Simplifying the sweet science of chocolate making

CHEMISTRY FOR SOCIETY

Little-known fact: the things we like about chocolate – its creamy smooth texture and how it melts in our mouths – are thanks to the crystal structure of cocoa butter. Now University of Guelph researchers have found a way to create that perfect crystal structure while simplifying the fussy tempering process.

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Cannabis, chemistry and the coming opportunities

CHEMISTRY FOR HEALTH

Canada’s legal cannabis market grew 118% in 2020 and is expected to grow another 60% this year, according to market research firm, Brightfield Group. This explosive rise in popularity, fueled by Ottawa’s 2018 legalization, makes it both a frustrating and exciting time to be a chemist in the cannabis industry.

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Celebrating Black chemists around the world

GROW

Over the summer of 2020, American chemist Dr. Devin Swiner was paying close attention as Twitter campaigns promoting scientists of colour started taking off. “I thought I’d love to curate a #BlackinChem campaign. I looked around and said, ‘Who is down to help with that?’” The result? A hugely successful week of networking.

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Rat revelations, aspirin inspiration and a potential treatment for a debilitating disease

CELEBRATE

Dame Margaret Brimble is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand where she makes and modifies naturally occurring bioactive compounds from plants, animal tissue, and marine and soil organisms. She has published more than 600 papers and is an inventor on more than 50 patents. Brimble recently spoke with CICNews editor Sharon Oosthoek in advance of her plenary presentation at IUPAC CCCE 2021 in August.

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Putting a virus-busting air filter to the test

CHEMISTRY FOR HEALTH

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan are working on an air filter to destroy viruses like the one that causes COVID-19. The idea is to capture airborne water droplets after someone coughs or sneezes, and to render viruses inside the droplets harmless by oxidizing them.

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