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.

2023-2024 Seminar Schedule

Sep 2023 | Oct 2023 | Nov 2023 | Dec 2023 | Jan 2024 | Feb 2024
Mar 2024 | Apr 2024 | May 2024 | Jun 2024 | Jul 2024 | Aug 2024

September 2023

September 6th
Grad Orientation
Speaker: Michelle Boutilier - Graduate Assistant
Title: Grad Orientation Day & Grad Talks: Understanding Your Graduate Financials
Host: Department of Chemistry

September 8th
Organic Reactions Inc. Lecture
Speaker: Robert A. Britton - Simon Fraser University
Title: Exploiting 𝛂-Haloaldehydes in Complex Molecule Synthesis
Host: A. Evans

Abstract (PDF, 110 KB)

Organic Reactions Inc. Lecture Brochure (PDF, 312 KB)

September 15th
Grad Town Hall
Speaker: Amanda Bongers - Seminar Coordinator
Title: CHEM802: Thoughts and Feedback
Host: Department of Chemistry

September 22nd
Speaker: Michelle Boutilier - Graduate Assistant
Title: Grad Talks: Graduate Financials Part II – Awards
Host: Department of Chemistry

September 29th
Speaker: Eric McCalla - McGill University
Title: Advancing Secondary Battery Materials with Semi-automated Combinatorial Experiments
Host: P. Duchesne

Abstract (PDF, 45 KB)

October 2023

October 6th
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Hailey Tomm - PhD Student
Title: Stimulating Natural Product production in Pseudoalteromonas rubra with CRISPR-dCas9
Host: A. Ross - Supervisor

Abstract (PDF, 45 KB)

October 11th at 2:30 p.m. in CHE202
Speaker: Md. Shahiduzzaman - Kanazawa University
Title: High Stable Perovskite Solar Cells using Ionic-liquid Addition and Cesium Halides Intercalation Technology
Host: J.M. Nunzi

Abstract (PDF, 94 KB)

October 13th
Jones Lecture
Speaker: Bernie Kraatz - University of Toronto
Title: Beyond Peptide Materials: Aerogel Composites for the Electrochemical Reduction of CO2
Host: G. Jerkiewicz

Abstract (PDF, 52 KB)

Jones Lecture Brochure (PDF, 290 KB)

October 19th 11:30 a.m. in CHE117
Speaker: Masaru Kondo - University of Shizuoka
Title: Data-driven Multi-parameter Screening of Electrochemical and Flow Reaction Conditions Using Bayesian Optimization
Host: C. Crudden

Abstract (PDF, 129 KB)

October 20th
Robert S. Brown Lecture
Speaker: Jeffrey Keillor - University of Ottawa
Title: Targeted Covalent Inhibition of Transglutaminase in Cancer Stem Cells
Host: G. Howe

Abstract (PDF, 80 KB)

Robert S. Brown Lecture Brochure (PDF, 392 KB)

October 27th
QGCS Grad Symposium
Speaker: David McMullin - Carleton University
Title: Cyanobacteria natural products chemistry: application of metabolomics to decipher cyanopeptide mixtures from blooms in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec
Host: Queen's Graduate Chemistry Society

Abstract (PDF, 11 KB)

November 2023

November 3rd
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Michael Ylagan - PhD Student
Title: Stereoselective Rhodium(I)-Catalyzed Carbocyclization Reactions with 1,6-Chloroenynes – The “Universal Alkyne”
Host: A. Evans - Supervisor

Abstract (PDF, 150 KB)

Speaker: Manasa Ramachandra - PhD Student
Title: The Study of Rieske Oxygenase Enzymes Catalysing Oxidative Cyclisation and the Identification of Serine Proteases with Anti-nociceptive Activity
Host: A. Ross - Supervisor

Abstract (PDF, 193 KB)

November 10th
Speaker: Bradley Cowie - Oxford University
Title: From the Molecular d- and f-Block to Nanomaterials: Synthetic Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry
Hosts: L. Lee & P. Wang

Abstract (PDF, 96 KB)

November 17th
Speaker: Michelle Boutilier - Graduate Assistant
Title: Grad Talks: Conference Travel Awards
Host: Department of Chemistry

November 24th
Speaker: Leanne Chen - University of Guelph
Title: Understanding Ammonia Oxidation and Urea Oxidation on Ni-based Materials
Host: A. Bongers

