The Department of Chemistry at Western is dedicated to the discovery, dissemination, and application of chemical knowledge through research, teaching, and public service. We seek to maintain and enhance the stature of our Department as one with the foremost research and teaching programs at the University, and in Canada. We promote diversity through interdisciplinary programs of teaching and research while retaining a focus on excellence in all endeavors. We are dedicated to enhancing our academic leadership in research and teaching throughout the world by fostering concentration in selected areas. This vision is being fulfilled by effective recruiting at all levels from faculty to undergraduate students.
October 20, 2021
Professor Kim Baines has received The Frederic Stanley Kipping Award in Silicon Chemistry which recognizes distinguished contributions to the field of silicon chemistry.
September 26, 2021
It gives us great pleasure to announce that Ms. Elyse Hudson, a former undergraduate chemistry student, was given a “Highly Commended” citation in the 2021 The Global Undergraduate Awards competition for her submission in the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences category!
May 20, 2021
Congratulations to Dr. Christina Booker for being awarded the The Lucas Family Women in Science Distinguished Scholar for leadership in increasing women in science in underrepresented disciplines.
April 23, 2021
Professor Kim Baines receives the 2021 Distinguished University Professor (DUP) Award for sustained excellence in scholarship at Western. Congratulations, Kim!
January 30, 2021
The Wolfe award acknowledges the work and promise of a young researcher and newly recruited faculty member.
January 26, 2021
Professor Mark Workentin, an award winning instructor, talks about his teaching philosophy in a Q&A with CIC News.
January 09, 2021
Chemistry student Hadis Hayatdavoudi and three other Western students aboard Flight PS752 will be remembered through scholarships.
October 01, 2020
Professor Yolanda Hedberg, from the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology, has joined Western Chemistry, and is an expert in corrosion science. Welcome to Western!
August 16, 2020
The G. Michael and Joan Bancroft Research Award for outstanding PhD Research has been granted to Vinicius Martins dos Santos of the Huang Group. The award comes with a cash prize and the recipient will present a departmental seminar on their research.
July 20, 2020
Seven Western Chemistry 4491 students win awards at SOUSCC 48, held for the first time as a virtual conference.
June 10, 2020
Two Ph.D. students from the Noel’s group are among the top 20 finalists in NSERC's Science Exposed photo contest. Vote for the winner!
May 06, 2020
Daniela Cappello (PhD; JBG Crew) and Kyle Classen (MSc; MSW Crew), are this year’s Lipson-Baines Award Winners. The award acknowledges truly outstanding seminars delivered during the graduate student seminar series each year. Congratulations!
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August 09, 2018
STORY UPDATE. After 30 years since its discovery, Prof. Hunter’s radioactive drug for rare adrenal gland tumors achieves FDA approval.
June 21, 2018
Professor Johanna Blacquiere wins the Faculty of Science Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
May 04, 2018
Dr. Stephanie Barbon from the Gilroy group will present her seminar Wednesday, May 23rd at 2:30 pm, ChB 9.
April 19, 2018
Professor Paul Ragogna has been recognized by Western University for his outstanding research with the 2018 Florence Bucke Science Award.
April 09, 2018
Saturday, 36 Chem-4491 students defended their thesis.
April 02, 2018
We congratulate Jeff Kerkovius (Kerr Group) and Ryan Maar (Gilroy Group) as this years winners of the Lipson-Baines Award.
March 26, 2018
Thirty four Western Chem 4491 students participated in the 46th Southwestern Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference.
March 23, 2018
Professors win teaching awards: JMB, KG, JBG, MAK, LK, FSL, FLL, RJP
March 22, 2018
Professor Joe Gilroy has been awarded the 2018 Faculty of Science Distinguished Research Professorship.
March 08, 2018
Vanessa Beland, from the Ragogna group, wins a 1st place finish at the Faculty of Science Three Minute Thesis competition.
March 08, 2018
Professor Joe Gilroy has been recognized for his achievements with the 2018 Faculty Scholar Award.
February 28, 2018
We need YOU to watch a quick click video watch to help support one of our students in the NSERC Science, Action! competition.
December 19, 2017
The Electrochemical Society’s (ECS) Western University Student Chapter, established in October, 2017, held its inaugural graduate student symposium on December 15th, 2017.
November 29, 2017
Recent 2012 Western graduate Dr. Lijia Liu (Sham group) wins the "Soochow University Excellent Young Scholar" Award.
