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Congratulations to Kudzi Nyamayaro!

PhD candidate, Kudzi Nyamayaro, has been awarded the Du Pont Canada Fellowship in pulp and paper. The Du Pont Canada Fellowship in pulp and paper has been endowed by Du Pont Canada Inc and the province of British Columbia. The award is offered to a graduate student undertaking research related to the pulp and paper industry.

Congratulations Kudzi!


Congratulations to David Perrin!

Dr. David Perrin has been funded by the CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) for his research into the development of non-toxic, drug-like products that can intercept the COVID virus. 

The Government of Canada is providing the funding for this research through CIHR and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), in partnership with Alberta Innovates (AI), Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), Research Manitoba (RM), Research Nova Scotia (RNS),...

Congratulations Chemistry Class of 2020

Dear Class of 2020 Graduates

I am very excited to offer my sincere congratulations on your achievements and completion of your UBC degrees.  Your hard work and perseverance have finally culminated in your graduation.  You are part of the future, and it has never been clearer how large a role chemists and scientists will play in the future of society and our planet.  You can be extraordinarily proud of your many successes along the path to your degrees, and even though we are missing...

Congratulations to Rebecca Sherbo!

Rebecca Sherbo, a PhD graduate in the Berlinguette Group, has been selected as the doctoral recipient for the Governor General's Gold Medal within the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Gold medals are awarded to one masters and one doctoral student who has achieved the most outstanding academic record. 

Congratulations Rebecca!

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Statement on Anti-Racism

The last several weeks have seen worldwide protests once again calling attention to systemic racism.  The UBC Chemistry Department supports this movement against racism and injustice and acknowledges the struggle faced by racialized people every day.  We encourage all to listen to black and racialized voices, and to work towards a more just future.  We acknowledge that these inequities exist in our own Department, and we pledge to work to make our Department safe and accepting so that all...

Self-Driving Lab Demonstration Published in Science Advances

The Berlinguette and Hein Groups at UBC, in collaboration with the Aspuru-Guzik Group at the University of Toronto, have developed a self-driving laboratory to accelerate the R&D cycle for thin-film materials. The manuscript published today in Science Advances details their first demonstration of this self-driving laboratory, called “Ada”, for the development of materials used in advanced solar cells. 

This work is part of a multi-million dollar program funded by Natural Resources...

Congratulations to Erin Lindenberg

Dr. Erin Lindenberg has received a 2019-2020 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 Erin!

How UBC Chemistry is Adjusting to Remote Work under COVID-19

“I’m definitely itching to get back to the lab,” says Don Mayder (PhD candidate). Like other departments on campus, the physical spaces in the chemistry department are now closed. Classes moved online Friday, March 13th, and staff were asked to work from home on Tuesday, March 16th until further notice. Labs were asked to end experiments and close by the end of that same week. 

As students, faculty, and staff have since transitioned to working from home, they have had to make...

Dr. Wilma Ethel Elias Scholarship in Chemistry

Dr. Wilma Ethel Elias (1925-2018) was the first woman to obtain a PhD from the University of British Columbia. Thanks to a thoughtful and generous bequest from this distinguished alumna, the Dr. Wilma Ethel Elias Scholarship in Chemistry endowment has been established to provide scholarships for women studying chemistry at the graduate level.

Wilma Elias was born in Calgary, Alberta, in 1925. Her mother had been a school teacher, which may have perhaps inspired an interest in...

Chemistry Welcomes New Faculty Member Dr. Eva Nichols

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Eva Nichols as an Assistant Professor in the area of Inorganic Chemistry. She will join the department in August 2020.

Dr. Nichols completed her PhD in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkley, where she examined the role of second coordination sphere groups in promoting electrochemical carbon dioxide reduction and developed hybrid bio-materials platforms for artificial photosynthesis. She went on to a...

Chemistry Department Response to COVID-19

As of March 19, 2020, the department will be maintaining essential services only until further notice. Department members are working from home. Staff and faculty can still be reached via email during regular work hours here:


For more detailed updates on COVID-19, please visit:


Congratulations to Maria Cleveland and David Tonkin!

Congratulations to Maria Cleveland and David Tonkin for the 2020 Science Excellence in Service Award. This award recognizes the exceptional service contributions of Science’s staff, students and faculty. Maria and David were presented this award at the Faculty of Science meeting on March 4, 2020. Congratulations once again on their outstanding contributions to the Faculty of Science!

Chemistry Welcomes New Faculty Member Dr. Jolene Reid

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jolene Reid as an assistant professor in the area of Machine Learning in Chemistry. She will join the department on July 1st.

Dr. Reid received her PhD in chemistry from the University of Cambridge and is currently an NSF Marie Curie fellow working at the University of Utah on combining machine learning with statistical and computational techniques in modeling molecular structure effects on experimental outcomes...

Congratulations to Laurel Schafer!

Professor Laurel Schafer has been selected for the Society of Chemical Industry LeSueur Memorial Award. This award is presented for development of technical excellence, in either a university, industrial setting or research institution in Canada, which is of benefit to Canada in an industry that is based on Chemistry.

Congratulations Laurel!

Investigation of the Fine Structure of Antihydrogen

Prof. Momose’s team has been collaborating as part of ALPHA with CERN to investigate a quantum theory, the Lamb shift in hydrogen. Research efforts by TRIUMF researchers at UBC, including Prof. Momose, have detected the Lamb shift in anti-hydrogen, hydrogen’s antimatter counterpart. Their research findings are published in Nature.   

Read the paper here:

Congratulations to Ed Grant!

Dr. Ed Grant has been awarded the Canadian Society for Chemistry John C. Polanyi Award. This award is presented for excellence by a scientist carrying out research in Canada in physical, theoretical or computational chemistry or chemical physics.

Congratulations Dr. Grant!

Women in Science: Alyssa Henderson

Alyssa Henderson has always been more inclined towards math and science. A big part of her interest comes from having fantastic teachers that made science exciting. For example, her biology teacher in high school had her class design their own experiments, even though they were only 17 at the time. He would say, “Pick a question that you would like to answer and then go answer it.” Knowing that she could pose a...

Congratulations to Curtis Berlinguette!

Dr. Curtis Berlinguette has been awarded the Canadian Society for Chemistry Research Excellence in Materials Chemistry. This award is presented to a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who has made an outstanding contribution to materials chemistry while working in Canada.

Congratulations Dr. Berlinguette!

Chemistry Welcomes New Faculty Member Dr. Orlando Rojas

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Orlando Rojas as a Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Forest Bioproducts. He shares a joint appointment with the Faculty of Applied Science, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering and Faculty of Forestry, Department of Wood Science. He joined UBC in December 2019.

Dr. Rojas comes to us...

Congratulations to Laurel Schafer!

Professor Laurel Schafer has been selected for the 2020 Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Award. This award is presented to an individual working in Canada who has made significant contributions to advance green chemistry and/or engineering, including the technical, human health and environmental benefits.

Congratulations Laurel!