ChemCon Past Winners

Science Atlantic Communication Award

2019

Kaleigh Mcleod, Saint Mary's University

On the origin of electrochemical surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (EC-SERS) signals for bacterial samples and electrode functionalization strategies

2018

Poster: Holly Barett, Memorial University

Development of a Methodology and Apparatus for In Situ Sampling of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Natural Water Using Molecularly Imprinted Polymers

Oral: Jennifer Kolwich, Saint Mary's University

Utilizing micro-ecological activity against bat pathogen Pseudogymnoascus destructans as a means of discovering novel antimicrobial compounds

2017

Amanda Cameron, Cape Breton University

Investigation into the Effects of Salmon (Salmo Salar) Hydrolysate Enhanced Biochar (from Birch Bark) on the Growth of Barley (Hordeum Vulgare L.)

2016

Kyle Awalt, Saint Mary's University

N-Demethylation of Alkaloids Using Nanoscale Zero-Valent Iron

2015

Terri Lovell, Memorial University

The synthesis of a macrocyclic pyrene‐based cyclophane

2014

Matthew Timm, Mount Saint Vincent University

Primary Retention following Nuclear Recoil in ?-Decay: Proposed Synthesis of a Metastable Rare Gas Oxide (38ArO4) from (38ClO4–) and the Evolution of Chemical Bonding over the Nuclear Transmutation Reaction Path

2013

Oral: Julie Colpitts, Acadia University

Biological Evaluation of Coordination Complexes as Photosensitizers for Photodynamic Therapy

Poster: Lynsay Thurber, Acadia University

Towards an Improved Passive In-Situ Sampler for Studying Trace Elements in Fresh Waters

2012

Arthur Hendsbee, Saint Mary's University

The reactions of symmetrical dichalcogen compounds with N-heterocyclic carbenes

2011

Richard Lincoln, Acadia University

Oxygen Sensitive Photophysics of Ru(II) Dyads Based on (Pyren-1-yl)ethynyl Derivatives of 1,10-Phenanthroline

2010

Justin Smith, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Molecularly Imprinted Polymers for Environmental Analysis of Caffeine

2009

Scott Culligan, University of New Brunswick

Novel Synthesis and Applications of Lithium Transition Metal Nitrides

Science Atlantic Undergraduate Research Award

2019

Liam Payne, University of Prince Edward Island

Laser Flash Photolysis Studies on Fluorophore Photoswitching Mechanisms

2018

Matthew Johnson, Memorial University

Bis(diarylethynyl-methylene)dihydroantracenes: Synthesis, properties and tunable aggregation-induced emission

Yiqi Lai, Dalhousie University

Reinventing Porous Silicon Synthesis via Metallothermic Reduction

2016

Bradley Greene, Saint Mary's University

The σ-hole interaction of 1,3-bis(2,6- diisopropylphenyl)imidazolidine [SiPr] with iodine-containing small molecules

2015

Andrew Cameron, University of Prince Edward Island

Applications of machine learning on quantum chemical databases: High accuracy for low cost

2014

Ashley Robinson, Saint Mary's University

Development of a fabric-based surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) sensor for rapid detection of biomolecules

2013

Robie Hennigar, Acadia University

Photophysical Investigation of Coordination Complexes for Application in Photodynamic Therapy

Science Atlantic Award for Best Undergraduate Presentation

2018

Oral: Matthew Johnson, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Bis(diarylethynyl-methylene)dihydroantracenes: Synthesis, properties and tunable aggregation-induced emission

Poster: Yiqi Lai, Dalhousie University

Reinventing Porous Silicon Synthesis via Metallothermic Reduction

2017

Kaitlyn Blatt-Janmaat, Saint Mary's University

Adventures in Ionic Thiourea Organocatalysis in Ionic Liquid Solvents

2014

Jordan Gibson, Acadia University

Synthesis and Characterization of Osmium(II) Polypyridal Complexes Bearing Ligands with Extended Pi Systems for Applications in Photodynamic Therapy

2012

Adam Brown, Cape Breton University

Synthesis and Characterization of Biomimetric Copper Complexes with N,S-Based Ligands

2011

Alwyn Gomez, Saint Mary's University

Synthesis of Alkylamine Diacetic Acid Task Specific Ionic Liquids

2009

Mike Jones, University of Prince Edward Island

Vanadium Catalysts in Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization

Kristofer MacDougall, Acadia University

Elucidating the Biological Activity of Prodigiosin

E. Gordon Young Award

2019

Sarah Martell, Dalhousie University

Hydrogen Terminated Mesoporous Silicon Nanoparticles – A Platform for Chemical Transformations

2018

Morgan Burgoyne, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

A Strong Electron Donor via the Superior π-Electron Donating Ability of a Triphenylphosphonium Ylidyl Group

2015

Jordan Donahue, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Synthesis of a model ABC‐tricyclic manzamine core using an intramolecular Diels‐Alder approach

2014

Luke Murphy, Saint Mary's University

The Formation of a Weak Carbon-Carbon Bond and its Sensitivity to Solvent Polarity

2013

Robert Di, Lorenzo Memorial University of Newfoundland

Method Development for the Analysis of PFAs in Atmospheric Particulate Matter by GC-MS, (Photo Credit: Courtesy Robert Di Lorenzo)

