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Outstanding People and Events
Prof. Kathryn Preuss Awarded a U of G Research Leadership Chair
Prof. Kathryn Preuss Awarded a U of G Research Leadership Chair
Preuss is one of the thirteen U of G faculty members recently named as a Research Leadership Chair (RLC), a 3-year position that recognizes mid- to late-career researchers who have made significant contributions to their field. Read more Here
Prof. L. Chen's First UofG Publication!
Dr Leanne Chen
Prof. L. Chen has just published her very first UofG Chemistry Research Article in ACS Omega, in collaboration with Prof. Tam as the Senior Corresponidng Author.
Congratulations to PhD Student Austin Pounder (Tam Group) who is the lead author of this study.
Information for Prospective Students
An informational presentation by Dr. Adrian Schwan for prospective students interested in pursuing a degree in chemistry at the University of Guelph.
Prof. Aicheng Chen Receives R.C. Jacobsen Award
Prof. Aicheng Chen Receives R.C. Jacobsen Award
Congratulations to Professor Chen for being awarded the Electrochemical Society (ECS) Canada Section R.C. Jacobsen Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the functioning of the ECS Canada Section and his passion for the advancement of electrochemistry in Canada.
Prof. Denk's Work Highlighted by ResearchOutreach.org
Prof. Denk's Work Highlighted by ResearchOutreach.org
Prof. Michael Denk’s research on new reactivity and potential applications of old biomolecules has recently been highlighted by Researchoutreach.org. Working with his students, PhD candidate Nicholas Milutinovic (Guelph) and Katherine Marczenko (B.Sc. Guelph; current PhD candidate McMaster), as well as collaborators, Prof. Denk has shown that well-known biomolecules may have great potential to clean up persistent and damaging halogenated organic molecules, such as the pesticide, DDT.
Read more at:
Controlling a beamline from across the Atlantic
Controlling a beamline from across the Atlantic
With their beamtime on HiFi originally scheduled for the summer, Coby Landry, Khash Ghandi and their team were unable to go ahead with their experiment as planned due to the ISIS COVID-19 shutdown. However, with a simple experimental setup, HiFi beamline scientist James Lord thought their experiment would be a suitable candidate for running under the current remote access regime.
Chemistry Professor Named IAAM Fellow
Chemistry Professor Named IAAM Fellow
Congratulations to Prof. Aicheng Chen on being named as Fellow of the International Association of Advanced Materials (FIAAM) in recognition of his significant contributions to the Advancement of Materials to Global Excellence.
NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement
Prof. Kathryn Preuss is one of four U of G researchers to receive the NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement.
Read more here.
Richard J. Kokes Travel Award Recipient
Sharon Chen
Congratulations to Sharon Chen for receiving the Richard J. Kokes Travel Award for the 26th North American Catalysis Society Meeting in Chicago, USA. This is a very competitive award with over 360 excellent applications submitted for ~100 awards granted. The Richard J. Kokes Travel Award program of North American Catalysis Society (NACS) aims to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to attend and participate in its biennial conference. It provides funding to cover the student conference registration fee and provide accommodation. The Richard J. Kokes Travel Award is sponsored by the NACS with support from government agencies such as National Science Foundation (NSF) and United States Department of Energy (US-DOE).
Prof. Mario Monteiro
Congratulations to Professor Mario Monteiro for being recognized as one of the Royal Bank of Canada's Top 25 Canadian Immigrants for making a positive impact on the community since arriving in Canada.

