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Congratulations to Dr. Laurel Schafer!

Congratulations to Dr. Laurel Shafer. She is the recipient of the 2015 Clara Benson Award. The award will be presented to Dr. Laurel Shafer during the 98th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition, which is taking place in Ottawa, Ont. from June 13-17, 2015. 

The Clara Benson Award is sponsored by the Canadian Council of University Chemistry Chairs (CCUCC) and is presented to recognize a woman who has made a distinguished contribution...

American Association of the Advancement of Science

Congratulations to Dr.Laurel Schafer!


Professor Laurel Schafer was elected as a 2014 AAAS Fellow (American Association of the Advancement of Science), which recognizes her contributions to innovation, education and scientific leadership. Dr. Schafer will be presented with a certificate and a pin in February in San Jose CA at the AAAS meeting.

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The Wolf Groups article has been featured on the cover of Inorganic Chemistry!

The Wolf Groups article has been featured on the cover of Inorganic Chemistry!


Congratulations to the Wolf Group! Their article, Electrocatalytic Reduction of CO2 with Palladium Bis-N-heterocyclic Carbene Pincer Complexes, was featured on the cover of Inorganic Chemistry. 


Electrochemical characterization of pyridine- and lutidine-linked palladium bis-N-heterocyclic carbene pincer complexes under N2 and CO2 atmospheres shows that the lutidine-linked complexes electrocatalytically reduce CO2 to CO....

In the vibrational bond muonium would 'bounce' between the two bromine atoms

Hot Topic in Muonium Chemistry

Muonium delivers a fundamental isotope effect in chemical bonding: vibrational binding in BrMuBr

Bond vibrations in molecules could be thought of as the corner stone of molecular spectroscopy but in all such cases these are sustained as bound states in potential wells. Conventional wisdom dictates then that bond vibrations cannot be sustained at a potential maximum or “saddle point” on a potential energy surface unless differences in zero-point energy (ZPE), a purely quantum...

Congratulation to Zhibo Liu of the Perrin lab!

Congratulation to Zhibo Liu of the Perrin lab!

Congratulation to Zhibo Liu of the Perrin lab, who, along with collaborators at BC Cancer published the first synthesis of a dual-mode PET tracer at high specific activity using a patented method for labeling peptides of medicinal interest.  This work paves the way for creating next generation bench-to-clinic tools for correlating PET images with surgical intervention.  The significance of this work is featured on the cover this month's issue of Bioconjugate Chemistry.

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Neil Bartlett

2014’s American Chemical Society Division of the History of Chemistry’s Citation for Chemical Breakthrough awards


The University of British Columbia, Department of Chemistry has been selected to receive one of 2014’s American Chemical Society Division of the History of Chemistry’s Citation for Chemical Breakthrough awards. This award program honors publications, patents and books that have made breakthroughs in chemistry and the molecular sciences that have been revolutionary in concept, broad in scope, and long-term in impact.


We are being honored for: 

N. Bartlett, ...

2014 The Nobel Prize in Chemistry

2014 The Nobel Prize in Chemistry


The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2014 to:


Eric Betzig, U.S. citizen. Born 1960 in Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Ph.D. 1988 from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA. Group Leader at Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, VA, USA.

Stefan W. Hell,...

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research​ (MSFHR) 2014 scholar award

Congratulations to Russ Algar!


Congratulations to Russ Algar, he is the recipient of Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research​ (MSFHR) 2014 Scholar Award. 

Nanoparticle-based technologies for point-of-care diagnostics and biological research​

One of the many challenges that Canada faces is the quality and accessibility of health care in rural and remote areas, particularly those in northern British Columbia and many other parts of Canada. There is a shortage of physicians in remote communities,...

Mark J. MacLachlan

Congratulations Dr. Mark MacLachlan!

Congratulations to Dr. Mark MacLachlan. He has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada by his peers in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Division of the Academy of Science. 

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Perrin Lab Group: Featured in Angewandte Chemie

Perrin Lab Group: Featured in Angewandte Chemie

Congratulations to the Perrin Lab group!

In collaboration with medical oncologists and radiochemists at the BC Cancer Agency, the Perrin Lab's most recent paper,"An Organotrifluoroborate for BroadlyApplicable One-Step 18F-Labeling by Zhibo Liu et al., has been featured in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. According to their Editor, it is being described as “hot paper” status and was chosen to be featured on the inside cover of the latest issue.



