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Renee Man and co-workers make cover of Angewandte Chemie International Edition

A paper entitled “Mechanism of Formation of Palladium Nanoparticles: Lewis Base Assisted, Low-Temperature Preparation of Monodisperse Nanoparticles” has been highlighted and featured as the back cover artwork in the November edition of Angewandte Chemie International Edition. The communication authored by R. Man, A. R. C. Brown, and Michael Wolf of the Chemistry Department reports for the first time how capped palladium nanoparticles are formed at low temperature, and with excellent control...

Mark MacLachlan awarded the 2013 Strem Chemicals Award for Pure or Applied Inorganic Chemistry

Congratulations to Professor Mark MacLachlan who was awarded the 2013 Strem Chemicals Award for Pure or Applied Inorganic Chemistry this last month. The award recognizes researchers who have demonstrated exceptional promise while working in Canada and who have made outstanding contributions to the inorganic chemistry community. Professor MacLachlan will be presented with this award at the 96th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition taking place in Quebec City from May 26-30...

Gregory Dake awarded UBC “Sustainability Teaching & Learning Fellowship for 2012/13

Congratulations to Professor Gregory Dake who was recently awarded a UBC “Sustainability Teaching & Learning Fellowship” with the USI Teaching & Learning Office for the 2012/13 academic year. Fellows of this program include UBC faculty members who are exceptional leaders in sustainability education, and are tasked with advancing the education future generations of sustainability leaders while following UBC’s Sustainability Academic Strategy.

Congratulations to Chemistry staff member Brent Gawryluik!

Congratulations to Chemistry staff member, Brent Gawryluik, System Analyst and Computer Support Specialist on the UBC-TRIUMPH WestGrid Project, who just completed his Masters of Science in Information Systems at Athabasca University.

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Michael Wolf awarded Peter Wall Major Thematic Grant

Professor Michael Wolf was recently awarded a Major Thematic Grant from the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. Dr. Wolf received the 5-year grant valued at $500,000 for the project “Nanomaterials for Alternative Energy Applications”.

UBC Chemistry ranks top in Canada

According to the 2012 QS World University Ranking by Subject, the University of British Columbia has ranked top in Canada for Chemistry.

UBC Chemistry made #26 on the list for 2012, ahead of the University of Toronto at #34 and McGill at #46. Rounding out the top three are the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at #1, followed by UC Berkeley and Harvard.

UBC also ranked highest in Canada for Physics, and Earth and Marine Sciences.

Stanislav Konorov and coworkers make cover of Analyst

A paper entitled “Raman microspectroscopy of live cells under autophagy-inducing conditions” has been highlighted and featured as the cover artwork in the most recent issue of Analyst. The article, authored by S. Konorov, M. Jardon, J. Piret, Michael Blades (Department of Chemistry), and Robin Turner (Michael Smith Laboratories), focuses on the detection of autophagy in cells. Autophagy is a phenomenon exhibited by cells in response to various kinds of stress that allows cells to...

Chemistry grad student wins Vanier scholarship

UBC Chemistry graduate student Léanne Racicot has won the prestigious Vanier scholarship for her work on the total synthesis of thiopeptides, a family of antibiotics with potent activity against drug-resistant pathogens.

Summer camp 2012 students solve murder mystery in Chemistry’s “CSI Lab”

UBC Chemistry welcomed summer camp students to the Department on July 25 and August 1 2012 for a full day of forensic investigations in the UBC Chemistry “CSI” lab. The children, aged 13-15, took on the role of newly recruited forensic chemists who were tasked with the job of solving a fictional Chemistry Department murder mystery.

Postdoc receives UBC Science Travel Award

Congratulations to Ruth Webster, a Postdoctoral Fellow under Laurel Schafer, who has received a Faculty of Science Postdoctoral Travel Award.

Graduate students share love for chemistry at Science World

On a busy Saturday afternoon a group of graduate students from the Chemistry Department stand behind several activity tables, oozing enthusiasm and a passion for chemistry as they captivate children with giant bubbles and beakers filled with slime. Since 2011 this group of volunteers, headed by graduate student Susan Vickers with support from JM Lauzon, spend one afternoon a month at Vancouver’s TELUS World of Science running hands-on activities that entertain and educate kids of all ages....

Grad Student wins inaugural Edward Piers Memorial Award

Congratulations to graduate student Alexander Dauth, the first recipient of the Chemistry Department’s Edward Piers Memorial Award in Organic Chemistry. Alexander, a member of the Love group, is conducting research in the areas of organometallic chemistry and catalysis.

Chemistry Staff: John Ellis, Acquisitions

Another hard day at work in Chemistry Stores for John Ellis, Acquisitions.

Department celebrates summer with BBQ Fiesta

Despite Vancouver’s stifling heat, turnout was great at the annual Department BBQ. The fiesta-themed event was organized by the Chemistry Social Committee. Highlights included the hot pepper eating and costume contests, as well as two chemistry-themed piñatas in the shape of a beaker mug and “Got Chem?” t-shirt.

Grad Student wins Faculty of Science Achievement Award

Congratulations to graduate student Angela Crane, who was awarded the Faculty of Science Achievement Award for her work with chemistry outreach. Angela is a member of the MacLachlan group and has been with the department since 2008.

The Science Achievement Awards recognize staff, students and faculty whose contributions in areas such as service, administration, leadership and outreach have had a significant positive impact on achieving the goals of the Faculty of...

Student Awards - CSC 2012

Congratulations to the following chemistry students who won awards at the 2012 Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in Calgary, Alberta:

Graduate Student Poster Competition
Philippa Payne: 1st place, Organic Chemistry Division
Erin Lindenberg: 1st place, Physical, Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Division

Suzana Strauss awarded Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship

Associate Professor Suzana Straus was recently awarded a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship. These awards, granted by the European Commission, are designed to attract top-class researchers to work and undertake research in Europe with the ultimate goal of developing mutually-beneficial research cooperation between Europe and Canada.

Grad student Lauren Keyes wins Best Oral Presentation

At the 95th annual Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in May, UBC chemistry graduate student Lauren Keyes was awarded Best Oral Presentation in the Symposium on Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis in Honour of Howard Alper. Lauren Keyes, a member of the Love group, is currently entering the final year of her PhD at UBC. Her research has focused on the development...

Grad student wins Killam Doctoral Scholarship

Congratulations to PhD student Chad Atkins who has been awarded a Killam Doctoral Scholarship for the upcoming academic year. Chad has been working with Michael Blades and Robin Turner on a project that involves the study of storage lesions in red blood cells using Raman spectroscopy.

Killam Doctoral Scholarships are provided annually from the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund for Advanced Studies. These are the most prestigious graduate awards available at UBC, and are awarded to the...