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News Archive - 2012


Dr. Lemieux

Dr. Robert Lemieux will be joining the Faculty of Arts & Science as an Associate Dean

Robert Lemieux has been appointed Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science starting January 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015.


Sean Mercer

New Queen's technology creates valuable potable water

Switchable salts developed by Sean Mercer in the Jessop group, combined with a suggestion from Prof. Stephen Brown, have lead to a technology that has been made into a spinoff company by GreenCentre Canada. The technology is a less energy-intensive way of obtaining fresh water from seawater or waste water.
Queen's News Centre's "Technology creates valuable Potable Water" article.


the Photonic Guitar being played

Dr. Peter Loock is featured in the show “Guitar Picks” on the HiFi HD channel

On a recently aired episode of “Guitar Picks”, Peter Loock’s photonic guitar is highlighted.
Guitar Picks episode on the Photonic Guitar (MOV, 41 MB)


Dr. Jessop Receiving his award

Congratulation to Dr. Philip Jessop, he is the recipient of the “Technology with the potential for the most profound impact” award through Parteq

Dr. Philip Jessop received one of four awards given during the ceremony at Parteq. Philip received the Parteq award for “Technology with potential for the most profound impact” award for his discovery of a suite of chemical compounds with the ability to change their properties.
PARTEQ Innovations article on Amphiphobic Materials


A street with the words when rubber is in the road written along it

Hesp Research Group Receives Major Support for Warm Rubber Modified Asphalt Research

Major funding has been secured in the form of research grants and contracts for the investigation of warm asphalt cement and warm rubber modified asphalt cement. The research project will investigate the way in which warm mix additives and crumb rubber modifier interact to produce superior performing asphalt rubber pavements. The total commitment of $420,000 plus $80,000 in-kind over the next three years will fund the salaries of numerous undergraduate and graduate students as well as pay for a new gyratory compactor and moisture conditioning system. Special thanks go out to the following sources: Akzo Nobel Surface Chemistry, Imperial Oil, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, and Ontario Tire Stewardship. Undergraduate students looking for a summer job are encouraged to visit the Hesp Research Group website or contact Prof. Hesp directly at Simon.Hesp@chem.queensu.ca.


Ashley McMath and Julia van Drunen

Ashley McMath and Julia van Drunen (Jerkiewicz Group) win the Best Poster Award at the International Symposium on Electrocatalysis

Ashley McMath and Julia van Drunen of Dr. Jerkiewicz’s Laboratory have won the Best Poster Award at the International Symposium on Electrocatalysis which took place in Maragogi, Brazil, Nov 4th – 7th. The poster entitled “Investigation of Electrochemical Platinum Oxide Formation Using Cyclic Voltammetry and Chronoamperometry” summarizes Ashley’s NSERC USRA summer research project. Julia acted as Ashley’s laboratory instructor and oversaw daily experiments. The research and the students will be featured among other contributions from the Symposium in a special issue of the journal Electrocatalysis.


Dr. Andy Evans

Dr. Andy Evans awarded a CFI and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair

Andy Evans has been awarded at Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Organic and Organometallic Chemistry and a CFI Leaders Opportunity Fund on "New Metal-Catalyzed Allylic Substitution and Higher-Order Carbocyclization Reactions".
Queen's News Centre's "Alfred Bader Chair in Organic Chemistry" article


Dr. Crudden

Dr. Cathy Crudden is chosen as a PI for a new World Premier Institute

Last week, one of Japan’s largest funding agencies (JSPS) announced the funding of three new World Premier Institutes (WPIs), which are designed to be highly visible international research centers. Of the three proposals chosen for this third round of WPIs, only one was chemistry-based, with Chemistry Professor Kenichiro Itami from Nagoya University at the helm. Itami plans to bring synthetic chemists together with plant and animal biologists to help address global issues such as food and biofuel production in a changing climate.
In addition to chemists and biologists from Nagoya, the team includes three overseas PIs, Keiko Torii from the University of Washington, Jeffrey Bode from the ETH in Zurich, and Cathleen Crudden from Queen’s University in Canada. The project is funded at ca. $150 million USD over ten years. The team is now looking to hire 30 postdoctoral fellows in synthetic chemistry and plant and animal biology to start the project in early 2013.
Queen's News Centre's "Queen’s Professor Named Select Research Team" article


Dr. Lemiuex

Dr. Bob Lemieux is highlighted in the Queen's News for receiving the Samsung Mid-Career Award

Bob Lemieux is the recipient of the Samsung Mid-Career Award from the International Liquid Crystal Society and is highlighted in the Queen's News Centre. This award "recognizes the contribution of mid-career researchers to advancements in science and/or technology in the field of liquid crystals".
Queen's News Centre's "Bob Lemieux, award-winning professor and organic chemist" article


Steamrollers flattening tarmac

Professors Simon Hesp and Gus Shurvell win MAIREPAV7 Best Paper Award!

