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Responsible Care
Spring 2017
Responsible Care, which was developed by the Canadian­ chemistry industry and subsequently adopted­ by 60 nations­, brought about international­ standards­ related­ to manufacturing­ practices­, environmental­ safety­ and industrial­ disaster­ preparednes

Between November 1995 and June 1996, 109 Haitian children inexplicably developed acute renal failure, hepatitis and pancreatitis, leading to coma and death. Of the 87 youngsters who...

Green Chemistry
Spring 2017
Chemists who can incorporate inherently safer­ design into every step of innovation — the essence­ of green chemistry — are the future

Ask most people in the chemistry community and they'll tell you green chemistry seems to be everywhere these days. Depending on the context, this is either mentioned with pride...

John C. Polanyi, HFCIC, in his University of Toronto laboratory in 1986, the same year he won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for research into chemical kinetics.
Spring 2017
John C. Polyani of the University of Toronto says that our nation’s “generous welcome to immigrants” plays a part in this nation’s illustrious Nobel Prize in Chemistry history

In chemistry, as in every branch of science, major breakthroughs happen rarely. Knowledge creation more typically comes from the incremental advances of diligent scientists toiling in obscurity.

Sparks of Genius
Spring 2017
Canadian universities have nurtured home-grown research­ that changed the world of chemistry forever

Chemistry research in Canada pre-dates Canada itself. In the 1840s, decades before confederation, British ex-pat Henry Holmes Croft became the first chemistry professor at the University of King’s College, the precursor to the University of Toronto. Croft developed a method of removing sulphur from Sarnia oil wells, making the oil safe for household lamps. He was a pioneer in forensic chemistry...

Glenbow Archives 11-1-5
Spring 2017
Oil turned Sarnia and other parts of southern Ontario into boomtowns. But it was the Second World War, and the dire need for synthetic rubber, that turned Sarnia-Lambton into a thriving petrochemical mecca.

Hewers of wood and drawers of water is the oft-repeated narrative used to describe Canada’s historical reliance on natural resources. 

Methan capture
Winter 2017
Governments have imposed ambitious targets to stop the emission of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from oil and gas operations. What will it take to meet them?

Decades before climate change became an environmental crisis, Canada’s petroleum industry disposed of then-unmarketable natural gas, or methane, simply by burning it. In Alberta’s Turner Valley oilfield in the 1920s, large gas flares would light up the sky.