Inorganic meeting

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A record-setting 144 inorganic chemists from the universities of Victoria, Simon Fraser, Washington, Alberta and Calgary gathered in Kelowna at UBC Okanagan May 10-12 for the 2013 Alberta/British Columbia Inorganic Chemistry Discussion Weekend. The meeting...

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Canadian chemistry contest winners

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The winners of the 2013 annual Canadian Chemistry Contest for secondary school students were announced this past June by the Chemical Education Division of the Chemical Institute of Canada. Nearly 600 chemistry students from across Canada...

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Then and now

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As horrific as war is, it has historically spurred innovation and the invention of many useful gadgets that benefitted a peacetime citizenry. The Second World War was no exception. To replace embargoed natural rubber from Asia, the Crown corporation Polymer Corp was created. Based in Sarnia Ont., Polymer made history, mass-producing synthetic rubber to support...

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Happy half century!

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The Constituent Societies of the CIC congratulate their members who are celebrating 50-years of membership in 2013: Hanspeter Alder; Howard Alper; John Apsimon; Ronald Brown; Dennis Davies; Peter Grindrod; Ross Hoyle; Matthew Hrabluk; K. Jabalpurwala; Bryan Jones; Photios Kizas; W. Larisch; John McIntosh; Anwer Mehkeri; J. Muchowski; Frederick Otto; J. J. C. Picot; Maurice Servranckx;...

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Gold-forming molecule identified in bacterium

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A Canadian team of researchers has identified a molecule used by a bacterium to convert soluble gold ions into insoluble elemental gold. Although soluble gold ions are inhibitory to most microorganisms, two species of bacteria are known to survive in their presence. The first, Cupriavidus metallidurans, has been studied for about a decade by researchers...

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‘Rusty’ catalysts advance renewable energy storage

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University of Calgary researchers have developed a new family of amorphous catalysts based on iron oxide — rust — that turns water into hydrogen fuel. The innovation could improve systems for storing energy from intermittent, renewable sources like solar and wind. Currently, expensive materials like iridium or ruthenium oxide are used to overcome the activation...

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Student merit award winners

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This year’s Canadian Society for Chemistry Merit Award winners are: 1st place, the University of Toronto at Mississauga and honourable mention...

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