocarbons in air.

Check out what other graduate students at Queen's are researching by tuning in on Tuesdays at 5 PM to Grad Chat on CFRC 101.3FM.