2012

Crystal Sweeney, Acadia University

Sweating the small stuff: study of pesticides and primary metabolites excreted in human sweat

2011

Colin Spencer, Acadia University

Cytotoxicity and Photocytotoxicity of Ruthenium Complexes for Photodynamic Therapy

2010

Oral: Dan Padmos, Dalhousie University

Gold nanoparticles on titanium and interaction with prototype protein

Poster: Ian MacDonald, Dalhousie University

Development of Butyrylcholinesterase Ligands for the Neuroimaging of Alzheimer's Disease

2009

Oral: Eamonn Conrad, Dalhousie University

Coordination of Arsine Ligands as a General Synthetic Approach to Rare

Oral: Peter Lee, Saint Mary's University

Synthesis, Functionalization, and Coordination of Bulky ?-diketiminates

Poster: Natasha O'Rourke, University of Victoria

Small Molecule Inhibition of the PD-1/PD-L1 Interaction in Pancreatic Cancer

Murray Brooker Award

2019

Brandon Frenette, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

The synthesis of tetra(iminophosphorano)-substituted bispyridinylidenes; organic super-electron donors with record-breaking redox potentials

2018

Taylor Lynk, Saint Mary's University

Electrochemical-Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (EC-SERS) for Bacterial Screening

2016

Melanie Davidson, Saint Mary's University

Spectroscopic Analysis of a 19th century Tibetan thangka

2015

Ricarda Konder, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

High‐resolution laser spectroscopy of ruthenium monophosphide

2014

Trevor McGrath, Saint Mary's University

Ionic Organocatalysis

2013

Jennifer Murphy, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Solving Novel Bismuth Complex Structures by Single Crystal X-ray Diffraction: Two Polymorphs of Trichlorotetrakispyridine Bismuth(III), (Photo Credit: Courtesy Jennifer Murphy)

2012

Barbara Goodall, Saint Mary's University

An ab Initio Investigation of the Hydration of the d0 Transition Metal Tetraoxo Complexes: CrO42-, MnO4-, FeO4

2011

Ryan McFadden, Mount Allison University

Muonium Kinetics in Sub- and Supercritical Carbon Dioxide: Reaction with Vinylidene Fluoride

2010

Edward Cross, Cape Breton University

Multidentate N,S-based Pyridyl Ligand Frameworks for Transition Metal Catalysts

2009

Ian MacDonald, Mount Saint Vincent University

Development of Butyrylcholinesterase Ligands for the Neuroimaging and Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease

Best Graduate Presentation

2019

Oral: Dylan Hale, Dalhousie University

Bis(phosphino)silyl Co(I) Pincer Complexes for the Catalytic Hydrogenation of Alkenes

Poster: Marcus Kindervater, Dalhousie University

Synthesis of a “redox-confused” Bi(I/III) tri-amide

2016

Oral: Chris Lavoie, Dalhousie University

A Competitive Reactivity Survey of Prominent Nickel Pre-Catalysts in C-N Cross-Coupling

Poster: Alex Veinot, Saint Mary's University

Synthesis and Characterisation of New Bulky Chelating Cyclopentadienyl Ligands

2015

Oral: Jennifer Murphy, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Green Processing Technologies for the Valorization of Waste Mussel Shells

Poster: Graeme Soper, Saint Mary's University

Mono- and Bis-phenylpropargyl Imidazolidinium Cations: Structure and Reduction Behaviour

2014

Oral: Scott Harroun, Saint Mary's University

Electrochemical SERS biosensor using DNA aptamers for detection of heme proteins as biomarkers for disease

Poster: Reem Karaballi, Saint Mary's University

Investigation of the Interaction of Biomimetic Membrane with Protein Aggregates Using Various Spectroscopic Techniques

2013

Oral, First: Crystal Sweeney, Acadia University

Sweating the Small Stuff: Study of Pesticides and Primary Metabolites Excreted in Human Sweat

Oral, Second: Stefana Egli, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Novel Molecularly Imprinted Polymeric Films for Highly Sensitive and Selective Detection of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Aqueous Environments, (Photo Credit: Stefana Egli)

Oral, Third: Heidi Kavanagh, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Carbon Substrate Utilization by Microbial Methanogens at Active Sites of Serpentinization: Tablelands Ophiolite, Newfoundland and Cedars Complex, California

Poster, First: Kiran Sagar, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Synthesis and Fluorescence Properties of a Series of 1,1,n,n-Tetramethyl[n](2,11)teropyrenophanes

Poster, Second: Yasaman Jami, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Irreversible Enzyme Inhibitors, (Photo Credit: Courtesy Yasaman Jami)

Poster, Third: Yi Liu, Memorial University of Newfoundland

The Synthesis of 3-Acetamido-5-acetylfuran from N-Acetyl-D-glucosamine Using Ionic Liquids

2012

Oral: Jim Ghoshdastidar, Acadia University

Occurrence of Pharmaceuticals in the Cornwallis and Annapolis River Watersheds

Poster: Tariq Sainuddin, Acadia University

Synthesis and Characterization of Polypyridyl Ruthenium complexes for Photodynamic Therapy

