Medical masks that kill the COVID-19 virus

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…

Getting maple syrup to show its true colours

Gold may be among the most distinctive colours in nature, but the element shows a very different character at smaller scales. At sizes of less than 100 nanometers, they absorb green light from the spectrum and turn a burgundy red. As they bind with other molecules, these nanoparticles can clump together to absorb different wavelengths…

International Symposium for the Analysis and Detection of Explosives (ISADE)

ISADE is sponsored by the Scientific Workshops and organized in affiliation with the Trace Explosives and Drug Detection Workshop (TED).  ISADE-TED is the pre-eminent scientific conference for discussion of the detection and characterization of explosives in both security screening and forensic applications. And this year ISADE will be held jointly with TED workshop to bring…

CIC Career Talk

The Chemical Institute of Canada Toronto Section (CICTor) is launching a new initiative for career exploration and networking! The Career Exploration Series will feature informal talks presented by graduates in the chemical field who are currently working in non-traditional careers in a variety of fields. Join us for the Career Exploration Series talk on Clinical…

Wrestling with wine and water

For all the economic and social benefits that the wine industry has brought to Ontario’s Niagara peninsula region, this expanding sector has also introduced a major environmental challenge to the way local municipal wastewater treatment plants go about their business. At the end of each summer these facilities see a sudden spike in material generated…

CNC-IUPAC Travel award winners announced

Travel award winners announced CIC and the Canadian National Committee of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (CNC-IUPAC) are pleased to announce the winners of their 2020 travel awards competition. Established in 1982, the awards are jointly sponsored by CNC-IUPAC’s company associates and CIC’s Gendron Fund, a trust established in honour of prominent…

Canada to host the World’s Leading Computational and Theoretical Chemists in 2020

The 12th Triennial Congress of the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists (WATOC 2020) will be held August 16-21, 2020 in Vancouver. The event will mark the latest stage in the growth and development of this active group since it was founded as the World Association of Theoretical Organic Chemists in 1982. First held…

Microfluidics turns to multipoles

The past two decades have been a heyday for the field of microfluidics, which has adapted highly accurate etching methods from the information technology industry to create miniaturized arrays where reactions can occur with minimal amounts of reagents. The resulting “lab on a chip” has set the stage for entirely new categories of analytical hardware,…

Measuring milk’s many micronutrients

Milk may be among our most familiar and venerable parts of the human diet, but its complex chemistry still holds a few mysteries and surprises. Most analyses have focused on the macronutrients, the proteins, fats, and carbohydrates that make up this product. The latest generation of metabolomics methods, however, bring powerful technologies such as mass…