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  1. Macrocyclization reaction between a linear peptide, an aldehyde and (N-isocyanimino)triphenylphosphorane.
    OXADIAZOLE GRAFTS IN PEPTIDE
    MACROCYCLES
    A new macrocyclization reaction delivers cyclic molecules for
    exploration in drug discovery.
    Yudin Group, Nature Chemistry, December 2016
  2. Figure showing a high degree of bond-selectivity dependent on adsorbate bond alignment.
    BOND SELECTIVE REACTION
    Kelvin Anggara, Kai Huang and Lydie Leung in Polanyi's group
    have shown and explained a hundredfold bond-selectivity in
    electron-induced reaction at a smooth metal surface.
    Polanyi Group, Nature Communications, December 2016
  3. Synthesis of cyclic samples of P3HT and P37S using an alkyne homocoupling procedure.
    SYNTHESIS OF CYCLIC POLYMERS BY ALKYNE
    HOMOCOUPLING
    Seferos & colleagues describe the first use of an alkyne homocoupling
    procedure to prepare conjugated polymer macrocycles, a new general
    strategy for cyclizing polymers prepared by catalyst-transfer polymerization.
    Seferos Group, ACS Macro Letters, September 2016
  4. Synthesis of methylene oxindoles from carbamoyl chlorides using PdII/IV catalysis.
    ACCESSING PRIVILEGED SCAFFOLDS VIA
    PALLADIUM(II) CATALYSTS
    Lautens and Le, in a Canada-Germany collaboration with Schoenebeck,
    report development of a mild & general synthesis for methylene oxindoles
    from alkyne-tethered carbamoyl chlorides using PdCl2(PhCN)2 as the catalyst.
    Lautens Group, Journal of the American Chemical Society, October 2016
  5. Graphical abstract depicts use of an iron(II) catalyst in the transfer of ketones to enantioenriched alcohols employing water and potassium formate as the proton and hydride source.
    AQUEOUS ASYMMETRIC TRANSFER
    HYDROGENATION OF KETONES USING IRON
    Transfer hydrogenation in water with biorenewable 2-methyltetrahydrofuran
    as a cosolvent and biodegradable TWEEN80 as a surfactant was
    successful using an iron precatalyst.
    Morris Group, RSC Advances, September 2016
  6. Use of black TIOx nanoparticles for evaportaion of seawater.
    PHOTO-DESALINATION: WINNING THE BATTLE
    AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
    The Ozin group demonstrates the high solar thermal conversion of
    ultra-black TiOx for the evaporation of seawater or brackish water.
    Ozin Group, Advanced Energy Materials, October 2016
CSC 2017

Awards:

Eugenia Kumacheva wins 2017 CIC Medal

Eugenia Kumacheva wins 2017 CIC Medal

Professor Eugenia Kumacheva has been named the recipient of the 2017 CIC Medal. The CIC Medal is the top award of the Chemical Institute of Canada, and is presented as a "mark of distinction and recognition to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the science of chemistry or chemical engineering in Canada."

Professor Kumacheva will be presented with the medal and give the plenary lecture at the 100th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition taking place in Toronto from May 28 - June 1, 2017.

Congratulations!


News and Announcements:

Welcome to new faculty member Professor Ruby Sullan

Welcome to new faculty member Professor Ruby Sullan

We are pleased to welcome Professor Ruby Sullan, who joins Chemistry as assistant professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC).

An alumna of our department (PhD 2010), Professor Sullan is a biophysical chemist who brings expertise in mechanisms of bacterial adhesion by studying bacterial attachment to surfaces at the single cell and single molecule level using atomic force microscopy (AFM).

The Sullan Mechano-microbiology Lab will examine the initial stages of bacterial biofilm formation on different materials, combining AFM imaging, force spectroscopy and optical microscopy in a 3-way correlated measurement.


Professor Scott Mabury reappointed as Vice-President, University Operations and Vice Provost, Academic Operations

Professor Scott Mabury reappointed as Vice-President, University Operations and Vice Provost, Academic Operations

Professor Scott Mabury has been reappointed by Governing Council to the role of Vice-President, University Operations and Vice Provost, Academic Operations for another five-year term. His many achievements during his first term include significant savings and locating efficiencies in university operations, and Mabury credits, in part, chemistry.

"Usually in chemistry, we want to improve the efficiency of a reaction with higher yields," says Mabury, "so optimizing how things work is a theme that exports out of chemistry into this job. I find it an engaging exercise to optimize how things work with a clear mind to what the overall goal is."

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