Simon Hesp and Gus Shurvell are the recipients of a Best Paper Award in the theme of Pavement Materials and Technology for their contribution “Waste Engine Oil Residues in Asphalt Cement” out of 32 submissions. The Seventh International Conference on Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Pavements and Technological Control (MAIREPAV7) was held from August 28-30, 2012, in Auckland, New Zealand. Gus was invited to present results obtained with the X-ray fluorescence analyzer in the laboratories of the Art Conservation Program at Queen’s, to detect waste engine oil residue in asphalt cement, which is the cause of major premature and excessive pavement distress in our roads.


Dr. jermiewicz after receiving the Order of Polonia Restituta

Order of Polonia Restituta

On August 31st, 2012, the Day of Freedom and Solidarity, the President of Poland, Mr. Bronisław Komorowski, conferred the Order of Polonia Restituta on Dr. Gregory Jerkiewicz. The distinction recognizes Dr. Jerkiewicz’s outstanding contributions to the Polish society in the 1980s. Dr. Jerkiewicz was one of the founders of the Independent Student Association (NZS) and represented the interests of NZS in the governing body of the trade union Solidarność (Solidarity). The award ceremony was attended by Mr. Donald Tusk, the Prime Minister of Poland, who was also one of the founders of NZS, Mr. Lech Wałęsa (Nobel Peace Prize 1983) and Mr. Tadeusz Mazowiecki, who were the first President and Prime Minister of Poland following the collapse of the communist regime. The Order of Polonia Restituta is second only to the rarely awarded Order of the White Eagle and is equivalent to the Order of Canada.


Dr. Cann

Dr. Natalie Cann Head of Chemistry

Congratulations to Dr. Natalie Cann who has been appointed as Head of the Department of Chemistry for the period July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2018.


Dr. Crudden

Dr. Cathy Crudden appointed President of CSC

Cathy Crudden has taken over as President of the Canadian Society of Chemistry as of June 2012.


Dr. Andy Evans

Professor P. Andrew (Andy) Evans, new Department of Chemistry Bader Chair in Organic Chemistry

The department is pleased to announce that Professor P. Andrew (Andy) Evans has accepted an appointment in the Department of Chemistry at Queen’s as Alfred R. Bader Chair in Organic Chemistry. Andy succeeds Victor Snieckus in this important and highly honoured position, and it is clear that Queen’s Chemistry has once again recruited a magnificent talent to the Bader Chair. The Alfred R. Bader Chair in Organic Chemistry was endowed in 1993 by Alfred R. Bader, an alumnus of Queen’s who received a B.Sc. (Engineering Chemistry) in 1945, a B.A. (History) in 1946, an M.Sc. (Chemistry) in 1947 and an Honorary LLD in 1985.

Born June 20, 1964, in Llangollen, Wales, Andy obtained his B.Sc. (Hons.) in 1987 at Newcastle Polytechnic and his Ph.D. in 1990 at the University of Cambridge under the guidance of Andrew B. Holmes, FRS. Andy moved on to a NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin (1991-1993; Philip D. Magnus, FRS), and subsequently joined the chemistry departments at first the University of Delaware and then at Indiana. He moved to the University of Liverpool in the UK in 2006, assuming the position of Professor of Chemistry and Heath Harrison Chair of Organic Chemistry; the Heath Harrison Chair is one of the most prestigious chairs in the UK, and has been held by a number of extremely prominent organic chemists.


Thomas Kraft

PhD. student Thomas Kraft is awarded a scholarship by the Embassy of France

Congratulations to PhD student Thomas Kraft from Nunzi's team who has been awarded a scholarship by the Embassy of France in Ottawa for his research on Carbon Nanotube Solar Cells carried in a cotutelle with the University of Limoges. This was the fist PhD cotutelle project in the Department of Chemistry.


The frontpage of C&EN

Dr. Guojun Liu's research is highlighted in the ACS Chemical & Engineering News

Dr. Liu's research on cotton coating was highlighted in the ACS Chemical & Engineering News, click the link below to view the article.
Chemical and Engineering News article on Cotton Coating


Sean Mercer

Sean Mercer (Jessop Group) is awarded the ACS Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award

Sean Mercer of the Jessop Group has been awarded the ACS Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award. The award "recognizes outstanding student contributions to furthering the goals of green chemistry through research and or education." As part of the award he will be attending award ceremonies at the US EPA headquarters and the ACS 16th Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering conference, as well as giving a lecture at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, all in Washington D.C. in June.


Dr. Philip Jessop

Philip Jessop awarded the 2012 Canadian Green Chemistry & Engineering Award

The Chemical Institute of Canada has selected Dr. Jessop as the 2012 winner of the Canadian Green Chemistry & Engineering Award. The award will be presented at the CSChE Conference in October.