The American Society of Pharmacognosy

Congratulations Professor Raymond Andersen!

Dr. Andersen is the 2015 recipient of The American Society of Pharmacognosy, Norman R. Farnsworth Research Achievement Award. This award, given in recognition of outstanding lifetime contributions to research in natural products chemistry, is the highest and most distinguished award given by the Society. 


Congratulations Professor Raymond Andersen!

2014 Canadian Chemistry Olympiad

2014 Canadian Chemistry Olympiad

Canadian Chemistry Olympiad (CCO) selects and organizes the Canadian team each year to go the International Chemistry Olympiad. In the ICHO 2014, held in Hanoi, Vietnam from July 20th to 29th, all the four high school students in the Canadian team won medals, two with silver and 2 with bronze.  Todd Huang, son of the departments MSc graduates won a bronze.  

Final results:

Congratulations to Curtis, Mark and Parisa!

Congratulations to Curtis, Mark and Parisa!


41st International Conference on Coordination Chemistry | Singapore, 2014


Drs. Curtis Berlinguette, Mark MacLachlan and Parisa Mehrkhodavandi (left to right) of UBC Chemistry were all recently honoured as “Rising Stars” with invited lectures at the 41st International Conference on Coordination Chemistry in Singapore July 21-25, 2014.  They are shown with Dr. Chris Orvig (right, also of UBC Chemistry), the Executive Secretary of the ICCC. 

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Award Winner

Postdoc receives UBC Science Travel Award


Congratulations to Rodney Smith who has received a Faculty of Science Postdoctoral Travel Award.

As part of UBC's ongoing efforts to support young research talent, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and UBC Science launched this award for Postdoctoral Fellows in 2011. It is designed to assist PDFs with travel to conferences in order to present research performed at UBC. Approximately four awards are...

Nanomaterials and isotope researchers awarded $3.3 million

Nanomaterials and isotope researchers awarded $3.3 million

Researchers studying nanomaterials and isotopes at the University of British Columbia received a $3.3 million boost in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Two UBC teams, led respectively by Chemistry Prof. Mark MacLachlan and Physics Prof. Reiner Kruecken, received $1.65 million each from NSERC’s Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) grants. The funding extends over a six-year period. The investment will help...

Isotopes for Science and Medicine CREATE program

Seeking students for the IsoSiM program

Isotopes for Science and Medicine (IsoSiM) CREATE program is seeking excellent, highly motivated students that want to work in isotope related fields.

The IsoSiM CREATE program will provide enriched training experiences in the production, preparation, and application of nuclear isotopes for science and medicine in world-class collaborative research environments.

Isotopes are used in fields from preclinical medical research,...

Léanne Racico

Congratulations Léanne Racicot!

Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award 

Congratulations to UBC Chemistry graduate student Léanne Racicot for being awarded the prestigious Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for her work in mentoring first year international graduate students in their new instructional function in the CHEM 121/123 course.  Racicot was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec where she...

 Zippo from Perrin lab.

Congratulations Zippo and Yuan!

2013 Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad

Congratulations to Zippo Liu, Perrin Research Group, and Yuan You, Bertram Research Group for being awarded the 2013 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad. The award is sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education and further encourages international students to return to China for work or to serve the country in other channels after receiving their degree abroad. Only those with...

CSC Student Chapter Merit Award

Congratulations to the UBC Undergraduate Chemistry Society!

CSC Student Chapter Merit Award

Congratulations to the UBC Undergraduate Chemistry Society for being awarded the 2014 Canadian Society for Chemistry Student Chapter Merit Award. The award will be presented next month at the 97th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition and will be announced in the upcoming issue of ACCN, the Canadian Chemical News,

Dr. Alexis Delano Ortiz Bawagan

Life Story: Dr. Alexis Delano Ortiz Bawagan


Dr. Alexis Delano Ortiz Bawagan completed his doctoral study at UBC in Chemistry in 1987. He passed away March 8th at the age of 55. Below is his obituary that was linked to in the Ottawa Citizen.

Life Story: Carleton prof Dr. Alexis Delano Ortiz Bawagan spoke truth to power

Dr. Alexis Delano Ortiz Bawagan

Born: July 8, 1958 in Laguna, Philippines

Died: March 8, 2014 in Gatineau

OTTAWA — Even by Filipino standards, Alexis was born short,...