Thursday, November 23, 2017

GCC Christmas Party - Thurs. Dec. 7, 2017 - 7 p.m. - Rock Bottom

The Grad Chem Club Presents: 

Thurs. Dec. 7, 2017 
Starting time: 7:00 p.m.
Rock Bottom3236 Sandwich St, Windsor, ON

Tickets: $10 (includes appetizers & drink ticket)

Please contact:
Ashley DaDalt (Essex rm. 274-3),
Nadia Stephaniuk (Essex rm. 387),
Austin Peach (Essex rm. 389-1),
or email chemclub@uwindsor.ca for tickets 
Deadline:  Friday, December 1st

Safety Seminar - Chem & Biochem - Fri. Nov. 24, 2017 @ 3 p.m. in 206 Toldo

Safety Seminar

"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, November 24, 2017
3:00 p.m.
Room #206 Toldo Building
**Everyone Welcome**

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Seminar: Dr. Kari Rissanen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland) - Thurs. Nov. 23 @ 3:00 pm

Seminar: Dr. Kari Rissanen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

UWinChemBiochem Seminar Series - Fall 2017

Dr. Kari Rissanen
Department of Chemistry, University of Jyväskylä, Survontie Finland
Title: "Haloniumsupramolecular Chemistry, New Molecular Capsules"

Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 @ 3:00 p.m.

Room #109 Essex Hall

**Everyone Welcome**


In contemporary crystal engineering halogen bonding is booming due to its directionality, specificity and high strength allowing preparation of highly complex structures with a high degree of accuracy and precision.1-3 Surprisingly, yet being the most difficult to achieve, hollow molecular assemblies solely based on halogen bonding have only very recently been achieved. Our group4 and Francois Diederich5 (ETH, Zürich) both published, in 2015 and nearly simultaneously, the first molecular capsules solely based on halogen bonds. Even though halogen bonding is more directional than hydrogen bonding it is even more sensitive to the environment and has thus mostly been demonstrated in the solid-state. Studies on halogen bond donor cavitands6 and collaboration with Mate Erdelyi (University of Gothenburg, Sweden, at present Uppsala University) on halonium ion based halogen-bonded complexes7 based on [N···Ag+···N] to [N···I+···N] cation exchange reaction inspired us to exploit halonium ions as very robust halogen bond donors. The first supramolecular, halonium ion mediated, dimeric capsule8 is based on a resorcinarene-based, conformationally fixed cavitand that is functionalized with four adjacent meta-pyridyl units acting as the XB acceptors. Assembly of the two cavitands first with silver(I) cations followed by a subsequent reaction of the dimeric silver capsule with molecular iodine leads to [N···I+···N] halogen-bonded dimeric capsule through [N···Ag+···N] to [N···I+···N] cation exchange reaction.8 Most recently we have managed to create an extremely robust large, even hexameric, halogen-bonded molecular capsules with the help of [N•••I+•••N] halogen bonds.9-10

