News archive - 2018

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.

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