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Congratulations Dr. Tao Huan!

Congratulations to Dr. Tao Huan on being named the 2023 Michael Smith Research Scholar! His lab will develop cutting-edge mass spectrometry methods to interrogate the effects of maternal sugar overconsumption on pregnant rats and their babies. Read more here>

New Portable HPLC Drug Testing Robot at Shambhala Music Festival

Prof. Jason Hein discusses the new, portable drug testing machine that will be rolled out at the Shambhala Music Festival in the Kootenays this weekend. To learn more, check out the following links:



Congratulations Raksha Kandel!

Raksha Kandel (PhD student in the MacLachlan group) won first prize for her poster at the International Symposium on Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry (ISMSC) held June 25-29, 2023 in Reykjavik, Iceland. The photo shows Raksha receiving her award from Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry.

Congratulations Raksha!

Congratulations UTA Award Recipients!

Congratulations to Raymond, Ava, Navreet, Kate, Jenicia, and Luigi for receiving this year's Undergraduate TA awards. This award is given to undergraduate TAs who go above and beyond when teaching students taking our courses. Their exceptional dedication, leadership, and passion when engaging and helping our students is invaluable in supporting our teaching mission. Well deserved!

Russ Algar Receives the 2023 PerkinElmer Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy Award

Professor Russ Algar has been selected as the recipient of the 2023 PerkinElmer Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy Award.

This award is given to a Canadian Scientist for significant achievements in the fundamental development of instrumentation or techniques, or for the novel application of spectroscopy, spectrometry or analytical sciences to analytical problems in industry, medicine, the environment, or related fields.

Congratulations Russ!

Biodegradable Gel Shows Promise for Cartilage Regeneration: Prof Hongbin Li & Team

Professor Hongbin Li and his team have developed a new approach to stiffen a protein gel- a step forward in the bid to create biodegradable implants for joint injuries.

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Sammis, Bizzotto, and Hein Research Groups Combat B.C.’s Toxic Drug Supply

Professors Glenn Sammis, Dan Bizzotto & Jason Hein's research groups are re-envisioning existing techniques and technology to make drug checking and entering treatment quicker and easier by developing a mobile drug checking device the size of a shoe box.

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Congratulations Ujas Acharya!

Congratulations to Ujas Acharya for receiving the C3 General Student Scholarship!

The C3 General Student Scholarship is designed to help a student pursue studies at a Canadian College or University (or other post-secondary educational institution) in science, and to raise the profile of College Chemistry Canada. More info on the award here>


National Walkout for Support Our Science

On May 1, 2023, many members of the Department of Chemistry participated in the Nation-Wide Walk Out led by Support Our Science, a grassroots organization advocating for better grad student and postdoc pay in Canada. The Department strongly supports demands for increases in federal funding for graduate students and postdocs supported through Tri-Agency (NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR) scholarships, fellowships and grants.


Congratulations Undergraduate Research Award Winners!

At the CHEM 449 & RLE Reception, Takeo Iwase and Jared Litman received the Michael Fryzuk Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Chemistry Research Award for their outstanding contributions towards undergraduate research in the department. 

Congratulations to both, we wish them all the best for their future endeavours.















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Dr. Andrea Terpstra receives 2022/23 Killam Teaching Prize

Congratulations to Dr. Andrea Terpstra for being selected as the recipient of a 2022-2023 UBC Killam Teaching Prize. This honour is in recognition of Dr. Terpstra's outstanding achievement as a teacher and is a reflection of her enthusiasm for teaching and commitment to her students. This honour will be recognized at the May Graduation Ceremony.

Congratulations Dr. Terpstra!

Dr. Tao Huan's Lab Develops Groundbreaking Bioinformatic Tool

Despite the detection and synthesis of millions of compounds in nature and in labs, our current understanding of the chemical composition of biological and environmental systems remains far from complete. The Huan research lab has developed a groundbreaking bioinformatic tool that is revolutionizing chemistry by accurately annotating the molecular formulae of unknown chemicals. This work will deepen our knowledge of the chemical makeup of our world.

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Dr. Zac Hudson Receives Killam Teaching Prize 2022-2023

Congratulations to Dr. Zachary Hudson for being selected as the recipient of a 2022-2023 UBC Killam Teaching Prize. This honour is in recognition of Dr. Hudson's outstanding achievement as a teacher and is a reflection of his enthusiasm for teaching and commitment to his students. This honour will be recognized at the May Graduation Ceremony.

Congratulations Dr. Hudson!

Congratulations Zac Hudson!

Congratulations to Associate Professor Zac Hudson for being a recipient of the 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 transformations.

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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...