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Chemistry Welcomes New Faculty Member Dr. Ilsa Cooke

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ilsa Cooke as an Assistant Professor in the area of experimental physical chemistry with a focus on astrochemistry. She will join the department January 1st , 2022.

Dr. Cooke completed her PhD in Physical Chemistry at the University of Virginia, where she used laboratory experiments to constrain thermal and photon-induced processes in interstellar ices. During this time, she worked as a visiting researcher at...

Congratulations to Lily Southcott!

Lily Southcott, PhD candidate in Chemistry and member of the TRIUMF NSERC CREATE IsoSiM has won the 2021 Carl H. Westcott Fellowship, which is awarded each year to a graduate student whose research work is being carried out at TRIUMF or on TRIUMF-related projects. Congratulations Lily!

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Congratulations to Curtis Berlinguette!

Curtis Berlinguette has been named a Distinguished University Scholar by the university. The Distinguished University Scholar awards recognize exceptional members of faculty who have distinguished themselves as scholars in research and/or teaching and learning.  Congratulations Curtis!

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Impact of Giving: Miguel A. Romero

UBC students in the Department of Chemistry have access to different scholarships and awards thanks to some of our incredibly generous alumni. One of those alumni is Dr. Miguel A. Romero. 

Dr. Miguel A. Romero completed his PhD in Chemistry at UBC in 1990. In 2019 and 2020, he established two award in honor of his parent: Dr. Margarita B. Martinez del Sobral Chemistry Research Endowment & Dr. Miguel A. Romero Sanchez Memorial Graduate Fellowship for UBC Chemistry students.  


BMO Capital Markets Innovators' Challenge

Solutions to health care’s greatest challenges won’t come from one idea or person. They’ll come from a community of innovators and investors, using their time, talents and financial support to create change system-wide.

On May 6, the BMO Capital Markets Innovators’ Challenge will showcase the latest medical innovations that will transform health care.

This free virtual event features Vancouver’s all-star physicians and scientists —including UBC Chemistry's Dr. Dan Bizzotto and...

Particles showing 3 liquid phases. Credit: Yuanzhou Huang

Scientists discover three liquid phases in aerosol particles

Findings could help explain how air pollutants interact with the atmosphere

Researchers at the University of British Columbia, University of California Irvine, and McGill University have discovered three liquid phases in aerosol particles, changing our understanding of air pollutants in the Earth’s atmosphere.

While aerosol particles were known to contain up to two liquid phases, the discovery of an additional liquid phase may be important to providing more...

Takamasa Momose poses with the laser system at UBC. The main components of the system were designed and built by Momose and students in his lab. Credit: Takamasa Momose

World’s First Anti-Molecule Could Become a Reality Thanks to Laser-Cooled Antimatter

Researchers cool antimatter for the first time.

Researchers at the CERN-based ALPHA collaboration have cooled antimatter to near absolute zero for the first time, using a laser system developed by a team led by Dr. Takamasa Momose, a UBC professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. This achievement,...

Russ Algar receives Charles A. McDowell Award for Excellence in Research

Prof. Russ Algar received the Charles A. McDowell Award for Excellence in Research. This award is given to a young faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in pure or applied scientific research. The Office of the VP, Research and Innovation will be hosting an online celebration on May 11, 2021 to acknowledge the achievements of our researchers in 2020 and 2019. For more information visit the...

Ethan Sauvé receives Macromolecular Science and Engineering Division Graduate Award

PhD student, Ethan Sauvé from the Hudson Group has received the Macromolecular Science and Engineering Division (MSED) Graduate Award from the Canadian Society for Chemistry. This award is given to the top PhD in polymer science in Canada. Congratulations Ethan!

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Prof. Nadine Borduas-Dedekind and Prof. Allan Bertram receive $2-million from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation

Dr. Nadine Borduas-Dedekind and Dr. Allan Bertram from the chemistry department were awarded $2-million from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) as part of the Rapid Air Improvement Network (RAIN) to do critical research in tackling air pollution. 

Their research involves using a network of air quality sensors, mobile monitoring and analysis instruments to locate and study air pollutants with the goal of supporting future interventions. To read more, visit the...

Prof. Katherine Ryan receives Killam Accelerator Research Fellowship

Dr. Katherine Ryan, Associate Professor, has been awarded one of six Killam Accelerator Research Fellowships. These awards recognize exceptional early-career researchers at our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses who have demonstrated outstanding research achievement and the potential for significant impact in their fields of scholarship. To read more about this award, visit the link here

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Prof. Taka Momose receives Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Funding

Prof. Taka Momose is leading one of three UBC Science projects that have received $13.7 million through the Canada Foundation for Innovaton (CFI) funding. Prof. Taka Momose and Makoto Fujiwara have been funded $4.6 million for his HAICU: Hydrogen Antihydrogen Infrastructure at Canadian Universities for Quantum Innovations in Antimatter Science, in partnership with Simon Fraser University and the University of Calgary. 

The funding is part of $518 million in research infrastructure...

Headshots of Aakar and Jane, undergraduate award winners for the CIC Awards in Chemistry

Aakar Chatha and Jane Fu Receive CIC Awards in Chemistry

Aakar Chatha has won the CIC Second Year Award in Chemistry for his academic performance in second year chemistry courses. Jane Fu has wond the CIC Third Year Award in Chemistry for her academic performance in senior chemistry courses. Both were awarded for their undergraduate performance in the academic year of 2019-2020. 

Congratulations Aakar and Jane!

Headshot of Christopher Walters, winner of the new CGSS Prize in Science Outreach

Christopher Walters wins the new CGSS Prize in Science Outreach

We are pleased to announce Christopher Walters as the winner of the new Chemistry Graduate Student Society Prize in Science Outreach. The annual award is for Masters and Ph.D. students in the Department of Chemistry who have made contributions to community engagement and outreach by sharing science with the public. The CGSS created this prize to highlight graduate students in the Department of Chemistry who are making science accessible to a broad audience through involvement in outreach...

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Chemistry alumni reunion, a success!

Thank you to all 100 of our attendees at our recent alumni reunion on February 17th! We had a great time listening to the two talks by our award winners, Dr. Peter Caravan (2020 Alumni Award of Distinction) and Dr. Rodney Smith (2020 Young Alumnus Award). We're so glad to have played a part in their career journey. Although meeting virtually is quite different from being able to meet in person, we're thankful that alumni could join us from around the world for this event. Stay posted for...

Congratulations to Steve Withers!

Congratulations to Dr. Steve Withers for receiving the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) 2020 Innovation To Commercialization (I2C) Award. The Innovation to Commercialization (I2C) Program supports researchers to advance their discoveries towards practical application, resulting in products or technologies that improve health outcomes and enrich BC’s health innovation ecosystem. The nine 2020 I2C awardees are developing made-in-BC cutting-edge technologies that have the...

Congratulations to Sabrina Fried!

Congratulations to Sabrina Fried for the 2020 Science Excellence in Service Award. This award recognizes the exceptional service contributions of Science’s staff, students and faculty. The winners will be honoured at the upcoming Faculty of Science meeting in early March. Congratulations once again to Sabrina's outstanding contributions to the Faculty of Science!

Congratulations to Greg Dake!

Congratulations to Dr. Greg Dake for the 2020 Science Excellence in Service Award. This award recognizes the exceptional service contributions of Science’s staff, students and faculty. The winners will be honoured at the upcoming Faculty of Science meeting in early March. Congratulations once again to Dr. Dake's outstanding contributions to the Faculty of Science!

Congratulations to Hongbin Li!

Dr. Hongbin Li has been elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. AAAS Fellows are elected each year by their peers on the organization's governing body. The title recognizes important contributions to STEM disciplines, including pioneering research, leadership within a given field, teaching and mentoring, fostering collaborations, and advancing public understanding of science. Hongbin will be inducted as Fellow in a virtual ceremony to be held in...

Congratulations to Allan Bertram!

Dr. Allan Bertram has been awarded the Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering for his work in climate research. Bertram is recognized alongside collaborators from the University of Toronto, Dalhousie University, Université Laval, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada as part of  NETCARE—the Network on Climate and Aerosols.

The Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering is...