Science-based decision-making

ENVIRONMENT

Chemist partners with City of Kitchener on innovative air pollution study It’s not every day a chemist gets to directly affect government policy. So Wilfrid Laurier University chemistry Professor Hind Al-Abadleh, MCIC, is understandably excited about her school-based air pollution study in Kitchener. Al-Abadleh launched a pilot air-quality monitoring project earlier in 2020 in partnership with...

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Medical masks that kill the COVID-19 virus

CHEMISTRY FOR HEALTH

Researchers put anti-microbial mask coatings to the test. Triiodide, salt, and graphene-nano silver take their turn on the lab bench. Face masks with COVID-fighting coatings may be the next frontier in PPE. At least one such mask is available commercially in Canada – using a triiodide coating – and researchers are investigating the virus-busting powers...

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Meeting a viral challenge

Laboratories around the world are racing to understand COVID-19, the potentially lethal virus that has upended everything from our personal lifestyles to the underpinnings of the global economy. Such work is also taking place in David Evans’ lab at the University of Alberta, where he contrasts the public perception of it with research he conducted...

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Innovating along a linear path

It has been a decade since the world grappled with the challenge posed by Canada’s aging nuclear reactor, the NRU, which at one point was producing almost half of the global supply of Molybdenum 99, an isotope used in millions of medical scans every year. The reactor was finally retired in 2018, but a concerted...

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Mental Health

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Navigating these uncertain times, especially without some of our usual in-person support networks, can take a big toll on mental health. While we are all focusing on taking care of our physical health during the COVID-19 pandemic by practicing physical distancing, washing our hands, and staying home as much as possible, we need to take...

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Pioneering a pharmaceutical frontier

CHEMISTRY FOR HEALTH

Cannabis has had a long history of being used as medicine before it was added to the Canada’s Act to Prohibit the Improper Use of Opium and other Drugs in 1923. After the federal government legalized recreational use of this drug in 2017, the country’s researchers have found themselves in the privileged position of being...

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NSERC Alliance Grants for Covid research

Participants at last year’s Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in Halifax had a chance to learn more about the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s newly created Alliance Grants program, which combined a number of previously existing research funding initiatives. That program is now the focus of NSERC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which will use...

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NSERC Alliance Grants for Covid research

CHEMISTRY FOR HEALTH
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The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council is accelerating its processing of applications for support for research projects dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. The agency is committing a total of $15 million to stimulate collaborations between academic researchers, the public and not-for-profit sectors, and industry to address pandemic-related research and technical challenges. Support for up to...

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