2011

Oral: Jim Ghoshdastidar, Acadia University

Treatment of Pesticides in Wastewater using Membrane Bioreactor Technology

Poster: Remi Richard, Université de Moncton

Identification and characterization of the interaction between PARP-1 and Pax5

2010

Suzanne Blatt, Acadia University

Holes and Gaps: Small Details Can Have Large Impacts on PM-IRRASFeatures

Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) Awards for best Poster Presentation

2019

Physical Chemistry: Tara Misener, University of Prince Edward Island

Fluorescence Based Investigations of Photophysical Properties of 4,5-didecoxypyrene Oligomers in Cyclohexane Solution

Organic Chemistry: Jenna McNutt, Acadia University

Excited State Intramolecular Proton Transfer Reactions in Polyaryl Bisphenols

Materials Chemistry: Anabelle Kilham, Mount Allison University

Assessment of Non-monotonic trends in Nanoparticle Film Hydrophobicity by variation of Ligand Shell Compositionn

Inorganic Chemistry: Jordan Conrad, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Reductions of Chlorophosphonium Salts Using a Triphenylphosphonium Ylidyl Substituted Bispyridinyliden

Biological or Medicinal Chemistry: Sarah Boudreau, Cape Breton University

Birch Bark-Oil (Maskwiomin): Synthesis and Analysis of an L’nu Indigenous Skin Ointment

Analytical Chemistry: Gaius St. Marie, Saint Mary's University

Fabrication of Multidimensional Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) Substrates using Bioscaffolds

2018

Organic Chemistry: Undergraduate
First Place: Jenna McNutt, Acadia University

Excited State Proton Transfer Reactions in Polyaryl Phenols

Second Place: Jun Luo, Acadia University

Green synthesis of novel heterosteroids for 2-aminonaphthalenes

Organic Chemistry: Graduate
First Place: Jayden Price, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Dibenzothienoisoindole dione D-A type organic building blocks

Second Place: Fanta Ndongou-Moutombi University de Montcon

Investigations of new green catalytic hydrogenations of pinenes

Materials Chemistry: Undergraduate
First Place: Govinda Humagain, Dalhousie University

Earth-Abundant Acid-Stable Electrocatalyst for Water Oxidation Reaction

Materials Chemistry: Graduate
First Place: Maxine Kirshenbaum, Dalhousie University

Molybdenum Carbide Nanostructures for Efficient Electrochemical Hydrogen Evolution

Inorganic Chemistry: Undergraduate
First Place: Amar Kumar Bhardwaj, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Tricyclohexylphosphonium Ylidyl Substituents for a More Powerful Bispyridinylidene Organic Electron Donor

Second Place: Marcus Kindervater, Mount Allison University

Synthesis of Novel 3,4-Hydroxypyridinones From 4-Aminosalicylic Acid and Their Corresponding Gallium Complexes

Third Place: Livis Ferland, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

The Uptake of Sterols by β-Cyclodextrin MOFs

Biological or Medicinal Chemistry: Undergraduate
Second Place: Kosuke Kanayama, Mount Saint Vincent University

The Development of Butyrylcholinesterase ligands for Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease

Biological or Medicinal Chemistry: Graduate
First Place: Alana Rangaswamy, Dalhousie University

Development of thymidine analogues as inhibitors of Cps2L

Analytical Chemistry: Undergraduate
First Place: Kathleen Allen, Saint Mary's University,

Development of a SERS-Based Rapid Vertical Flow Assay for Point-of-Care Diagnostics

Second Place: Philip Jakubec, Dalhousie University

Optimizing sodium dodecyl sulfate depletion via Transmembrane Electrophoresis: Combating Joule Heating

Analytical Chemistry: Graduate
First Place: Katharine Miller, Acadia University,

Treatment Efficiency and Stability of Antibiotics in Wastewater

Computational Chemistry: Undergraduate
First Place: Katherine Reiss, Mount Allison University,

Investigating the Effects of Gold Nanoparticle Core Size on Ligand Number Density, Phase State, and Mixing

Second Place: Alexander Hare, Dalhousie University

The impact of carbon surface oxides on self-discharge in acidic-aqueous-electrolyte electrochemical capacitor electrodes

Theoretical Chemistry: Undergraduate
First Place: Christopher Qiu, Memorial University

Computational Study of Tetrabenzocoronene Derivatives

2017

Organic Chemistry: Jon Kyle Awalt, Saint Mary's University

Utility of Iron Nanoparticles and a Solution-Phase Iron Species for the N-demethylation of Alkaloids

Inorganic Chemistry: Undergraduate
Samuel Baird, Mount Aliison University

Hydroboration and Phosphinoboration of 3-Hydroxy-4-pyridinone Bismuth(III) Compounds

Inorganic Chemistry: Graduate
Kori Andrea, Memorial University

Iron Amino-bis(phenolate) Complexes for CO2 Activation

Biological or Medicinal Chemistry: Guilherme Ferreira, Mount Saint Vinvent University

The synthesis of N-methylpiperidine-4-thiol and Nmethylpyrrolidine-3-thiol, compounds required to make potential SPECT imaging agents for Alzheimer’s disease

