Past Chemistry Speaker Tours 2020-09-17T11:31:28+00:00

Past Chemistry Speaker Tours


Tour Coordinator: Aaron Kelly

Dr. Alison Thompson
Dr. Alison ThompsonDalhousie University


Sep. 25, UNB-F
Oct. 18, SMU

Synthesis and manipulation of pyrrole-containing chemical species

Research in the Thompson lab involves the chemistry of pyrroles.   These five-membered nitrogen-containing aromatic heterocycles form the basis of life courtesy of their roles in heme and chlorophyll.  Recent research involving pyrroles, dipyrroles and tripyrroles will be discussed with a focus on new synthetic methodology and applications in biology.


Dr. Alison Thompson is one of Canada’s foremost scientists in the development of methods for the preparation of pyrrole-containing compounds. She is a Full Professor within the Department of Chemistry at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Thompson group has developed unprecedented methodology to remove the –BF2 moiety of F-BODIPYs, thus enabling new photophysical applications and synthetic routes. The Thompson group also pioneered Cl-BODIPYs (containing the –BCl2 unit), a new genre of BODIPYs designed to be facile to substitute at boron, thus expanding the repertoire of BODIPYs in photophysical and biochemical/tagging applications. The Thompson group has recently begun publishing in the field of aza-dipyrrins. Furthermore, as a world leading research group in the synthesis of tripyrrolic prodigiosenes, design strategies have resulted in a construct with 100-fold improvement in selectivity for cancerous tissue vs. healthy tissue. As principal applicant, Alison has held research operating funding from NSERC, CIHR, the Nova Scotia Research Innovation Trust, the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute, the Breast Cancer Society of Canada and the QEII Hospital Research Fund.

After her B.Sc. (Hons. Class I, University of Leicester, UK), Dr. Thompson received her Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield, UK for developing asymmetric catalytic aziridination and epoxidation methodology with Professor Varinder Aggarwal. After a year as a Royal Society/NATO postdoctoral fellow in Strasbourg, France, she joined Professor David Dolphin’s group at the University of British Columbia where she first became involved in chemistry involving pyrroles. Alison began her independent academic career at Dalhousie University in 2001. She has a continuous 19-year funding record from federal agencies, plus charitable and non-profit organizations. Alison was awarded Dalhousie’s 2018 premier awards for graduate supervision and teaching (Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision; Alumni Association Faculty Award of Excellence for Teaching).

Dr. Thompson has led NSERC’s Chemistry Evaluation Group (Discovery Grants) for the past three years, following four years serving as a member and chair of the team. She also serves on a committee that advises NSERC Council and NSERC Vice-Presidents. Last year she led the Organic Chemistry Division of the Canadian Society for Chemistry. Moreover, she leads an NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience Program Grant involving nine research groups at three institutions conducting research involving bioactive chemical species. Among other volunteer roles, Alison is Chair of the Board of Advisors of SuperNOVA, a non-profit initiative that annually engages >16,000 youth across five provinces in hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, with >40% being rural, low-income, new-immigrant, African Canadian, Indigenous or hospitalized youth. Alison’s conviction that everyone has a right to access learning underpins her approach to educational leadership. Alison is a person who stutters.


Tour Coordinator: Mel Schriver

Dr. Danielle Tokarz
Dr. Danielle TokarzSaint Mary’s University


Sep. 21, Cape Breton University
Oct. 12, Mount Allison
Oct. 18, Acadia

Advances in Nonlinear Optical Microscopy

Exposing the structure and function of living tissues and cells is instrumental to the advancement of biochemistry and biophysics. Nonlinear optical microscopy can provide such information by exploiting polarization resolved nonlinear light-matter interactions. The caveat is that only select biological structures generate nonlinear optical signals. The first part of the talk will feature how in vivo structural specificity can be achieved by introducing new biocompatible molecular dyes with high nonlinear optical properties for third harmonic generation (THG) microscopy. The second part of the talk will discuss how the nonlinearity of molecules inside tissues can be utilized to discern structure noninvasively.

