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Science Atlantic-CIC Chemistry Conference

2023 Award Winners

The 2023 Science Atlantic-CIC Chemistry Conference (ChemCon) was held May 25 to 27, hosted by Dalhousie University.

Review the conference program and abstracts.

ChemCon Awards Description

Science Atlantic Undergraduate Research Award

First place

Padmapriya Srinivasan

Mount Allison University

Synthesis, Structure and Reactivity of Organoindium Benzenedithiolates

Science Atlantic Science Communication Award

First place

Dreenan Shea

Dalhousie University

Metal Nitride/TiO2 Composites for Plasmon-Enhanced Photocatalytic Dye Degradation

E. Gordon Young Award for Best Pedagogical Presentation

First Place

Sumayyah Chotoye

Saint Mary's University

Two-Dimensional Liquid Chromatography (2D-LC): A Novel Technique for the Analysis of Bisphenol Contaminants in Canned Food Items

CIC Best Undergraduate Presentation in Analytical Chemistry

Oral Presentation

Miranda Amiro

Acadia University

Effect of Catnip (Nepeta cataria L.) Essential Oil on the Blacklegged Tick (Ixodes scapularis) Chemosensory System

Poster Presentation

Zoë Lindensmith

Mount Allison University

Health Effects of Wildfire Aerosols: Transition-Metal Assisted Oxidative Stress Induced by Catechol and Nitrocatechol

CIC Best Undergraduate Presentation in Inorganic Chemistry

Oral Presentation

Jenna Lee Ralph

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Preparation and Characterization of Fluorinated UiO-67 Derivatives to Determine Effects on Gas Absorption

Poster presentation

Thai Do

Thai Do

Saint Mary's University

A Bulky π-Conjugated Triazene Ligand and Related Group 11 Complexes

CIC Best Undergraduate Presentation in Organic Chemistry

Oral Presentation

Curran Layden

Acadia University

Excited State Intramolecular Proton Transfer in o-Alkyl Phenols

Poster Presentation

Stuart Lawson

University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Synthesis of Thieno-fused Heterocycles by Intramolecular Cyclizations

CIC Best Undergraduate Presentation in
Physical, Theoretical, or Computational Chemistry

Oral Presentation

Ailish Sullivan

Mount Saint Vincent University

Preliminary Investigation of Separate Potential Molecular Carriers for Two Different DIB Families

Poster Presentation

Jillian Fougere

St. Francis Xavier University

Plasmonic Photocatalysis for Sustainable Phenol Generation

CIC Best Undergraduate Presentation in Material Chemistry

Oral Presentation

Mark Mikhail

Dalhousie University

Synthesis and Optimization of Poly (aniline boronic acid) for Printed Organic Electronics

Poster Presentation

Matthew Bremner

Mount Allison University

Determination of the Effect of Core Size on the Ligand Tilt Angle of Gold Nanoparticles

CIC Best Undergraduate Presentation in
Macromolecules and Polymers Chemistry

Oral Presentation

Suprio Chowdhury

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Progress Towards the Synthesis of (Z,Z)-[9](2,7)Pyrenophane-1,8-diene

Poster Presentation

Jenna Hanrahan

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Is Maternal Exposure to Polyethylene Micro and Nanoplastics Causing Placental Dysfunction

CATC Best Undergraduate Presentation in Theoretical Chemistry

Oral Presentation

Incé Husain

University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

SchNet and Density Functional Theory: Interpreting Molecular Representations Generated by Machine Learning Using Traditional Methods

CIC Best Graduate Presentation in Analytical Chemistry

Oral Presentation

Patrick Giesbrecht

Dalhousie University

Advanced Electrochemical Impedance Analyses for In Operando Mechanistic Insights of Water Electrolyzer Designs

Poster Presentation

Sophie Parent

Sophia Parent

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Investigation of Pseudo-templates for Molecular Imprinting of Thin-Polymer Films for Extraction of Tricyclic Antidepressants from Biological Samples

