Building a better compostable coffee pod

CHEMISTRY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

A new compostable bioplastic for use in coffee pods represents another step forward in the production of truly green pods. The material for the new biodegradable pods was developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia. According to the researchers, pods made of the material also keep the coffee inside fresher than other compostable pods.

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ChemiSTEAM 2020: They grow up so fast

CELEBRATE

When my ChemiSTEAM submission entitled ‘They grow up so fast!’ received an honorable mention and I was asked to write a short piece about it, I knew I was going to have to explain why the title relates to children. I became obsessed with crystals and crystallography during my undergraduate chemistry degree at Memorial University....

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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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CWIC celebrated the IUPAC global women’s breakfast

CHEMISTRY FOR SOCIETY

On 9 February 2021, diverse people from around the world came together to celebrate the third International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Global Women’s Breakfast (GWB). The purpose of these GWB events is to promote diversity in science by bringing people from various organizations together. As mentioned by IUPAC, the last two GWB have established that there is a need to build a network of both women and men who can work together to address the barriers and inequalities faced by women in science. Keeping this in mind, the theme of GWB 2021 was kept as “Empowering Diversity in Science”.

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The push to disinfect and reuse disposable PPE

CHEMISTRY FOR HEALTH

The toll of pandemic-related plastic waste from discarded PPE is mounting at an alarming rate. Health Canada estimates that between June 2020 and June 2021, 63,000 tons of COVID-19 related PPE will end up as landfill waste. Researchers are investigating possibilities for disinfecting and reusing single-use PPE, including medical gloves and hospital gowns.

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CCCE | IUPAC organizing committee call for nominations

COMMUNITY NEWS
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The Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) is looking for a core leadership team to spearhead the potential organization of the upcoming CCCE/IUPAC conference in 2027. As a consequence of converting the 2021 CCCE/IUPAC conference to an online event due to COVID, IUPAC has afforded the CSC with an opportunity to bid for an in-person conference...

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ChemiSTEAM 2020: Sublimation of VO(acac)2

CELEBRATE

In this synthesis, we attempted a sublimation of our crude product as an alternative to the usual purification of vanadyl acetylacetonate that involves the recrystallization from dichloromethane and ether. This was a conscious effort to change the synthesis towards methodology that incorporated principles of green chemistry. By making this switch, we tried to make a safer and more efficient synthesis that avoided using dangerous solvents and reduced the waste. I captured this close-up of the sublimed crystals in their vibrant blue and chaotic crystalline texture that showcases this attempt.

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Can. J. Chem. Eng. April Issue is now available

PUBLICATIONS

The April issue of Can. J. Chem. Eng. is now available! Be sure to check out the two latest additions to the Established Leaders Special Series: “History of nitroxide mediated polymerization in Canada” by Milan Marić and “The role of inherently safer design in process safety” by Paul R. Amyotte, FCIC, and Faisal I. Khan,...

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Q & A on teaching with Alison Flynn, MCIC

EDUCATION

Alison Flynn, MCIC is an associate professor in the department of chemistry and biomolecular sciences at the University of Ottawa. She leads the Flynn Research Group, focused on learning at the postsecondary level, in chemistry and across disciplines. Flynn is the 2021 winner of CIC’s Award for Chemistry Education. CIC News recently asked Flynn to...

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