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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

AI being used to develop drugs even faster and cheaper

Illustration of how DMS can identify the best isomer of quinoline that will pass through a cell wall.

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) is making it possible to discover new drugs faster, cheaper and more efficiently.

Waterloo chemists have introduced AI to interpret the results acquired by the differential mobility spectrometry (DMS) technique to predict drug properties. This could reduce in principle the time between concept and coming to market of new drugs by years and decrease production costs by $100s of million.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Chemistry student Adrianna D'Sa awarded a HeForShe Impact scholarship

Group image of all six HeForShe scholarship recipients.

Each year, the University of Waterloo awards HeForShe IMPACT scholarships to outstanding first-year students studying in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The $12,000 scholarships are part of the University of Waterloo’s commitment to encourage more young minds to pursue careers in STEM, an area where those who identify as women or non-binary groups are currently underrepresented. 

Monday, September 24, 2018

50 years ago we started something special

50 years of Chem13 News magazine covers.

Not many magazines reach the age of 50 but since September 1968, the University of Waterloo Department of Chemistry has published Chem 13 News, a magazine for teachers of introductory chemistry worldwide.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The little satellite that could: Waterloo’s ACE project marks 15 years of atmospheric science through applied spectroscopy

An artist's rendition of the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment satellite in orbit.

Launched by NASA on board the Canadian satellite SCISAT in 2003, the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE) was intended for a two-year mission. Fifteen years later, ACE is still providing excellent spectra which provide vital chemical and physical data about our atmosphere, particularly the ozone layer.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Chemists make breakthrough on road to creating a rechargeable lithium-oxygen battery

Person plugging in an electrical car.

Chemists from the University of Waterloo have successfully resolved two of the most challenging issues surrounding lithium-oxygen batteries, and in the process created a working battery with near 100 per cent coulombic efficiency.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

In memory of Robert Le Roy: Family establishes undergraduate chemistry scholarship

Robert Le Roy

For nearly 50 years, University Professor Robert Le Roy was a presence in the Department of Chemistry. It is with deep regret that we learned he passed away quietly at home earlier this month, surrounded by his family.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Waterloo scientists awarded $2 million in NSERC Strategic Partnership Grants

Juewen Liu.

Three researchers from the Faculty of Science received more than $2 million in Strategic Partnership Research Grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) last week. Recipients included Professor Juewen Liu from the Department of Chemistry and Professors Michael Power and Trevor Charles from the Department of Biology.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Waterloo graduate student earns Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal

Feridun Hamdullahpur and German Gomez-Rios

The University of Waterloo is proud to announce that one of its former Department of Chemistry students, German Augusto Gómez-Rios, will receive one of Canada’s most prestigious academic awards at Spring convocation: the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Collaborative Timeline of Elements project

Timeline of the elements concept poster.

The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements, and the Faculty of Science is celebrating by creating a new Timeline of Elements. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Centre for Teaching Excellence honours Jake Fisher with 2018 Distinguished Teacher Award

Jake Fisher, a Lab Instructor in the Department of Chemistry has been chosen as one of four recipients of this year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards by the Centre for Teaching Excellence.

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