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Upcoming Events
CHEM*7950 Seminar - Aidan England - Wednesday June 23, 2021 @10:30 am
“Catalytic Hydrodeoxygenation of Xylose Derivatives”.
 
in partial fulfillment of requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in the Department of Chemistry 
 
Date: Wednesday June 23, 2021
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Remote via MS Teams 
 
This seminar will be held using MS Teams. A meeting link will be emailed along with the seminar announcement.
Please see the “tips for the audience” below:
  • Keep your microphone muted unless invited to speak by the Seminar Coordinator.
  • Join with your name or a static profile picture to cut down on visual distractions.
  • Do not send the student any messages in the chat during the seminar.
If appropriate the Seminar Coordinator will invite questions from the audience after the oral presentation is done.
CHEM*7950 Seminar - Elaheh Habibzadeh - Tuesday June 29, 2021 @ 10:00 am
“Molybdenum based new materials as environmentally friendly fungicides for agriculture: a material science approach"
 
in partial fulfillment of requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in the Department of Chemistry 
 
Date: Tuesday June 29, 2021
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Remote via MS Teams
 
This seminar will be held using MS Teams. A meeting link will be emailed along with the seminar announcement.
Please see the “tips for the audience” below:
  • Keep your microphone muted unless invited to speak by the Seminar Coordinator.
  • Join with your name or a static profile picture to cut down on visual distractions.
  • Do not send the student any messages in the chat during the seminar.
If appropriate the Seminar Coordinator will invite questions from the audience after the oral presentation is done.
CHEM*7940 Seminar - Jagandeep Saraya - Wednesday July 14, 2021@ 10:00 am
“Synthesis of Orthogonal Base-Stable Protecting Group for RNA Synthesis”.
 
in partial fulfillment of requirements for the Master of Science degree in the Department of Chemistry 
 
Date:Wednesday July 14, 2021
Time:10:00 am
Location:Remote
 
This seminar will be held using MS Teams. A meeting link will be emailed along with the seminar announcement.
Please see the “tips for the audience” below:
  • Keep your microphone muted unless invited to speak by the Seminar Coordinator.
  • Join with your name or a static profile picture to cut down on visual distractions.
  • Do not send the student any messages in the chat during the seminar.
If appropriate the Seminar Coordinator will invite questions from the audience after the oral presentation is done.
CHEM*7940 Seminar - Darren Chow - Friday July 17, 2021 @ 10:30 am
"Fabrication of Graphene and Graphene-Based Nanomaterials from Graphite".
 
in partial fulfillment of requirements for the Master of Science degree in the Department of Chemistry 
 
Date: Friday July 17, 2021
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Remote
 
This seminar will be held using MS Teams. A meeting link will be emailed along with the seminar announcement.
Please see the “tips for the audience” below:
  • Keep your microphone muted unless invited to speak by the Seminar Coordinator.
  • Join with your name or a static profile picture to cut down on visual distractions.
  • Do not send the student any messages in the chat during the seminar.
If appropriate the Seminar Coordinator will invite questions from the audience after the oral presentation is done.
CHEM*7940 - Serena Murphy - Wednesday July 21, 2021 @ 10:00 am
"Development and optimization of a quantitative method for analyzing soil samples for a newly developed arylisoxazoline insecticide and its degradants using high performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)."
 
in partial fulfillment of requirements for the Master of Science degree in the Department of Chemistry 
 
Date: Wednesday July 21, 2021
Time: 10:00 am
Location:  Remote
 
This seminar will be held using MS Teams. A meeting link will be emailed along with the seminar announcement.
Please see the “tips for the audience” below:
  • Keep your microphone muted unless invited to speak by the Seminar Coordinator.
  • Join with your name or a static profile picture to cut down on visual distractions.
  • Do not send the student any messages in the chat during the seminar.
  • If appropriate the Seminar Coordinator will invite questions from the audience after the oral presentation is done.
CHEM*7940 Seminar - Reem Elmahdy - Friday August 6, 2021 @ 10:30 am
"Enzymatic Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide"
 
in partial fulfillment of requirements for the Master of Science degree in the Department of Chemistry 
 
Date: Friday August 6, 2021
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Remote
 
This seminar will be held using MS Teams. A meeting link will be emailed along with the seminar announcement.
Please see the “tips for the audience” below:
  • Keep your microphone muted unless invited to speak by the Seminar Coordinator.
  • Join with your name or a static profile picture to cut down on visual distractions.
  • Do not send the student any messages in the chat during the seminar.
If appropriate the Seminar Coordinator will invite questions from the audience after the oral presentation is done.
CHEM*7940 Seminar - Gabriele Wehrle - Wednesday August 11, 2021 @ 10:30 am
Qubits as Easter eggs: using macrocyclic inclusion complexes to address obstacles to the materials design of quantum devices.
 
