Secret ingredient in cosmetics a cause for concern say chemists

Sought after for their ability to repel water, grease, and oil, PFAS are a class of more than 4700 synthetic compounds used since the 1950s. One application poorly studied in North America is PFAS in cosmetics. A new study now shows just how much they contain.

Putting a virus-busting air filter to the test

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.

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

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…

Making the case for electrochemical sensors to reduce bioterrorism risk

More than a year into a pandemic that has brought the world to its knees, the need to quickly and easily detect pathogens is indisputable. University of New Brunswick chemists examine the use of electrochemical sensors to quickly detect highly contagious diseases and biological weapons.

CWIC My STEM Stories are going online

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…

CWIC celebrated the IUPAC global women’s breakfast

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”.

The push to disinfect and reuse disposable PPE

The toll of pandemic-related plastic waste from discarded PPE is mounting at an alarming rate. Health Canada estimates that between June 2020 and June 2021, 63,000 tons of COVID-19 related PPE will end up as landfill waste. Researchers are investigating possibilities for disinfecting and reusing single-use PPE, including medical gloves and hospital gowns.

CSPC 2020: The social contract

In 2020 David Schlachter, a chemical engineering graduate student at Polytechnique Montréal, attended the  Canadian Science Policy Conference on behalf of the CIC. At the conference David attended a panel discussion on the social contract between science and the public, and he has shared the highlights of this panel discussion.

World Congress On Materials Science And Engineering

Theme: Scrutinizing Latest Approaches in the Sphere of Materials Science and Engineering Conference Brochure | Submit Abstract | Scientific Sessions   Herald Meetings LLC takes pleasure in inviting the scientific community across the globe to attend the World Congress on Materials Science and Engineering during August 24 – 25, 2020 at Prague, Czech Republic around…

Supporting Women in the Chemical Sciences

The CIC is celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science (February 11th)! We know that many of you in the Canadian chemical sciences community will be hosting or attending an IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast on February 12th. There are more than 20 events happening in Canada from coast to coast and we encourage…

Taking a hard look at safety culture in academic laboratories

The celebrated 19th-century German chemist Justus von Liebig famously advised his protegé Augustus Kekulé that it was necessary to ruin one’s health in order to succeed in chemistry. Liebig could have merely been telling his student that overwork, poor eating habits, and a lack of sleep come with the job, but this advice could also…