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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Microplastic pollution more complex than we think

CHEMISTRY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Scientists began reporting microplastic pollution in the ocean as far back as the 1970s but our understanding of these tiny particles’ impact on fish is only just catching up.  Their harm is due to factors not generally considered in toxicology testing – the plastics’ size, shape and chemical makeup.

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Dark Russian alleys and a shout out to Nixon

CONFERENCES

Zafra Lerman is an American chemist and President of the Malta Conferences Foundation, which promotes peace by bringing together scientists from hostile countries to discuss science and foster collaboration. Lerman recently spoke with CICNews editor Sharon Oosthoek in advance of her plenary presentation at IUPAC CCCE 2021 in August.

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Fast cars and lessons from the skating rink

CONNECT

Donald Sadoway is a materials chemistry professor at MIT who studies the scientific underpinnings for technologies that make efficient use of energy and natural resources in an environmentally sound manner. The overarching theme of his work is electrochemistry in nonaqueous media. Sadoway recently spoke with CICNews editor Sharon Oosthoek in advance of his plenary presentation at IUPAC CCCE 2021 in August.

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Alien landscapes and swimming pool science

CHEMISTRY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

A glimpse into the world of Feiyue Wang, this year’s winner of our Environment Division R&D Dima Award   Feiyue Wang, MCIC vividly recalls the first time a Twin Otter airplane neatly deposited him on the Arctic sea ice next to the Amundsen, Canada’s research icebreaker. It was 2008 and Wang – an experienced aquatic...

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