CIC Best Graduate Presentation in Inorganic Chemistry

Oral Presentation

Tanner George

Saint Mary's University

Alkali Metal Amide Complexes with a Phosphonium Fluorenide Donor

Poster Presentation

Toren Hynes

Dalhousie University

Converting A Synthetic Waste Product Into A Useful Reagent

CIC Best Graduate Presentation in Organic Chemistry

Oral Presentation

Zainab Bello

Dalhousie University

The On-resin Synthesis of Wewakazole B: an Oxazole-containing Peptide

Poster Presentation

Nathan Gorey

University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Modifying the Emission Properties of Organosulfur Fluorophores through m-CPBA Oxidation

CIC Best Graduate Presentation in
Physical, Theoretical, or Computational Chemistry

Oral Presentation

MacAulay Harvey

Saint Mary's University

Investigating the Molecular Structure of Collagen Using Second Harmonic Generation Microscopy

Poster Presentation

Julia Schmitt

St. Francis Xavier University

Polyhedral Gold Nanospecies as Efficient Photooxidation Catalysts

CIC Best Graduate Presentation in Material Chemistry

Oral Presentation

Tyler Saunders

Dalhousie University

Synthesis and Reactivity of New Phosphino(silyl) Nickel Complexes for Application in Alkene Hydrofunctionalization Catalysis

Poster Presentation

Nikita Harvey

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Maternal Exposure to Polystyrene Nanoplastics Impacts Developmental Milestones and Brain Structure in Mouse Offspring

CIC Best Graduate Presentation in
Macromolecules and Polymers Chemistry

Oral Presentation

Lauren Grant

Saint Mary's University

Establishing a Microbial Connection Between L'Acadie Vineyard and their Natural Wine

Poster Presentation

Grace Mercer

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Identifying Placental Biomarkers of Preterm Birth Using NMR-based Metabolomics

Previous Award Winners

Best Biochemistry Presentation

First Place Tie - Oral

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Laura Pickett

Acadia University

Common Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium L.) Essential Oil as a Potential Repellent and Acaracide Against Ticks (ACARI: IXODIDAE)s

First Place Tie- Oral

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Amelia Williams

Mount Allison University

Vape Pen Toxicity and Possible Causes

Second Place - Oral

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Lydia Zamlynny

Acadia University

Green Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles using Plant Extracts and Encapsulated Plant Essential Oil as Tick Management Tools

Third Place - Oral

Andrew Rideout

Mount Allison University

Immunotitration Analysis of the Methionine Aminotransferase from the Ulva Dimethylsulfoniopropionate Biosynthesis Pathway

First Place - Poster

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Shafkat Ahmed

Mount Allison University

The Characterization of a Novel Methionine Dehydrogenase in the First Step of the dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) Biosynthesis Pathway in the Red Algae Polysiphonia japonica.

ChemCon 2022 Award Winners

The Annual Science Atlantic-CIC Chemistry Conference (Chemcon)

Hosted virtually by St. Francis Xavier University, May 26 to 28, 2022

Science Atlantic Undergraduate Research Award

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Sarah Englehart

University of New Brunswick

A Luminescent Triarylboron Solid-State Sensor

Science Communication Award

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Kate Leslie

Saint Mary’s University

Induced Self-Assembly of AuNP Monolayers at Oil-Water Interfaces guided by a Thermodynamic Model

Best Analytical Chemistry Presentation

First Place - Oral

Na Yung Seoh

Cape Breton University

Identifying urinary biomarkers to quantify omega-3 consumption, using multi-segment injection-capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry

Second Place - Oral

Sam Julien

Saint Mary's University

Challenges in Developing an Electrochemical Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Aptasensor for Early Diagnosis of Acute Myocardial Infarction

