Department of Chemistry



site header

News Archive - 2014

Remembering Sarah Tooth, 1988-2014

Sarah Tooth a Queen's Chemistry Graduate (B.Sc. Honours 2009) was a wonderful class mate, a bright student and a curious researcher. Despite falling very ill in her last year of studies she completed her Honours degree at Queen's and, after a short while, pursed graduate studies at Rice University, Houston, TX. At Rice she completed a M.A. and M. Stat. and was enrolled in their Ph.D. program. On Oct. 30th Sarah left us after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Drs. Cathy Crudden and Hugh Horton have been granted two strategic grants

Dr. Hugh HortonDr. Cathleen CruddenDrs. Cathy Crudden and Hugh Horton have been granted two strategic grants: one headed out of Queen's (one of only two granted) and one with Dr. Mauzeroll from McGill University as PI. The total amount of funding over a three year period is $1.03 million.

Supported catalysts for sustainable water oxidation: Completing the cycle for the generation of hydrogen from water. Crudden, C.M. (P.I.), Kraatz, H.-B., Kennepohl, P., Horton, J.H. and Albrecht, M. (international collaborator) $557, 960 (over three years).

N-Heterocyclic carbenes in corrosion resistant coatings for aluminum and magnesium alloys.  Mauzeroll, J. (P.I), Crudden, C.M. and Horton, J.H., $471,000 (over three years).

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

Nanosized Polymer Capsules Drs Guojun Liu and Heng Hu have made nanosized polymer capsules with built-in channels that release the particles' payload when triggered by a high pH. The nanocapsules could be useful for the controlled delivery of drug molecules and proteins of specific sizes inside the body. Their research was recently published on Macromolecules and highlighted in the ACS Chemical & Engineering News.


Miktoarm Star Copolymer Capsules Bearing pH-Responsive Nanochannels article on Macromolecules

Chemical & Engineering News article

Dr. Jessop is profiled in the Globe and Mail as an Innovator at Work

Dr. Philip JessopDr. Jessop has been profiled by the Globe & Mail for a series on Innovators at Work.  Each person thus profiled is a nominee for a Globe & Mail competition to identify the top innovators in Canada.  Click here to view the newspaper article.



Professor Diane Beauchemin's Research is featured in Chemistry World

Dr. Diane BeaucheminDiane Beauchemin group’s research was featured in Chemistry World published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The article outlined a new forensic tool that is being developed using a combination of spectroscopy and statistical analysis to determine a person’s gender and ethnicity through a thread of hair.

Click here to view Chemistry Work article


Avena Ross, Queen's National Scholar in Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry

Dr. Avena RossDr. Ross was born in Manitoba, however, she grew up in New Zealand where she attended the University of Auckland. After Dr. Ross completed her BSc (Hons.) in Chemistry in 2005 she returned to Canada to undertake Doctoral research at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Prof. John C. Vederas FRS. During her degree Dr. Ross investigated antibacterial peptides called lantibiotics, exquisitely potent molecules that are produced by bacteria as a chemical defense. She received her PhD in Chemistry in 2012 and then joined the lab of Prof. Bradley S. Moore at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California at San Diego. At Scripps Dr. Ross has continued to study peptides from bacteria and her work currently focuses on how these complex molecules are biosynthesized in nature. Dr. Ross was supported by NSERC during her PhD studies and is currently an NSERC postdoctoral fellow. In addition to federal fellowships Dr. Ross has received multiple University-based awards including a Doctoral Dissertation award from the University of Alberta. Dr. Ross joins the Department of Chemistry in January 2015 as a Queen’s National Scholar in Chemical Biology.

Bader Celebration Snieckus Quote

Bader CelebrationFollowing the celebration of Alfred Bader’s 90th birthday  at Queen's, the weekly magazine of the American Chemical Society (over 18,000 members), C&EN News published (April 28th issue) a surprise laudatio article with well wishes and videos from recognized chemists and friends around the world.  Victor Snieckus was cited: 

Click here for Alumni Review Chemistry Bader story



Alfred Bader's name is synonymous with helping chemists to make molecules; furthermore, his support through awards, fellowships, and scholarships is unwavering. But more than that, Alfred, with Isabel at his side, has touched all whom he has met with enthusiasm about their work and a zest for life.

 —Victor Snieckus, Bader Chair Emeritus in Organic Chemistry, Queen's University, Ontario

Dr. Cathy Crudden is awarded a CIC fellowship through Chemical Institute of CanadaDr. Cathleen Crudden

Congratulations to Cathy Crudden on being awarded a CIC fellowship through the Chemical Institute of Canada. This fellowship is awarded based on the merits of members of the Constituent Societies of the CIC who have made outstanding contributions.



Department of Chemistry researchers' paper is highlighted by Chemistry World (RSC)

Chemistry World highlights Department of ChemistryClick here to view paper that is lighted by Chemistry World (RSC)

Click here to view Chemical & Engineering News 

Click here to view interview by Station 14



Zachary Hudson, former PhD student in Wang group, appointed Assistant Professor at the University of British ColumbiaZachary Hudson

Zachary Hudson, a former Ph.D. student in Suning Wang's group, has been appointed Assistant Professor and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia.  He will begin his appointment in 2015 after a postdoctoral stay in the Materials Research Laboratories at the University of California, Santa Barbara. 



Dr. Philip Jessop is awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Green Chemistry

Dr. Philip JessopCongratulations to Dr. Philip Jessop on receiving a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Green Chemistry.