Potential molecular dyes for nonlinear optical microscopy were investigated. An analytical technique for measuring the nonlinear optical properties of molecules was established to measure the second hyperpolarizability of potential labels, consisting of two distinct experimental analytical setups. Carotenoid and chlorophyll THG dyes were investigated, and labeling of cultured cells was performed in a proof of principle experiment.

Polarization-sensitive second harmonic generation (SHG) and THG microscopy techniques were used to study the nonlinear optical properties and structure of aggregates containing chlorophylls and carotenoids in orange carrots and algae, as well as collagen in and around tumor tissue. These studies demonstrated that polarization-sensitive SHG and THG microscopy can provide quantitative structural information on a number of molecules and polymers found within biological organisms and tissues, and can even be used for early cancer diagnosis.


Dr. Tokarz is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Chemistry at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is an experimentalist with expertise in the analytical measurement of light-matter interactions in biological and artificial nanosystems. She has a broad interest in improving knowledge by studying fundamental processes of primary photosynthesis, energy storage, and tissue biomechanics, and she does so in a variety of biological and artificial systems. She is particularly interested in new quantitative nonlinear optical techniques for improved understanding of bio-nanomechanics for elucidation and early diagnosis of disease and wound healing, and to enhance plant output for applications in food, natural products and biofuels production.

Danielle manages an interdisciplinary and independent research program, currently focused on constructing a novel nonlinear optical microscope, which can noninvasively measure the structure of tissues during biological changes, and measuring nonlinear optical properties of molecules for advanced noninvasive analysis of biological targets. The microscope will be the first in Atlantic Canada and one of a handful in the world which has the capability to perform polarization resolved optical structural measurements of artificial and biological tissues.

Danielle Tokarz holds H.B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from the University of Toronto. During her Honours chemistry thesis project, she built her own spin coater from household items which impressed physics faculty members and encouraged her to pursue interdisciplinary studies. She subsequently performed her doctoral research at the Mississauga campus under the joint supervision of Dr. Virginijus Barzda (Department of Physics) and Dr. Ulrich Fekl (Department of Chemistry) on the nonlinear optical properties of molecules. Soon after completing her degree, she began a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Brian C. Wilson at the University Health Network in Toronto, focusing on collagen structure in tumor tissue. Danielle demonstrated a new nonlinear optical analysis technique for detecting microscopic changes in human tissues due to tumor progression. The technique is poised to impact the next generation of hospital biopsy slide scanners, revealing the presence of tumor in micron-sized regions.

After her PhD, Danielle received an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship and moved to the group of Dr. Charles P. Lin at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, where she worked on developing a new microscope for imaging inside bones of live mice. She performed pilot studies showing the structure of the lacunar-canalicular network of bone cells changes with hypophosphatemic rickets, which influenced how researchers can measure bone disease progression, enabling live feedback of disease progression in living animals with potential use during drug testing.

Past Chemistry Speaker Tours

Dr. Aaron Kelly
Dr. Aaron KellyDalhousie University


Oct. 24, UPEI
TBA, Memorial

Photo-Induced Charge and Energy Transfer in Chemistry:

During individual chemical reaction events, such as when a molecule changes shape or transfers an electron to one of its neighbours, thermal energy and electric charge flow. These processes are especially important when a molecular system interacts with light; after the light energy is absorbed the system must then find some way to “relax”. Describing these types of processes from a theoretical perspective requires the development and application of simulation methods that lie at the interface of statistical mechanics and quantum dynamics. Combining these areas is essential to accurately capture these fundamental chemical steps in many forefront problems ranging from solar energy conversion and chemical catalysis to biological sensing and signaling. Molecular simulations of this type can help uncover the underlying mechanisms that lie at the heart of many energy conversion problems, and the ultimate goal of my research program is to extend and apply these approaches to study light-initiated charge and energy transport. In this talk, I will describe the efforts we are making to simulate charge and energy transfer in laser-driven chemical reactions, molecular wires, and biological light-harvesting systems.


