Monday, April, 19, 2021, 1:00 PM ET


Hannah Shafaat
Ohio State University

Ruth Webster

Megan Beromi

Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 2:00 PM ET

Patrick Ayotte

Rotranslational dynamics under confinement and their impact on water’s ortho-para nuclear spin isomer interconversion mechanisms and rates

Patrick Ayotte
Université Sherbrooke


Challenges in quantum chemistry beyond the electronic ground state

Joonho Lee
Columbia University

Thursday, June 17, 2021, 2:00 PM ET

Hyun-Joong Chung

Elastomers, Gels, and Their Composites with Textiles in Biomedical Devices and Sensors

Hyun-Joong Chung
University of Alberta


The push to disinfect and reuse disposable PPE

The toll of pandemic-related plastic waste from discarded PPE is mounting at an alarming rate. Health Canada estimates that between June 2020 and June 2021, 63,000 tons of COVID-19 related PPE will end up as landfill waste. Researchers are investigating possibilities for disinfecting and reusing single-use PPE, including medical gloves and hospital gowns.

ChemiSTEAM 2020: Sublimation of VO(acac)2

In this synthesis, we attempted a sublimation of our crude product as an alternative to the usual purification of vanadyl acetylacetonate that involves the recrystallization from dichloromethane and ether. This was a conscious effort to change the synthesis towards methodology that incorporated principles of green chemistry. By making this switch, we tried to make a safer and more efficient synthesis that avoided using dangerous solvents and reduced the waste. I captured this close-up of the sublimed crystals in their vibrant blue and chaotic crystalline texture that showcases this attempt.

Q & A on teaching with Alison Flynn, MCIC

Alison Flynn, MCIC is an associate professor in the department of chemistry and biomolecular sciences at the University of Ottawa. She leads the Flynn Research Group, focused on learning at the postsecondary level, in chemistry and across disciplines. Flynn is the 2021 winner of CIC’s Award for Chemistry Education. CIC News recently asked Flynn to...

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