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loungCongratulations to Horace Luong who has received $120,000 from the Science Endowment Fund to furnish the second year Organic Chemistry laboratories with rotary evaporators. Many thanks to our current Science Students and Alumni who help fund this endowment. 12/2015



herbertCongratulations to David Herbert who has won a $10,000 Faculty of Science Interdisciplinary/New Directions Research Collaboration Initiation Grant to study "the functionalization of silicon microwire arrays for chemical production using renewable energy sources such as solar or hydro”.



CongraTristan Smythe Phototulations to Tristan Smythe who has been selected to represent the University of Manitoba at the undergraduate student 2016 Japan-Canada Academic Consortium Student Forum in Nagoya Japan. The theme for this year’s forum is “Energy and Society: Increasing Efficiency and Improving Our Quality of Life”. For more information about  the Forum visit:


The Department of Chemistry has received a grant of $3,800,000 for laboratory renovation and equipment upgrades to our First-year laboratories from the Teaching Laboratory Renewal Fund (Office of the Vice-President Academic). Specifically, rooms 206, 216, 222, and 230 Parker will be renovated and upgraded in the near future. Together with the very generous bequeath from Professor David McBride this grant will allow us to provide students at the University of Manitoba with a 21st-century chemical laboratory experience that will include training on modern instrumentation in a safe and healthy environment. This is very exciting news for our students and staff!

University oMIMf Manitoba establishes an advanced material characterization facility in the Manitoba Institute for Materials

Student Awards

And the award goes too…

Congratulations to all the scholarship and award recipients at the annual Chemistry Student Award Night that was held on November 19, 2015. It was a stellar evening of excellence celebrating the achievements of our Departments undergraduate and graduate students. As well, we were presented a special talk by our very own Scott Kroeker entitled, “A Touch of Glass: Harnessing Light for Beauty and Function”. Well done and keep up the good work Chemistry! To see photos of the event check out the Department of Chemistry Facebook page.

Student Award Dinner 2015

Congratulations to RoChen_Bertrand_Awardbert Bertrand who was recently awarded the University of Manitoba Dean of Graduate Studies Student Achievement Award! To list some of Robert's accomplishments, Robert holds an NSERC Ph.D. scolarship, won a department award in teaching assistance, published ten papers in the past three years, made it to the final round of last year's Three Minute Thesis competition, and in 2013 was involved in the leadership of the Chemistry Graduate Students Association. Since 2006, Robert has also been serving as a medic in the Canadian Foces Army Reserve. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Ronald Domalaon (Schweizer Research Lab) for being awarded the Manitoba Health Research Council (MHRC) Graduate Studentship. This year, MHRC only awarded 36 recipients out of 186 applicants. He will start his Master’s degree in Medicinal Chemistry this upcoming Fall 2014, developing new antibacterial compounds to overcome clinically-observed drug-resistant bacteria. For further information, visit this link.

Kevin Szkop, an undergraduate student working with Dr. Mario Beringer, won the CIC Award for Educational Excellence at the 2014 WCUCC for his presentation entitled "Sol-Gel Synthesis and Structural Investigation of the YPrO3+y Series"