Aaron Kelly received his B.Sc. with Joint Honours in Chemistry and Physics from Memorial University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics Theory at the University of Toronto. He has held postdoctoral research positions at the Pohang University of Science and Technology (South Korea, 2010-2011), Stanford University (USA, 2011 – 2015), and the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter (Germany, 2016-2017). He is currently an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Dalhousie University, and a Visiting Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter in Hamburg, Germany. His research interests focus on the development and application of quantum dynamics approaches to treat charge and energy transfer processes in condensed phase systems.


Tour Coordinator: Dr. Matthias Bierenstiel

 Dr. Shine (Xu) Zhang, Research Chair in Applied Nanotechnology
Dr. Shine (Xu) Zhang, Research Chair in Applied NanotechnologyVerschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment
Department of Chemistry, Cape Breton University

Chloride Accelerated Copper-Fenton Chemistry: Insights, Applications, and Implications

Abstract: Since its discovery in the late 1800s, the Fenton reaction, a powerful oxidizing system of catalytic Fe (II) and hydrogen peroxide has been found to be a ubiquitous process in natural biological systems. Although the exact reaction mechanism has remained elusive, Fenton and Fenton-like chemistry (defined as a reduced metal in the presence of an oxidant like H2O2) has been harnessed in organic synthesis and the treatment of wastewater. Recently, the Zhang Lab has discovered that the Cu-based Fenton chemistry can be dramatically accelerated by halide ions (Chloride-accelerated Cu-based Fenton or CA-CuFenton), especially by chloride. The CA-Cu-Fenton system is highly versatile, with wide applications for ultrasensitive chemical sensing, immunoassays, biofilm removal, and green chemical synthesis.

Biography: Dr. Shine (Xu) Zhang holds the Research Chair in Applied Nanotechnology at the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment at Cape Breton University since 2013. He has developed an independent research program aimed at exploiting nanotechnology for health and environmental applications with focus on cancer diagnostics and treatment with precision nanomedicine. He is developing theranostic nanosystems for targeted combinatory therapy with his expertise in DNA aptamer technology, nanocomposite materials, nanosurface chemistry, and Fenton chemistry. Dr. Zhang supervises a research group including 4 postdoctoral researchers, 3 graduate students and several undergraduate students and has to date received over $2.1 million in research funding from ACOA, NSERC (Discovery and Engage grants), CIHR, BHCRI, and other agencies. He has a solid publication record (h-index: 28) in top tier journals.

Dr. Zhang graduated with a PhD (Analytical Chemistry) from the University of Waterloo in 2009. He continued his academic career with postdoctoral research at the University of Waterloo and Harvard University (School of Engineering and Applied Science) funded by fellowships from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Before arriving in Canada, Shine received a Bachelor’s Degree (Nutrition Science) and a Master’s Degree (Biophysics) at Sichuan Agricultural University in China.


Dr. Kai E. O. Ylijoki
Dr. Kai E. O. YlijokiSaint Mary’s University



Computational Chemistry for Synthetic Chemists

Computational chemistry has been steadily advancing into the realm of chemical synthesis and has reached a stage where it is a valuable tool for all researchers. However, many researchers (students in particular) have not embraced this new and readily accessible tool to enhance their own projects, and student researchers do not have enough opportunity to develop skills in this area. This talk will consist of a series of computational projects conducted by a chemist trained in organic and organometallic synthesis (me!). Through these projects, I hope to show that valuable insight into chemical reactivity and mechanism can be obtained by everyone, even without advanced training in quantum chemistry.

 Dr. Geniece Hallett-Tapley
Dr. Geniece Hallett-TapleySt. Francis Xavier University


April 21, CBU

Exploiting the Photocatalytic Activity of Nanoparticle-Niobium Oxide Perovskite Hybrids in Light-Mediated Catalysis

Though mostly known for its acidic properties [1], niobium oxides and, in particular, niobate perovskites (RNbO3, R = Na, K) possess powerful and underdeveloped semiconductor properties similar to that of TiO2 [2], thus it seems fitting that the photocatalytically-induced nature of niobate structures also be exploited in an effort to develop more sustainable routes to popular industrially relevant organic transformations industrially relevant organic transformations.

