CIC News features cutting-edge scientific discoveries, the latest innovations from industry, insightful columns, and breaking news stories embracing all aspects of the Canadian chemistry scene.

Oceans facing an acid test

CHEMISTRY FOR ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Global temperatures began to soar as early as May this year, beginning with a 50ºC heat wave that hit India. Meanwhile parts of Europe endured sauna-like conditions, while North America and the Arctic saw temperature records melt like ice cream in summer. While weather and climate are two very different things, such severe warming is...

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Cultivate the science communicator within you

CAREERS AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
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Take us up on a unique opportunity to bring your experience and insights to communicating some of the most important issues surrounding science and technology in Canada. The CIC invites you to nominate yourself to represent the CIC community and attend the 2019 Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) or the 2019 Association of Science-Technology Centers...

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Science fair marks a milestone

EDUCATION

CIC’s Ottawa-Hull section continues to play an integral role in the Expo-Sciences Régionale de l’Outaouais, the Quebec-wide science fair which has just wrapped up its 35th in the province. Retired chemist and section member Denis Bérubé oversees the judging and distribution of the prizes, which attract audiences on the order of 1,000 people or more....

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Seeking a wider market for automotive batteries

PUBLICATIONS

The August issue of The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering is marking a research initiative dedicated to improving the commercial prospects of lithium battery storage. This special issue section showcases efforts in Canada to develop melt synthesis and manufacturing processes for lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4 or LFP) as a cost-effective alternative to conventional battery cathode...

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Exciting increase to Can. J. Chem. Eng.’s impact factor

PUBLICATIONS

The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering recently received exciting news: our 2-year impact factor has increased from 1.265 to 1.610. The journal’s 5-year impact factor has also increased from 1.395 to 1.495. These increases mean that the journal’s impact factor is at a new all-time high, thanks to the high-quality research from our authors. Journal...

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Hiding from the light

CHEMISTRY FOR HEALTH

If a potentially powerful antibiotic agent is being kept off the market, there must be a good reason; in the case of marinomycin A, it is the result of a frustrating flaw. Derived from a species of marine bacteria, it represents a family of macrodiolides — macrocyclic ethers with some potent medicinal qualities, in this...

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Making new educational connections on line

EDUCATION

During my undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University, I took Japanese as an elective. The course was offered as either an on-campus version or by distance education. That semester I was taking several chemistry classes with associated labs, so I decided to take advantage of the scheduling flexibility that distance education offered even though I...

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Canadian Chemistry Contest winners announced

EDUCATION
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The 2019 edition of the Canadian Chemistry Contest (CCC) was held on Monday, April 15, 2019.  The contest was written by 633 Canadian students from across the country, in conjunction with the Canadian Chemistry Olympiad (CCO).  This year, ASDAN, a skills-based learning group specializing in international education, also offered this exam to approximately 850 students...

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Natural shells point the way to tougher glass

CHEMISTRY FOR ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Our most sophisticated synthetic materials may boast unprecedented strength and durability but for something that puts them to shame, just visit a pond or tidal pool. The mineralized structure of nacre, a biological composite that makes up the shells of simple organisms such as mollusks, is stiffer and harder than anything we can make. This...

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Putting faces to the initiatives behind equity, diversity, and inclusion

CHEMISTRY FOR SOCIETY
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The 102nd Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CCCE) in Quebec City featured an entire day of sessions devoted to various aspects of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) as they affect people in all walks of their personal and working lives. It marked the third year that this theme has made up a major part of...

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