Conference explores chemistry in a sustainable world

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Nearly 2,500 students, researchers, industry representatives and academics came together for the 98th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, held June 13-17 in Ottawa. The conference, hosted by the University of Ottawa’s Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences and themed “Chemistry in a Sustainable World,”...

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Queens University to host Poster­ Day and CIC trivia night

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Queen’s Chemical Engineering and the Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association (CEGSA) will be hosting the 1st annual Queen’s Chemical Engineering Research Day on Sept. 11 in Kingston, Ont. Graduate and undergraduate students will have the opportunity to participate in a poster competition for...

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Grapevine

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Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) members Nicolas Abatzoglou, Gregory Evans, Robert Magee, Vladimiros Papangelakis, Federico Rosei, Michael V. Sefton, FCIC, and Huining Xiao were awarded Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) Fellowships in June. Fellows of the academy are elected by their peers...

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Fredericton hosts Atlantic science students for ChemCon 2015

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The 40th Annual Science Atlantic/CIC Chemistry Conference (ChemCon) was held this past May at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in Fredericton. More than 100 undergraduate and graduate chemistry students from the Atlantic provinces came together to learn about student research and to share their work.

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Power Couple

ENERGY

It was a summer of extremes, from fires blackening Western Canadian forests to a shrivelling drought in California to heat waves that baked Pakistan and India. Meteorologists pointed the finger at El Niño, the irregularly occurring weather system that causes extreme weather events like droughts, flooding and tropical storms. But some scientists and environmentalists also...

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Cornfield of Dreams

AGRICULTURAL CHEMISTRY

Anton Korenevski was doing laboratory work one night as part of a study into how bacteria stick to surfaces when he spotted something unusual. A post-doctoral researcher at the University of Guelph, Korenevski had just performed a complex chemical procedure and noticed what project leader John Dutcher describes as “a waste product that looked kind...

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Canadian universities need re-schooling

POLICY PUNDIT

Wendy Cukier, vice-president research and innovation at Ryerson University, says that universities need to focus on the employability of their graduates. Ryerson University in Toronto is different from many Canadian universities. Founded in 1948 as the Ryerson Institute of Technology, it draws upon a two-century-old history of European polytechnics — schools that emphasized practical studies....

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Teach the chemical sciences like a superhero

EDUCATION

Hey Ms P.L., if you could be a superhero based on an element in the periodic table, who would you be?” Hardly the ground-breaking, significant question a teacher might want to elicit from the next generation of budding chemists. I was in the middle of a lecture about a central idea in chemistry: PV= nRT....

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Company trade secrets a high-stakes game

INTELLECTUAL MATTERS

Espionage. Double agents. Betrayal. Theft. While I could be describing the latest James Bond film, these elements were all part of a trade secret lawsuit in the United States involving Dupont’s product Kevlar. As any polymer chemist knows, Kevlar is a para-aramid synthetic fibre having a tensile strength five times that of steel. It has...

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1951 Chemistry in Canada

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When Canadian Liquid Air Company Limited ran this ad in Chemistry in Canada in 1951, its founding firm, Air Liquide of France, was one year shy of its 50th anniversary. Established in Paris in 1902 as a producer of industrial gases, Air Liquide quickly began to expand, opening subsidiaries around the globe, including Air Liquide...

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Coffee chemistry — good to the last drop!

CHEMFUSION

Caffeine can make you jittery. It can keep you awake. And it can make you pee more often. This much we know for sure. But as for other allegations against caffeine, we must be more circumspect. No scientific studies have conclusively linked caffeine to high blood pressure, osteoporosis or arthritis. Actually, we have recently learned...

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