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Congratulations to the Momose Group!

Momose Group and Chemistry EES/MES Shops Have Achieved the World’s First Magnetic Trapping of a Polyatomic Free Radicals

The Momose Group, in collaboration with the Chemistry EES and MES shops, has achieved the magnetic trapping of CH3 radicals in a vacuum chamber. After six years of development of a “coil gun” type magnetic molecular decelerator, they have successfully reduced the translational velocity of the radicals in a supersonic molecular beam from 340 m/s to...

Congratulations to the Perrin Group!

The Perrin Group has made the cover of Organic Biomolecular Chemistry for their work towards protein-like aptamers with a tyrosine side chain.

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Congratulations to Dr. Russ Algar!

Dr. Russ Algar has been selected as one of the 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows. This award is given annually to the most promising scientific researchers working today in the U.S. and Canada. This is the second year in a row where the only Canadian Sloan recipient in Chemistry is at UBC. Congratulations to Dr. Algar on this achievement!

Congratulations to Dr. Roman Krems!

Dr. Roman Krems has been named a Distinguished University Scholar by the university. This prestigious distinction recognizes exceptional members of the faculty who have distinguished themselves as scholars.  Roman is the first faculty member in our department to receive this honor, and will keep this designation for the duration of his career at UBC.  Roman's achievement will be recognized at UBC's annual Awards Reception in early April. Congratulations Dr. Krems!

2017 Department of Chemistry TA Awards

The 2017 Department of Chemistry TA Award recipients are Rebecca DiPucchio, Nicholas Hein, and Benjamin Rawe. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Dr. Harry Brumer!

Dr. Harry Brumer has been awarded a 2016 UBC Killam Research Prize. This award recognizes outstanding research and scholarly contributions. Dr. Brumer's achievement will be recognized at UBC's annual Awards Reception in early April 2017. Congratulations Dr. Brumer!


Congratulations to Dr. Suzana Straus!

The Straus Group's work, recently published in Scientific Reports (Nature), has been featured on the HHV6 Foundation website. Congratulations to the Straus Group!

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Congratulations Dr. Russ Algar!

Dr. Algar has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Emerging Leader in Molecular Spectroscopy Award presented by Spectroscopy magazine.  This award annually recognizes the achievements of a talented young molecular spectroscopist who has made strides early in their career towards the advancement of molecular spectroscopy techniques or applications.  An award symposium will be held at the SciX conference this October. Congratulations Dr. Algar!

Congratulations Dr. Russ Algar!

Dr. Algar has been awarded the 2017 Fred Beamish Award presented by the CSC. This award is presented to an individual who demonstrates innovation in research in the field of analytical chemistry, where the research is anticipated to have significant potential for practical applications. Congratulations Dr. Algar!

Congratulations Dr. Katherine Ryan!

Dr. Katherine Ryan has been award the 2017 Melanie O'Neil Young Investigator Award, presented by the CSC. This award is presented to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to biological chemistry while working in Canada. Dr. Ryan is the inaugural winner of this CSC award. Congratulations!

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Congratulations to Love-Ese Chile!

Love-Ese Chile, from the Mehrkhodavandi group, recently received the Macromolecular Science and Engineering division oral presentation prize at the 2016 Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition.

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Congratulations to the Chemistry Undergraduate Society!

Dr. Michael Wolf presenting the CSC 2015 Student Chapter Merit Award to the Chemistry Undergraduates Society.  Presented to recognize and encourage initiative and originality in Student Chapter programming in Chemistry.

Congratulations Dr. Curtis Berlinguette!

Dr. Berlinguette has been awarded the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Chemistry.  Berlinguette leads a team of researchers committed to translating fundamental laboratory discoveries in solar energy conversion technologies to commercial products. His program led the recent development of an entirely new class of stable and high performance chromophores for mesoscopic solar cells, and invented distinctive protocols for accessing state-of-the-art heterogeneous catalysts that form hydrogen fuels...

Dr. Takamasa Momose awarded 2016 George C. Pimentel Award

Congratulations to Dr. Takamasa Momose!

Dr. Takamasa Momose has been awarded the 2016 George C. Pimentel Award for advances in Matrix Isolation Spectroscopy. The George C. Pimentel Award has been awarded since 2005 to scientists who have made significant contributions in the field of matrix isolation. The award was presented at the CPLT2016 conference which took place in Biarritz, France in July 2016. Congratulations Dr. Momose!

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Dr. Harry Brumer has been awarded the B.A. Stone Award

Congratulations to Dr. Harry Brumer!

Dr. Harry Brumer has been awarded the B.A. Stone Award for Excellence in Plant Polysaccharide Biochemistry at the XXVIII International Carbohydrate Symposium that took place in New Orleans, USA, 17-21 July ,2016. The award is sponsored by Megazyme International ("a global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of analytical reagents, enzymes and assay kits for the food, feed, dairy and wine industries."

Congratulations to the Perrin Group!

Congratulations the Perrin Group! The Perrin Lab's work on new approaches to fluorination for PET imaging makes the cover of Acc. Chem. Research - One quick step for 18F-labeling, one large step for PET Imaging.” Organoborates react rapidly with 18F-fluoride ion in water to afford 18F-labeled organotrifluoroborates; this enables single-step 18F labeling of molecularly complex ligands to create new PET imaging agents. Key to this technological...

UBC Chemistry - Big Winners at the CSC Awards Banquet

From the CIC/CSC Awards banquet in Halifax on June 8: Steve Withers, CIC Medal winner, in the centre, flanked, on the right, by Mike Wolf incoming Head of Chemistry and winner of the CSC Rio Tinto Alcan Award, Mark MacLachlan, winner of the CSC Award for Research Excellence in Materials Chemistry, and Mike Fryzuk outgoing Head of Chemistry.  Steve is flanked on the left by Curtis Berlinguette, winner of the CSC Strem Chemicals Award for Pure or Applied Inorganic Chemistry, Allan Bertram,...

Congratulations to Dr. Mel Comisarow!

Dr. Comisarow has been awarded the 2016 Fred P. Lossing Award of the Canadian Society for Mass Spectrometry.  The Lossing award is the Society's highest honour and is given to individuals to recognize their distinguished contributions to mass spectrometry in Canada. The award will be announced at Canada Night in the Waters Suite at ASMS (Tuesday evening of ASMS) and formally presented at the 21st International Mass Spectrometry Conference to be held in Toronto from August 20-26, 2016. ...

Congratulations to the 2015/16 UBC Undergraduate Chemistry Society!

2016 CSC Student Chapter Merit Award

Congratulations to the UBC Undergraduate Chemistry Society for being awarded the Canadian Society for Chemistry Student Chapter Merit Award third year in a row! The award will be presented on Thursday, June 9th at the 99th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in Halifax. This award will be announced in the upcoming issue of ACCN, the Canadian Chemical News,

New Funding for Cancer Diagnosis

Chris Orvig, with colleagues from the BC Cancer Agency (François Bénard, BC Leadership Chair in Functional Cancer Imaging) and TRIUMF (Paul Schaffer, Associate Lab Director, Life Sciences Division and Caterina Ramogida, PhD 2015), has been awarded about  $719,000 in the Collaborative Health Research Projects (CHRP) program of CIHR and NSERC for their project "Theranostic Vectors to Treat Cancer with Radiometals”  which will combine the expertise of TRIUMF in radionuclide production and...