Nanoparticle (Au and Pd) functionalization provides an added benefit by improving charge separation within the material upon semiconductor excitation, thus increasing the redox activity lifetime within the heterogeneous system [3] (Fig. 1). Noble metal nanoparticle dopants may also facilitate material response into the visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum through surface plasmon absorption increasing the sustainable characteristic of these heterogeneous catalysts.

This contribution will examine the propensity of RNbO3 composites to photocatalytically facilitate several popular organic reactions (nitroarene reductions, biomass conversion, aniline oxidation, C-C coupling) using more environmental benign materials and light as an integral reaction participant Furthermore, the influence of nanocomposite irradiation time and substrate substitution on reaction efficiency will also be discussed.

[1] Nowak, I.; Zoilek, M. Chem. Rev. 1999,99, 3603.

[2] Shishido, T. et. al. J. Phys. Chem. C 2009, 113, 18713.

[3] Primo, A.; Corma, A., Garcia, H. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2011, 13, 886.

2015-2016 Tour

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2014-2015 Tour

Dr. Glen Briand
Dr. Glen BriandMount Allison University


March 19, Acadia
March 25, StFX
March 26, CBU
April 9, UdeM

Exploring the Use of Indium(III) Dithiolates as Green Lewis Acid Catalysts

There has been increasing interest in main group metals as alternatives to expensive and toxic transition and rare earth metals as catalysts for chemical transformations [1]. Notably, indium reagents are well-established Lewis acid catalysts in organic syntheses, though the majority of compounds that have been studied include simple trivalent salts such as triflates, chlorides and oxides [2].

More recently, organometallic indium alkoxide and amide compounds have been shown to be useful for the ring opening polymerization (ROP) of cyclic esters to yield biodegradable polymers [3]. An objective of our research program is to develop the potentially rich and “tunable” reaction chemistry of Lewis acidic main group organometallic complexes. Indium thiolates are attractive candidates for such studies due to the favorability of the In-S bond, which allows for the facile synthesis and hydrolytic stability of target compounds.

This lecture will focus on our recent studies into the synthesis and structural characterization of: 1) methyl indium dithiolates and their use as Lewis acid cataylsts for the ring opening polymerization (ROP) of cyclic esters; and, 2) cationic indium dithiolate complexes and their suitability as water tolerant Lewis acid catalysts for organic reactions in aqueous media.

[1] a) Kobayashi, S.; Ueno,M.; Kitanosono, T. Top. Curr. Chem. 2012, 311, 1; b) Chivers, T.; Konu, J. Comm. Inorg. Chem. 2009, 30, 131.

[2] Schneider, U.; Kobayashi, S. Acc. Chem. Res. 2012, 45, 1331.

[3] Dagorne, S.; Normand, M; Kirillov, E.; Carpentier, J.F. Coord. Chem. Rev. 2013, 257, 1869.

Christopher Rowley
Christopher RowleyMemorial University


October 22, UPEI
October 23, MTA
October 24, UNBF

Multiscale Computational Chemistry

Our research group uses computer modeling to understand complex chemical processes. These processes can occur on length scales spanning from the picometer to the nanometer and time scales that span from the femtosecond to the microsecond, so we use special computational methods capable of describing systems that span these scales. In this talk, I will present two applications of these methods by our group. In the first example, we use polarizable molecular dynamics simulations to identify why the toxic gas hydrogen sulfide is able to permeate across cell membranes but water is not [1,2]. In the second example, we use the CHARMM­TURBOMOLE QM/MM program developed in our group [3] to determine why Zn(II) is more soluble in water than Mg(II), despite the fact that the ion­water distances are the same for both ions [4].

[1] Riahi, S., Rowley, C.N. Solvation of Hydrogen Sulfide in Liquid Water and at the Water/Vapor Interface Using a Polarizable Force Field J. Phys. Chem. B, 118 (5), 1373–1380, 2014

[2] Riahi, S., Rowley, C.N. A Drude Polarizable Force Field for Liquid Hydrogen Sulfide. J. Phys. Chem. B 117 (17), 5222–5229, 2013

[3] Riahi, S., Rowley, C.N. The CHARMM­TURBOMOLE Interface for Efficient and Accurate QM/MM Molecular Dynamics, Free Energies, and Excited State Properties. J. Comput. Chem. DOI: 10.1002/jcc.23716

[4] Riahi, S., Roux, B., Rowley, C.N. QM/MM Molecular Dynamics Simulations of the Hydration of Mg(II) and Zn(II) Ions. Can. J. Chem. 91(7), 552–558, 2013

2013-2014 Tour

Jason Pearson
Jason PearsonUniversity of Prince Edward Island


Feb. 3, 2014: Mount Allison
Feb. 5, 2014: UNB Fredericton
Feb. 13, 2104: Acadia
Feb. 14, 2014: St. Francis Xavier

Chemistry with Computers: From Schrodinger to Social Networks

In recent years, computational chemistry as a discipline has made enormous strides, progressing from an academic curiosity to a tool of mainstream chemists around the world. Theoretical techniques now provide a tool which complements experimental research in nearly every facet of chemistry, as well as many other branches of science.

In this presentation, I will begin by discussing the development and frontiers of current computational methods in chemistry, focussing on electronic structure theory. I will then highlight several existing challenges in the field and recent examples from our own research [1-6] that demonstrate how we are developing computational techniques to address these challenges. Some of these include the analysis and interpretation of electronic structure calculations and the application of these to an ever-changing landscape of chemical problems often including large molecular systems. In addition, our efforts to develop an open online platform and data repository designed for those engaged in computational research in chemistry will be discussed. This platform is an information management system that offers an intuitive interface, powerful search capabilities and a wide range of applications of interest to all chemists.

 Stephanie MacQuarrie
Stephanie MacQuarrieCape Breton University


Oct. 21, UNB Fredericton
Oct. 23, Mount Allison
Nov. 8, St. Francis Xavier

Entrapment of Phenylalanine Ammonia Lyase in Mesoporous Silicas as Reusable Catalysts

Phenylketonuria is a medical condition of abnormal L-phenylalanine metabolism in humans. This neuro-degenerative disease is found in people lacking the enzyme phenylalanine ammonia lyase (PAL) which is responsible for the conversion of L-phenylalanine to trans-cinnamic acid

in our bodies. Without this transformation taking place, L-phenylalanine is converted instead to phenylpyruvic acid, a harmful toxin accumulating in the body. Currently the only medical treatment for PKU is a very restricted diet avoiding all sources of L-phenylalanine. PAL cannot be administered as for treatme

nt because of its instability and high cost . PAL denatures quickly and large concentrations would be required for an effective treatment. PAL must be first stabilized in order to be considered as a treatment option. In an effort to stabilize PAL for human medical administration, periodic mesoporous silicas (PMOs) composed of aromatic rings (benzene and biphenyl linkages) and varied pore sizes have been loaded with PAL. The materials have been tested for their ability to convert L-phenylalanine to trans-cinnamic acid under control experiments.

Ultra large pore materials loaded with PAL show the highest activity and can be recycled more than 8 times without loss of activity.

2012-2013 Tour

Sara Eisler
Sara EislerUniversity of New Brunswick


Sept. 26, 2012: Mount Allison University
Sept. 27, 2012: Acadia University
Feb. 13, 2013: UPEI

5-Exodig Cyclizations Toward Isoindolinone-Containing Oligomers, Macrocycles, and Molecular Switches

We have found that intramolecular, nucleophilic cyclizations can be performed under mild conditions between an aryl amide and an adjacent alkynyl moiety to give a variety of p-extended isoindolinone-containing products in high yields.  Multiple cyclizations can be performed simultaneously within a single molecule, and these extended isoindolinone systems are thermally stable, easily functionalizable, and strongly fluorescent.  In addition, several of our extended isoindolinone derivatives have been shown to switch between isomeric forms when exposed to UV and visible light, thus representing an entirely new family of multi-stable molecular switches.  The synthesis, electronic, and photochemical properties of small molecules, oligomers, and macrocycles containing this isoindolinone functionality will be presented.

