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New approach to XAS near-edge data analysis

To address several issues relating to the analysis of near-edge XAS data, Mario Delgado spearheaded an intense effort over the last three years to develop an approach to data analysis that would remove user bias in the fitting of near-edge and background features. The Monte Carlo-based approach minimizes user bias and provides a statistical analysis of obtained fit parameters. With the help of Craig Mewis, he has implemented this approach in a Matlab program entitled BlueprintXAS,...

Beyond First Year - Why Chemistry is a cool major...

The annual Faculty of Science "Beyond First Year" event was held on Monday, February 28th in the Life Sciences Centre, attracting several hundred first year students seeking information about possible career and degree choices. Many changes are afoot in Chemistry - and interest was very high amongst the army of frosh seeking information.

Abnormal carbene reactivity uncovered

Prof Derek Gates and his student Josh Bates, in collaboration with Prof Pierre Kennepohl, have investigated the electronic structure of an abnormal carbene generated from the reaction of NHCs with phosphaalkenes to form 4-phosphino-2-carbenes. Josh discovered this surprising reactivity and probed possible reaction pathways using computational methods; the details of this study were published as a communication in Angew. Chem. and was subsequently highlighted by Chemical &...

Imagine 2011

Welcome to all of our new Chemistry students and thank you to everyone who attended another successful Chemistry Imagine Orientation. The weather was beautiful and the burgers were delicious!

This year the Undergraduate Chemistry Society performed a magic show, there was a new Amazing Race challenge with prizes for the winning team including custom lab coats and the coveted Amazing Race trophy, our Chemistry Graduate Society put on the BBQ, and the breakout session cupcakes were a hit...

Chemistry Welcomes New Shared Instrument Facility

August 17, 2011

The Department of Chemistry unveiled a ground-breaking new learning space this week, the Shared Instrument Facility (SIF). This innovative space combines a laboratory and student resource centre, and will transform the learning environment for students at UBC.  Undergraduates now have unprecedented access to highly specialized equipment that would otherwise be inaccessible.

Chemistry Grad Student awarded Best Oral Presentation

This past June at the 94th annual Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, UBC chemistry graduate student Lauren Keyes was awarded Best Oral Presentation in the Organometallics Reagents in Organic Synthesis Symposium. Lauren Keyes, from the Love group, is entering the fourth year of her PhD at UBC. In recognition of her outstanding presentation - "Pt(II) catalyzed C-F activation...

Danielle Covelli wins poster prize at ICBIC15

Danielle Covelli was awarded an honourable mention and a $250 prize from Helvetica Chimica Acta, for her poster presented during the 15th International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry (ICBIC15), held on campus at UBC in early August. Over 200 students were eligible for twelve poster prizes at the conference, with representation from across the world.

Studying the Structure of Proteins

Lawrence McIntosh has received a major grant from the Canadian Cancer Association for his research using NMR spectroscopy to study the structure of proteins involved in the regulation of gene expression.

UBC students shine at undergraduate conference

Polly Yu and Alex Radke recently participated in the 2011 RISE Canada Conference, held on August 26th on the campus of the University of Regina. The conference was the culmination of a summer-long research experience as part of the "Reactive Intermediates Student Exchange" that sent both students across the country.

Anti-Cancer Substances Found in Marine Sponges

Raymond Andersen has received a major grant from the Canadian Cancer Association for his research into anti-cancer chemical compounds found in marine sponges.