Third Place - Oral

Gloria Simmons

Mount Allison University

Acid-Catalysed Dissolution of Iron In Brake Wear Aerosol

Best Inorganic Chemistry Presentation

First Place - Oral

Emily Traver

Dalhousie University

The Effect of Synthesis Conditions on the Formation of Dispersible Plasmonic Zirconium Nitride Nanoparticles

Second Place - Oral

Padmapriya Srivinasan

Mount Allison University

Synthesis, Reactivity and Computational studies of Redox Active Indium Benzenethiolate Complexes

Third Place - oral

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Jacob Hoare

Saint Mary's University

Synthesis and characterization of novel first-row transition metal-N-heterocyclic carbene complexes

First Place - Poster

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John Lee

Mount Allison University

Synthesis and Characterization of a Novel Cyclic Diindane

Second Place Tie - Poster

Allison Clark

Memorial University

Formation of Metal Ionic Liquid Catalysts for the Perfectly Alternating Copolymerization of Epoxides and Anhydrides

Second Place Tie - Poster

Grace Leech

Mount Allison University

Synthesis of Indium Compounds Containing Redox Active Amidophenolate Ligands

Best Organic Chemistry Presentation

First Place - Oral

Emily Sabean

Acadia University

The Photogeneration and Cycloaddition Reactions of tert-Butyl Substituted Quinone Methides

Second Place Tie - Oral

Megan Ethier

St. Francis Xavier University

Visible Light Mediated Refinery Waste Degradation using Noble Metal Nanoparticle Composites

Second Place Tie - Oral

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Maggie LeClair

St. Francis Xavier University

Probing the Biosynthetic Potential of Streptomyces sp. RKND-216

Third Place - Oral

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Olivia Roland

Cape Breton University

An Examination of Pyrolysis-Syngas Adsorption Using Biochar, Activated Charcoal and Dried Biomass

First Place - Poster

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Caylee MacDonald

Saint Mary's University

Ionic Bis-Thiourea Organocatalysis

Second Place - Poster

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Liah Christie

Saint Mary's University

Sonochemical N-demethylation of Alkaloids

Best Physical Chemistry Presentation

First Place - Oral

Mary Stackaruk

Saint Mary's University

Copper-based scaffolds for Electrochemical Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (EC-SERS)

Second Place Tie - Oral

Jillian Downey

Mount Allison University

Connecting Antioxidant Depletion and Reactive Oxygen Species Production by Aerosol-Borne Quinones

Second Place Tie - Oral

Incé Husain

University of New Brunswick

Understanding Machine Learning Generated Molecular Representations

Third Place - Oral

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Elisha Bennett

Saint Mary's University

Polarization-sensitive Second Harmonic Generation Microscopy for Characterizing the Ultrastructure of A- and B-type Crystallized Maltodextrin Particles

First Place - Poster

Grace Mercer

Memorial University

Understanding the effects of neuroprotective agents to prevent brain injury from preterm birth

Second Place - Poster

Nikitia Harvey

Memorial University

Does exposure to nanoplastics impact pregnancy outcome and fetal development?

Best Graduate Presentation

First Place - Oral

Reza Moshrefi

memorial University

Electro-generation of a nanocomposite thin films at a micro liquid/liquid interface

Second Place - Oral

Ziyi Chen

Dalhousie University

Site-specific X-ray Spectroscopy Study on Ag25(SR)18 Nanoclusters

Third Place Tie - Oral

David Morris

Dalhousie University

Structure and Properties of High Entropy Alloy Nanoparticles with Varied Composition

Third Place Tie - Oral

Yashodha Pangodage

Dalhousie University

Investigating the Photocatalytic Activity of Gold Nanoparticle Semiconductor Supported Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework-8

First Place - Poster

Oforbuike Egbe

Dalhousie University

Supramolecular fluidic structure of ionic liquids probed by NMR diffusion and single entity electrochemical detection of ionosomes

Second Place - Poster

Nauman Nazeer

University of Prince Edward Island

Self-Assembly Behaviour of Synthetic Antimicrobial Peptide Analogues

Previous award winners