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News Archive - 2010

Rob Dumont with the Staff Appreciation Award

Congratulations to Rob Dumont!

Rob Dumont wins the 2010 Department of Chemistry Staff Appreciation Award at the annual Departmental Potluck for his outstanding contribution to the department.


Dr. Victor SnieckusVictor Snieckus, 2010 Laureate of the Republic of Lithuania

Dr. Victor Snieckus, the Bader Chair Emeritus in Organic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry has been recognized as the 2010 Laureate of the Republic of Lithuania in the field of Physical, Biomedical, and Technological Sciences. View the "Chemistry Professor Named Laureate Lithuania" article.


Dr. Gang Wu

Dr. Gang Wu of the Department of Chemistry and his colleagues  discover new method for studying molecules

Dr. Wu and his colleagues were recently featured as a cover article inAngewandte Chemie, one of the world's leading chemistry journals. Their discovery will help in the study of proteins, DNA, RNA and other molecules structures as they have discovered the method for studying oxygen in large molecular systems. Click here for the "Scientists Discover New Method Studying Molecules" article.


Chancellor David Dodge, Dave Thomas, Chair of QCIC, Dr. Shirley Tilghman President of Princeton University, Principal Daniel Woolf, Dr. Bob Lemieux, Head of the Chemistry DepartmentDr. Shirley Tilghman returns to the Department of Chemistry

 Dr. Shirley Tilghman, President of Princeton University, was the after-dinner speaker at the annual Queen's Innovation Council dinner Thursday September 30th. Dr. Tilghman is an alumni of the Department of Chemistry (B.Sc.H, 1968) and spoke fondly of her research and learning experiences in the department.

Photo by Greg Black, Queen's University
Chancellor David Dodge, Dave Thomas, Chair of QCIC, Dr. Shirley Tilghman President of Princeton University, Principal Daniel Woolf, Dr. Bob Lemieux, Head of the Chemistry Department


Dr. Victor Snieckus

Dr. Victor Snieckus has been recognized as the 2010 Laureate of the Republic of Lithuania in the field of Physical, Biomedical, and Technological Sciences

Dr. Victor Snieckus, the Bader Chair Emeritus in Organic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry has been recognized as the 2010 Laureate of the Republic of Lithuania in the field of Physical, Biomedical, and Technological Sciences. Queen's News Centre's "Chemistry Professor named Lithuanian Laureate" article.


Environmental Chemistry textbook coverEnvironmental Chemistry - a global perspective 3rd Edition published

The third edition of Environmental Chemistry – a Global Perspective (co-authored by Gary vanLoon (Emeritus Prof. in this department) and Stephen Duffy (Queen’s PhD, now Professor of Chemistry at Mt. Allison University) has just been published. This book, originally released ten years ago, has been widely used in undergraduate and graduate courses around the world. A Polish edition was published in 2007 and an Arabic edition is in the works. Information about the book is available at the Oxford University Press website


Dr. Jean-Michel Nunzi's discovery could impact how the body receives medicine

Dr. Jean-Michel Nunzi and his group has determined that "molecular cooperation " is what allows the molecules to move and shift. The findings may one day be used to facilitate medicinal drug distribution by allowing doctors to control the time and rate at which drugs are delivered into the body. See more on the CNRS site and the Queen's News Centre from the News Centre at Queen's University.
 


Dr. Philip JessopDr. Philip Jessop receives the 2010 Queen's Prize for Excellence in Research

Congratulations to Philip Jessop on receiving the Queen's Prize for Excellence in Research, the highest honour given by Queen's University to recognize the research excellence of its faculty.


Electrocatalysis issue coverElectrocatalysis Volume 1, Number 1 is out

The Volume 1, Number 1 of Electrocatalysis is out both in its electronic and paper forms. Electrocatalysis is led by Dr. Gregory Jerkiewicz as its Editor-in-Chief. Electrocatalysis is cross-disciplinary in nature, and attracts the interest of chemists, physicists, biochemists, surface and materials scientists, and engineers. Electrocatalysis is the only international journal solely dedicated to fundamental and applied aspects of chemical reactions taking place at the electrode and driven through the application of an electrical field.


Department of Chemistry invites you to Jones Lecture, October 1, 11:30am, Che 117. Plastic Solar CellsJones Lecture


GreenCentre Canada grand opening Thursday August 19th, 2010

GreenCentre Canada had its grand opening on August 19th, with speeches from Senator Hugh Segal (representing the federal government), Minister John Gerretsen (representing the Ontario government), Rui Resendes (executive director, GCC) and Philip Jessop (technical director, GCC). Former chemistry department members Dominik Wechsler (now a senior researcher at GCC) and Amy Holland (now a junior researcher at GCC) and many current Department of Chemistry department members also participated in the celebration.

Green Centre Web Site


Dr. Philip JessopDr. Philip Jessop was chair of the 3rd International Conference on Green Chemistry

The 3rd International IUPAC Conference on Green Chemistry was held in Ottawa on August 15-18th. Prof. Jessop was the chair of the conference. There were over 320 delegates and presentations from 34 countries, including several presentations from representatives of the Department of Chemistry.