Abstract (PDF, 45 KB)

November 30th at 10:30 a.m. in CHE202
Speaker: Lingzi Sang - University of Alberta
Title: Thioantimonate Electrolytes for All-solid-state Sodium Batteries – the Evolving Structure, Interface, and Electrochemical Performance
Host: G. Howe

Abstract (PDF, 60 KB)

December 2023

December 1st
Speaker: Xavier Banquy - Université de Montréal
Title: Bioinspired bottlebrush polymers for lubrication, antifouling, drug delivery …and more
Host: G. Liu

Abstract (PDF, 72 KB)

December 8th
Frost Lecture
Speaker: Byron Gates - Simon Fraser University
Title: At the Interface of Nanomaterials: Challenges and Opportunities in Creating and Utilizing Advanced Nanomaterials
Host: G. Jerkiewicz

Abstract (PDF, 10 KB)

Frost Lecture Brochure (PDF, 340 KB)

December 11th at 11:30 a.m. in CHE202
Speaker: Shaun McKinnie - University of California Santa Cruz
Title: New insights into the chemistry and biochemistry of vanadium-dependent enzymes
Host: A. Ross

Abstract (PDF, 32 KB)

January 2024

January 12th
Speaker: Daryn Lehoux - Department of Philosophy, Queen's University
Title: Fact and Theory in Spontaneous Generation Debates
Host: Jess Deng

Abstract (PDF, 99 KB)

January 19th
McRae Lecture
Speaker: Sophie Rousseaux - University of Toronto
Title: New Developments in Ni-Catalyzed Transnitrilation
Host: QGCS - Alex

Abstract (PDF, 134 KB)

McRae Lecture Brochure (PDF, 242 KB)

January 26th
Speaker: Reyne Pullen - University of Sydney
Title: Investigating the shift to online delivery of final exams and how this impacted student experience
Host: A. Bongers

Abstract (PDF, 14 KB)

February 2024

February 2nd Virtual via Zoom
Speaker: Asher Newsome - Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute
Title: Sampling, Ambient Mass Spectrometry, and the Philosophy of Damage in a Museum Setting
Host: R. Oleschuk

Abstract (PDF, 71 KB)

February 9th Virtual via Zoom
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Adam Bernicky - PhD Student
Title: Characterization of solid samples with flame emission spectroscopy and artificial neural networks
Host: P. Loock - Supervisor

Abstract (PDF, 113 KB)

February 16th at 2:30 p.m. in CHE415
Speaker: Dave Adams - University of Glasgow
Title: Adaptive supramolecular polymer systems
Host: C. Crudden

Abstract (PDF, 56 KB)

February 16th
Speaker: Kelly LeBlanc - National Research Council Canada, Ottawa
Title: Toxin or Essential Nutrient? Selenium Speciation in the Environment and Human Health: Analytical Challenges and the Role of Metrology
Host: D. Beauchemin

Abstract (PDF, 60 KB)

February 23rd
Speaker: Rachel Baker - Queen's University
Title: Stitching Molecules Together from Renewable Building Blocks with Electricity
Host: C. Crudden

Abstract (PDF, 81 KB)

March 2024

March 1st at 9:30 a.m. in CHE202
Speaker: David Bergbreiter - Texas A&M University
Title: Designing Safer, Sustainable Fully Recyclable Homogeneous Catalysts Systems
Host: P. Jessop

Abstract (PDF, 70 KB)

March 1st
Speaker: Stephanie MacQuarrie - Cape Breton University
Title: "Burning Questions" Exploring the Science and Sizzle of Biochar from Wood and Crustaceans
Host: C. Crudden - C2MCI

Abstract (PDF, 125 KB)

March 8th
Speaker: Christian S. Hamann - Albright College
Title: Teaching NMR Spectroscopy Concepts Using Specifically Deuterated Molecules
Host: A. Bongers

Abstract (PDF, 85 KB)

March 15th
Dr. Michael Baird Lecture
Speaker: Jens Müller - University of Münster
Title: Metal-Modified Nucleic Acids: From Silver(I)-Mediated Base Pairs to Phosphorescent Platinum(II)-Bearing DNA
Host: Z. She

Abstract (PDF, 74 KB)

