A Message from the Chair


Chemistry has made extraordinary contributions to the betterment of humanity. Ammonia synthesis in the early 1900s led to fertilizers and enabled modern farming and the food supply for billions of people. Penicillin, discovered in 1928, and other antibiotics, provide effective treatments for bacterial infections and helped save millions of lives. The screens of computers, TVs, and phones, are made of liquid crystals, electroluminescent molecules, OLED polymers, and other advanced materials synthesized by chemists. The creations of chemists are everywhere: in water purification, air quality monitoring systems, plastics, explosives, dyes, glues, paints, solar panels, vaccines, vitamins, and a multitude of pharmaceutical drugs. The solution to many pressing problems lies in better chemistry, and better use of chemistry: biodegradable plastics, targeted drugs with fewer side effects, better car batteries, cleaner energy sources. Current research in chemistry may sound like science-fiction, with smart materials, molecular engines and nanorobots 1000 times smaller than the diameter of human hair, bioengineered tissues and organs, and drugs that reach targets in the body with exquisite precision. Chemistry is exciting, it continues to flourish and grow into new areas. We invite you to be part of it.

René Fournier, Chair




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Important News for Fall-Winter 2020-2021
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Need help deciding whether to stay or drop? Here are two things that you can do:

→ The wait lists for Winter CHEM 2020 and 2021 have re-opened.
Now available: Schedule for Winter 2020 SENE coursesDeadlines:

  • Sep 17, 2019: last day to self-enrol in a Fall course
  • Oct 1, 2019: last day to enrol in a Fall course with permission

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Coming this Fall: SC/CHEM 4010 3.0 Quantum and Computational Chemistry

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