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

Friday, August 14, 2015

End of summer BBQ - August 19th, 12-2 pm

The Chem Club welcomes everyone to the "End of summer BBQ" - August 19th, 12-2 pm


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

New GA/TA teaching positions posted - Application Deadline August 7, 2015

There are new GA and TA Fall 2015 Job Postings for Fall 2015 available at:


Applications must be submitted to: Beth Kickham in Essex Hall, Room 275-D.
Deadline for receiving applications is: Friday, August 7th, 2015 at 4:30pm or until positions have been filled.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Advanced NMR Workshop June 10 and 11

Announcement Advanced NMR Workshop: June 10 and 11

To register click here

With the fume hoods down do you have nothing fun to do this week, how about some NMR:

Advanced NMR Workshop

Wednesday June 10 and Thursday June 11, 9am to noon each day

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

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:

  • 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

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

Friday, June 5, 2015

43rd Ontario-Quebec Physical Organic Minisymposium - POMS2015

43rd Ontario-Quebec Physical Organic Minisymposium - POMS2015
The University of Windsor is delighted to hold the 43rd Ontario-Quebec Physical Organic Minisymposium (POMs), which runs from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2015.

POMs is one of the premier regional physical organic chemistry meetings in North America and emphasizes the active participation of graduate students and postdocs. It is hold annually in either Ontario or Quebec but draws participants from all neighbouring provinces and states and beyond. We encourage the participation of all researchers who apply physical organic chemistry principles in all aspects of chemical sciences, including biological and materials chemistry.

For more information, please visit:

Thursday, April 16, 2015

ChemProm - April 30

This year's ChemProm is taking place at the Caboto Club on April 30, 2015 at 7 pm.

Tickets are $40 apiece, and can be purchased from Zainab or Marlene.

All students, staff, faculty and friends are welcome!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Summer 2015 teaching job postings now on line

Looking for a summer teaching job?

GA/TA Job Postings have been made, as per article 12:01 of the CUPE 4580 Collective Agreement.

All postings and related information can be viewed at:

Applications must be submitted to: Beth Kickham in Essex Hall, Room 275-D.

Deadline for receiving applications is: Monday, April 13th, 2015 at 4:30pm or until positions have been filled.