Analytical Chemistry: Undergraduate
Shayne Gracious, Dalhousie University,

Analysis of the Adsorption of Metal Ions From Water Onto Charcoal

Analytical Chemistry: Graduate
Ahmad Al Shra'ah, Memorial University,

Degradation Studies of Coal tar PAHs using Mg/EtOH System and Fenton Oxidation

2016

Physical, Computational, and Theoretical Chemistry: Archita Adluri, Memorial University

DFT-Calculated Molecular Polarizability as a Single Parameter Descriptor for the Partitioning and Phase Behaviourof Chlorinated and Brominated Compounds

Organic Chemistry: Chandika Devi Ramful, Saint Mary's University

Synthesis of Novel Cobalt-Pentadienyl Complexes

Materials Chemistry: Adrienne Allison, Dalhousie University

Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy of Pseudocapacitive Manganese Oxide Electrodes after Increasingly Long Potentiostatic Holds

Inorganic Chemistry: Angela Todd, Saint Mary's University

Aluminum complexes of the bis-N,N’-(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)imidazolin-2-imine ligand

Biological or Medicinal Chemistry: Blake Power, Memorial University

Computational Simulations of Aminoglycoside Resistant Enzyme APH(3')-IIIain complex with Antimicrobial Agents

Analytical Chemistry: Presley MacMillan, Saint Mary's University

Investigation into the Interaction between Protein Aggregates and Various Salts

2015

Physical, Computational, and Theoretical Chemistry: Zoe Paula, Saint Mary's University

Prediction of stable Fe(III) chlorine species through an ab initio studys

Organic Chemistry: Ifenna Mbaezue, Saint Mary's University

A density functional theory investigation of the rhodium‐catalysed [5 + 1 + 2 + 1] cycloaddition reactions

Materials Chemistry: Bright Huo, Saint Mary's University

A new class of electon‐rich β‐Diketiminates

Inorganic Chemistry: Leah Bennett, Acadia University

Ruthenium coordination complexes with PI‐expansive functional ligands as photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy

Biological or Medicinal Chemistry: Julia McCain, Acadia University

Synthesis of Ru(II) complexes for applications in photodynamic therapy

Analytical Chemistry: Jacquelyn White, Saint Mary's University

The longevity of modified screen printed carbon electrodes using surface‐enhanced Raman spectroscopy

2014

Analytical Chemistry: Sasha Power, Saint Mary's University

Rapid Detection of Amyloid Protein Aggregation Using a Variety of Spectroscopic and Microscopy Techniques

Biological or Medicinal Chemistry: Charlotte Fuller, Acadia University

Biological Evaluation of Metal-Based Coordination Complexes as Photosensitizers for Photodynamic Therapy

Inorganic Chemistry: Alex Veinot, Acadia University

Synthesis and characterisation of dicoordinate phosphorus(III) cations

Materials Chemistry: Chris Frazee, University of New Brunswick - Fredericton

Synthesis and characterization of mixed metal borohydrides and their ammoniate derivatives

Organic Chemistry: Kirstin Doyle, Saint Mary's University

Reactivity of Carbon Dioxide and Sulfur Dioxide with Diethylenetriamine and its Salts

Physical, Theoretical or Computational Chemistry: Mitch Pinto, Acadia University

Photochemical Evaluation of Ruthenium-Based Photoejecting Coordination Complexes for Use as Photosensitizers in Photodynamic Therapy

2013

Analytical Chemistry: Amber Davidson, Acadia University

Development of an Online Kinetic Partial Extraction Method for Geochemical Exploration

Biological or Medicinal Chemistry: Alyssa Moss, Cape Breton University

Synthesis and Characterization of Mono- and Binuclear Copper Complexes with Multidentate N,S-Ligands

Inorganic Chemistry: Kimberly Hyson, Acadia University

The Study of Asymmetric Heavy Main Group Multiple Bonds with Phosphenium Cation Precursors and Tin(II)

Materials Chemistry: Shawna Corcoran, Cape Breton University

Controlled Grafting of N-Heterocyclic Carbene Monomers within the Pore Walls of Large Pore Silica-Based Materials

Organic Chemistry: Eric Sampson, Acadia University

Synthesis of Coordination Complexes for Photodynamic Therapy

Physical, Theoretical or Computational Chemistry: Karanbir Pahil, Cape Breton University

Optical Constants and Vibrational Intensities of Trichloromethane

2012

Analytical Chemistry: Zack Brown, Dalhousie University

Detection of Carbon Dioxide in Carbonated Beverages with Agar Based Indicator Gels

Biological or Medicinal Chemistry: Julie Colpitts, Acadia University

Investigation of Activatable DNA Damaging Agents

Inorganic Chemistry: Robie Hennigar, Acadia University

Photophysical Investigation of Ruthenium(II) Coordination Complexes

Materials Chemistry: Chris Keefe, Cape Breton University

Single File Diffusion in Orthosilicate Thin Films

Organic Chemistry: Kerry-Lynn Williams, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Oligo-(1,8-pyrenylene)s

Physical, Theoretical or Computational Chemistry: Erica Campbell, Cape Breton University

Measuring Vibrational intensities: Current Techniques and Examples

2011

Analytical Chemistry: Wilson Humphries, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Analysis and Characterization of Pyrolysis Products Obtained from Biomass via Preparative Chromotography and Mass Spectrometry

Biological or Medicinal Chemistry: Khushwant Singh Bhullar, Nova Scotia Agricultural College

