News archive - March 2022

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Waterloo chemists find new method for distinguishing mirror image molecules

Pharmaceutical drugs often take advantage of a specific shape in order to bind to the biological target. Some molecules, however, can exist with two versions that are mirror images of each other, similar to a left-handed and right-handed pair of gloves. In the body, often only one of the two molecules is an active pharmaceutical drug due to the difference in shape.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Smoke from major wildfires destroys the ozone layer

A forest fire burning and producing smoke.

A new study shows that smoke from wildfires destroys the ozone layer. Researchers caution that if major fires become more frequent with a changing climate, more damaging ultraviolet radiation from the sun will reach the ground.

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Linda Nazar recognized with the 2022 E.W.R. Steacie Award

Linda Nazar

Congratulations to Professor Linda Nazar , who was awarded the 2022 E.W.R. Steacie Award by the Chemical Institute of Canada. The award is presented to “a scientist who has made a distinguished contribution to chemistry while working in Canada."

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Scott Hopkins wins prestigious Keith Laidler Award

Scott Hopkins

Professor Scott Hopkins has been named the winner of the 2022 Keith Laidler Award for his outstanding early-career contributions to physical chemistry in Canada.

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