Dr. Michael Baird Lecture Brochure (PDF, 312 KB)

March 22nd
Speaker: Michelle Boutilier - Graduate Assistant
Title: Grad Talks: Progress Milestones and Expectations Part II: PhD Comprehensive/Candidacy Exam, Thesis Submission, & Completion
Host: Department of Chemistry

March 26th at 1:30 p.m. in CHE117
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker: Jian Yu - PhD Student
Title: Shortcut to microbial metabolome analysis starts with spatial profiling
Host: R. Oleschuk - Supervisor

Abstract (PDF, 142 KB)

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April 2024

April 5th
Dr. Stan Brown Lecture
Speaker: Kevin Plaxco - University of California, Santa Barbara
Title: Molecular vital signs: recent advances in in vivo biosensors
Host: Z. She

Abstract (PDF, 95 KB)

Dr. Stan Brown Lecture Brochure (PDF, 439 KB)

April 8th at 11:30 a.m. in CHE117
Speaker: Steven P. Armes - University of Sheffield
Title: Polymerisation-Induced Self-Assembly
Host: M. Cunningham

Abstract (PDF, 327 KB)

April 12th
Speaker: Ralf Tonner-Zech - University of Leipzig
Title: Learning from fundamental surface science for atomic layer deposition – an ab initio endeavour
Host: C. Crudden - C2MCI

Abstract (PDF, 110 KB)

April 19th
Organic Syntheses Lecture
Speaker: Jeff Bode - ETH Zurich
Title: Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry for Biologics
Host: C. Crudden

Abstract (PDF, 80 KB)

April 26th
Harrison-MacRae Lecture
Speaker: Olexandr Isayev - Carnegie Mellon University
Title: Accelerating Molecular Design with Machine Learning and AI
Host: F. Heidar-Zadeh

Abstract (PDF, 92 KB)

Harrison-MacRae Brochure (PDF, 406 KB)

May 2024

May 3rd
Dr. Stan Brown Lecture
Speaker: Squire J. Booker - Pennsylvania State University
Title: A Radical Solution for C(sp3)–C(sp3) Bond Formation during the Biosynthesis of Macrocyclic Membrane Lipids
Host: G. Howe

Abstract (PDF, 92 KB)

Dr. Stan Brown Lecture Brochure (PDF, 459 KB)

May 10th at 11:30 a.m. in CHE202
Walter A. Szarek Lecture
Speaker: Mia Huang - Scripps Research
Title: Taming complex protein glycoconjugate functions with chemical biology
Host: C. Capicciotti

Abstract (PDF, 72 KB)

May 24th at 11:30 a.m.
Kenneth Russell Lecture
Speaker: Raffaella Buonsanti - Laboratory of Nanochemistry for Energy (LNCE)
Title: Collodial nanocrystals to advance catalysis and energy technologies
Host: C. Crudden

Abstract (PDF, 80 KB)

Kenneth Russell Brochure (PDF, 194 KB)

May 28th at 11:30 a.m. in CHE117
Speaker: Samira Siahrostami - Simon Fraser University
Title: Advanced Catalyst Discovery for Clean Energy Transformation Using Computational Material Design
Host: G. Jerkiewicz

Abstract (PDF, 100 KB)

May 31st
Speaker: Alison Murray - Department of Art History and Art Conservation, Queen's University
Title: Art Conservation – Where Art Meets Science
Host: A. Bongers

Abstract (PDF, 58 KB)

June 2024

June 3rd at 1:00 p.m. in CHE202
Speaker: Sergei Manzhos -Tokyo Institute of Technology
Title: Machine learning with kernel methods in high dimensional spaces
Host: T. Carrington

Abstract (PDF, 51 KB)

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June 28th
PhD Departmental Seminar
Speaker:  Hengmu Xie - PhD Student
Title: Sequential Enantioselective Iridium-Catalyzed Allylic Alkylation/Cope Rearrangement for Construction of Acyclic γ-Stereocenters
Host: A. Evans - Supervisor 

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August 23rd
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August 26th at 11:30 a.m. in CHE202
Speaker: Boon Siang (Jason) YEO - National University of Singapore
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August 30th
Speaker: Kenneth Ozoemena - University of Witwatersrand
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2024-2025 Seminar Schedule

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September 2024

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Jones Lecture
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