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Congratulations Undergraduate Research Award Winners!

At the CHEM 449 & RLE Reception, we presented the following awards to selected students who have made outstanding contributions towards undergraduate research in the department. 

Congratulations to Jane Fu and Nicole Removski for receiving the Michael Fryzuk Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Chemistry Research Award and Nicole Link and Isabelle Cai for receiving the Undergraduate Chemistry Society Research Laboratory Experience Excellence Award.

We wish them all the...

Congratulations Zac Hudson!

Associate Professor Zac Hudson has been awarded the 8th Polymer International-IUPAC award for Creativity in Applied Polymer Science, awarded by The Editorial Board of Polymer International and the IUPAC Polymer Division. Zac has made significant contributions to polymers for optoelectronics, including working to confront global plastic waste by developing polymer technologies with industry.

Zac will give a lecture and receive this award at the World Polymer Congress, which will be...

Congratulations to Russ Algar!

Associate Professor Russ Algar has been awarded the UBC Killam Accelerator Research Fellowships Award, as part of UBC's 2021 Faculty Research Awards!

The Faculty Research Awards recognize the excellence in research and scholarly achievements of faculty from across all disciplines at UBC. Winners will be honoured at a reception in June, hosted by The Office of the VP, Research and Innovation. See a complete list of winners...

Congratulations to Julie McNutt!

Congratulations to Julie McNutt for receiving the UBC Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award! This award is presented each year to a small number of graduate students who have made outstanding contributions to teaching and learning at UBC. With over 2000 Teaching Assistants working at the university, winning this award is a remarkable achievement.

Julie has shown dedication and commitment to teaching excellence at UBC, making a positive impact on not only individual students but...

Congratulations to Prof. Russ Algar!

Associate Professor Russ Algar as been awarded the W.A.E McBryde Medal by the Canadian Society for Chemistry. The award is presented to a young scientist working in Canada who has made a significant achievement in pure or applied analytical chemistry.

Congratulations Professor Algar!


Congratulations to Jaclyn Stewart!

Associate Professor of Teaching Jaclyn Stewart has been awarded the CIC Award for Chemistry Education. This award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in Canada in the field of chemistry or chemical engineering at post secondary education level. Read more here


Congratulations Jaclyn!

Dr. Jaclyn Stewart Joins Journal of Chemical Education Editorial Team

Dr. Jaclyn Stewart, Associate Professor of Teaching, has joined the editorial team at the Journal of Chemical Education as Associate Editor responsible for chemistry education research articles. Launched in 1924, the Journal of Chemical Education is co-published by the ACS Division of Chemical Education and the American Chemical Society Publications division. The Journal publishes research articles, editorials, activities, demonstrations, laboratory experiments, and technology reports to...

Congratulations to Jason Hein!

Professor Jason Hein has been awarded the honour of presenting his outstanding research as a Fagnou Lecturer for the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Ottawa for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The lectureship is named in honour of Keith Fagnou, who was an outstanding young chemist and esteemed colleague before his passing in 2009. 

Congratulations Jason!

UBC Researchers Involved in Creating Universal Blood-type Organs for Transplant

A new study has proven it is possible to safely convert the blood type in donor organs intended for transplantation. The study was conducted by a team of Canadian scientists, including UBC Chemistry’s Dr. Stephen Withers and Dr. Jayachandran Kizhakkedathu, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and is an important step towards creating universal type O organs, which could decrease mortality rates for patients on organ transplant waiting lists.

Read more about this exciting...

Congratulations to Gren Patey!

Professor Gren Patey has been named the 2022 Honorary Lecturer by the Canadian Association of Theoretical Chemists (CATC) Honorary Lectureship Committee!

This honour is given to an individual who has made significant contributions in theoretical/computational chemistry and/or to the Canadian theoretical and computational chemistry community. Gren will present a plenary lecture at the 2022 Canadian Symposium on Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, June 27- July 1, 2022 in Kelowna,...

UBC Chemistry and Microbiology & Immunology Researchers Develop Coating that Kills COVID and E.coli

Taylor Wright, PhD student (Wolf Group), Dr. Michael Wolf, professor of chemistry and principle investigator, & Dr. François Jean, professor of virology, have developed an inexpensive, non-toxic coating for almost any fabric that decreases the infectivity of the virus that causes COVID-19 by up to 90 per cent.

Read the full story here>

Chemistry Researchers Awarded $1.87 Million in CIHR Funding

Congratulations to Professors Hongbin Li and David Perrin for being awarded funding through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) project grant fall competition, to investigate a range of health areas, including tissue repair, spinal cord injury and chronic pain.

UBC researchers in Zoology and the Michael Smith Laboratories also received funding alongside Profs. Li and Perrin, for a grand total of $6.12 million awarded to UBC researchers.

61 projects are being lead...

Congratulations to Nathan Paisley!

Nathan Paisley, from the Hudson Group, has won the MSED Graduate Award in Polymer Chemistry from the Chemical Institute of Canada. This award recognizes Canada’s top Ph.D. student in polymer science.

This is also the second consecutive time a UBC Chemistry student has won this award - last year's winner was Ethan Sauvé.

Congratulations Nathan!

Congratulations to Anka Lekhi!

Anka Lekhi, Associate Professor of Teaching, is being honoured as one of 10 recipients for the 2021 Faculty of Science Excellence in Service Awards.

This award recognizes members in the Science community who have gone above and beyond their regular duties, have made significant contributions and demonstrated exceptional leadership in their departments. Their initiatives also provided substantial benefits to the Faculty of Science, as we navigate through the effects of the pandemic....

Congratulations Zac Hudson!

Associate Professor Zac Hudson has been awarded the 2022 Mark Young Scholar Award by the ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry. This award annually recognizes a Young Scholar for distinguished contributions to polymer science.

Zac will receive his award at a half-day symposium organized in his honor at the Fall 2022 ACS meeting in Chicago. Congratulations Zac!

Chemistry Welcomes New Faculty Member Dr. Amani Hariri

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Amani Hariri as an Assistant Professor in the area of biological chemistry with a focus on biosensing. She will join the department January 1st , 2023.

Dr. Hariri completed her PhD in Chemistry at McGill University, where she focused on using single molecule fluorescence methodologies to optimize the assembly of artificial DNA nanostructures to enable their applications in drug delivery and medicine. In 2016,...

2021 Alumni Award Winners

At our November Alumni Reunion, we announced the winners to our two alumni awards. Congratulations to Prof. Chris Gill, who is awarded the Alumni Award of Distinction, and Dr. Shuai Sherry Zhao, who has been awarded the Young Alumnus Award!

Alumni Award of Distinction | Prof. Chris Gill

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

November 2021 Chemistry Alumni Reunion

Our November 2021 Alumni Reunion was a great success! Thank you to all our attendees who joined us virtually and to Tao Huan and Emily Chung for their inspiring talks.

This years event also featured the announcement of our Graduate Student Awards and our Alumni Awards, along with a prize draw for those who attended!


We look forward to our next Alumni Reunion in the Spring, stay tuned for more details.

Congratulations 2021 Graduate Student Award Winners!

Last week at our November 2021 Alumni Reunion, we announced this years Graduate Student Award winners- Congratulations to you all! Our winners are as follows:

Ed Shuter Scholarship - Kasra Asnaashari

Edward Piers Memorial Award in Organic Chemistry – Alla Pryyma

Brian and Jane James Graduate Scholarship in Catalysis Research – Shaoxuan Ren

Sandra Morris and Richard Tillyer Scholarship in Chemistry – Shipei Xing and Andrew Kukor

Michael and Mary Gerry...

Congratulations to Dr. Jaclyn Stewart!

Dr. Jaclyn Stewart, Associate Professor of Teaching with UBC Chemistry, and current Deputy Academic Director at the CTLT and the current Director of ISoTL, will take on the role of incoming Associate Dean Academic, effective January 1, 2022. The Associate Dean Academic oversees the Faculty's curriculum process, administering programs such as Science One, First Year Focus, Integrated Science, Combined Major in Science, SCIE 113, Science 101, managing Skylight (the Science Centre for Learning...