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Queen's has a brand new, $56 million, state-of-the-art building. The NMR facility has 5 high field instruments, including a 600 MHz spectrometer and several with solids capability. A Mass spec facility with 4 mass spectrometers is on site, as is an X-ray diffractometer, and a CFI-funded facility for materials characterization.

You can join research groups conducting front-line research in analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, polymer, and theoretical chemistry. The research ranges from the most fundamental to very applied. Interdisciplinary research abounds in such areas as environmental, molecular modeling for drug design, medicinal and biological, organized materials for optoelectronics applications, and various forms of spectroscopy, to mention but a few.

Queen's graduate students are guaranteed a minimum stipend of $23,000 per year, and holders of NSERC scholarships are given an additional $6,000 per year over the amount of their scholarship.

Your time at graduate school should be an enjoyable experience, both educationally and personally. Queen's University is located in beautiful Kingston, rated as one of Canada's top places to live. The opportunities for your scientific and personal enrichment are among the finest in North America. To help you decide with whom and in what area you will pursue your advanced degree, read the summaries of the world class work being conducted by each research group, by exploring each faculty member's website.

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.