Nano-scale innovation makes an outsized impact

COMMUNITY NEWS

The same technology that safeguards the authenticity of the bills in our purses and wallets has provided a new medium for creative visual expression, thanks to an innovative collaboration between artists and the engineers who originally developed that technology. The roots of this work lie in the Bank of Canada’s never-ending quest to make the...

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Meet the National Office Team: Tiffany Noel

CIC MEMBERS

What do you do at the CIC? Most of my time is devoted to the Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, where I am the first point of contact for new content. I go through submissions and review them in detail, looking for things like formatting changes that might have to be done. Depending on what...

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NSERC Alliance Grants for Covid research

Participants at last year’s Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in Halifax had a chance to learn more about the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s newly created Alliance Grants program, which combined a number of previously existing research funding initiatives. That program is now the focus of NSERC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which will use...

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Challenging complex problems with complex research

CHEMISTRY FOR ENERGY & THE ENVIRONMENT

In February, Phil De Luna, who directs the National Research Council of Canada’s (NRC) new Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge Program, attended Globe 2020, a business and innovation event dedicated to sustainable technologies. The Vancouver-based conference, which is now in its 30th year, touts itself as the largest such summit in North America, drawing participants...

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Commonwealth Chemistry struts its stuff

CONFERENCES

Chemists from around the commonwealth will be converging on Trinidad and Tobago this spring for the inaugural Commonwealth Chemistry Congress from 18-21 May 2020. The event is being organised by Commonwealth Chemistry, the Federation of Commonwealth Chemical Sciences Societies, bringing together chemists from across the Commonwealth under the banner of equality for all. The Commonwealth...

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Meet the National Office team: Krista Leroux

CIC MEMBERS

What do you do at the CIC? I am the CIC’s graphic designer and webmaster. What does a graphic designer do? Well, we make things look fabulous! We do this by ensuring consistent brand identity across all CIC marketing materials, which ensures the visual elements have a professional look and feel. I literally illustrate the...

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Life in chemistry, as told by those living it

CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Few things can change a student’s mind like hearing the voice of experience, especially if the speaker is being brutally honest. For his part, Nobel laureate Martin Chalfie did just that when he told an audience at Queen’s University about the roots of his own scientific career. “I worked in a lab as a junior...

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Meet the National Office team: Keith Lapierre

CIC MEMBERS

What do you do at the CIC? I am CIC’s conference program coordinator. As such, I work cohesively (and constantly!) with the conference organizing committees from the Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition and the Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference to deliver an exceptional experience for attendees. It’s an exciting opportunity to work closely with leaders in...

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Taking a hard look at safety culture in academic laboratories

CHEMISTRY FOR SOCIETY

The celebrated 19th-century German chemist Justus von Liebig famously advised his protegé Augustus Kekulé that it was necessary to ruin one’s health in order to succeed in chemistry. Liebig could have merely been telling his student that overwork, poor eating habits, and a lack of sleep come with the job, but this advice could also...

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Wrestling with wine and water

RESEARCH & INNOVATION

For all the economic and social benefits that the wine industry has brought to Ontario’s Niagara peninsula region, this expanding sector has also introduced a major environmental challenge to the way local municipal wastewater treatment plants go about their business. At the end of each summer these facilities see a sudden spike in material generated...

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CNC-IUPAC Travel award winners announced

RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Travel award winners announced CIC and the Canadian National Committee of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (CNC-IUPAC) are pleased to announce the winners of their 2020 travel awards competition. Established in 1982, the awards are jointly sponsored by CNC-IUPAC’s company associates and CIC’s Gendron Fund, a trust established in honour of prominent...

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About CNC-IUPAC

CIC MEMBERS

The Canadian National Committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (CNC-IUPAC) was formed in 1993 and is supported by the National Research Council (NRC) and the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC).  The CNC-IUPAC is the Canadian identity for IUPAC, the world authority on chemical nomenclature and terminology and more. It is a leader...

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