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Introducing Dr. Graeme Howe to the Department of Chemistry

Photo: Dr. Graeme HoweAssistant Prof. Graeme Howe studies nzymes catalyze reactions up to 1026-times faster than the corresponding spontaneous processes. Despite intense scrutiny, the origins of this catalysis remain unclear. Professor Howe’s research is focused on the use of physical organic chemistry to understand how enzymes achieve these accelerations. By studying enzymes along their evolutionary trajectories, the Howe group aims to understand both how modern enzymes function and the mechanisms by which evolution produces these modern catalysts.


Introducing Dr. Amanda Bongers to the Department of Chemistry

Photo: Dr. Amanda BongersAssistant Prof. Amanda Bongers’ research in Chemistry Education will help us transform our delivery of postgraduate chemistry knowledge and contribute to the growing body of work at the interface of education research and the nature sciences. Her group combines tools from educational research, cognitive science, and neuroscience to study learning, especially in the context of chemistry education. For these projects we use methods such as eye-tracking, electroencephalography (EEG), and in-depth interviews with qualitative analysis. Chemistry has a central role to play in solving global challenges, and we are exploring how sustainability is incorporated into organic chemistry education for the next generation of scientists. We’re also studying how the curriculum and assessments influence students’ self-concept as scientists, attitudes towards chemistry, and academic achievement.


Congratulations to the Beauchemin group on their recent achievements!

Photo: Alastair Kierulf & Diane BeaucheminCongratulations to the Beauchemin group on their recent achievements! Alastair Kierulf, PhD Candidate, received the Burgener Research Graduate Student Travel Award at the 63rd International Conference on Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy. Calvin Palmer, MSc Candidate, received the prize for the second-best poster at the same International Conference held June 26-28 in Montreal, Quebec. During Spectr’Atom 2019, a conference entirely in French that was held in Montreal June 25-28, Margaret MacConnachie and Andrew Williams, both MSc Candidates, respectively received the best and second-best poster prizes.


Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Stamplecoskie on receiving the 2019 ThermoFisher Scientific Spectroscopy Award

Photo: Dr. Kevin Stamplecoskie receiving the Thermo Fisher Spectroscopy AwardDuring the 63rd International Conference on Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy, held June 26-28 in Montreal,Quebec, Dr. Kevin Stamplecoskie received the 2019 ThermoFisher Scientific Spectroscopy Award! This award is given to a Canadian spectroscopist in recognition of a significant contribution to the application of spectroscopy to analytical chemistry or to other technological problems relevant to industry, medicine, or the environment.


Morgan Lehtinen, Winner of Young Person's Lecture Competition Speaks on the CFRC

Photo: Morgan LehtinenBe sure to listen to the CFRC's podcast with Morgan Lehtinen, PhD student in the Liu Group; Morgan talks about her experience winning the Young Person's Lecture Competition on May 30th. The Competition was hosted by the Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Physics Research Institute and it was the first time it was hosted in Canada. Morgan will be travelling to the Young Persons'  World Lecture Competition in London, England this fall. Morgan is passionate about her research and she talks more in-depth of this in the Queen's Gazette article.


Dr. P. Andrew Evans was a Selected Speaker at the 2019 National Organic Symposium

Photo: Dr. P. Andrew EvansDr. P. Andrew Evans was selected to speak at the 2019 National Organic Symposium in Bloomington, Indiana. This is the ACS-Division of Organic Chemistry flagship meeting which happens every two years and those who speak are selected based on work accomplished in the last 2 years that is deemed highly innovative.


Dr. Nunzi Won a Two-Year Research Grant with Partners at National Institute of Technology in Durgapur

Dr. Jean-Michel NunziThe Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC), a Government of India Initiative offered Dr. Jean-Michel Nunzi and graduate students in his team $55,000 to conduct research at the partner’s institute, National Institute of Technology in Durgapur, on the design and fabrication of hybrid nanostructured organic field-effect transistors for environmental and bio-fluid detection and monitoring. For more information on the proposal please see the SPARC website.


Plantee Bioplastics receives $138,000 Plastics Challenge Grant

Photo: Drs. Prashant Agrawal and Praphulla TiwariPlantee Bioplastics, founded by Chemistry alumnus, Dr. Prashant Agrawal and Chemical Engineering alumnus Dr. Praphulla Tiwary received a $138,000 Plastics Challenge grant for their innovative idea to develop a proof-of-concept for a biodegradable fishing line. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada recognized their work on a sustainable solution to a world-wide problem and on June 25, 2019, Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands announced the grant award. To read more, please visit the Fisheries and Oceans Canada News release.