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Congratulations Zac Hudson!

Congratulations to Associate Professor Zac Hudson for being a recipient of the UBC Killam Accelerator Research Fellowship & the Charles A. McDowell award!

Dr. Hudson’s research on optoelectronic materials spans the fields of organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry, polymer science, and nanomaterials. He works with other researchers in chemistry, engineering and the life sciences to bring his lab’s discoveries to life in functional devices, fluorescent analyses or new chemical...

Chemistry Alum Gets a Positive Reaction to Debut Novel

On International Women's Day we'd like you to meet UBC Chemistry alum Dr. Emily Seo, author of "The Science of Boys", a fun rallying call for girls and women in STEM.

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Women in Science: Katrina Bergmann

Katrina Bergmann is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia, where she conducts research at the interface of computational, physical, and materials chemistry. Katrina is a 2022 Vanier Scholar and Killam Laureate, having been awarded the most prestigious...

Paul Heine receives 3rd place at the AMS 23rd Conference on Air-Sea

Congratulations to Paul Heine, PhD student (Nadine Borduas-Dedekind group), who has received 3rd place in the AMS 23rd Conference student poster presentation competition for his presentation "The Oxidative Fate of Organic Selenium over Marine Environments".


Selenium (Se) is an essential element for human health and has an important marine component to its biogeochemical cycle...

Dr. Miguel Romero Receives the Alumni Builder Award

Congratulations to Dr. Miguel A. Romero who is a recipient of the 2022-23 Alumni Builder Award!

Created in 2017 as part of the 100th year of alumni UBC, the Alumni Builder Awards recognize a cross-section of alumni representing both campuses who have significantly contributed to the university and enriched the lives of others, and in doing so, have supported alumni UBC’s vision of a global alumni community for an exceptional UBC and a better world. Read...

José Rodriguez Nύñez Receives the Margaret-Ann Armour Award for Early Career Chemistry Education

Congratulations to José Rodriguez Nύñez for receiving the 2023 Margaret-Ann Armour Award for Early Career Chemistry Education!

This award is presented in memory of Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour as a mark of recognition to an early career educator who has made an outstanding contribution in Canada to undergraduate education primarily at the post-secondary level in the chemical sciences, chemical engineering, or chemical technology.


Mia Stankovic Awarded a Tyler Lewis Green Research Foundation grant

Mia Stankovic, a PhD candidate from Berlinguette Group at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Chemistry and the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (Blusson QMI), is among the three winners of the 2022 Tyler Lewis Green Research Foundation grant for her research on the decarbonization of chemical manufacturing using a membrane reactor.

Mia said the project aims to create a hydrogen economy without using hydrogen gas to develop products that can be readily...

Julie McNutt Receives Faculty of Science Excellence in Service Awards

Congratulations to graduate student Julie McNutt for receiving the 2022 Faculty of Science Excellence in Service Award!

These awards recognize faculty, staff and students who have demonstrated outstanding achievements beyond their regular work and whose dedication and service have widely impacted in advancing the goals of UBC Science. More info>

The awards will be presented at the next Faculty of Science meeting in...

José Rodriguez Nύñez Receives Faculty of Science Excellence in Service Award

Congratulations to José Rodriguez Nύñez, Associate Professor of Teaching, for receiving the 2022 Faculty of Science Excellence in Service Award!

These awards recognize faculty, staff and students who have demonstrated outstanding achievements beyond their regular work and whose dedication and service have widely impacted in advancing the goals of UBC Science. More info>

The awards will be presented at the next...

Ilsa Cooke Receives $125K in Project Funding

Congratulations to assistant professor Ilsa Cooke for receiving $125,000 in project funding from the B.C Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF)!

The project, Infrastructure for laboratory simulations of interstellar chemistry, will use funding for research infrastructure to investigate the journey of molecules from their birth in the vacuum of space to their transport to new planets and other worlds. The lab will develop unique tools to simulate reactions in space. The...

2022 Alumni Award Winners

At our November Alumni Reunion, we announced the winners to our two alumni awards. Congratulations to Dr. Alison Ewart, who is awarded the Alumni Award of Distinction, and Dr. Julian West, who has been awarded the Young Alumnus Award!