Antioxidant Capacity of Ethanol Extracts of Atlantic Wild Berries

Inorganic Chemistry: Marcus Drover, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Aluminum Complexes as Efficient Catalysts for the Preparation of Cyclic Carbonates

Organic Chemistry: Alanna Durand, Saint Mary's University

Salen derivatives containing imidazolium ionic liquids for use in asymmetric catalysis

Physical, Theoretical or Computational Chemistry: Nicholas Randall, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Structures and Fragmentation of Gas Phase [M(ura-H)(ura)]+complexes (M= Zn2+, Co2+, Ni2+, Fe2+, Cu2+, Mn2+, Mg2+, Ca2+, Pb2+, Pd2+)

Surface Science: Michael Lardner, Mount Allison University

Determining the Effect of ~2 and ~5nm Gold Nanoparticle Monolayers on the Water-Liquid Crystal Interface

2010

Analytical Chemistry: Chris Earle, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Chitin: A Promising Biopolymer from Shrimp and Crab Waste

Biological or Medicinal Chemistry: Sarah Tulk, Mount Allison University

Quantitative Study of isiA

Inorganic Chemistry: Jennifer Melanson, Mount Allison University

An Exploration of Bonding Modes of Arylspiroboronate Esters in Novel Transition Metal Complexes

Macromolecular Science and Engineering: Paul-Andre Themens, Mount Allison Universit

Assessment of the Solvent Effects on Controlling the Size of Phenylethylmercaptan Stabilized Gold Nanoparticles

Organic Chemistry: Adam Brown, Cape Breton Universit

The Synthesis of new Nitrogen and Sulfur Containing Multidentate Ligands with an Ortho-Aminothiophenol Motif

Physical, Theoretical or Computational Chemistry: Scott Jaspers-Fayer, Cape Breton Universit

Infrared and Raman Studies of Cyclopentane, Cyclopentane-d10, n-Pentane and n-Pentane-d12

Surface Science: Alex Lowe, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Metal-Oxide Supports for Photo-Redox Catalysis

2009

Analytical Chemistry: Joanna Williams, Cape Breton University

Horseradish peroxidase treatment in removal oftoxic phenolic compounds from water

Biological or Medicinal Chemistry: Chris Barron, Cape Breton University

Rhodotorula glutinis Phenylalanine Ammonia Lyase Activity in Ionic Liquids

Inorganic Chemistry: Nicole Hunter, Mount Alison University

Design and Synthesis of Pentadentate Amino-Thiolate Ligands for Indium(III) Radiopharmaceuticals

Macromolecular Science and Engineering: Ryan Mason, Saint Francis Xavier University

Synthesis of a Schiff Base-Phenanthroline Structure for Sensory Applications

Organic Chemistry: Chad Petten, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Catalytic Dehydration of Alcohols in Room Temperature Ionic Liquids

Physical, Theoretical or Computational Chemistry: Dylan McLaughlin, Mount Alison University

Gold Nanoparticle Ligand Exchange, Isolation and Applications

Surface Science: Jacklyn Bolivar, Mount Alison University

Self-Assembly of Nanoparticle Monolayers: Effects of Solvent and Concentration

Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) Awards for best Oral Presentation

2019

Physical Chemistry: Christopher Qui, Memorial University

DFT Investigations of the C-Si/B-Br Exchange Reaction Mechanism

Organic Chemistry: Jun Luo, Acadia University

Green synthesis of novel naphthalene-based 14-aza-12-oxasteroid analogues

Materials Chemistry: Scott Young, Dalhousie University

Additive Inactive Components in Silicon-Iron Alloy Negative Electrode Material for Advanced Lithium-ion Cells

Inorganic Chemistry: Ben Nadeau, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Detection of DPA in Bacillus subtilis endospores using a Europium(III) complex

Biological or Medicinal Chemistry: Jennifer Kolwich, Saint Mary's University

Discovery and investigation of fu angus-derived antimicrobial compounds with activity against Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the causative agent of bat White-nose Syndrome

Analytical Chemistry: Arianna Joseph, Saint Mary's University

Polarization-Resolved Second Harmonic Generation Microscopy: A Novel Technique for Differentiation of Tumour Tissue

2018

Organic Chemistry: Undergraduate
First Place: Andrew Duffy, St. Francis Xavier University

Nanocomposites as Catalysts for Biomass Transformation in High Value Added Products

Second Place: Chandika Devi Ramful, Saint Mary's University

Exploration of diastereoselective double alkylation reactions of Grignard reagents with cinnamaldehydes

Organic Chemistry: Graduate
First Place: Blake Huchenski, Dalhousie University

Benchtop Borenium Catalysis

Second Place: Genesis Infante, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Regioselectivity Studies of Anionic 5-exo/6-endo-dig Cyclization toward Pyrrolone and Pyridinone

Third Place: Victoria Rose, Memorial University

Progress toward an asymmetric synthesis of pallescensin-1 and derivatives

Materials Chemistry: Undergraduate
First Place: Shayne Gracious, Dalhousie University

Low Surface Area Alloy/GIC Composites for Lithium Ion Battery Anodes

Materials Chemistry: Graduate
First Place: Bry Crabbe, St. Francis Xavier University

