Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Free Chemdraw Prime software for students!

Anyone enrolled in Science this year can obtain a free personal copy of Chemdraw Prime for their Windows or MAC PC (download at the link at the bottom of this page).

ChemDraw Prime is the complete entry-level drawing program that provides all the tools you need to quickly create chemically intelligent, publication-ready chemical structures and reactions, laboratory notes and experiment write-ups. As well as a full set of chemical structure essentials such as rings, bonds, chains, atoms and functional groups, ChemDraw Prime includes chemical and lab equipment templates and handy TLC and Gel Electrophoresis Plate drawing tools.

ChemDraw Prime includes the following features:

*      Analyze and check structures
*      Structure clean-up
*      Expand and contract labels
*      Create and use nicknames
*      Tetrahedral and geometric stereochemistry, including absolute and relative
*      Multicenter attachment points for haptic and other pi bonds
*      Chemical polymer tools
*      Calculate properties including pKa, LogP, LogS and tPSA and hotlink to structure
*      Read and write all common chemical and graphics files
*      Read JCamp and Galactic spectra files
*      Fragmentation tools
*      Special “copy/paste as” command for CDX, CDXML, molfile, SMILES, InChI and InChIKey (copy only)
*      In-place OLE editing of ChemDraw objects
*      ChemDraw ActiveX Plugin

Visit http://www.uwindsor.ca/softwaredepot for your copy today.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

UWindsor making strides in protecting waterways from toxic algae blooms

UWindsor making strides in protecting waterways from toxic algae blooms

UWindsor researcher Bulent Mutus has designed and built a filter that can remove potentially harmful phosphates from contaminated water. Phosphates are a naturally occurring mineral, but increased levels in waterways, will substantially reduce water quality.

Phosphates are found in sewage and used in detergents and commercial fertilizers, so runoff from these practices and industries, will throw off the chemical balance of streams, rivers and the lakes. An abundance of phosphates create a nutrient rich environment that can encourage massive growth of some plants and algae.

Mutus’ research project, Large Scale Total Phosphate Filtration System, received almost $160,000 from Environment Canada, Lake Simcoe Georgian Bay Clean-Up Fund (LSGBCUF), for a two-year project to build and test a large scale version of the filtration unit at the Holland Canal in the Holland Marsh, near Barrie Ontario.

“Our filtration technology is a simple and cost effective alternative to current methods,” says Dr. Mutus, biochemistry professor. “It uses inexpensive, environmentally safe methods to remove phosphorus from point sources such as municipal and agricultural wastewater.”

To read more, click here for the Daily News page