 1. a) G. Cavallo, P. Metrangolo, R. Milani, T. Pilati, A. Priimagi, G. Resnati, G. Terraneo, Chem. Rev. 116  (2016),
2. G. R. Desiraju, P. S. Ho, L. Kloo, A. C. Legon, R. Marquardt, P. Metrangolo, P. A. Politzer, G. Resnati, K
Rissanen, Pure Appl. Chem. 85  (2013), 1711.
3. K. Rissanen, CrystEngComm. 10  (2008), 1107.
4. N. K. Beyeh, F. Pan, K. Rissanen, Angew. Chem., 54  (2015), 7303.
5. O. Dumele, N. Trapp, F. Diederich, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 54  (2015), 12339.
6. L. Turunen, N. K. Beyeh, F. Pan, A. Valkonen and K. Rissanen, Chem. Commun. 50  (2014), 15920.
7. a) M. Bedin, A. Karim, M. Reitti, A.-C. C. Carlsson, F. Topic, M. Cetina, F. Pan, V. Havel, F. Al-Ameri, V.
Sindelar, K. Rissanen, J. Gräfenstein and M. Erdélyi, Chem. Sci . 6  (2015), 3746; b) A.-C. C. Carlsson, K.
Mehmeti, M. Uhrbom, A. Karim, M. Bedin, R. Puttreddy, R. Kleinmaier, A. A. Neverov, B. Nekouesihahraki, J.
Gräfenstein, K. Rissanen and M. Erdélyi, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138  (2016), 9853; c) K. Rissanen and M. Haukka, Top.
Curr. Chem. 359  (2015), 77., d) L. Koskinen, P. Hirva, E. Kalenius, S. Jääskeläinen, K. Rissanen and M. Haukka,
CrystEngComm 17  (2015), 1231.
8. L. Turunen, U. Warzok, R. Puttreddy, N. K. Beyeh, C. A. Schalley and K. Rissanen, Angew. Chem. 55  (2016), 14239.
9. L. Turunen, A. Peuronen, S. Forsblom, E. Kalenius, M. Lahtinen and K. Rissanen, Chem. Eur. J. 23  (2017), 11714.
10. L. Turunen, U. Warzok, C. A. Schalley and K. Rissanen, Chem  (2017), in press. DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2017.08.010

Friday, November 17, 2017

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Biochemistry

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position in Biochemistry

Deadline Date: 
 Wednesday, January 03, 2018
The University of Windsor's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, in the Faculty of Science, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Biochemistry, commencing July 1, 2018. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.
The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry has strong undergraduate and graduate programs, along with fundamental and applied research in Chemistry and Biochemistry.  Currently the Department has 22+ faculty and 11 support staff.  Research areas include: health-related biochemistry, environmental and protein chemistry, the preparation and characterization of advanced biomaterials, synthetic inorganic and organic chemistry, and solid-state chemistry.  Our research programs are funded by the national granting councils (NSERC, CIHR), industrial sponsors and private funding agencies (HSFC, CRS, Michael J. Fox Foundation, Seeds4Hope Foundation, etc.).  We have a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair among our talented contingent of faculty.  Our department is also home to the Center for Catalysis and Materials Research (CCMR) and actively participates in the Windsor Cancer Research Group http://www.uwindsor.ca/chemistry.
The ideal candidate must possess a PhD in Biochemistry, Chemical Biology, or related fields.  The incumbent is expected to establish a vibrant, externally funded research program in any area of experimental Biochemistry; however, exceptional candidates from other areas will also be considered. Significant financial resources and dedicated laboratory space are associated with this faculty position. The appointee will have access to state-of-the-art facilities for genomics, proteomics, biophysical characterization, imaging, NMR, X-ray, which will be located in a new Faculty of Science Research & Innovation Facility (Spring 2018 occupancy).
The candidate is expected to train graduate/undergraduate students and postdoctoral fellows, teach undergraduate and graduate courses in biochemistry, and participate in the delivery of our successful professional graduate programs. In addition, an outstanding record of research productivity, and a willingness to work in a highly collaborative and multidisciplinary research environment are expected.
Application Requirements
  • a letter of application, including a statement of citizenship/immigration status;
  • a detailed and current curriculum vitae;
  • two (2) page outline of research interests and accomplishments;
  • a draft NSERC Discovery Grant research proposal (up to 5 pages with 2 additional pages of references)
  • samples of scholarly writing (up to 3), including (if applicable) clear indications of your contribution to any jointly authored pieces;
  • a teaching dossier or teaching portfolio showing a potential for or evidence of teaching effectiveness and excellence that will include sample course syllabi/outlines, teaching evaluations, and a statement of teaching philosophy and interests (resources and templates for completing a teaching dossier can be found at http://www.uwindsor.ca/ctl/links-pd);
  • graduate transcripts; and
  • three (3) current letters of reference forwarded directly by the referees to the Head at the address or email listed below.
Only those applicants selected for interview will be contacted.  The short-listed candidates may be invited to provide further information in support of their applications.  To ensure full consideration, complete an online application found on the job advertisement (http://www.uwindsor.ca/facultypositions), and ensure letters of reference are submitted by the deadline date of January 3, 2018.  Applications may be considered after the deadline date; however, acceptance of late submissions is at the discretion of the appointments committee. 
When completing the online application, please reference:
Position Number: 002023TT-2018-CHE
Questions and Reference Letters to be sent to:
Dr. Charles Macdonald, Head, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,
University of Windsor 401 Sunset Avenue, Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9B 3P4,
Phone: 519-253-3000 Ext. 3526; Fax: 519-973-7098;
Email: chembiohead@uwindsor.ca
The University of Windsor is a comprehensive research and teaching institution with more than 15,500 students.  We are a welcoming community committed to equity and diversity in our teaching, learning, and work environments.  In pursuit of the University's Employment Equity Plan, members from the designated groups (Women, Aboriginal Peoples, Visible Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, and Sexual Minorities) are encouraged to apply and to self-identify.  If you need an accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Faculty Recruitment Coordinator (recruit@uwindsor.ca). Should you require further information on accommodation, please visit the website of the Office of Human Rights, Equity & Accessibility (http://www.uwindsor.ca/ohrea).  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Seminar: Prof. Robert Scott (University of Saskatchewan) - Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 @ 3:00 p.m. 186 Essex Hall