Dr. Shurvell

Gus Shurvell reappointed Adjunct Emeritus Professor in the Department of Art

Dr. H.F. (Gus) Shurvell has been reappointed for a further five years to the adjunct academic staff of the Department of Art as an adjunct emeritus professor.

Dr. Shurvell is a retired Queen’s chemistry professor. He contributes to the Art Conservation program by giving a series of lectures on spectroscopy in ARTC808, and performing analysis on materials from conservation projects using a Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer and an X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyser. Gus also helps students with chemical, material, and logistical problems associated with their research projects.


Yingli Rao

Yingli Rao is the recipient of the 2012 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Congratulation to Yingli Rao from Dr. Suning Wang group for winning the prestigious 2012 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship


Dr. Newstead

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

Congratulations to Bill Newstead on being selected by this year’s Engineering Class of 2015 as the recipient of the Engineering and Applied Science First Year Instructor Teaching Award (Winter 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.


A fire demonstration in preparation for the redezvois

Science Rendezvous Saturday May 12th from 10 am to 3 pm in Grant Hall

More than a dozen graduate students from the Chemistry Department will be participating in Science Rendezvous, a science event for the public of all ages, in Grant Hall on Saturday, May 12th from 10 am to 3 pm. There will be hands-on experiments for children and two chemistry shows (11 am and 1 pm). John Gerretsen, MPP and Attorney General of Ontario, will open the second show. Dr. Jessop provided training, Tom Hunter gave assistance, and the department gave financial support.


Journal of Materials Chemistry featuring Oleschuk Research

Oleschuk Group research is featured as a cover article in the RSC Journal of Materials Chemistry

Yueqiao Fu, Graham Gibson and Richard Oleschuk have developed an approach for the fabrication of polymer microstructures with high aspect ratio and low polydispersity using photonic fibres as templates. Such structures include tubes, fibres/wires, and other extended linear forms. Small-scale, one-dimensional structures are of great interest for their applicability in fields as diverse as medicine, catalysis, microelectronics and chemical analysis.


Michale Dalziel shaking hadns after winning second prize at SOUSCC

Michael Dalziel wins Second Prize at the Southern Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference(SOUSCC)

Congratulations to Michael Dalziel, who won Second Prize in the Organic/Organometallic Chemistry category at the Southern Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference (SOUSCC) on March 24, held at the University of Guelph. Michael received the Prize for his presentation "Dancing Directed Metalation Groups: Regioselective Functionalization of Azine or Azole in 7-Azaindole" on research carried out in the Snieckus laboratories.


The photonic guitar being played for HIFI HD

HIFI HD cable channel filming crew visits Chernoff Hall highlighting Dr. Peter Loock's Photonic Guitar

On Monday March 26th, 2012 a filming crew was on the 4th floor of Chernoff Hall from the HiFi HD cable channel. The cable channel was highlighting Paul Langlois from the Tragically Hip playing his own electric guitars and Dr. Peter Loock's Photonic Guitar.


Juliaa van Drunen

Julia van Drunen of the Jerkiewicz lab wins the Herbert H. Uhlig Award

Julia van Drunen of the Surface and Materials Electrochemistry and Electrocatalysis Laboratory directed by Dr. Jerkiewicz has been awarded the Herbert H. Uhlig Award. The Award, established in 2007, is one of only five summer fellowships given by the Electrochemical Society to Ph.D. candidates across the world to support exceptional research in the field of electrochemistry.


Leanne Chen

4th Year Undergraduate Student is awarded best oral presentation at The South Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference

Leanne Chen, a 4th year Chemistry Undergraduate student at Queen's, has won the best oral presentation award at The Southern Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference for her undergraduate research. Leanne's research is supervised by Professor Suning Wang and Professor Nick Mosey.


Dr. Jessop

$5.48 Million awarded to GreenCentre and Switchable Solutions

GreenCentre Canada and Switchable Solutions are awarded $5.48 million to bring 'game changing' green solvent technology to market. The technology that formed the basis of this company was discovered by Philip Jessop, Department of Chemistry Queen's University.


Dr. Suning Wang

Dr. Suning Wang is awarded a Killam Research Fellowship

Suning Wang is among seven 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.


Chernoff from the exterior

The Department of Chemistry at Queen’s is ranked in the Top 5 Canadian Chemistry Departments

The Department of Chemistry at Queen's, with its high quality research programs, excellent facilities and first class educational experience, maintains its top 5 ranking among Canadian chemistry departments in the 2011 QS World University Rankings in Chemistry.


Zac Hudson

Zac Hudson from the Wang Group wins 2012 CIC Inorganic Division Award

Zac Hudson from Wang group has won the 2012 Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) Inorganic Division Award for Graduate Work in Inorganic Chemistry. He will give an Award lecture at the 2012 CSC conference in Calgary.