Greg Welch
Dalhousie University

2011-2012 Tour

C. Adam Dyker, Department of Chemistry, UNB Fredericton

Towards “Organic Sodium”: The Most Powerful Organic Reducing Agents

  • October 14, 2011: Mt Allison
  • February 22, 2012: UPEI

“Super Electron Donors” (SEDs), are a recently discovered class of organic molecules that, among other useful reactions, are defined by their ability to reduce aryl halides to arenes. These SEDs are soluble reagents and offer potential benefits in terms of selectivity, reaction conditions and/or toxicity in comparison to metal based reducing agents. To date, there are very few SEDs, and all of them rely on classical amino groups as pi-donor substituents. We have recently developped a new class of SEDs based on iminophosphorano (R3P=N-) pi-donor functionalities. These compounds represent the strongest organic reducing agents known, and the synthesis, characterization and chemistry of these compounds will be the focus of this presentation.

2010-2011 Tour

Christa Brosseau Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Saint Mary’s University

New Frontiers in Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy

SERS, or surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, has experienced a resurgence in recent years, owing to the development of stable high-powered lasers, ultrasensitive detectors and well characterized nanomaterials. This resurgence has resulted in the implementation of SERS as an analytical tool in such varied areas as art conservation, biomedical engineering and fuel cell technology.

In this seminar, I will first discuss work which was completed at Northwestern University and the Art Institute of Chicago which used SERS to analyze items of cultural heritage, including paintings and textiles. In addition, I will highlight new research coming out of our research group at Saint Mary’s University which uses SERS to analyze and characterize such varied systems as cultural heritage properties, hip implant materials and novel biodegradable ionic liquids.

  • September 24 — Memorial University
  • October 29 — Cape Breton University
  • TBA — Mount Saint Vincent University

Vicki Meli, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Mt. Allison University
Insights into the Formation of Nanoparticle Monolayers at Fluid Interfaces

Nanoparticles have several properties of technological importance, most of which are strongly influenced by the nanoparticle shape, size, and chemical environment. Using the air-water interface to drive the formation of thiol-capped gold nanoparticle monolayers, we have explored the effects of interfacial tension via solvent, thiol chain length, and core size on monolayer formation. Several different film morphologies, and consequently physical properties, have now been observed and will be presented. The application of these films toward understanding nanoparticle-liquid crystal interactions and their effect on liquid crystal self-assembly will also be described.

  • September 29 — UNB Fredericton
  • November 5 — Dalhousie University
  • January 5 — University of Prince Edward Island


No tour


Dr. Jason Masuda, Department of Chemistry, Saint Mary’s University
Elemental Phosphorus: History and Recent Synthetic Chemistry

  • University of Prince Edward Island – November 12
  • Mt. Allison University – November 14
  • Acadia University – November 19


Dr. Peng Zhang, Dalhousie University

  • St. Francis Xavier University
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr. James Gauld, Cape Breton University


No tour


Dr. Robert Singer, Saint Mary’s University
Green Chemistry & Ionic Liquids in Synthesis

  • St. Francis Xavier University – January 28
  • Mount Saint Vincent University – February 11

Dr. Dale Keefe, Cape Breton University
The measurement and study of absolute infrared absorption intensities

  • Université de Moncton – February 23
  • University of New Brunswick, Fredericton – February 24
  • University of Prince Edward Island – February 25


No tour


No tour


Dr. Kevin Smith, University of Prince Edward Island
Benzamidinato Complexes 0f Cr(II) and Cr(III)

  • St. Francis Xavier University – February 20
  • Mt. Allison University – March 14

Dr. Jeff Banks, Acadia University
Towards Applied Nanoscience: Developing New Materials for Catalytic Applications

  • University of New Brunswick – February 20
  • Mt. Allison University – February 21


Cory Pye, Staint Mary’s University
Modelling the vibrational spectra of electrolyte solutions

  • Saint Mary’s University – February 6
  • Mt. Allison University – February 15
  • Université de Moncton – February 16
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland – February 27
  • St. Francis Xavier University – April 05
  • University College of Cape Breton – April 06
  • Acadia University – June 22
  • University of Prince Edward Island – June 29


Alaa Abd-El-Aziz,  University of Winnipeg
The role of organo-iron complexes in polymer synthesis

