Thursday, January 12, 2017

New Science Research and Innovation Facility (SRIF) to be built

Today, the Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, announced $15 million dollars in federal funding for the new Science Research and Innovation Facility (SRIF), which will be a $30 million dollar building attached to the north end of Essex Hall.

The new SRIF will feature:
3rd Floor: Materials Chemistry laboratories
2nd Floor: Biochem, Biological, and Cancer Research Laboratories
1st Floor: Magnetic Resonance Centre, X-ray Diffraction Laboratory, numerous microscopy and instrumentation laboratories

UPDATE Jan. 13, 2017: Government of Canada Announcement


Chris Houser, the Dean of Science, sent out the following announcement earlier today

Science Faculty, Staff and Students,

I’m excited to announce that UWindsor is building a dynamic new facility that will be devoted entirely to scientific research.  The 46,000-sq-ft, three-story Science Research and Innovation Facility (SRIF) will be built on the main campus, adjacent to the northern wing of the existing Essex Hall building.  The Honourable Navdeep Bains, MBA ‘01, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, is on campus today to make the official funding announcement.

The transparent exterior will create a welcoming fa├žade and let natural light flood into the flexible scientific labs, as well as the social and collaborative spaces. The main entrance will open directly into a full-height atrium “hive” space - a lounge that grounds the interconnected three-story facility.

The modern and efficient layout is designed to encourage easy collaboration between faculty, students and industry professionals. The facility will meet LEED standards for environmental sustainability, and incorporate innovative solutions to provide world-class wet and dry lab facilities for materials chemistry, biochemistry, biology and medical physics. 

By providing an environment that fosters creativity and inspires 21st-century learning and innovation, the Faculty of Science will successfully attract and empower the finest faculty, staff and students to the Faculty of Science at the University of Windsor.

Construction on the Science Research and Innovation Facility (SRIF) will begin soon and we expect it to be completed in Spring 2018.   We will provide you with more information about the facility and the construction schedule over the coming year.  

More information will be posted as it becomes available!

Sessional positions available for Summer 2017

Employment Opportunities

A notice for sessional positions available for Summer 2017 posted for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Windsor.  

Please visit:

03-59-110 (01) – Topics in General Chemistry
(For Engineering Students)

03-59-365 (91) – Protein & Nucleic Acid Chemistry
[Distance Education]

Thursday, December 8, 2016

ChemClub Holiday Party - Dec 8th, 2016 - 7 p.m. - Rock Bottom

ChemClub Holiday Party - Dec 8th, 2016 - 7 p.m. - Rock Bottom


Mark your calendars for this year's Holiday party!

When: Thursday, December 8th, 2016, 7pm, Rock Bottom
Cost: $10 (includes appetizers and one beverage)

Please RSVP to Chris O'Keefe, Cody Caba, or Marlene by December 2nd (Friday)

Hope to see everyone there in a festive and holiday spirit!


University of Windsor Chemistry Club

Christmas Luncheon - Dec. 15 at 12 pm



We are planning a Christmas luncheon on Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in the chemistry conference room #273 Essex Hall.  Tickets are $5.00 and must be purchased by Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from either Cathy or myself.   Ticket price at the door will be $100.00.  (Get the hint, you need to let us know in advance if you're coming).

Food will include: Pasta, chicken, another meat, salad, rolls,  vegetarian dishes,  pop and dessert 

We need to order the food on Tuesday, December 13th, so please purchase your ticket soon.  

Monday, December 5, 2016

WIN.CHEM volunteers work with local high school students

WIN.CHEM volunteers work with local high school students

Since 2014, our department has been running laboratory sessions and department tours for high school students from around Windsor and Essex County - this program is known as WIN.CHEM.  Students participate in interactive laboratories featuring work on cryogens, thermodynamics, chemical reactions and kinetics, combustion, and metals and alloys.  

Our graduate students and undergraduate volunteers make these outreach laboratories possible.  

If you are an undergraduate student in the Chemistry, Biochemistry or Chemistry & Physics programs, and are planning on taking the 59-410 Research and 59-400 Development of Leadership, Outreach and Presentation Skills courses, you can volunteer for this rewarding program.

If you are a high school student or teacher, please contact Prof. Jim Green (jgreen@uwindsor.ca) to arrange a visit to UWindsor to take part in our interactive WIN.CHEM laboratories.  For more information, click here!

Max Nascimento, '18, does some liquid nitrogen demonstrations for students from Villanova High School
Mitchell Dipasquale, '17, discusses miscibility with some students.
Lucas Foster,' 18, and Adan Ahmed, '17, demonstrate the dehydration of sugar with sulphuric acid.
Max Nascimento, '18, is not doing anything illegal here... he is just eating some graham crackers that have been dipped into liquid nitrogen.
Special thanks to all WIN.CHEM volunteers: Chris O'Keefe and David Hirsh (co-coordinators), Cameron Vojvodin, Natan Veinberg, Lucas Foster, Austin Peach, Jacqueline Gemus, Max Nascimento, Brent St Onge, Abbey Nicoletti, Jesse Ropat, Adan Ahmed, Mitchell Dipasquale, and Nadia Stephaniuk.

Special thanks to Chris O’Keefe, David Hirsh, and Stas Veinberg (Ph.D. 2016), who have been instrumental in organizing and running the WIN.CHEM sessions for the past three years.

Alumni Career Night highlights

Alumni Career Night was held on Fri. Dec. 2, 2016 at Mare Nostrum.  Two of our former grad students, Aaron Rossini (B.Sc. 2005, Ph.D. 2010), who is currently an assistant professor at Iowa State University, and his wife Erin Norton (M.Sc. 2008), who is the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute at Iowa State University, gave presentations on their career paths and life after UWindsor.

We hope you can join us for future alumni evenings!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Alumni Career Night - Fri. Dec. 2, 2016 4-7 p.m.

Alumni Career Night - Fri. Dec. 2, 2016 4-7 p.m.

All undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and staff are invited to an Alumni Career Night on Fri. Dec. 2, 2016 at Mare Nostrum from 4-7 p.m.

This evening will feature a presentation by two of our former grad students - Aaron Rossini, who is currently an assistant professor at Iowa State University, and his wife Erin Norton, who is the Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Midwest Grape and Wine Industry Institute at Iowa State University.

They will discuss their time at Windsor, and the professional and person pathways that lead them from Windsor, to France, and to their current careers at Iowa State.

Doors open at 4 pm, presentation at 4:30, and a reception (with drinks and appetizers) will follow at 5:15.  

Come meet Aaron and Erin, do some networking, and enjoy some quality time with your friends and colleagues in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry!