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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Don’t miss the July Issue of Can. J. Chem. Eng. and our new Women in Chemical Engineering virtual issue

PUBLICATIONS

July’s Special Issue in Honour of Professor Jamal Chaouki, École Polytechnique de Montréal, features articles written by Dr. Chaouki’s friends, associates, and students to highlight his substantial academic achievements and significant impact on the scientific community. Also, access our latest virtual issue compiled to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day.

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Inspired by the sea to fight cancer metastasis

CHEMISTRY FOR HEALTH

Macrolides are a class of natural products known for their antibiotic properties and in the past few decades, scientists have also shown they can be important allies in the battle against cancer. Queen’s University researchers are getting closer to developing a macrolide-based treatment.

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Meet the National Office Team: Rose Katagiri

COMMUNITY
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Meet Rose Katagiri, CIC's new Awards Coordinator and Governance Associate, committed to facilitating the recognition of professionals and students who have made outstanding contributions to the chemical sciences while also providing administrative support to the governance of the CIC for Board of Members and constituent societies.

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A new Kraken wakes to provide virtual, AI-calculated organic compounds

CHEMISTRY FOR SOCIETY

An international collaboration used machine-learning to create an open-access virtual catalogue of some 300,000 organic compounds, opening doors for a range of future applications from materials to drugs. The project, called Kraken, represents teamwork by Alán Aspuru-Guzik’s Matter Lab at the University of Toronto, the Sigman Research Group at the University of Utah, Technische Universität Berlin, the Karlsruhe Institute...

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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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