Articles tagged with: Chemistry

  • Thesis Defences Dec 11 – 16, 2019 Chemistry and Earth Science

    PhD thesis defence

    Zineb Ras Ali, Doctor of Philosophy candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will defend her thesis titled “Magnetically Interesting Coordination Complexes Based on Macrocyclic Ligands” on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 at 12 p.m. in GSB305.

    The examination committee includes Wendy Ward, Chair; Melanie Pilkington, Supervisor; Louise Dawe, External Examiner (Wilfred Laurier University); David Crandles, Internal External Examiner; and Georgii Nikonov and Travis Dudding, committee members.

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Paria Azadi Namin, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will defend her thesis titled “Synthesizing Self-Healing and Recyclable Silicones Using the Diels-Alder Reaction as a Cross-Linker: Investigation of Various Dienes and Dienophile Systems ” on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 at 11 a.m. in WH 147.

    The examination committee includes Miriam Richards, Chair; Paul Zelisko, Supervisor; Melissa A. Grunlan, External Examiner (Texas A&M University); and Travis Dudding and Melanie Pilkington, Committee Members.

    PhD thesis defence

    Ringaile Lapinskaite, a Doctor of Philosophy candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will defend her thesis titled “Synthesis and Derivatization of Amaryllidaceae Constituents – Narciclasine and Pancratistatin” on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 at 1 p.m. in Sankey Chamber.

    The examination committee includes Wendy Ward, Chair; Heather Gordon, Supervisor; Louis Barriault, External Examiner (University of Ottawa); Vincenzo De Luca, Internal External Examiner, and Costa Metallinos and Paul Zelisko, Committee Members.

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Justin Thomas Pentesco, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Earth Sciences, will defend his thesis titled “Assessing environmental controls for candidate microbial ichnofossils in hydrothermally altered basaltic tuffs of Upsal Hogback, NV” on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. in MC H313.

    The examination committee includes Edward Sternin, Chair; Mariek Schmidt, Supervisor; Lindsay J. McHenry, External Examiner (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee); and Francine McCarthy and Frank Fueten, Committee Members.

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  • July 12: Chemistry Seminar Series – Henning Jacob Jessen

    Department of Chemistry – Seminar Series

    Henning Jacob Jessen
    Chair of Bioorganic Chemistry
    Institute of Organic Chemistry
    Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg Germany

    DATE: Thursday, July 12

    TIME: noon

    LOCATION: MC H313

    Chemistry Seminar Series – July 12

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  • July 30: Chemistry Seminar Series – Marcus Tius

    Department of Chemistry – Seminar Series

    Marcus A. Tius
    Associate Member
    Cancer Biology Program
    University of Hawaii Cancer Centre

    DATE: Monday, July 30

    TIME: noon

    LOCATION: H313

    Chemistry Seminar Series – July 30

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  • April 27: Chemistry Seminar Series – Guy Bertrand

    Department of Chemistry – Seminar Series

    Guy Bertrand
    UCSD-CNRS Joint Research Chemistry Laboratory
    Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
    University of California San Diego, La Jolla

    DATE: Friday, April 27

    TIME: noon

    LOCATION: H313

    Stable carbenes and related species as powerful tools in organic, organometallic and inorganic chemistry

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  • FMS recipients of Jack M. Miller Excellence in Research Award

    During the Faculty of Graduate Studies’ Mapping the New Knowledges Conference awards ceremony, two graduate students from the Faculty of Mathematics and Science were honoured with the 2018 Jack M. Miller Excellence in Research Award. This award is given to research-based graduate students who are working on innovative projects.

    This year’s Faculty of Mathematics and Science recipients are:

    Alyssa Davis
    MSc Earth Science
    Studying “Paleoatmospheric and paleoenvironmental interpretations of the Early Paleozoic”

    Guan Wang
    PhD Chemistry
    Studying, “Analytical devides and assays for point-of-care disease diagnosis”

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  • April 20: Chemistry Seminar Series – David Liscombe

    Department of Chemistry – Seminar Series

    David Liscombe
    Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

    DATE: Friday, April 20

    TIME: noon

    LOCATION: H313

    Chemistry Seminar Series – April 20

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  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry captures Ontario’s Early Researcher Awards

    Creating a device to detect prostate cancer. Determining how and why perfectionism impacts adolescent health. Understanding the process that leads to children forgetting to carry out a future intention.

    These areas of interest will be pursued by three Brock University researchers thanks to a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science.

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry Feng Li is one of the three who received funding this year under the Ministry’s Early Researcher Awards program.

    “These rare and prestigious awards are reserved for early-career researchers whose innovative work is recognized as crucial to the social, cultural, economic and intellectual future of Ontario,” says Brock Vice-President, Research Tim Kenyon.

    “For a university of Brock’s size to receive three awards in one year is amazing and will definitely turn some heads. But it is not surprising to anyone who knows the incredible research talent that Brock has been recruiting for years.”

    Li and his team of four graduate students will develop a single device that will examine blood and urine samples for the presence of certain proteins and nucleic acids that are present in the early stages of prostate cancer.

    The device will give results in about an hour. Li previously created a three-dimensional, nano-sized robot that detects disease, which the new device, made out of paper, will read and interpret.

    At the moment, testing for these proteins and nucleic acids is done separately and requires highly complicated, time consuming and expensive equipment and processes.

    “You would use this device like you would do a pregnancy test,” he says. “You mix your samples with the 3D robot and load it onto the paper device. You would see coloured strips, just like in a pregnancy test,” says Li.

     

     

     

    The Early Researcher Awards program enables new researchers working at publicly funded Ontario research institutions to build research teams.

     

    Read about the other researchers’ work here


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  • March 23: Chemistry Seminar Series – Arturo Orellana

    Department of Chemistry – Seminar Series

    Arturo Orellana
    York University

    DATE: Friday, March 23

    TIME: noon

    LOCATION: H313

    Chemistry Seminar Series – March 23

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  • Brock research team collaborates with Canadian silicone company

    Chemistry instructor Paul Zelisko and CSL Silicones Inc. are working together to improve a chemical method involved in the production of the company’s proprietary silicone polymers used to manufacture products that insulate high-voltage insulators.

    Zelisko’s research team at Brock includes a postdoc and four undergraduate and graduate students.

    “We are truly pleased and privileged to have two senior PhD level researchers and the laboratory manager from the partnering company who are coaching, mentoring and engaging students in this project,” he says.

    The Brock team is using specialized equipment and testing methods found within Brock labs, including matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry, viscometry, a durometer, contact angle micrometer and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

    Zelisko began working with CSL Silicones nearly four years ago on a project funded by an Engage Grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and VIP I grant from the Ontario Centres of Excellence.

    Successes from that first project laid the groundwork for the current research, which began in the fall and was funded in part by Ontario Centres of Excellence, along with CSL as its industry partner.

    “It’s an exciting partnership,” says Zelisko. “They’re a wholly-owned Canadian company committed to scientific and applied research, working collaboratively with academia to improve their products, while satisfying their global client’s application needs.”

    The partnership is expected to create two Brock University student co-op positions in manufacturing and scientific research.

    Read the full story here

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  • March 16: Chemistry Seminar Series – Maria Laura Sechi

    Department of Chemistry – Seminar Series

    Maria Laura Sechi
    Supervisor: Dr. Costa Metallinos
    Brock University

    DATE: Friday, March 16

    TIME: noon

    LOCATION: H313

    Chemistry Seminar Series – March 16

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