Thursday, October 1, 2015

Besa Xhabija wins poster prize at the 10th Biannual Great Lakes Glia Meeting

The Vacratsis lab participated in the 10th Biannual Great Lakes Glia Meeting that took place on Sept 27-29th, 2015 in Traverse City, Michigan. Besa Xhabija was awarded the Best Poster Award, which carried a cash prize of $200.  Congratulations Besa!

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

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

Date: Wednesday Oct 14 and Thursday Oct 15
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm each day
Location: Science Resource Centre Rm 182 EH

This introductory workshop is geared toward undergraduate students, summer students and/or graduate students with limited (or no) 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.   Please inform new students in your lab who may not be on this mailing list.

The schedule will consist of a lecture to start each day followed by hands-on learning sessions where participants will get the opportunity to make NMR samples as well as 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, enrollment is limited, so please register soon!

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

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