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September 2018
EDUCATION

For several years, during my first lecture of each semester I would invite my general chemistry students to introduce themselves to their neighbours. They would share their name, intended major, and favourite genre for reading.

September 2018
MATERIALS

Quick, think of a movie star. Who is it? George Clooney? Dwayne Johnson? Jennifer Lawrence? It’s a good bet that the name Fred Ott didn’t cross your mind! Yet Fred was the world’s first movie star.

July/August 2018
ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Start-ups founded in chemistry technologies often face unique challenges on their route to commercialization. Though there are a growing number of resources where entrepreneurs can find funding and management support...

July/August 2018
ENERGY

The development of materials for next-generation lithium batteries keeps attracting serious attention from a plethora of researchers around the globe. Although there are a number of research initiatives at the moment, the big...

June ACCN
GREEN CHEMISTRY

Why teach green chemistry? It’s a reasonable question to ask. Green chemistry is not so much a sub-discipline of chemistry — like analytical or organic chemistry — as it is an overarching...

June ACCN
FOOD

“Blueberry” is a magic term these days when it comes to marketing. Supermarket shelves brim with blueberry yogurts, muffin mixes, waffles, juices, and even blueberry pills — all with...