Monday, September 25, 2017

Seminar: Ivan Aprahamian (Dartmouth College, NH) - Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 3:00 p.m.

Seminar: Ivan Aprahamian (Dartmouth College, NH)

UWinChemBiochem Seminar Series - Fall 2017

Prof. Ivan Aprahamian
Dartmouth College, NH

Title: Hydrazone-Based Switches

Friday, September 29, 2017 @ 3:00 p.m.
Room #186 Essex Hall

**Everyone Welcome**

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Biotechnology Entrepreneurship (BE) Symposium on Sept. 29, 2017

A Warm Invitation to the "Biotechnology Entrepreneurship” (BE) Symposium on September 29 (Friday) at the Ambassador Auditorium

It is our great pleasure to invite you to our upcoming "Biotechnology Entrepreneurship” (BE) Symposium on September 29 (Friday) at the Ambassador Auditorium, Univ. of Windsor.

We are expecting around 100 participants from Canada and United States and the target audience will be a mix of Biotechnology students, researchers and scientists, Biotechnology commercialization professionals, patent intellectuals, policy makers surrounding "Medical Marijuana" issues and grants and funding panelists.
The symposium is geared towards emerging biotechnology professionals – students with an entrepreneurial interest, future technology trend-setters and scientists who are exploring how to commercialize their discoveries (bench to market) as well as existing start-ups aiming for a sustainable future.

Below is the flyer with symposium schedule.

For more details and registration, please click: http://www.uwindsor.ca/besymp/

We look forward to seeing you there!

Kind Regards,

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Trivia Night - Hosted by the Grad Chem Club - Oct. 5 @ 6:30 pm

Trivia Night - Hosted by the Grad Chem Club - Oct. 5 @ 6:30 pm

Grad Chem Club presents:

Mare Nostrum Restaurant
Doors: 6:30 pm
Trivia: 7:00 pm

Entry: $2.00 per person
Prizes for top three teams!

Make team registrations by emailing: chemclub@uwindsor.ca

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

New graduate student orientation and pizza lunch - Sept. 21 at 11 am in 273 EH


On Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 11:00a.m. in room #273 Essex Hall, there will be a New Graduate Student orientation to provide all the information regarding the M.Sc. and Ph.D. program.  This is a mandatory meeting and all new graduate students must attend. If for some reason you can’t please come and see me. (Marlene, room #273-1).


We will be having a Pizza lunch on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 12:00 noon in room #273 Essex Hall.  This will be to welcome all new graduate students and enjoy some pizza.

Seminar: Yongchao Su (Merck, King of Prussia, PA) - Fri. Sep. 22, 2017 @ 2:00 p.m.

Seminar: Yongchao Su (Merck, King of Prussia, PA)

UWinChemBiochem Seminar Series - Fall 2017

Dr. Yongchao Su
Merck, King of Prussia, PA

Title: Chemical and Biophysical insights into Pharmaceutical Sciences from NMR

Friday, September 22, 2017 @ 2:00 p.m.
Room #186 Essex Hall

**Everyone Welcome**
***Note the early start time***

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Seminar: Daniel Leznoff (SFU) - Fri. Sept. 15, 2017 @ 3:00 p.m.

UWinChemBiochem Seminar Series - Fall 2017

Prof. Daniel Leznoff
Simon Fraser University

Title: Ancient Metals in Advanced Materials:  Cyanide-based Coordination Polymers

Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 3:00 p.m.
Room #186 Essex Hall

**Everyone Welcome**


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Professor Stephen Loeb named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Congratulations to Professor Stephen Loeb, who has been named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Prof. Loeb is a world leader in the design of molecular machines and supramolecular chemistry. His team has developed a wide variety of methodologies for the preparation of mechanically interlocked molecules. These molecular machines can be created by synthetically interlocking molecules together which allows the molecular components to move about independently of each other.

Fellows of the Royal Scoiety are nominated by their peers for making remarkable contributions in the arts, the humanities, the sciences and in Canadian public life. They are considered to be the best in their field.

