Columns

Roberta Staley
Summer 2017

There is a chance that, while reading this magazine, you’re waiting to either embark or disembark a plane or are already soaring high in the stratosphere...

Summer 2017
GUEST COLUMN

Canada’s premiere chemistry event, the Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, celebrated 100 years this past May in Toronto, attracting 3,500 attendees from more than 50 countries and chemical society representatives from the United States, United Kingdom, Japan and China. Nobel laureate John Polanyi, HFCIC, of the University of Toronto...

Melanie Snow
Summer 2017
CLASS DISTINCTION

At the Newfoundland and Labrador Boreal Ecosystem Latitudinal Transect (NL-BELT) more than two dozen scientists and graduate students...

Joe Schwarcz
Summer 2017
CHEMFUSION

We feel a bit guilty biting into a hamburger, pizza or hotdog. They comfort the taste buds but not the body, with all the fat, salt, cholesterol and various additives. 

Roberta Staley
Spring 2017

This special anniversary issue of the Canadian Chemical News (L'Actualité chimique canadienne, ACCN) is a celebration not only of the 150th anniversary of confederation but the 100th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition. That these two milestones align in such an auspicious manner...

Joe Schwarcz
Spring 2017
Chemfusion

On May 4, 1892 Thomas Willson, a Canadian inventor, placed some calcium oxide (lime), coal tar and aluminum oxide in a container and heated the mix to a high temperature. Willson was hoping to produce metallic aluminum, an expensive commodity at the time.