News

Winter 2017
BUSINESS

At first glance the YouTube video looks like yet another reminder that some people have too much time on their hands. And in this case one of those hands is covered in an opaque gel, while the other holds a blowtorch with the flame set directly on that hand for what seems like far too long.

Yet this is not some teenage triumph of sheer nerve over common sense but instead a dramatic demonstration of a chemical innovation that could make life much easier for firefighters and the people they help.

Winter 2017
PETROCHEMISTRY

Technology aimed at cleaning up the wastewater generated by oil and gas extraction could also transform Alberta into one of the world’s leading lithium producers.

Canadian Light Source researcher Toby Bond
Winter 2017
ELECTROCHEMISTRY

Amid concerns over the safety and quality of lithium ion batteries, these ubiquitous power sources surrender their secrets to the synchrotron.

Winter 2017
BIOINDUSTRY

Southwestern Ontario spawned North America's petrochemical economy and now the research infrastructure that built this industry is contributing to the rise of a new generation of biochemical ventures.

Winter 2017
HEALTH

Imagine waiting in line to buy the latest smart phone, laying down a great deal of money for it, then suddenly being told that if you don’t plug in your new purchase within 15 minutes, it will never work. High tech vendors would hate this approach, as would their...

Winter 2017
BIOCHEMISTRY

A sophisticated understanding of biochemistry and microfluidics has yielded a simple, cost-effective way of dealing with contaminated water, a problem facing more than a billion people in the developing world. Among the most prominent ...

Winter 2017
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

Prions, the misfolded proteins that can wreak havoc on the brain, are slowly surrendering their secrets. First identified in the late 1980s as the culprit behind mad cow disease (Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans), investigators have spent the past 25 years trying to determine...

November/December 2016
PERIODIC TABLE NEWS

On Nov. 28 2016, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) reported that it had approved the names and symbols for four elements: nihonium (Nh), moscovium (Mc), tennessine (Ts) and oganesson (Og)..