  • University of Prince Edward Island – May 17
  • Dalhousie University – May 1
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland – May 2

Joanne Jellet, Jellet Biotek

  • St. Francis Xavier University
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland

Prof. R. Steer, University of New Brunswick

  • Saint Mary’s University
  • Dalhousie University
  • Acadia University


Michael Quilliam (NRC Institute for Marine Biosciences)
The Analytical Chemistry of Marine Toxins

  • University of Prince Edward Island – March 9
  • Acadia University – March 11
  • Saint Mary’s University – March 12

Dr. Brian Wagner, University of Prince Edward Island
Flourescence Studies of Supramolecular Guest-Host Complexes: Molecular Buckets and Jack O’lanterns

  • St. Francis Xavier University – November 13
  • Acadia University – November 19
  • University of Prince Edward Island – November 20
  • Mt. Allison University – November 26

Dr. Dale Buckley, Bedford Institute of Oceonography
From Coastal Contamination to Rust on the Titanic: Some Chemical Aspects of Marine Science

  • Mt. Allison University – February 10
  • Acadia University – February 11
  • St. Francis Xavier University – February 12
  • Université de Moncton – March 26


Dr. Peter Redden, Efamol, Kentville, NS
Lipids as Pharmaceuticals

  • University of New Brunswick – March 16
  • University of Prince Edward Island – March 17
  • St. Francis Xavier University – March 18
  • University College of Cape Breton – March 19

Dr. Allen Adams, University of New Brunswick
High Resolution Laser Spectroscopic Studies of Co.

  • Université de Moncton – February 27
  • Saint Mary’s University – March
  • Acadia University – March 5
  • Dalhousie University – March 6

Dr. René Roy
Designing Novel Glycotools for Biochemical Investigations

  • University of New Brunswick – March 9
  • Mt. Allison University – March 10
  • Acadia University – March 11
  • Saint Mary’s University – March 12
  • Dalhousie University – March 13


Dr. Alex Jurgens, Sepracor, Windsor, NS
Single Isomer Pharmaceuticals

  • Mount Saint Vincent University – February 6
  • Saint Mary’s University – February 7
  • University of Prince Edward Island – February 14

Dr. Kathy Darvesh, Mount Saint Vincent University
Ab Initio Studies of Carbocations

  • University College of Cape Breton – March 4
  • St. Francis Xavier University – March 5
  • Acadia University – March 20

Dr. Peter Wentzell, Dalhousie University
Acoustic Emission

  • Mount Allison University – March 6
  • University of Prince Edward Island – March 7
  • St. Francis Xavier University – March 12
  • Acadia University – March 14

Dr. Graham Bodwell, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Electron defficient dienes & new curved aromatic compounds

  • University of New Brunswick – February 10
  • St. Francis Xavier University – February 11
  • Saint Mary’s University – February 12
  • Acadia University – February 13
  • Dalhousie University – February 14


Dr. Gerry Marangoni, St. Frances Xavier University
Colloid and Surfactants Studies

  • University of New Brunswick
  • University College of Cape Breton
  • Nova Scotia Agricultural College
  • Saint Mary’s University
  • St. Francis Xavier University

Dr. Ghislain Deslongchamps, University of New Brunswick
Molecular Recognition

  • Dalhousie University
  • Acadia University
  • Mt. Allison University
  • St. Francis Xavier University


Craig McMullin, Fenwick Labs, Halifax
The role of Chemistry in Environmental Monitoring

  • Acadia University
  • Université de Moncton
  • Saint Mary’s University
  • University of New Brunswick, Fredericton
  • Nova Scotia Agricultural College

Peter Tremaine, University of Moncton

  • University of New Brunswick
  • Mount Allison University
  • University of Prince Edward Island
  • St. Francis Xavier University

Pierre Thibault, NRC-IMB, Halifax
Capillary Electrophoresis

  • University of New Brunswick
  • Université de Moncton
  • Acadia University
  • St. Francis Xavier University


Jan Kwak, Dalhousie University
Colloid Chemistry

  • Sir Wilfred Grenfell College
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • University of New Brunswick
  • Université de Moncton
  • University of Prince Edward Island