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Dr. Nunzi Appointed Professor of Research at Kanazawa University

Photo: Nunzi Group & memebers of Kanazawa UniversityA delegation of professors and students from Kanazawa University visited our Department last week to announce, with team members, the appointment of Jean-Michel Nunzi on a 3-year Professor position for Research at Kanazawa University. Team members in Nunzi’s team will be offered opportunities to travel to Japan for the study of Perovskite, organic solar cells and advanced energy materials at the Nanomaterials Research Institute (NanoMaRi) of Kanazawa

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Think Grad Studies Day, October 10th 2019

Photo: Register visit thinkgradstudies.caJoin us on October 10th, 2019 for a day of activities to experience what being a grad student at Queen’s is like first hand. Discover the state of the art facilities of Chernoff Hall, home to our Department of Chemistry, as well as, meet with members of our Queen's Graduate Chemistry Society and Faculty from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. For a full list of activities and to register visit thinkgradstudies.ca

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The 125th Anniversary Queen's Engineering Excellence Faculty Awards recognized the contributions of 14 faculty members

Photo: Dr. Ralph Whitney receiving awardCongratulations to Dr. Ralph Whitney who was recognized for his contributions in engineering and teaching excellence at the 125th Anniversary Queen's Engineering Excellence Faculty Awards, hosted in Mitchell Hall on Wednesday, September 18th. The 125th Anniversary Queen's Engineering Excellence Faculty Awards, recognized the contributions of 14 faculty members, past and present, for engineering and teaching excellence and was featured on the Gazette.

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Congratulations to Dr. P. Andrew Evans for receiving the Salute to Excellence Award!

Photo: Dr. P. Andrew EvansCongratulations to Dr. P. Andrew Evans on receiving the Salute to Excellence Award at the recent ACS Meeting in San Diego from the Division of Organic Chemistry for the Graduate Research Symposium, which was initiated by Dr. Evans and Dr. Molander in 2010. The Salutes to Excellence is a recognition award that gives ACS local sections, technical divisions, regional meetings, and national committees an opportunity to underscore outstanding accomplishments, achievements or service for individuals who have made a positive impact on everyday life. This award recognizes the achievements and leadership  Dr. Evans has accomplished in his field of research. For more information on Salutes to Excellence award please visit the ACS website. 

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Dr. P. Andrew Evans and Collaborators Uncover a New Method to Deliver Antibiotics

Photo Photoprotection by Orally Bioavailable SpECProfessor P. Andrew Evans in collaboration with Dr. Grahame Mackenzie at the University of Hull and Professor Rebecca Goss at St Andrews recently reported an innovative way for the isolation and photoprotection of the potent light-sensitive antibiotic, marinomycin A.  This natural product is a member of a new family of macrodiolides, which are potent inhibitors of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VREF).  In work reported in the Royal Society of Chemistry flagship journal Chemical Science, they demonstrated that encapsulating the agent in sporopollenin exine capsules, derived from Lycopodium clavatum, renders the agent almost indefinitely stable (>7 hrs).  This work has attracted significant media attention and was recently highlighted in the Times (UK) and the Queen's Gazette.

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Introducing Dr. Graeme Howe to the Department of Chemistry

Photo: Dr. Graeme HoweEnzymes are remarkable catalysts that can accelerate reactions by as much as 1026-fold over the corresponding spontaneous processes. Despite intense scrutiny, the origins of this catalysis remain unclear. Dr. Graeme 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.

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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.

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