Seminar: Prof. Robert Scott (University of Saskatchewan)

UWinChemBiochem Seminar Series - Fall 2017

Dr. Robert Scott
Department of Chemistry
University of Saskatchewan
Title: Shining Light on Cluster and Nanoparticle Catalysts”

Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 @ 3:00 p.m.

Room #186 Essex Hall

**Everyone Welcome**


In this seminar, I will discuss work in our group focusing on the development of cluster and nanoparticle catalysts which have high catalytic activity, excellent selectivity towards specific substrates, and excellent durability and recyclability. Our current work involves the synthesis and stabilization of clusters and nanoparticles in solution followed by activating them for catalysis. Several routes towards such goals will be discussed, including the activation of monolayer-protected Au clusters and structural control of bimetallic nanoparticles. Characterization tools which can assist in elucidating surface chemistry and/or cluster and nanoparticle sizes and structures will be detailed, including mass spectrometry, HRTEM, and in situ x-ray absorption spectroscopy at the Canadian Light Source.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Seminar: Prof. Kai Kessenbrock (University of California, Irvine) - Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 @ 3:00 p.m.

Seminar: Prof. Kai Kessenbrock (University of California, Irvine)

UWinChemBiochem Seminar Series - Fall 2017

Prof. Kai Kessenbrock 
Department of Biological Chemistry
School of Medicine 

Title: “The role of the microenvironment in epithelial tissue homeostasis and breast cancer”

Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 @ 3:00 p.m.
Room #186 Essex Hall

**Everyone Welcome**

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Seminar: Dr. Preston Chase (Green Centre Canada) - Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 @ 3:00 p.m. Room 311 Memorial Hall

Seminar: Dr. Preston Chase (Green Centre Canada)

UWinChemBiochem Seminar Series - Fall 2017

Dr. Preston Chase
Director of Academic Business Development
Green Centre Canada


Title: Development and Commercial Application of Novel Catalyst and Forward Osmosis Technologies

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 @ 3:00 p.m.
Room 311 Memorial Hall

**Everyone Welcome**

***Note special seminar day and time***


Progressing academic research from the initial invention discovery at the bench to industrial application requires significant efforts, including, for example, scaling of materials for testing, development and validation of new systems of a base technology, and optimization of processes. GreenCentre Canada is a Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research in the area of Green Chemistry, providing facilities for both academic and industrial partners to evaluate, develop and ultimately find commercial application for novel Green chemical technologies.

To highlight the path towards industrial applications, three projects that have been advanced at GreenCentre will be presented: the development and scale-up of highly active ester hydrogenation catalysts, the immobilization of a number of homogeneous catalysts for application in flow reactors directed to pharmaceuticals generation, and the development and process optimization of a low energy forward osmosis process. Each will have the contribution of the original inventors and additional efforts of GreenCentre to directly address specific industry-based challenges highlighted.