Chimie sans frontiers – chemistry without borders

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The spectacular stone walls of Québec City — the only North American city with fortifications north of Mexico — provide an impressive backdrop for any meeting. But for the thousands who gathered there in late May for the 96th annual Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CSC2013), walls are something that must be overcome if chemistry...

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Grapevine

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Derek Gray, FCIC, was awarded the 30th annual Marcus Wallenberg Prize May 14 at the opening session of the first FIBRE Network conference, held in Cornwall, Ont. Gray, a McGill University chemistry professor, received the award — worth more than $300,000 — for his pioneering study of nanocrystalline...

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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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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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New extraction technique for functional foods

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A team of engineers at Université Laval has developed a new system for efficiently extracting high-value bioactive molecules — potential nutraceuticals or pharmaceuticals — from plant and animal proteins. In our gut, enzymes break up plant and animal proteins into hundreds of smaller peptides. Some of these reportedly have health benefits such as antioxidant or...

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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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Then and now

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From the beginning, the history of the companies that would become Canadian Industries Limited (C-I-L) have been entangled with that of the nation itself. The Hamilton Powder Company, founded in 1862, manufactured black powder — and later, dynamite — which was used in the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1885 the American A....

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