Photocatalytic Applications of AuNP/Perovskite Hybrids in C-C Bond Formation

Inorganic Chemistry: Undergraduate
First Place: Katrina Turrie, Saint Mary's University

Simple Polyhalide Salts of the Dimethylammonium Cation

Inorganic Chemistry: Graduate
First Place: Chris Lavoie, Dalhousie University

Advances in Ancillary Ligand Design for Enabling Nickel Catalyzed C-N Cross-coupling

Biological or Medicinal Chemistry: Undergraduate
First Place: Tam Pham

Investigation of the DNA binding domain on nickel-responsive regulator Helicobacter pylori’s NikR using cysteine mutants

Second Place: Kaitlyn Blatt-Janmaat, Saint Mary's University

Targeted Soil Inoculation: Impact and Future Directions

Analytical Chemistry: Graduate
First Place: Najwan Albarghouthi, Saint Mary's University,

Development of Gold Plasmonic Nanoarrays for Efficient SERS Sensing of Environmental Contaminants

Second Place: Melanie Davidson, Saint Mary's University

An Exploration of 2D-LC-SERS: A Novel Detection Modality for Multidimensional Chromatography

Computational Chemistry: Undergraduate
First Place: Anderson Fuller, Acadia University,

Cyclometalated Ru(II) Dyads as Highly Selective Photosensitizers in Photodynamic Therapy

Theoretical Chemistry: Undergraduate
First Place: Archita Adluri, Memorial University

Conformation Dynamics of Keap1 Reactive Site Cys151 Changes due to Electrophilic Influences

2017

Physical, Theoretical, and Computational Chemistry: Undergraduate
First Place: Melanie Davidson, Saint Mary's University

Exploration of Surface Plasmon-Assisted Catalysis (SPAC) as a New Route for Heterogeneous Catalysis

Second Place: Anderson Fuller, Acadia University

Photophysical Investigation of Ru(II) Dyads as Photosensitizers for Photodynamic Therapy

Organic Chemistry: Undergraduate
Melissa O'Brien, Acadia University

5-Arylisoindolo[2,1-a]quinolin-11(6aH)-ones from Nacyliminium Ions and Aryl Acetylenes through Cycloaddition Reaction

Organic Chemistry: Graduate
Joshua Walsh, Memorial University

Synthesis of Pyrene Dimers Utilizing an Intramolecular Scholl Reaction

Inorganic Chemistry: Undergraduate
First Place: Matthew F. Tobin, Cape Breton University

Synthesis and Characterization of Chiral Biocarbon for use as Chiral Stationary Phases in Enantioselective Chromatography

Second Place: Victoria Downing, Memorial University

The Role of NO+ Formation on Nitrous Acid Sequestration

Inorganic Chemistry: Graduate
First Place: Kenson Ambrose, Memorial University

Chromium(III) Amino-bis(phenolate) Complexes for Ring-Opening Polymerization (ROP) of Cyclohexene Oxide

Second Place: Kaijie Ni, Memorial University

Cr(III) Amine-bis(phenolate) Complexes as Catalysts for Copolymerization of CO2 and Epoxide

Biological or Medicinal Chemistry: Undergraduate
Julia Killorn, Saint Mary's University

Modified Polonovski Reactions in Ionic Liquid Solvents

Biological or Medicinal Chemistry: Graduate
Garrett MacDougal, Memorial University

AFM Characterization of Hypertension-Induced Nanomechanical Dysfunction in Cardiovascular Tissues

Analytical Chemistry: Undergraduate
Taylor Lynk, Saint Mary's University

Green Synthetic Approaches for the Production of High Performance Plasmonic Sensors

Analytical Chemistry: Graduate
Heidi Pickard, Memorial University

A 38-Year Temporal Record of Perfluoroalkyl Acids in the Canadian Arctic

2016

Physical, Computational, and Theoretical Chemistry: Mitchell Pinto, Acadia University

Photophysical Investigation of a Novel Family of Ru(II) Dyads as Photosensitizers for Photodynamic Therapys

Organic Chemistry: Rachael Weagle, Acadia University

Environmentally Benign Multicomponent Approach to Novel Splitomicin Analogs

Materials Chemistry: Kori Andrea, Cape Breton University

Interactions Between Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles and Cellulose for Biomedical Applications

Inorganic Chemistry: Mason Lawrence, Memorial University

Unique UiO-67 –Determining the Stability through Solid-State NMR Analysis

Biological or Medicinal Chemistry: Julia McCain, Acadia University

Synthesis and Characterization of Cyclometalated Ruthenium(II) Complexes for Applications in Photoactivated Cancer Therapy

Analytical Chemistry: Ryan Greenham, Acadia University

Removal Efficiencies of Wastewater Treatment Technologies for Top Pharmaceuticals

2015

Physical, Computational, and Theoretical Chemistry: Mitchell Pinto, Acadia University

Photochemical evaluation of ruthenium‐based photoejecting coordination complexes for Uuse as photosensitizers in photodynamic therapy

Organic Chemistry: Jonathan Cann, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

A twisted look at the synthesis of a strained isoindolinone

Materials Chemistry: Matthew Tobin, Cape Breton University

Entrapment of PAL in mesoporous materials

Inorganic Chemistry: Doug Richards, Cape Breton University

Synthesis of N,S‐ligands and Cu complexation

Biological or Medicinal Chemistry: Jessica Reiniger, Mount Allison University

Development of a bacterial osmotolerance complement assay for methylthiohydroxybutyrate S-methyltransferase candidate screening