He will be inducted to the Fellowship and College of the RSC during the RSC Celebration of Excellence 2017 from November 23 to 26.

A full story on his nomination is available on the Daily News site.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

New convocation photos! Grad 2017

New convocation photos!  Grad 2017!

Congratulations to all of our graduating students!

The faculty and staff of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are very proud of your accomplishments!

A photo gallery has been posted at the link below:


Monday, June 26, 2017

Safety seminar - July 7, 2017 - Attendance Mandatory

It doesn’t happen by accident

All undergraduate students working in the labs
All graduate students
Post docs
Visiting Students
Faculty & Staff

**This is a mandatory seminar and all students must attend**

    Friday, July 7, 2017
Room #186 Essex Hall

**Everyone Welcome**

Friday, June 16, 2017

Canadian Nitric Oxide Society Research Forum - July 14, 2017

Canadian Nitric Oxide Society Research Forum - July 14, 2017
Deadline for Abstracts: July 1, 2017

Canadian Nitric Oxide Society
Small Molecules with Big Effects
A Research Forum for the Chemistry, Biology and Medicine of  Nitric Oxide, Hydrogen Sulfide and Carbon Monoxide and related redox-mediated signaling.

Hosted by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Windsor

• Canterbury College Residence: Visit the Canterbury website here for more information. Please complete the Application for Conference Stay Form and email it to Brenda Smith (brsmith@uwindsor.ca) at Canterbury College.
• Holiday Inn - 1855 Huron Church Rd. (519)966-1200
• Hampton Inn - 1840 Huron Church Rd. (519)972-0770

Confirmed Speakers

Manon Couture, Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology & Bioinformatics, Laval University.
Ann English, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Concordia University.
Qingping Feng, Physiology & Pharmacology, Western University.
James Gauld, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Windsor
Guy Guillemette, Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo.
Drew Marquardt- PLENARY SPEAKER, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Windsor.
Bulent Mutus, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Windsor.
Steven Rafferty, Department of Chemistry, Trent University.
Dana Spence, Department of Chemistry, Michigan State university.

 Trainee Speaker Awards

Registration- $50

Registration & Abstracts to:

** DEADLINE: July 1, 2017**

Mango Party - Tues. June 20, 2017

Mango Party

Dr. Pandey’s annual Mango Party is on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 3:00p.m. in front of Essex Hall

Everyone is welcome to attend.  See attached flyer.

Although there is no fee, Dr. Pandey is accepting donations, which he personally will match, for the Word Education Foundation.

Hope to see everyone there.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Advanced NMR Workshop - June 21 and 22

Advanced NMR Workshop
Advanced Techniques, 2D NMR, and Introduction to Solid State NMR
Wednesday June 21 and Thursday June 22, 9am to noon each day

The workshop will briefly cover the physical theory behind the advanced NMR experiments but the focus will be on demonstrating the uses of these experiments and practical aspects of experimental set up.  The schedule will consist of a mixture of lectures and of hands-on sessions on the NMR spectrometers where participants will get the opportunity to set up experiments and collect data.

The topics covered include topics covered include:

  • DOSY

  • COSY


  • Differences between solution and solid state NMR
  • Solid State NMR sample preparation
  • Magic-angle spinning – MAS  (tuning the angle with KBr)

  • Cross-polarization (CP) MAS
  • Basic 1H and 13C SSNMR experiments
  • Pulse field gradients
  • Shaped Pulses

  • Selective 1D NOESY

  • PSYCHE (broadband homonuclear decoupling)

This advanced workshop is available to undergraduate, graduate students and postdocs who have already taken the Introductory NMR Workshop or who have completed the third year Spectroscopic Structure Identification course (59-330/332) (or equivalent) and who have demonstrated sufficient competence to the NMR Facility Manager. No experience in solid state NMR is required.

Enrolment is free but numbers are limited.

Registration can be done using the link below or at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry-NMR Facility webpage

To register click here

For more information, contact: 
Matthew Revington
NMR Facility Manager,
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Windsor
519-253-3000 Ext 3997

Friday, May 19, 2017

Convocation BBQ - May 31 at 4:30 p.m.