in partial fulfillment of requirements
for the Master of Science degree
in the Department of Chemistry 
 
Date:  Wednesday August 11, 2021
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Remote
 
This seminar will be held using MS Teams. A meeting link will be emailed along with the seminar announcement.
Please see the “tips for the audience” below:
  • Keep your microphone muted unless invited to speak by the Seminar Coordinator.
  • Join with your name or a static profile picture to cut down on visual distractions.
  • Do not send the student any messages in the chat during the seminar.
If appropriate the Seminar Coordinator will invite questions from the audience after the oral presentation is done.
ChemEd website
Our Department of Chemistry will host ChemEd 2021, largest conference for high school chemistry teachers in North American in the summer of 2021.  From July 25 to July 29, chemistry teachers will gather on our campus to share their ideas, engage in hands-on workshops, present new demonstrations and participate in fun events.  Our goal is to support quality chemical education in the high school classroom. We will be looking for volunteers to help with this worthwhile conference. To keep up-to-date, sign up to receive email updates on the ChemEd 2021 website and follow us on Twitter
Bonnie Lasby and Jean Hein
ChemEd 2021 Co-chairs
(GWC)2 Award Winners
Please join us in congratulating this year’s GWC Award winners that were announced at the AGM and Awards Presentation on May 7th (see attached).
 
As always, the competition was extremely tight, and the Awards Committee had their jobs cut out for them choosing the winners.
 
Thank you to all involved to make this year’s online GWC AGM, poster session and awards presentation a huge success
An informative walk through the process of designing a scientific poster. Many useful tips.
Archive photos of past departmental events.
Prof. Paul Rowntree has passed away.
It is with extreme sorrow that the Department of Chemistry announces the passing of Prof. Paul Rowntree. Paul was serving as Department chair at the time of his passing. Please follow this link to his obituary.
Prof. Kathryn Preuss named Chair of the Department of Chemistry
Prof. Kathryn Preuss named Chair of the Department of Chemistry
Prof. Kathryn Preuss has agreed to serve as the Chemistry Chair effective March 1, 2021!

Quick Links

Contact information & Important Links
Department Contact
Chair: Kathryn Preuss
PH 519-824-4120 ext. 56711
FX 519-766-1499
 
Welcome to the Department of Chemistry at the University of Guelph!
 
In our department, you’ll find a dedicated community of faculty, staff, and students who are passionate about supporting each other and advancing the chemistry field through research and learning.
 
Our people care deeply about the world around us, and the impact that chemistry can have on improving life. Research themes in our department range from fundamental science and its applications, to human health and wellbeing, to the bioeconomy, sustainable energy, and the environment. Our undergraduate students learn from renowned faculty and gain hands-on experience during their studies. Our graduate students have access to top research facilities and collaborations while studying under leading experts. Top-notch technical, administrative, clerical, and teaching staff enable excellence in all our endeavors.
 
We have a culture of support, inclusion and excellence. If these values resonate with you and you have a keen interest in our chemistry specializations, join us!
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
The Department of Chemistry at the University of Guelph provides an inspiring learning and research environment. We aim to empower students, staff, and faculty to bring their uniqueness to our organization, helping them grow personally and professionally. We strongly believe, as a scientific community, we thrive in a collegial, collaborative, equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment, and we are committed to create such an environment for everyone in the Department.
Minuscule particles that approach the atomic scale often display new and exciting properties that differ from those in the bulk material. Nanoscience studies these materials that are used across all the other science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering.
Toxicology studies the adverse effects of chemicals on humans and the ecosystem. To fully understand the adverse effects, Toxicology draws from a broad array of related fields of study.
A selection of resources aimed at High School teachers and students.


