News, Events & Seminars

Bookmark this page to keep up with the latest news, events, and developments taking place at the Department of Chemistry.

Our Seminar Series hosts guest speakers who present on a variety of topics, thanks to the support of Friends of Chemistry and GreenCentre Canada.

You can also catch up with everything that's happened over the past year (or more!) through our QChem Chronicles.

Seminar Series

We thank Friends of Chemistry and GreenCentre Canada for their support of our seminar program.

All seminars begin at 11:30 AM on Fridays in CHE117, unless otherwise indicated.

Sep 2022 | Oct 2022 | Nov 2022 | Dec 2022 | Jan 2023 | Feb 2023
Mar 2023 | Apr 2023 | May 2023 | Jun 2023 | Jul 2023 | Aug 2023

September 2022

September 9th
Speaker: Sami Khan - Simon Fraser University
Title: Innovating at Interfaces: Enhancing the Performance and Longevity of Sustainable Energy Systems
Host: G. Jerkiewicz

Abstract (PDF, 129 KB)

September 16th
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Graham Beaton - PhD Student
Title: The Structure-Function Relationship and Applications of Noble Metal Nanomaterials
Host: K. Stamplecoskie - Supervisor

Abstract (PDF, 46 KB)

September 23rd
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Mai-Jan Tom - PhD Student
Title: Regioselective and Stereospecific Rhodium-Catalyzed Allylic Cyanomethylation: Construction of Acyclic b-Quaternary Stereogenic Nitriles
Host: A. Evans - Supervisor

Abstract (PDF, 218 KB)

September 30th
Russell Lecture
Speaker: Karen Wooley - Texas A&M University
Title: Natural Product-based Polymers that Address Health-Food-Energy-Water Challenges: Structural, topological and morphological diversities for sustainable, degradable polymers derived from carbohydrates
Host: C. Crudden

Abstract (PDF, 158 KB)

Russell Lecture Brochure (PDF, 341 KB)

October 2022

October 7th
Speaker: Michelle Boutilier - Graduate Assistant
Title: Grad Talks: Understanding Your Graduate Financials
Host: Department of Chemistry

Abstract (PDF, 429 KB)

October 14th
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Sangeeth Das Kallullathil - PhD Student
Title: A tensor decomposition method for calculating vibrational spectra of molecules
Host: T. Carrington - Supervisor

Abstract (PDF, 50 KB)

Speaker: Derek Esau - PhD Student
Title: Controlled-Atmosphere Flame Fusion Growth and Preparation of Non-noble Transition Metal Crystal Electrodes for Electrochemical and Electrocatalysis Research
Host: G. Jerkiewicz - Supervisor

Abstract (PDF, 93 KB)

October 21st
Speaker: Caitlin Miron and Jeff Albert - X-Chem Montreal: Take the Lead
Title: Fast-Follower Design of CNS-Penetrant BRD4 Inhibitors and Asymmetric Synthesis of Potent CXCR7 Modulators
Host: A. Petitjean

Abstract (PDF, 60 KB)

October 27th at 9:30 a.m. in CHE117
Queen's Graduate Chemistry Symposium
Speaker: Samantha Michelle Gateman - The University of Western
Title: Understanding Corrosion using a Multiscale Electrochemical Approach
Host: QGCS

Abstract (PDF, 60 KB)

October 28th
Walter A. Szarek Lecture
Speaker: Jennifer Kohler - UT Southwestern Medical Center
Title: Intestinal fucose, in sickness and in health
Host: C. Capicciotti

Abstract (PDF, 46 KB)

Walter A. Szarek Lecture Brochure (PDF, 311 KB)

November 2022

November 4th
Frost Lecture
Speaker: Vojislav Stamenkovic - University of California, Irvine
Title: Electrochemical Interfaces for Energy Conversion and Storage
Host: G. Jerkiewicz

Abstract (PDF, 134 KB)

Frost Lecture Brochure (PDF, 224 KB)

November 10 at 9:30 a.m. in CHE117
Speaker: Uwe T. Bornscheuer - University of Greifswald
Title: Enzyme Discovery and Engineering to Create Biocatalysts Suitable for Applications
Host: D. Zechel

Abstract (PDF, 111 KB)

November 11th
Inaugural Open Plastic Lecture
Speaker: Uwe T. Bornscheuer - University of Greifswald
Title: Recent Progress in the Enzymatic Degradation of Plastics and Especially PET
Host: D. Zechel

Abstract (PDF, 175 KB)

Open Plastic Brochure (PDF, 395 KB)

November 17th 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Chernoff Auditorium
Public Lecture
Speaker: Scott Cairns - Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
Title: The Road to Damascus - Notes from a Chemical Weapons Inspector
Host: R. Oleschuk

Abstract (PDF, 135 KB)

November 18th
Jones Lecture
Speaker: Scott Cairns - Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
Title: The Road to Damascus - Notes from a Chemical Weapons Inspector
Host: R. Oleschuk

Abstract (PDF, 56 KB)

Jones Lecture Brochure (PDF, 215 KB)

November 25th
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Emily Albright - PhD Student
Title: Investigation of N-Heterocyclic Carbenes as Ligands for Stabilizing Gold Nanoclusters
Host: C. Crudden - Supervisor

Abstract (PDF, 111 KB)

December 2022

December 9th at 11:30 a.m. virtual via Zoom
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Marshall Timmermans - PhD Student
Title: Genome guided approaches towards uncovering the hidden biosynthetic potential of marine proteobacteria
Host: A. Ross - Supervisor

Abstract (PDF, 111 KB)

December 14th at 9:00 a.m. in CHE117
Speaker: Daniel Foucher - Toronto Metropolitan University
Title: Designing Killer Surfaces: How to Stop a microbial invasion on Solid Surfaces
Host: G. Liu

Abstract (PDF, 81 KB)

December 14th at 1:30 p.m. in CHE202
Speaker: Theodor Agapie - California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
Title: Synthetic Cluster Models of Protein Active Sites
Host: P. Jessop

Abstract (PDF, 96 KB)

December 16th at 11:00 a.m. in CHE117
Speaker: Victor Batista - Yale University
Title: Studies of Natural and Artificial Photosynthesis
Host: T. Carrington

Abstract (PDF, 661 KB)

December 19th at 10:30 a.m. in CHE117
Speaker: Michael G. Organ - University of Ottawa
Title: Designing Purpose-Built Ligands for Catalysts: “Say Live and Let Die….”
Host: P. A. Evans

Abstract (PDF, 81 KB)

January 2023

January 20th
Speaker: Michelle Boutilier - Graduate Assistant
Title: Grad Talks: Navigating SOLUS and Student Resources
Host: Department of Chemistry

Abstract (PDF, 129 KB)

January 27th
Speaker: Charles Xu - University of Western Ontario
Title: Conversion of Carbohydrates to Renewable H2 and Green Chemicals
Host: P. Jessop

Abstract (PDF, 69 KB)

February 2023

February 3rd
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Yam Gotame - PhD Student
Title: Ferrofluid-Based Preconcentration and Ultra-Trace Determination of Pt, Pd, Au, and Ag in Complex Matrices Using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry
Host: D. Beauchemin - Supervisor

Abstract (PDF, 29 KB)

Speaker: Margaret MacConnachie - PhD Student
Title: Sex Determination of Mummies Through Multi-Elemental Analysis of Head Hair
Host: D. Beauchemin - Supervisor

Abstract (PDF, 29 KB)

February 10th
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Sho Fujita - PhD Student
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Host: G. Jerkiewicz

February 17th
Speaker: Cecile Malardier-Jugroot - Royal Military College of Canada
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Host: A. Petitjean

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March 2023

March 3rd
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March 10th
Russell Lecture
Speaker: Charlotte Williams - Oxford Univeristy
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Host: A. Bongers

March 17th
Speaker: Sam Pazicni - University of Wisconsin–Madison
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Host: A. Bongers

March 23rd time TBA
Speaker: David Procter - University of Manchester
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Host: A. Evans

March 24th
Speaker: Sabine Kuss - University of Manitoba
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Host: Z. She

March 27th at 2:30 p.m. in CHE202
Speaker: Michael Schuurman - University of Ottawa
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Host: T. Carrington

March 31st
Speaker: Sanela Martic - Trent University
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Host: G. Jerkiewicz

April 2023

April 7th (University Closed – No Seminar)
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April 14th
Carbon to Metal Coating Institute (C2MCI)
Speaker: Catherine Murphy - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Host: C. Crudden

April 21st
Frost Lecture
Speaker: Hung-Wen Liu - The University of Texas at Austin
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Host: G. Howe

April 28th
Speaker: Joel Reid - Canadian Light Source
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Host:P. Duchesne

May 2023

May 5th
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May 12th
Speaker: Gianluigi Botton - McMaster University
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May 19th
Speaker: Michelle Boutilier - Graduate Assistant
Title: Grad Talks: Progress Milestones and Expectations
Host: Department of Chemistry

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June 2023

June 2nd
Robert S. Brown Lecture
Speaker: Squire J. Booker - Pennsylvania State University
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Host: G. Howe

June 9th
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June 16th
Speaker: Dave Thompson - Chemical Computing Group
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June 23rd
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July 2023

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July 21st
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August 2023

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