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry convocation is Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.  

As always, we will be hosting a bar-b-q in front of Essex Hall starting around 4:30 p.m.  

Graduating students and their families are invited to attend, take some pictures and grab a bite to eat.

Everyone is our department is invited to attend as well. 

Please contact Marlene Bezaire if you are planning on attending; some volunteers are needed to assist with BBQ prep and cooking as well!

Congratulations to all of our graduating students!

2 Day Workshop: Introduction to Practical Aspects of Solution NMR for Chemists

2 Day Workshop: Introduction to Practical Aspects of Solution NMR for Chemists

Wednesday May 24 and Thursday May 25: 
9:00 am to 12:00 pm each day

This introductory workshop is geared toward undergraduate students, and new graduate students with limited NMR experience, but who are expected to make use of the NMR spectrometers as part of their research projects.

The workshop is meant as a supplement to the "one on one" training that new NMR users receive and will allow an opportunity to go into greater depth on many topics, therefore students who have recently started to use our NMR instruments are especially encouraged to attend. There will be an Advanced NMR Workshop offered later in the summer.

The schedule will consist of a lecture to start each day followed by hands-on learning sessions where participants will get the opportunity to collect and process NMR data.

The topics covered include:

  • How an NMR spectrometer works
  • NMR Magnet Safety
  • Preparation of NMR Samples
  • Set up of 1D 1H and 13C NMR Experiments
  • Processing and Presentation of NMR Data

The workshop is free of charge to members of the Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry; however, enrolment is limited, so please register soon!

Please note that a separate Intro Workshop will be held for MMB students in July so MMB students should not register for this workshop.

To register click here

Monday, May 1, 2017

Spring 2017 UWinChem Newsletter

Spring 2017 UWinChem Newsletter 

The Spring 2017 edition of the UWinChem Newsletter is now available for download!

Click here to download!

In this issue:

John McIntosh talks about what
happened in 2016.

Our new Science Research and
Innovation Facility (SRIF)

Welcome to John Trant, Simon
Rondeau-Gagné, & Scott Mundle!

An autobiography from a pioneer
in electron paramagnetic
resonance and magnetic
resonance spectroscopy

Email: chembiohead@uwindsor.ca

Friday, April 28, 2017

Sessional Appointment – Fall 2017 Master of Medical Biotechnology Program

Sessional Appointment – Fall 2017 Master of Medical Biotechnology Program

For a direct link to this posting, click here.

Submit complete applications to Dr. Bulent Mutus by email to chembiohead@uwindsor.ca 
by Friday, May 12, 2017. 

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry intends to offer the following graduate courses during the Fall 2017 semester which might not be staffed by full-time faculty members as part of their normal teaching load. In accordance with section 54-07 of the 2014-2017 Collective Agreement, the department invites applications from suitably qualified individuals who are interested in teaching the following courses.

Biochemistry & Cell Biology – Lipids & Membranes 03-59-675-01
This course focuses on the biochemistry and cell biology of lipids and their role in cellular signaling, with a particular emphasis on the experimental basis of current knowledge. Topics covered include lipid biochemistry, membrane biophysics, the biochemistry and metabolism of small molecules such as steroids and leukotrienes, and an integrative assessment of the role of lipids and membranes in cellular processes such as protein trafficking and intracellular signaling. (Enrolment restricted to MMB students.)

Biotechnology Entrepreneurship 03-59-690-01
Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology will provide students an introduction to the complexities and unique problems facing the biotechnology industry. Students will be exposed to the topics most critical for successfully founding, financing and operating a life science company, and will be expected to perform many of the same tasks that founders would normally undertake. Discussions with life-science entrepreneurs, evaluation of existing biotechnology firms, case studies based on recent companies and hands-on work developing entrepreneurial endeavors all will be utilized. (Enrolment restricted to MMB students.) (Equivalent to 2 courses.)

ChemProm2017 - Friday April 28, 2017

It's that time of year again... the biggest annual gala for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry....

