ChemiSTEAM 2020: They grow up so fast

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When my ChemiSTEAM submission entitled ‘They grow up so fast!’ received an honorable mention and I was asked to write a short piece about it, I knew I was going to have to explain why the title relates to children. I became obsessed with crystals and crystallography during my undergraduate chemistry degree at Memorial University....

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ChemiSTEAM 2020: Sublimation of VO(acac)2

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In this synthesis, we attempted a sublimation of our crude product as an alternative to the usual purification of vanadyl acetylacetonate that involves the recrystallization from dichloromethane and ether. This was a conscious effort to change the synthesis towards methodology that incorporated principles of green chemistry. By making this switch, we tried to make a safer and more efficient synthesis that avoided using dangerous solvents and reduced the waste. I captured this close-up of the sublimed crystals in their vibrant blue and chaotic crystalline texture that showcases this attempt.

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Q & A on teaching with Alison Flynn, MCIC

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Alison Flynn, MCIC is an associate professor in the department of chemistry and biomolecular sciences at the University of Ottawa. She leads the Flynn Research Group, focused on learning at the postsecondary level, in chemistry and across disciplines. Flynn is the 2021 winner of CIC’s Award for Chemistry Education. CIC News recently asked Flynn to...

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Q&A on teaching with Leah Martin-Visscher, MCIC

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Leah Martin-Visscher is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at The King’s University, Edmonton and the 2021 winner of the Margaret-Ann Armour Award for Early Career Chemistry Education. Her research with undergraduates explores the use of bacteriophages and antimicrobial peptides for food preservation. CIC News recently asked Martin-Visscher to share some insights from the classroom.

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ChemiSTEAM 2020: Metal–Organic Rose

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The unique structure in my ChemiSTEAM image – analogous to a rose – highlights the imperfections in a MOF. Contrary to the expected smooth outcome, the crystallization process gave rise to textured MOF layers that correlate to an irregular morphology which can be appreciated in many ways, as there can be key findings to take away from it.

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And the winners are…

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NSERC recognizes outstanding chemistry and chemical engineering research This year’s winners of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada prizes include some remarkable researchers in the chemical sciences and engineering. NSERC announced last week its annual awards to Canadian scientists and engineers, plus industry partners. Molly Shoichet, MCIC, took home Canada’s most prestigious...

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