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Jevon Marsh, MSc student in the Petitjean Group, has earned a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship!

Photo: Jevon MarshJevon Marsh, MSc student in the Petitjean Group, has earned a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to pursue a PhD at the University of Oxford. The scholarship was featured in the Queen’s Gazette. Jevon speaks about his experiences at Chemistry and Queen’s: "I would just like to emphasize that the chemistry community at Queen's is a phenomenal place to grow as a young chemist with a plethora of support and opportunities! I am very proud to have been affiliated with the department and the Queen's community, and the level of mentorship that I have received throughout my studies there will continue to inspire me throughout the rest of my career." Congratulations, Jevon!

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Dr. Oleschuk and group has been featured on the cover for the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry

Photo: Cover of Journal of the American Society for Mass SpectrometryDr. Oleschuk and group has been featured on the cover for the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry for their Article: “Detection of Opioids on Mail/Packages using Open Port Interface Mass Spectrometry (OPI-MS)”. Article contributors: Haidy Metwally, Prashant Agrawal, Rachael Smith, Chang Liu, Yves LeBlanc, Thomas R. Covey and Richard Oleschuk. The work stems from a collaboration and NSERC strategic project grant with SCIEX, a Canadian mass spectrometry equipment manufacturer and was published on November 4, 2020 on the Journals website.

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Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Chemistry TA Award winners!

Andre Castillo was awarded the William Patrick Doolan Award in Chemistry for 1st Year Chemistry Laboratory. Alastair Kierulf received the Friends of Chemistry Award – For Excellence in Teaching CHEM112 Tutorials. Dianne Lee received the Friends of Chemistry Award – For Excellence in Teaching 2nd Year Synthetic Labs. Andrew Williams received the Friends of Chemistry Award – For Excellence in Teaching 2nd Year Physical and Analytical Labs. Hannah Ramsay received the Friends of Chemistry Award – For Excellence in Teaching 2nd Year Physical and Analytical Labs. Yizhe (Sherry) received the Fisher Scientific Award for Excellence in Teaching 3rd Year Labs. Congratulations to our TA Award winners!

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Queen’s Chemistry is proud to announce that Prof. Cathleen Crudden has been elected to the Royal Society of Canada!

Photo: Dr. Cathleen CruddenQueen’s Chemistry is proud to announce that Prof. Cathleen Crudden has been elected to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC)! Only Canada’s top scientists achieve such recognition. The RSC states Prof. Crudden has made “lasting contributions to organic chemistry and materials science. She has employed the principles of organometallic chemistry to develop catalytic transformations of importance to pharmaceutical research and to develop novel techniques for the formation of organic monolayers on metal surfaces. The latter work has resulted in the most robust organic monolayers to date, high stability nanoparticles and novel metal nanoclusters.” Details on the RSC class of 2020 can be found here: https://rsc-src.ca/en/news/press-release-rsc-presents-class-2020 Well done Prof. Crudden!

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Congratulations to Drs. Howe and She who are recipients of the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund

Photo: Drs. Howe & SheCongratulations to Drs. Howe and She who are two of the 18 researchers that are recipients of the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). The JELF helps exceptional researchers at universities across the country conduct leading-edge research by giving them the tools and equipment they need to become leaders in their fields. Dr. Graeme Howe’s project is Elucidating the Evolutionary Enhancement of Enzymatic Efficiency and Dr. She’s project is Visualizing Soft Surfaces using Scanning Probe Microscopy. The story was featured in the Queen's Gazette.

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New Bioanalytical Project Funded by NSERC COVID-19 Alliance Grant

Photo: Drs. She, Oleschuk & ShethDr. Zhe She in collaboration with Dr. Richard Oleschuk and Dr. Prameet Sheth (Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine) will develop an integrated and portable COVID-19 detection system using microfluidic and electrochemical biosensing technologies. The project, which has received support from Department of National Defence Canada, is aiming to enhance the capability of providing medical surveillance on-sites and supporting vulnerable communities. Dr. Sheth’s team will assist validating the performance of the system and comparing it with methods currently used at Kingston General Hospital.

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Introducing Dr. Paul Duchesne to the Department of Chemistry

Photo: Paul DuchesneDr. Duchesne completed his PhD studies at Dalhousie University, where he specialized in electrocatalytic nanomaterials and X-ray spectroscopy, and was supported by Killam Trust and NSERC research scholarships. Later, as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto, he worked to directly incorporate solar energy into catalytic carbon dioxide reduction. Dr. Duchesne’s research group will emphasize the in situ characterization of nanoscale materials, particularly those used to synthesize renewable fuels and value-added chemicals. This research will employ low-cost, Earth-abundant materials and powerful X-ray absorption spectroscopy techniques to provide critical insights into the chemical speciation and interactions occurring at the surfaces of heterogeneous catalysts. By better understanding the surface processes involved in these chemical reactions, it will be possible to design next-generation catalyst materials with increased activity and stability.

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