Dr. Cathy CruddenDr. Cathy Crudden is awarded the 2011 Canadian Catalysis Lectureship Award (CCLA)

Cathy Crudden is the recipient of the 2011 Canadian Catalysis Lectureship Award (CCLA). The CCLA provides funding to present lecutres at 4-6 locations across Canada, with the tour to be completed within 12 months of receiving notice of the award.


Dr. David ZechelDr. David Zechel is awarded $35,000 from GreenCentre Canada

David Zechel has received $35,000 from GreenCentre Canada to create halogen containing drug-like compounds (also know as organohalogens) by harnessing naturally occurring enzymes.

Green Centre Web Site


Dr. Hugh HortonDr. Hugh Horton has been appointed Associate Dean (Studies)

Hugh Horton has been appointed Associate Dean (Studies) in the Faculty of Arts & Science for a six-year term, July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2016.


Dr. Cathy CruddenDr. Cathy Crudden is awarded $120,000 through the Federal Discovery Accelerator Supplements program

Cathy Crudden is one of five Queen’s researchers receiving $120,000 over three years through the Federal Discovery Accelerator Supplements (DAS) program to quicken the pace of the professors’ progress and maximize the impact of their work.

Queen's News Centre "Researchers Receive Funding Boost" article


Dr. JerkiewiczDr. Gregory Jerkiewicz is Awarded Research Grant from Nissan Motor Company

Dr. Gregory Jerkiewicz has been awarded a $50,000/year research grant from the Nissan Motor Company to work on a project entitled “Investigation of Catalyst Degradation Mechanisms Under Simulated PEMFC Automotive Conditions: Contribution Towards Enhanced Durability, Extended Lifetime and Reduced Cost of PEMFC Stacks”.  The grant is the first step in a long-term collaborative effort between the Nissan Fuel Cell Laboratory and Dr. Jerkiewicz’s Surface and Materials Electrochemistry, and Electrocatalysis Laboratory.


Dr. Bill NewsteadProf. Bill Newstead is awarded The Frank Knox Award and the Applied Science Teaching Learning Award

Bill Newstead has recently received two important teaching awards from Queen's. One is the Frank Knox Award, presented annually by the Alma Mater Society to two instructors who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the education of students at Queen's through their teaching excellence. The Frank Knox Award is the highest honor given to instructors by students at Queen's and this is the second time Bill has received this award (a distinction only one other Queen's faculty has achieved over the past 20 years !)

The other award is the Applied Science Teaching and Learning Award, which recognizes individuals teaching first year Applied Science courses who contribute most to establishing a good teaching and learning environment in the classroom. This is the fifth time Bill has received this award!


Queen's faculty led by Prof. Cathleen Crudden awarded a NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) grant worth $1.59M over six years.

A group of ten Queen's faculty in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Physics led by Prof. Cathleen Crudden have been awarded a NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) grant worth $1.59M over six years. The grant will enable the development of a training program in Novel Chiral Materials and help sustain and further strengthen international collaborations with French, Japanese and Swedish research groups. The Queen's co-applicants include Cathleen Crudden (PI), Natalie Cann, Mike Cunningham (Chem Eng), Hugh Horton, Bob Lemieux, Kevin Robbie (Physics), Richard Oleschuk, Peter Loock, Nick Mosey and Jean-Michel Nunzi.


Dr. Philip JessopDr. Philip Jessop is awarded a Killam Research Fellowship

Philip Jessop is among eight outstanding Canadian researchers to be awarded a Killam Research Fellowship, administered by the Canada Council for the Arts. The Fellowship provides $70,000 a year for two years to each of the researchers.


Dr. Stan BrownDr. Stan Brown is awarded the 2010 CIC Catalysis Award

2010 CIC Catalysis Award has been awarded to Stan Brown. The award is presented every two years at the Canadian Symposium on Catalysis, which takes place in Banff this year on May 9-12, to an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of catalysis.


Dr. Gregory JerkiewiczDr. Gregory Jerkiewicz, Professor of Chemistry, joins a research center directed by the 2007 Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry

Dr. Gregory Jerkiewicz, Professor of Chemistry, has been invited to become a member of the newly formed Ertl Center for Electrochemistry and Catalysis located in Gwangju, South Korea, and directed by Prof. Gerhardt Ertl, the 2007 Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry.  In the Director’s Message, Prof. Ertl says that “At the beginning of the 21stcentury our world is facing serious problems with regards to environment, climate, energy conversion, raw materials and food.  All these global problems are seeking scientific solutions, especially from chemistry, and in this connection electrochemistry and catalysis are of tremendous importance, in particular for energy conversion and pollution control.  It is expected that the Ertl Center for Electrochemistry and Catalysis will play a significant role in these attempts, and I wish great success to all the people involved in this enterprise.” Dr. Jerkiewicz’s research will contribute to the understanding of fundamental steps involved in electrochemical generation of hydrogen, a means of energy storage, and hydrogen utilization in fuel cells.  He will also address fundamental questions related to the origin of catalytic activity of platinum in fuel cells.