Click here for more information

Photo by Bernard Clark



Jeremy Durelle of the Jessop group is the recipient of the Christopher Knapper AMS award

Congratulations to Jeremy Durelle in winning the Christopher Knapper Award for excellence in Teaching Assistance! There were 500 nominations for the AMS awards, of the 10 that were shortlisted for the Teaching Assistant award 4 were from chemistry. Mark Raycroft (winner in 2012-13), Nausheen Sadiq, Stephen Walker, and the winner Jeremy Durelle.


Jia and Zechel Lab Uncovers New Biological ReactionZechel Lab and Jia uncover new biological reactions

Research by the Jia and Zechel labs has uncovered a new biological reaction for degrading phosphonates.



Bill Newstead is the Queen's recipient of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Teaching Award

Bill Newstead

Congratulations to Bill Newstead on being selected as the Queen's recipient of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Teaching Award. The award ceremony will take place on the evening of April 8th at the Royal York in Toronto.

(Click here for further information on the OUSA website)


Yingli Rao and Zachary Hudson have been awarded a NSERC Postdoctoral FellowshipYingli Rao

Dr. Suning Wang's students, Yingli Rao and Zac Hudson have been awarded the highly competitive and prestigious NSERC postdoctoral fellowship. These NSERC fellowships provide support to a core of the most promising researchers at a pivotal time in their careers.



Dr. Victor Snieckus is featured in the Special Issue of Heterocycles

SnieckusVictor Snieckus  was honored by colleagues and friends worldwide with the publication of two dedicated volumes in the January 2014 issue of the prominent journal Heterocycles, for his contributions to  synthetic organic chemistry, especially to the reaction coined as the Directed ortho Metalation (DoM) which has achieved textbook Name Reaction status and has received wide application in the preparation of pharmaceuticals (anti-AIDS, anti-inflammatory) and agrochemicals (antifungal for grain crops).  

The Special Issue of Heterocycles consisted of 170 papers (over 1600 pages) and a portrait sketched by a student, Adam McCubbin who received his PhD under cosupervision with Bob Lemieux and is now a Professor at the University of Winnipeg.  

Click here to view sketch by Adam McCubbin (PDF, 5MB)

Queen's PhD student awarded a prestigious FAPESP post-doctoral fellowship

Julia van DrunenJulia van Drunen has been granted a FAPESP postdoctoral fellowship to pursue research at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) in Brazil.  The proposed research focuses on the electrochemical conversion of biomass and biomass waste products into valuable chemicals and electrical energy.  This research project fits in well with Brazil’s booming biofuel industry and the global initiative towards environmentally sustainable energy systems.  FAPESP (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo, Foundation for Research Support of the State of São Paulo) is a government agency that supports both Brazilian and international research within the state of São Paulo.  The FAPESP postdoctoral fellowship provides researchers with financial support for two years and also funding to participate in national and international conferences. 

Click here for a PDF containing more information (PDF, 324KB)

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

Bill NewsteadCongratulations to Bill Newstead on being selected by this year’s Engineering Class of 2017 as the recipient of the Engineering and Applied Science First Year Instructor Teaching Award (Fall 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.

This is Bill's 8th time winning this award.




Kingston named one of Top 7 Intelligent Communities of the YearA shot of Kingston from the water





Intelligent Roads

Roads with green lightings on themWant to build better roads that are less harmful to our environment and economy due to reconstruction costs and traffic delays? Make them last longer by selecting the right materials! Simon Hesp, a.k.a. Professor Pothole, spoke to the Toronto Star about why Ontario roads are showing so much distress these days. His research collaborations with MTO and the City of Kingston are paying off to build roads with a significantly reduced life-cycle cost. The article was followed by three television interviews (CBC Ottawa, CKWS and Global News Toronto) and as many as 10 radio interviews (CBC Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, St. Catharines, Hamilton, and Calgary). Most of the video and sound clips are available online.

Naysayers can visit Google Street View at the Monkland intersection on Highway 138 in eastern Ontario: Go north for 20 km to Highway 417 and see what poor quality materials tainted with waste engine oil residue do to performance. Go south for 20 km to Cornwall to see a superior performing pavement of nearly equal age, design, climate and sub-grade, but which carries nearly twice the traffic. Last year the City of Kingston placed approximately 50,000 tonnes of asphalt with similar superior quality and durability while the Ministry has implemented one of the three test methods on all contracts that require modified asphalt cement since 2012.

Dr. Tucker Carrington receives the 2014 J. C.Polanyi AwardTucker Carrington Jr.

Congratulations to Dr. Tucker Carrington, the 2014 recipient of the J. C. Polanyi Award.  This prestigious national award recognizes research excellence in physical chemistry, chemical physics, theoretical chemistry, or computational chemistry. The award will be presented at the 97th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, to be held in Vancouver from June 1st to the 5th, 2014.

In Loving Memory of Amanda Kelsall

In Loving Memory of Amanda KelsallTragically on Sunday January 5th Amanda passed away while returning to the University Of Ottawa Faculty Of Medicine.  As a Queen’s Chemistry graduate of 2012, Amanda touched the lives of many in this department.  Her enthusiasm and passion for learning were an inspiration to everyone as was her academic excellence; she will be sorely missed.  Anyone wishing to express their condolences is welcome to sign the card located in the main office.

Amanda Kelsall Legacy