The Chem Club Presents:
Fri. April 28, 2017

Salon A @ Ciociaro Club
Doors open @ 6:00pm
Dinner @ 7:00pm
Tickets $40

See Cody Caba, Chris O'Keefe, or the Chemistry Main Office for tickets

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Undergraduate Research Lunch - April 24, 2017 12-2pm

Undergraduate Research Lunch - April 24, 2017 12-2pm

The UWindsor Undergraduate Chem Club is offering a free lunch with research
professors in order to discuss and present areas of research in the department!

Chemistry and Biochemistry students are invited to come meet professors and
potentially discuss research possibilities and look for volunteer/research opportunities!


Come learn about research within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and look for volunteer, research, and 410 project opportunities!

FINAL SCHEDULES - 59-410 4th Year Research Thesis Symposium - Apr. 25 & 26, 2017

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s 4th Year Research Thesis Symposium

Tues. April 25 and Wed. April 26, 2017
186 Essex Hall
8:55 am - 4:00 pm each day

Undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, friends and family are all welcome!

The final schedule is below! (revision on Apr. 23/17, 11:40 AM)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Registration deadline for ChemiConn - This Week!

Dear faculty and graduate students,

The inaugural ChemiConn networking event is fast approaching.  It is a day for researching faculty and students to meet and interact with industry professionals right here on campus.  Registration for the event is FREE and is open until Friday, April 14th.  Registration is limited to 80 people, so please do so ASAP to ensure you do not miss out.

Registration along with more details about the event can be found here:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Chemistry & Biochemistry Students Win Society for Chemical Industry Merit Awards

Chemistry & Biochemistry Students Win Society for Chemical Industry Merit Awards

Congratulations to Brittany Ives (third from left in above picture) and Paul Meister, who were the 2017 recipients of the Society for the Chemical Industry Merit Award which is given to students with the highest standing in 4th Year Honours Chemistry and Honours Biochemistry.  The awards were presented at the CIC/SCI Awards Dinner in Toronto, on April 30, 2017.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

C&B grad student wins the Three Minute Thesis Competition

C&B grad student wins the Three Minute Thesis Competition

A big congratulations to Travis DeWolfe, (M.Sc. student in the Gauld group) for winning the Three Minute Thesis competition today.  Travis will be in the Finals at Waterloo University.  Good luck Travis.

C&B grad students have won this event 3 out of the 5 years the 3MT competition has been in existence on the UWindsor campus.

Read a story about the 3MT competition here:

Friday, March 24, 2017

Students claim prizes at chemistry conference

Students claim prizes at chemistry conference

Professor Stephen Loeb congratulates prize-winning chemistry students Mitchell DiPasquale and Jacqueline Gemus.

Two UWindsor students received honours at the Southern Ontario Undergraduate Chemistry Conference, March 18 at York University.

Jacqueline Gemus, a student in professor Rob Schurko’s research group, won first prize in physical chemistry.

Dr. Schurko says Gemus’ main area of interest is the mechanochemical synthesis of porous framework materials known as zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs) and the use of solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance to monitor the formation of these amazing framework materials.

“Jacqueline has made a wide array of new materials, and this work will be the first that describes ZIFs with mixed linker ligands which are simply made by vigorous grinding — a great example of ‘green chemistry,’ which uses no solvents and produces high yields of the final materials,” says Schurko.

Mitchell DiPasquale, a student from the laboratory of Bulent Mutus, head of chemistry and biochemistry, claimed second place in bio/medicinal chemistry.

Dr. Mutus calls DiPasquale an amazing undergraduate student who has excelled in protein chemistry research and has single-handedly explored the role of a repeating set of amino acids in the enzyme that produces sulfide in the human body.

“His research has, for the first time, shown that this amino acid motif plays a role in the regulation of sulfide production, as well as being responsible for a totally new previously undiscovered activity for this enzyme,” he says.

The University of Windsor was represented at the colloquium by a contingent of 14 undergraduate students from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. A total of 127 presentations by students represented every university in southern Ontario, plus Laurentian and Nipissing.

See the original story at: