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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...

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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!

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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...

The Department Mourns the Passing of Dr. David C. Walker

Dr. David C. Walker, Professor Emeritus, passed away on October 9th, 2020. He was 86 years old.


I feel privileged to write an obituary for David C. Walker, particularly because his pre-UBC years were remarkably similar to mine, and our 55 years in Vancouver overlapped significantly in ‘sports’. I thank Elliot Burnell and Don Fleming for their help in putting together this obituary from chemistry faculty friends, who all send their sincerest condolences to Gale and family...

Congratulations to Kudzi Nyamayaro!

PhD candidate, Kudzi Nyamayaro, has been awarded the Du Pont Canada Fellowship in pulp and paper. The Du Pont Canada Fellowship in pulp and paper has been endowed by Du Pont Canada Inc and the province of British Columbia. The award is offered to a graduate student undertaking research related to the pulp and paper industry.

Congratulations Kudzi!


Congratulations to David Perrin!

Dr. David Perrin has been funded by the CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) for his research into the development of non-toxic, drug-like products that can intercept the COVID virus. 

The Government of Canada is providing the funding for this research through CIHR and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), in partnership with Alberta Innovates (AI), Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), Research Manitoba (RM), Research Nova Scotia (RNS),...

Congratulations Chemistry Class of 2020

Dear Class of 2020 Graduates

I am very excited to offer my sincere congratulations on your achievements and completion of your UBC degrees.  Your hard work and perseverance have finally culminated in your graduation.  You are part of the future, and it has never been clearer how large a role chemists and scientists will play in the future of society and our planet.  You can be extraordinarily proud of your many successes along the path to your degrees, and even though we are missing...

Congratulations to Rebecca Sherbo!

Rebecca Sherbo, a PhD graduate in the Berlinguette Group, has been selected as the doctoral recipient for the Governor General's Gold Medal within the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Gold medals are awarded to one masters and one doctoral student who has achieved the most outstanding academic record. 

Congratulations Rebecca!

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Statement on Anti-Racism

The last several weeks have seen worldwide protests once again calling attention to systemic racism.  The UBC Chemistry Department supports this movement against racism and injustice and acknowledges the struggle faced by racialized people every day.  We encourage all to listen to black and racialized voices, and to work towards a more just future.  We acknowledge that these inequities exist in our own Department, and we pledge to work to make our Department safe and accepting so that all...

Self-Driving Lab Demonstration Published in Science Advances

The Berlinguette and Hein Groups at UBC, in collaboration with the Aspuru-Guzik Group at the University of Toronto, have developed a self-driving laboratory to accelerate the R&D cycle for thin-film materials. The manuscript published today in Science Advances details their first demonstration of this self-driving laboratory, called “Ada”, for the development of materials used in advanced solar cells. 

This work is part of a multi-million dollar program funded by Natural Resources...

Congratulations to Erin Lindenberg

Dr. Erin Lindenberg has received a 2019-2020 UBC Killam Teaching Prize. Killam Teaching Prizes recognize outstanding contributions in teaching and the ability to motivate students and stimulate critical thinking, sustained teaching excellence, and development of innovative approaches to teaching methodology and curricula.

Congratulations Erin!

How UBC Chemistry is Adjusting to Remote Work under COVID-19

“I’m definitely itching to get back to the lab,” says Don Mayder (PhD candidate). Like other departments on campus, the physical spaces in the chemistry department are now closed. Classes moved online Friday, March 13th, and staff were asked to work from home on Tuesday, March 16th until further notice. Labs were asked to end experiments and close by the end of that same week. 

As students, faculty, and staff have since transitioned to working from home, they have had to make...