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Outstanding People and Events
Prof. Kathryn Preuss Awarded a U of G Research Leadership Chair
Prof. Kathryn Preuss Awarded a U of G Research Leadership Chair
Preuss is one of the thirteen U of G faculty members recently named as a Research Leadership Chair (RLC), a 3-year position that recognizes mid- to late-career researchers who have made significant contributions to their field. Read more Here
Prof. L. Chen's First UofG Publication!
Dr Leanne Chen
Prof. L. Chen has just published her very first UofG Chemistry Research Article in ACS Omega, in collaboration with Prof. Tam as the Senior Corresponidng Author.
Congratulations to PhD Student Austin Pounder (Tam Group) who is the lead author of this study.
Information for Prospective Students
An informational presentation by Dr. Adrian Schwan for prospective students interested in pursuing a degree in chemistry at the University of Guelph.
Prof. Aicheng Chen Receives R.C. Jacobsen Award
Prof. Aicheng Chen Receives R.C. Jacobsen Award
Congratulations to Professor Chen for being awarded the Electrochemical Society (ECS) Canada Section R.C. Jacobsen Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the functioning of the ECS Canada Section and his passion for the advancement of electrochemistry in Canada.
Prof. Denk's Work Highlighted by ResearchOutreach.org
Prof. Denk's Work Highlighted by ResearchOutreach.org
Prof. Michael Denk’s research on new reactivity and potential applications of old biomolecules has recently been highlighted by Researchoutreach.org. Working with his students, PhD candidate Nicholas Milutinovic (Guelph) and Katherine Marczenko (B.Sc. Guelph; current PhD candidate McMaster), as well as collaborators, Prof. Denk has shown that well-known biomolecules may have great potential to clean up persistent and damaging halogenated organic molecules, such as the pesticide, DDT.
Read more at:
Controlling a beamline from across the Atlantic
Controlling a beamline from across the Atlantic
With their beamtime on HiFi originally scheduled for the summer, Coby Landry, Khash Ghandi and their team were unable to go ahead with their experiment as planned due to the ISIS COVID-19 shutdown. However, with a simple experimental setup, HiFi beamline scientist James Lord thought their experiment would be a suitable candidate for running under the current remote access regime.
Chemistry Professor Named IAAM Fellow
Chemistry Professor Named IAAM Fellow
Congratulations to Prof. Aicheng Chen on being named as Fellow of the International Association of Advanced Materials (FIAAM) in recognition of his significant contributions to the Advancement of Materials to Global Excellence.
NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement
Prof. Kathryn Preuss is one of four U of G researchers to receive the NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement.
Read more here.
Richard J. Kokes Travel Award Recipient
Sharon Chen
Congratulations to Sharon Chen for receiving the Richard J. Kokes Travel Award for the 26th North American Catalysis Society Meeting in Chicago, USA. This is a very competitive award with over 360 excellent applications submitted for ~100 awards granted. The Richard J. Kokes Travel Award program of North American Catalysis Society (NACS) aims to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to attend and participate in its biennial conference. It provides funding to cover the student conference registration fee and provide accommodation. The Richard J. Kokes Travel Award is sponsored by the NACS with support from government agencies such as National Science Foundation (NSF) and United States Department of Energy (US-DOE).
Prof. Mario Monteiro
Congratulations to Professor Mario Monteiro for being recognized as one of the Royal Bank of Canada's Top 25 Canadian Immigrants for making a positive impact on the community since arriving in Canada.

Read more News News

Upcoming Events
CHEM*7950 Seminar - Aidan England - Wednesday June 23, 2021 @10:30 am
“Catalytic Hydrodeoxygenation of Xylose Derivatives”.
 
in partial fulfillment of requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in the Department of Chemistry 
 
Date: Wednesday June 23, 2021
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Remote via MS Teams 
 
This seminar will be held using MS Teams. A meeting link will be emailed along with the seminar announcement.
Please see the “tips for the audience” below:
  • Keep your microphone muted unless invited to speak by the Seminar Coordinator.
  • Join with your name or a static profile picture to cut down on visual distractions.
  • Do not send the student any messages in the chat during the seminar.
If appropriate the Seminar Coordinator will invite questions from the audience after the oral presentation is done.
CHEM*7950 Seminar - Elaheh Habibzadeh - Tuesday June 29, 2021 @ 10:00 am
“Molybdenum based new materials as environmentally friendly fungicides for agriculture: a material science approach"
 
in partial fulfillment of requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in the Department of Chemistry 
 
Date: Tuesday June 29, 2021
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Remote via MS Teams
 
This seminar will be held using MS Teams. A meeting link will be emailed along with the seminar announcement.
Please see the “tips for the audience” below:
  • Keep your microphone muted unless invited to speak by the Seminar Coordinator.
  • Join with your name or a static profile picture to cut down on visual distractions.
  • Do not send the student any messages in the chat during the seminar.
If appropriate the Seminar Coordinator will invite questions from the audience after the oral presentation is done.
CHEM*7940 Seminar - Jagandeep Saraya - Wednesday July 14, 2021@ 10:00 am
“Synthesis of Orthogonal Base-Stable Protecting Group for RNA Synthesis”.
 
in partial fulfillment of requirements for the Master of Science degree in the Department of Chemistry 
 
Date:Wednesday July 14, 2021
Time:10:00 am
Location:Remote
 
This seminar will be held using MS Teams. A meeting link will be emailed along with the seminar announcement.
Please see the “tips for the audience” below:
  • Keep your microphone muted unless invited to speak by the Seminar Coordinator.
  • Join with your name or a static profile picture to cut down on visual distractions.
  • Do not send the student any messages in the chat during the seminar.
If appropriate the Seminar Coordinator will invite questions from the audience after the oral presentation is done.
CHEM*7940 Seminar - Darren Chow - Friday July 17, 2021 @ 10:30 am
"Fabrication of Graphene and Graphene-Based Nanomaterials from Graphite".
 
in partial fulfillment of requirements for the Master of Science degree in the Department of Chemistry 
 
Date: Friday July 17, 2021
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Remote
 
This seminar will be held using MS Teams. A meeting link will be emailed along with the seminar announcement.
Please see the “tips for the audience” below:
  • Keep your microphone muted unless invited to speak by the Seminar Coordinator.
  • Join with your name or a static profile picture to cut down on visual distractions.
  • Do not send the student any messages in the chat during the seminar.
If appropriate the Seminar Coordinator will invite questions from the audience after the oral presentation is done.
CHEM*7940 - Serena Murphy - Wednesday July 21, 2021 @ 10:00 am
"Development and optimization of a quantitative method for analyzing soil samples for a newly developed arylisoxazoline insecticide and its degradants using high performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)."
 
in partial fulfillment of requirements for the Master of Science degree in the Department of Chemistry 
 
Date: Wednesday July 21, 2021
Time: 10:00 am
Location:  Remote
 
This seminar will be held using MS Teams. A meeting link will be emailed along with the seminar announcement.
Please see the “tips for the audience” below:
  • Keep your microphone muted unless invited to speak by the Seminar Coordinator.
  • Join with your name or a static profile picture to cut down on visual distractions.
  • Do not send the student any messages in the chat during the seminar.
  • If appropriate the Seminar Coordinator will invite questions from the audience after the oral presentation is done.
CHEM*7940 Seminar - Reem Elmahdy - Friday August 6, 2021 @ 10:30 am
"Enzymatic Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon Dioxide"
 
in partial fulfillment of requirements for the Master of Science degree in the Department of Chemistry 
 
Date: Friday August 6, 2021
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Remote
 
This seminar will be held using MS Teams. A meeting link will be emailed along with the seminar announcement.
Please see the “tips for the audience” below:
  • Keep your microphone muted unless invited to speak by the Seminar Coordinator.
  • Join with your name or a static profile picture to cut down on visual distractions.
  • Do not send the student any messages in the chat during the seminar.
If appropriate the Seminar Coordinator will invite questions from the audience after the oral presentation is done.
CHEM*7940 Seminar - Gabriele Wehrle - Wednesday August 11, 2021 @ 10:30 am
Qubits as Easter eggs: using macrocyclic inclusion complexes to address obstacles to the materials design of quantum devices.
 
in partial fulfillment of requirements
for the Master of Science degree
in the Department of Chemistry 
 
Date:  Wednesday August 11, 2021
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Remote
 
This seminar will be held using MS Teams. A meeting link will be emailed along with the seminar announcement.
Please see the “tips for the audience” below:
  • Keep your microphone muted unless invited to speak by the Seminar Coordinator.
  • Join with your name or a static profile picture to cut down on visual distractions.
  • Do not send the student any messages in the chat during the seminar.
If appropriate the Seminar Coordinator will invite questions from the audience after the oral presentation is done.
ChemEd website
Our Department of Chemistry will host ChemEd 2021, largest conference for high school chemistry teachers in North American in the summer of 2021.  From July 25 to July 29, chemistry teachers will gather on our campus to share their ideas, engage in hands-on workshops, present new demonstrations and participate in fun events.  Our goal is to support quality chemical education in the high school classroom. We will be looking for volunteers to help with this worthwhile conference. To keep up-to-date, sign up to receive email updates on the ChemEd 2021 website and follow us on Twitter
Bonnie Lasby and Jean Hein
ChemEd 2021 Co-chairs
(GWC)2 Award Winners
Please join us in congratulating this year’s GWC Award winners that were announced at the AGM and Awards Presentation on May 7th (see attached).
 
As always, the competition was extremely tight, and the Awards Committee had their jobs cut out for them choosing the winners.
 
Thank you to all involved to make this year’s online GWC AGM, poster session and awards presentation a huge success
An informative walk through the process of designing a scientific poster. Many useful tips.
Archive photos of past departmental events.
Prof. Paul Rowntree has passed away.
It is with extreme sorrow that the Department of Chemistry announces the passing of Prof. Paul Rowntree. Paul was serving as Department chair at the time of his passing. Please follow this link to his obituary.
Prof. Kathryn Preuss named Chair of the Department of Chemistry
Prof. Kathryn Preuss named Chair of the Department of Chemistry
Prof. Kathryn Preuss has agreed to serve as the Chemistry Chair effective March 1, 2021!

Quick Links

Contact information & Important Links
Department Contact
Chair: Kathryn Preuss
PH 519-824-4120 ext. 56711
FX 519-766-1499
 
Welcome to the Department of Chemistry at the University of Guelph!
 
In our department, you’ll find a dedicated community of faculty, staff, and students who are passionate about supporting each other and advancing the chemistry field through research and learning.
 
Our people care deeply about the world around us, and the impact that chemistry can have on improving life. Research themes in our department range from fundamental science and its applications, to human health and wellbeing, to the bioeconomy, sustainable energy, and the environment. Our undergraduate students learn from renowned faculty and gain hands-on experience during their studies. Our graduate students have access to top research facilities and collaborations while studying under leading experts. Top-notch technical, administrative, clerical, and teaching staff enable excellence in all our endeavors.
 
We have a culture of support, inclusion and excellence. If these values resonate with you and you have a keen interest in our chemistry specializations, join us!
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
The Department of Chemistry at the University of Guelph provides an inspiring learning and research environment. We aim to empower students, staff, and faculty to bring their uniqueness to our organization, helping them grow personally and professionally. We strongly believe, as a scientific community, we thrive in a collegial, collaborative, equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment, and we are committed to create such an environment for everyone in the Department.
Minuscule particles that approach the atomic scale often display new and exciting properties that differ from those in the bulk material. Nanoscience studies these materials that are used across all the other science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering.
Toxicology studies the adverse effects of chemicals on humans and the ecosystem. To fully understand the adverse effects, Toxicology draws from a broad array of related fields of study.
A selection of resources aimed at High School teachers and students.