Analytical Chemistry: Ceilidh MacDonald, Cape Breton University

Forensic determination of organic substance sources in the 1B mine pool of Sydney Coalfield abandoned mines

2014

Analytical Chemistry: Teles Furlani, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Investigations into the use of desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry for fast analysis of environmentally-occurring organonitrogen compounds

Biological or Medicinal Chemistry: Marc Hetu, Acadia University

Extraction Methods and the Bioactive Phytochemicals Produced from an Invasive Plant Species

Inorganic Chemistry: Grant Charlton, University of New Brunswick - Fredericton

Organic Radicals as Active Materials for Redox Flow Battery Applications

Materials Chemistry: Kori Andrea, Cape Breton University

Physical and Chemical Characterization of Iron Oxides from Mine Water Treatment within the Sydney Coalfield

Organic Chemistry: David Hogan, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Towards an Aromatic Pyreno-burger: Synthesis à la Carte

Physical, Theoretical or Computational Chemistry: Matthew Roy, University of New Brunswick - Fredericton

The use of bulky tetraalkylammonium cations for the isolation of novel aluminum hydride anions

2013

Analytical Chemistry: Brandon Fancy, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Application of Ionic Liquids for Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Mass Spectrometry

Biological or Medicinal Chemistry: Julia Wright, Acadia University

Biological Activity of Extracts from Polygonum Cuspidatum

Inorganic Chemistry: Emily Fraser, Acadia University

Towards the Synthesis of Heavy Main Group Compounds with Asymmetric Double Bonds

Materials Chemistry: Trevor McGrath, Saint Mary's University

Kinetic and Computational Study of Palladium Complexation with an Ethylamine Diacetic Acid Substituted Imidazolium Hexafluorophoshate Salt

Organic Chemistry: Landon Hiscock, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Synthesis of Benzocyclobutene-3,5-dicarboxylic Acid Diethyl Ester and its Attempted Use as an o-Xylylene Precursor

Physical, Theoretical or Computational Chemistry: Jessica Besaw, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Atoms and Bonds in Molecules: A Radial Density Analogue of the Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules

2012

Analytical Chemistry: Osai Clarke, Saint Mary's University

Development of Novel Spectroscopic Methods for In Situ Characterization of Amyloid Aggregate Formation

Biological or Medicinal Chemistry: Lucas Stewart, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Artificial Tissue Scaffolds

Inorganic Chemistry: Nicholas Randall, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Structural and Magnetic Properties of [2x2] Self-Assembled Ln4 grids

Materials Chemistry: Chris MacLean, Cape Breton University

Building N-Heterocyclic Carbenes on the Surface of Ordered Materials

Organic Chemistry: Christina LeGay, St. Francis Xavier University

New Tools for Organic Synthesis and Natural Product Characterization

Physical, Theoretical or Computational Chemistry: Jane Ferguson, Saint Mary's University

An Improved Method for Extending the STO-NG Basis Sets to be Applied to all Elements of the Periodic Table

2011

Analytical Chemistry: Scott Haroun, Saint Mary's University

Surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Analysis of House Paint and Wallpaper Samples from an 18th Century Historic Property

Biological or Medicinal Chemistry: Courtney Jollymore, Mount Saint Vincent University

Synthesis and Evaluation of Thioesters for the Neuroimaging of Alzheimer's Disease

Inorganic Chemistry: Gayan Tennekone, UPEI

Novel Amine-Bis Phenolate Catalysts Used in Lactide and ?-Caprolactone Polymerization

Organic Chem: Jessica Prendergast, Cape Breton University

Proline-Based Periodic Mesoporous Organosilicas for Asymmetric Organocatalysis

Physical, Theoretical or Computational Chemistry: Kaleigh Brown, Acadia University

Membrane Bioreactor Technology: A Novel Approach to the Treatment of Compost Leachate

Surface Science: Katelynn Comeau, Mount Allison University

The Effects of Chain Length and Temperature on the Self-Assembly of 2 nm Thiol-Capped Gold Nanoparticles

2010

Analytical Chemistry: Emma Hebb, Acadia University

Ternary Phase Extraction of Environmental Solid Samples

Biological or Medicinal Chemistry: Emma Higgins, Mount St. Vincent University

Synthesis and Evaluation of Myelin Proteolipid Protein Analogues to Examine the Role of Butyrylcholinesterase in Multiple Sclerosis

Inorganic Chemistry: Nick Giffin, Saint Mary's University

Reactivity of Small Molecules using Main Group Radicals

Macromolecular Science and Engineering: Mike MacLean, University of New Brunswick

The Synthesis of 3,3',5,5'-tetra((3-bromophenyl)ethynyl)azobenzene: A Macrocycle Molecular Switch

Organic Chem: Rhonda Stoddard, Dalhousie University

The Examination of Oxyallyl Cation Trapping versus Proton Elimination in Allenyl Vinyl Ketones in the Nazarov Reaction

Physical, Theoretical or Computational Chemistry: Elyse Jewer, Memorial University of Newfoundland

