Culture shift

RESEARCH

Last May, the National Research Council (NRC) announced that it was “open for business” and would “work with Canadian industries to bridge...

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Phosphorus recovery­ plant opens in Saskatoon

INDUSTRY

This summer, Vancouver-based Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies Inc. opened its first Canadian commercial-scale nutrient recovery facility in Saskatoon. The plant will remove phosphorus and nitrogen from wastewater, turning them into commercially valuable fertilizer. Ostara’s technology, licensed from the University of British Columbia in 2005, revolves around magnesium ammonium phosphate (NH4MgPO4•6H2O) also known as struvite. This...

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Human urine teeming with chemicals

BIOCHEMISTRY

A team at the University of Alberta has published the human urine metabolome, a list of more than 3,000 chemicals detectable in the urine of an average, healthy person. The database will help everyone from environmental toxicologists to doctors...

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Patents must clearly identify­ the inventors

INTELLECTUAL MATTERS

Over the past year, I have attempted to explain some of the basics of patent law. I have regularly mentioned the three basic tenets for obtaining a patent for an invention: the invention must be new, inventive and useful. While these tenets accurately describe the requirements for patentability, this isn’t the full picture. The final...

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It’s a madder, madder, madder, madder world

CHEMFUSION

The Redcoats are coming, the Redcoats are coming!” Well, Paul Revere could hardly have missed them. And if he were observant, he could even have distinguished the officers from the privates. The privates’ coats were coloured red with a dye derived from the root of the madder plant. The officers’ jackets’ were a stunning red...

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Then and now

HISTORY
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The growth of corporate giant Alcan in 20th century Canada was closely linked to two things: the evolution of the world’s most versatile metal — aluminum — and Quebec hydroelectricity, which provided cheap power for aluminum smelting. Alcan was born in 1902 as the Northern Aluminum Company Limited, a Canadian subsidiary of the United States-based...

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Blunt answers to lack of business innovation in Canada

BUSINESS
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This past April and September a number of demonstrations were held across Canada under the banner of “Stand Up for Science.” These efforts generated a lot of media coverage with a call on the federal government “to make a strong commitment to science in the public interest.” While any media attention for science is welcome, this sound bite is clearly intended to get the public wondering and maybe worrying: What is...

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CIC advocates for student and research­ funding

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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As part of its ongoing commitment to advocacy, the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) has submitted a brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (FINA). The recommendations include increasing the number of fully funded PhD students and post-doctoral fellows in the natural sciences and engineering, as well as increasing funding to granting...

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Grapevine

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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After six years at Université de Sherbrooke, Eli Zysman-Colman was appointed this past July to a prestigious EaStCHEM Research fellowship at the University of St. Andrews at St. Andrews, Fife.

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Students enjoy lectures­ in the great outdoors

EDUCATION
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This year’s Annual Symposium of Inorganic Chemistry of Quebec (SACIQ), held this past August, was the opportunity for chemistry students from Quebec and around the world to enjoy the great Canadian outdoors. The students gathered at La Mauricie National Park to listen to a lecture by Serge Gorelsky of the University of Ottawa while enjoying...

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Oil spill lesson

EDUCATION
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The Chemical Institute of Canada Edmonton Section hosted an evening with Merv Fingas, whose lecture, “Ocean Oil-Spill: The Deepwater Horizon Blowout – Chemistry and Lessons” enlightened an audience of graduate students, academics and industrial fellows on Sept. 26. Fingas, the former Chief of the Emergencies Science Division of Environment Canada, discussed the $60-billion cleanup efforts...

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Two CIC board members elected to IUPAC

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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Russell Boyd, FCIC, a Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) past chair and professor of chemistry at Dalhousie University in Halifax, has been elected to a two-year term on the board of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)...

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Chen wins Catalysis Lectureship­ Award

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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Aicheng Chen, professor of chemistry at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont. and a Canada Research Chair in Materials & Environmental Chemistry, is winner of the 2013 Canadian Catalysis Lectureship Award from the Canadian Catalysis Foundation. Chen has made significant...

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A magical 50th anniversary at Carleton U

EDUCATION
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This past September, Carleton’s chemistry department hosted a chemical magic show to help celebrate the Faculty of Science’s 50th anniversary. Flashy demonstrations of nitrocellulose, thermite, acetylene combustion and the emission colours of metal ions awed the crowd of 250. Professors Bob Burk and Jeff Manthorpe, featured here with a flask of methylene blue dye, explained...

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EnviroAnalysis 2013 joins the CIC fold

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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Hundreds of environmental chemists from across the country gathered in Toronto this past September for EnviroAnalysis 2013, North America’s premier conference in environmental analysis and monitoring. Held biennially since 1996, EnviroAnalysis was founded by research scientist Ray Clement (this year’s conference chair) and Bob Burk, FCIC, chair of the Department of Chemistry at Carleton University....

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