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Congratulations to the Perrin Group!

Congratulations to the Perrin Group. Their work on the synthesis of α-Amanitin, a bicyclic octapeptide produced by the death-cap mushroom, and one of the deadliest known peptide toxins, has been featured as an ACS Molecule of the Week.

For more information: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/molecule-of-the-week/archive/a/alpha-amanitin.html

Chemistry Welcomes New Faculty Member Dr. Tao Huan

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Tao Huan as an assistant professor in the area of Analytical Chemistry. Dr. Huan received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from University of Alberta with Dr. Liang Li and did postdoctoral work at the Scripps Research Institute with Dr. Gary Siuzdak. He will join the department in July 2018.

Dr. Huan has an outstanding research track record in the synergetic development of analytical and computational tools for...

Congratulations to the Recipients of the 2018 UBC Chemistry Awards for Graduate Research Excellence!

These awards are given for demonstrated research excellence in all areas of chemistry for work carried out at UBC.

Congratulations to Dr. Kayli Johnson!

Dr. Kayli Johnson has received a 2017-2018 UBC Killam Teaching Prize. Killam Teaching Prizes recognize outstanding contributions in teaching and the ability to motivate students and stimulate critical thinking, sustained teaching excellence and development of innovative approaches to teaching methodology and curricula. Congratulations Dr. Johnson!

Congratulation to Dr. José Rodríguez Núñez!

Dr. José Rodríguez Núñez has received a 2017-2018 UBC Killam Teaching Prize. Killam Teaching Prizes recognize outstanding contributions in teaching and the ability to motivate students and stimulate critical thinking, sustained teaching excellence and development of innovative approaches to teaching methodology and curricula. Congratulations Dr.Núñez!

Congratulations to Anka Lekhi!

Anka Lekhi has received a 2017-2018 UBC Killam Teaching Prize. Killam Teaching Prizes recognize outstanding contributions in teaching and the ability to motivate students and stimulate critical thinking, sustained teaching excellence and development of innovative approaches to teaching methodology and curricula. Congratulations Anka!

Congratulations to Dr. David Perrin!

Dr. Perrin and his group have been highlighted in Chemical and Engineering News for their synthesis of α-amanitin, a bicyclic octapeptide produced by the death-cap mushroom, and one of the deadliest known peptide toxins. Now that they have a synthetic route for making α-amanitin, they plan to use it to make antibody-drug conjugates and to study the chemical biology of the toxin.

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Congratulations to Sheri Harbour!

Congratulations to Sheri Harbour as a recipient of the 2017/2018 Faculty of Science Excellence in Service Award.

Congratulations to Dr. Allan Bertram!

Dr. Bertram has been awarded a UBC Killam Research Prize. This award recognizes outstanding research and scholarly contributions. Allan's achievement will be recognized at UBC's annual Awards Reception in the spring. Congratulations Dr. Bertram!

Congratualtions to Dr. Jennifer Love!

Dr. Love is the recipient of the 2018 IntelliSyn RD Research Award. This CSC award is presented to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to medicinally relevant organic or biophysical chemistry while working in Canada. Congratulations Dr. Love!

Congratulations Tannaz!

Congratulations to Tannaz Ebrahimi!

The Macromolecular Science and Engineering division (MSED) has selected Tannaz Ebrahimi from the Mehrkhodavandi group as the winner of the 2017 edition of the MSED Graduate Award.

GET READY TO SHAKEOUT!

On October 19 at 10:19 a.m., millions of people worldwide will practice how to “Drop, Cover and Hold On” during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. British Columbians can join by registering for the 2017 Great British Columbia ShakeOut.

Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from...

Exploring the Activity Space of Multifaceted Host Defence Peptides

Host defence peptides (HDPs) are polypeptide sequences found ubiquitously in nature that have garnered significant attention as alternatives to antibiotics. Originally appreciated for their direct antibacterial effect, recent work has revealed that many HDPs possess antibiofilm activity, anticancer activity and/or the ability to modulate the immune response of the host. Curiously, HDPs with potent activity in one arena are often weakly active with respect to other activities described for...

Congratulations to Dr. Laurel Schafer!

Dr. Laurel Schafer has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.The Royal Society of Canada is the senior collegium of distinguished scholars, artists and scientists in the country. The Fellowship of the RSC comprises distinguished men and women from all branches of learning who have made remarkable contributions in the arts, the humanities and the sciences, as well as in Canadian public life. Congratulations Dr. Schafer!

Mechanism of a No-Metal-Added Heterocycloisomerization of Alkynylcyclopropylhydrazones: Synthesis of Cycloheptane-Fused Aminopyrroles Facilitated by Copper Salts at Trace Loadings

Congratulations to the Hein lab, who’s recent publication in the Journal of the American Chemical Society was just selected for a Spotlight review. This collaborative study brought together leaders in both synthetic (Richmond Sarpong) and computational (Dean Tantillo) to perform a detailed investigation on the mechanism of a “metal-free” heterocycloisomerization that forms annulated aminopyrroles. Through kinetic isotope effect studies and unexpected rate differences among starting materials...

Real-time HPLC-MS reaction progress monitoring using an automated analytical platform

Real-time HPLC-MS reaction progress monitoring using an automated analytical platform

Congratulations to the Hein lab for their article which made the cover of Reaction Chemistry and Engineering. The paper highlights their recently developed automated reaction monitoring device capable of unattended aliquoting, dilution, quantification, and identification of components via LC-MS in real time. The prototype allows for facile reaction progress analysis as a method to increase mechanistic understanding of complex catalytic systems. 

 

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Congratulations to the Love and Schafer Groups!

Congratulations to the Love and Schafer Groups! A collaborative effort between these two groups dealing with C-H bond activation towards organophosphate synthesis makes the cover of Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. This work showcases the potential application of a metal complex for the synthesis of agrochemically relevant molecules and highlights the ability to form new metal–carbon and boron–oxygen bonds by addition of a simple borane (BH2R). Dr. Renee Man (Department of Chemistry, Nagoya University)...

Congratulations to Dr. Roman Krems!

Dr. Krems has been awarded a 2016-2017 UBC Killam Teaching Prize. This honour is in recognition of Dr. Krems' s outstanding achievement as a teacher, and is a reflection of his enthusiasm for teaching and commitment to our students. Congratulations Dr. Krems!

2017 Graduate Student Forum

Another successful Graduate Student Forum was held on April 11th 2017, funded by the CGSS and organized by the Graduate Student Initiative Committee.

 

Suzuki Elders Visit GreenChemUBC

Sharing a desire to create a thriving society through the use of sustainable practices, GreenChemUBC reached out to the Suzuki Elders and spread the word about green chemistry research aimed at solving our climate and environmental issues. The Suzuki Elders visited the department on Wednesday, April 5th 2017.

For more information on this event: http://green.chem.ubc.ca/news-and-events/conversation-with...