Department of Chemistry



site header
Subscribe to RSS - News 2014

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


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

Victor 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).  


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

Julia 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.


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

Congratulations 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.


Intelligent Roads

Want 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.