View the May/June 2015 Canadian Chemical News (ACCN) print issue as a PDF.

Pipe dream

PETROCHEMISTRY

The Aframax-class tanker — 245 metres long and loaded with oilsands bituman piped in from Alberta — pulls away from the marine terminal at Burnaby, BC, moving through Burrard Inlet past Stanley Park.

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Inorganic Chemistry Division recognizes top-notch students

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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The Canadian Society for Chemistry’s Inorganic Chemistry Division announces its graduate and undergraduate award winners. The 2015 Award for Undergraduate Research in Inorganic Chemistry (AURIC) was awarded to Jackson Knott from the University of Lethbridge. Hailing from Crowsnest Pass, Alta., Knott has worked on...

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CIC/SCI seminar and awards dinner honours achievement

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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Science and industry celebrated their accomplishments at the CIC/SCI Canada Business Innovation Seminar and Awards Dinner. Photo credit: Krista Leroux The CIC/SCI Canada Business Innovation Seminar and Awards Dinner held March 26 in Calgary highlighted the achievements and initiatives of chemistry and chemical engineering leaders in industry and academia. Seminar speakers discussed a range of...

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Grapevine

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Top Canadian chemists were honoured at the annual Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) awards ceremony Feb. 17 at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

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Arsenic—a foe with many faces

ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY

Wherever arsenic goes, its sinister reputation precedes it. And arsenic really gets around. While other elements may be found far more abundantly in the Earth’s crust, oceans or atmosphere, at least some measurable amount of arsenic compounds will crop up in almost any sample of soil, water, food or tissue from our bodies. Many if...

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Safety catch

REGULATIONS

March came in like a lion for Port Metro Vancouver when a shipping container full of trichloroisocyanuric acid imported from China exploded, creating a massive chemical fire with toxic brown-grey smoke that swept east into the city as well as the neighbouring municipalities of Burnaby and Coquitlam.  The March 4 afternoon blaze forced thousands of...

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The science network

POLICY PUNDIT

Alan Bernstein, head of the Canadian Institute for Advanced­ Research, calls for greater involvement from the private sector to ensure our nation stays abreast of rapid advances in the technology revolution­ sweeping the globe.  The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) is widely considered the jewel in the crown of Canadian research bodies. Not because...

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NSERC brings companies and researchers together

RESEARCH

Innovation is the bread and butter of chemists. Chemistry is a central science and our discoveries are innovation drivers in almost every field. Yet, many chemistry researchers appear to struggle with how to work in partnerships with industry. Over the past five years, we at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)...

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I call the next chemistry professor to the stand

INTELLECTUAL MATTERS

If I had to, I would estimate that more than 50 percent of all patent litigation in Canada involves chemical subject matter. That shouldn’t come as a shock; chemistry, after all, is the central science! In view of this, I wouldn’t be surprised if many readers of the Canadian Chemical News have acted as expert...

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1951 Chemistry in Canada

HISTORY
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In 1901, Thomas Leopold Willson, Canadian inventor of the calcium carbide manufacturing process, created the Shawinigan Carbide Company. The facility was located near Shawinigan Falls, Que., benefitting from the surplus electric power produced by the Shawinigan Water & Power Company (SW&P). Eight years later, the utility company obtained a controlling interest in Shawinigan Carbide and...

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Homeopathic studies spark aggrieved letter

CHEMFUSION

Academic freedom is sacrosanct in universities. Researchers must be free to pursue their ideas, be they conventional or peculiar. But academic freedom also includes the freedom of others to question those ideas. That is just what we did in a courteous letter addressed to Heather Boon, dean of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at...

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