Alumni Award of Distinction | Dr. Alison Ewart, PhD '07

This award recognizes an alumnus whose accomplishments are of such excellence that they provide inspiration and leadership to students and other alumni....

PhD Student Katrina Bergmann is Awarded The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Congratulations to PhD student Katrina Bergmann (Hudson Group) for receiving the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship!

The Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship is the most prestigious and competitive of the doctoral scholarships offered by the Federal Government. It is awarded on the basis of academic excellence, research potential, and leadership ability, and is valued at $150,000 over three years. More...

Congratulations Sarah Burke

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Burke for being awarded the 2022 Killam Mentoring Award!

Dr. Burke has been awarded for providing constant opportunities to hone essential skills in areas such as critical thinking, public speaking, and grant writing.  Dr. Burke tailors her mentoring approach, by adapting graduate student’s projects, and her mentoring, to each student’s evolving needs and career aspirations.  As co-creator of the Quantum Electronic Science & Technology Program, she has...

Congratulations Prof. Laurel Schafer!

UBC Chemistry Professor Laurel Schafer has been awarded the Schlenk Lecture Award from the University of Tübingen (2021).

The Schlenk award is an International award that is awarded every 2 years. It is sponsored by BASF and offers the opportunity for the Awardee to spend a few weeks in Tuebingen, including a visit to the BASF site in Ludswighafen, Germany. Prof. Wilhelm Schlenk who spent the later years of his career at the U. Of Tuebingen, invented techniques and glassware for...

Congratulations Assistant Prof. Tao Huan

Assistant professor Tao Huan has received the MANA Early Career Award for his work in the development of analytical and bioinformatics tools for improving data acquisition and analysis of LC-MS-based metabolomics.

The MANA Early Career Award is a competitive award for the most accomplished Early Career Members whose work has exhibited exceptional novelty or has pushed the boundaries of metabolomics, or whose early career efforts, after obtaining a PhD, MD, or MD-PhD, have resulted in...

Scientists uncover new clues about the climate and health effects of atmospheric particles

Peering inside common atmospheric particles is providing important clues to their climate and health effects, according to a new study by University of British Columbia chemists professor Allan Bertram and postdoctoral fellow Fabian Mahrt (Bertram Group).

Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) particles are ubiquitous in the atmosphere and play an important role in air quality and climate. They can add to air pollution and damage lungs, and help deflect solar radiation or aid cloud formation...

Prof Allan Bertram and PhD Student Nealan Gerrebos featured on The Conversation Canada

UBC Chemistry Prof Allan Bertram and Bertram group PhD student Nealan Gerrebos explain how wildfire smoke may warm the Earth for longer than previously thought. They explain their latest research here>

Nadine Borduas-Dedekind Interviewed by Moteur de Recherche

UBC Chemistry Professor Nadine Borduas-Dedekind was interviewed by French Canadian radio show Moteur de Recherche by CBC (Radio Canada in French) and discusses the chemistry of aerosols involved in geoengineering. Listen here>

Congratulations to Prof. Stephen Withers!

Professor Stephen Withers has been awarded the 2022 Haworth Memorial Lectureship from the RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) Carbohydrate Group.


This award was founded in 1969 in commemoration of Sir Norman Haworth (president of the Chemical Society 1944-46) and it is awarded for sustained, internationally recognised contributions to carbohydrate chemistry. This award is given in recognition of Prof. Withers contributions to the elucidation of carbohydrate active enzyme...

Parisa Mehrkhodavandi Has Been Named a 2022 Wall Scholar

Congratulations to Professor Parisa Mehrkhodavandi who has been selected to be a member of the 2022-23 Wall Scholars Catalyst cohort.

Members of the cohort will work together to initiate collaborations that engage the urgency, scale and complexity of the Climate and Nature Emergency. This program upholds the Peter Wall Institute’s mandate to enable associated scholars to engage in innovative research that addresses the largest and complex challenges of our time.

As part of...