High Energy Collision Induced Dissociation studies of Protonated and Uracil radical cation

Surface Science: Paul-Andre Themens, Mount Allison University

Towards Tuning Free Radical Chemistry on the Surface of Nanomaterials

2009

Analytical Chemistry: Joe Boutilier, Dalhousie University

Application of Multivariate Data Analysis to Lipid Oxidation in Fish Oils

Biological or Medicinal Chemistry: Jeremie Doirin, Université de Moncton

Synthesis and 5-Lipoxygenase Inhibitory Activity of New Cinnamoyl and Caffeoylclusters

Inorganic Chemistry: Jeff Farrell, Saint Mary's University

Formation of a Tridentate Palladium (II) Pincer Complex with an Abnormal Metal-N-Heterocyclic Carbene Bond

Macromolecular Science and Engineering: Andrew Elliot, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Synthesis of Polytopic Ligands and their Complexation Reactions with Transition Metal salts: Structural and Magnetic Studies

Organic Chem: Jean Swyers, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Pyrenophane Tether Rotations: A Hop, Skip and a Jump Away

Physical, Theoretical or Computational Chemistry: Mark Rowsell, Memorial University of Newfoundland

The Structural Identification of Gas-Phase Amino Acid Complexes Containing Pb2+ Ions

Surface Science: Iskandar Saada, University of Prince Edward Island

Inclusion of Chitosan into Molybdenum Disulfide

Canadian Association of Theoretical Chemists (CATC) Award

2018

Oral: Archita Adluri, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Conformation Dynamics of Keap1 Reactive Site Cys151 Changes due to Electrophilic Influences

Poster: Christopher Qiu, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Computational Study of Tetrabenzocoronene Derivatives

2017

Undergraduate: Ernest Awoonor-William, Memorial University

Advancing Kinase Inhibitor Drug Discovery through Computational Modelling

Graduate: Archita Adluri, Memorial University

DFT-Calculated Molecular Polarizability as a Single Parameter Descriptor for the Partitioning and Phase Behaviour of Chlorinated and Brominated Compounds

2016

Oral: Mitch Pinto, Acadia University

Photophysical Investigation of a Novel Family of Ru(II) Dyads as Photosensitizers for Photodynamic Therapy

Poster: Archita Adluri, Memorial University of Newfoundland

DFT-Calculated Molecular Polarizability as a Single Parameter Descriptor for the Partitioning and Phase Behaviourof Chlorinated and Brominated Compounds

Sepracor Award for Best Undergraduate Oral or Poster Presentation

2012

Marcus Drover, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Structural, Catalytic and Spectroscopic Studies of Lithium and Bismuth Coordination Compounds

2011

Christie Hollingdale, Acadia University

Development of an Analytical Method for the Measurement of Copper Isotope Rations in Mineral Exploration

2010

Lana Greene, Dalhousie University

ESI-MS/MS Fragmentation of N-Benzoylphenylisoserine: Homolytic vs. Heterolytic Cleavage, and the Structure of the Elusive Ion at m/z 73

2009

Colin Douglas, Saint Francis Xavier University

Surfaced Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy of Microbiological Systems

ACEmat Award in Computational Modelling of Materials

2017

Ifenna I. Mbaezue, Saint Mary's University

A Spectroscopic and Computational Investigation of the Rh-catalyzed [5 + 1 + 2 + 1] Cycloaddition Reaction

2016

Ifenna Mbaezue, Saint Mary's University

Does the [5 + 1 + 2 + 1] Rhodium-catalysed Cycloaddition Reaction Actually Proceed via an Alternate Pathway? The Elucidation of a [5 + 1 + 1 + 2] Mechanistic Pathway via DFT Investigation

2015

Ernest Awoonor-William, Memorial University

Computational prediction of cysteine pKa’s

2014

Alexander Rudiuk, Cape Breton University

Application of Artificial Neural Networks to Fitting Peaks in Vibrational Spectra

2013

Victoria Grandy, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Vibrational Density of States of Glassy Silica System via Molecular Dynamics Simulations

2012

Jean Gillis, Cape Breton University

An ab Initio Study on the Competition of Hydrogen and Halogen Bonding in Hypohalous Acid (HOX, X=F, Cl, Br, I) Complexes

2010

Zuzana Istvankova, Cape Breton University

Theoretical study of charge-shift bonding in propellanes

2009

Nicole McNeil, Saint Francis Xavier University

Gaseous Radical-Cationic Aliphatic Amino Acids and Dipeptides: A Theoretical Study

Other Awards

2017

Journal of Chemistry Award for Best Overall Graduate Presentation
Jennifer Murphy, Memorial University

Making Waste Mussels Work: A Story of Road Salt, AMD Remediation and Manicures

2013

Hugh Anderson Memorial Award for the Best Overall Oral Presentation by an Undergraduate
Ashley Robinson, Saint Mary's University

Electrochemical-Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (E-SERS) of Uric Acid: A Potential Rapid Diagnostic Method for Early Preeclampsia Detection

2009

Best Undergraduate Poster or Oral Presentation from Nova Scotia

(Presented in part by the Nova Scotian Institute of Science)

Harrison Petropolis, Saint Francis Xavier University

Synthesis and Rheological Properties of Amine Based Surfactants