Montréal to host 54th IUPAC General Assembly and 51st World Chemistry Congress in 2027

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The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has chosen Montréal, Quebec to host the 54th IUPAC General Assembly and 51st World Chemistry Congress (WCC), collectively referred to as IUPAC 2027. Hosted at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, up to 3,500 delegates will be in attendance over July 16-23, 2027. The events will include the Canadian Society for Chemistry’s (CSC) 110th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CCCE).

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Simplifying the sweet science of chocolate making

CHEMISTRY FOR SOCIETY

Little-known fact: the things we like about chocolate – its creamy smooth texture and how it melts in our mouths – are thanks to the crystal structure of cocoa butter. Now University of Guelph researchers have found a way to create that perfect crystal structure while simplifying the fussy tempering process.

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Putting a virus-busting air filter to the test

CHEMISTRY FOR HEALTH

Researchers at the University of Saskatchewan are working on an air filter to destroy viruses like the one that causes COVID-19. The idea is to capture airborne water droplets after someone coughs or sneezes, and to render viruses inside the droplets harmless by oxidizing them.

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A new Kraken wakes to provide virtual, AI-calculated organic compounds

CHEMISTRY FOR SOCIETY

An international collaboration used machine-learning to create an open-access virtual catalogue of some 300,000 organic compounds, opening doors for a range of future applications from materials to drugs. The project, called Kraken, represents teamwork by Alán Aspuru-Guzik’s Matter Lab at the University of Toronto, the Sigman Research Group at the University of Utah, Technische Universität Berlin, the Karlsruhe Institute...

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Microplastic pollution more complex than we think

CHEMISTRY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Scientists began reporting microplastic pollution in the ocean as far back as the 1970s but our understanding of these tiny particles’ impact on fish is only just catching up.  Their harm is due to factors not generally considered in toxicology testing – the plastics’ size, shape and chemical makeup.

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CWIC My STEM Stories are going online

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The Canadians Working for Inclusivity in the Chemical Sciences, Engineering, and Technology (CWIC) Network, an MRG for the CIC, are premiering their My STEM Stories YouTube Channel on May 5 from 6 – 7 PM EST. Here, graduate students across Canada had the chance to tell a story about their experience working in STEM, and...

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CWIC celebrated the IUPAC global women’s breakfast

CHEMISTRY FOR SOCIETY

On 9 February 2021, diverse people from around the world came together to celebrate the third International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Global Women’s Breakfast (GWB). The purpose of these GWB events is to promote diversity in science by bringing people from various organizations together. As mentioned by IUPAC, the last two GWB have established that there is a need to build a network of both women and men who can work together to address the barriers and inequalities faced by women in science. Keeping this in mind, the theme of GWB 2021 was kept as “Empowering Diversity in Science”.

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