November 02, 2017
Dr. Stephanie Barbon (Gilroy group) has been recognized with the prestigious Gold Medal Award of the Governor General of Canada.
September 21, 2017
Greg Wallace (FLL), Wilson Luo (MSW) and Daisy Wong (MJS) receive travel awards.
September 07, 2017
Sarah McOnie was awarded a 2nd place prize for her Si Slam Presentation and Jeff Henderson (JJN) for winning 1st place in the Corrosion Division poster competition at the ISE.
September 05, 2017
It is with deep sadness that we let you know Dr. Laurie Harnick passed away peacefully September 5th. Laurie was the department glassblower from 1981 to 1991, and briefly in 2005.
June 15, 2017
Madalena Kozachuk (TKS) is using synchrotron radiation to achieve a greater understanding of the chemical and elemental composition of these early photographs.
June 13, 2017
Tommaso Romagnoli (MSW), Tommy Gambles (ERG) and Wilson Luo (MSW) are the winners of this years Lipson-Baines Award for outstanding performance in the Chem 9657/8 seminar series.
June 10, 2017
The Baines group has developed a recyclable quinone/catechol redox platform for refining metal oxides.
June 02, 2017
Prof. T.K. Sham wins the 2017 Allen Pratt Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the Canadian Light Source.
April 05, 2017
Greg Wallace, in the FLL group, ranked among the top three finalists in the 2017 Western U 3-Minute Thesis competition.
April 02, 2017
The 4491 students defended their theses today, and we wrapped up with a celebratory reception at the GradClub.
March 21, 2017
At the 45th Southwestern Ontario Undergraduate Student Chemistry Conference held at York University 6 students were formally recognized.
February 07, 2017
Prof. Gillies awarded a Steacie Fellowship, which are granted to enhance the career development of outstanding and highly promising university faculty who are earning a strong international reputation for original research.
January 26, 2017
Professors Zhifeng Ding (W.A.E. McBryde Medal) and Viktor Staroverov (Keith Laidler Award) are recognized by the Canadian Society for Chemistry.
November 18, 2016
Professor Karttunen, a stellar expert in applied mathematics in chemistry, will join our department in 2017.
November 18, 2016
Western (again) Wins Awards at the IDW.
November 18, 2016
Western Students Succeed at the 27th QOMSBOC.
October 26, 2016
Professor Beth Gillies has won 2016 Fallona Interdisciplinary Research Award from the Faculty of Science for recognition in interdisciplinary scientific research of global importance.
October 09, 2016
It gives us great pleasure and pride to announce that one of the recipients of the 2016 GG Gold Medals is Pierangelo Gobbo, a recent PhD graduate from Dr. Mark Workentin's research Group.
September 26, 2016
We are pleased to announce that Mohsen Bahrami and Jiatang Chen have been awarded the Christian Sivertz Scholarship.
September 14, 2016
We are pleased to announce that Professor Len Luyt is selected to be the co-recipient of Innovator of The Year Award presented by WORLDiscoveries®.
August 24, 2016
We are pleased to announce that the late Professor Emeritus Mel Usselman’s book, Pure Intelligence: The Life of William Hyde Wollaston, is being honoured with The Roy G. Neville Prize.
July 24, 2016
Chemistry and Western University are delighted to announce that Professor T. K. Sham has been awarded the Order of Canada.
June 20, 2016
Jun Li, from TK Sham's group, has been won the International 2016 Vacuum Ultraviolet and X-ray Physics (VUVX) Award for his work on soft X-ray studies of iron oxide nanostructures.
June 20, 2016
Applications are sought for a full-time Laboratory Supervisor position and two Limited-Duties positions to teach CHEM 1302B and 2003B.
June 16, 2016
The student Chemistry Awards for 2016 are presented for graduation.
June 16, 2016
The Department of Chemistry is featured for its eco-friendly updates in the inaugural issue of Western’s Spotlight on Sustainability newsletter.
May 02, 2016
Tyler Cuthbert is this year’s recipient of the Faculty of Science Graduate Student Teaching Award.
April 08, 2016
Profs Konermann, Staroverov (two!), Gillies win Faculty of Science Awards. Stay tuned for updates on these scholars and the full stories about these impressive awards.
April 02, 2016
Today, 46 of our 4th year honors students defended their theses. Congratulations to all!
March 31, 2016
The 2015-16 Lipson-Baines Awards in Chemistry go to Stephanie Barbon and Benjamin Hisey.
February 04, 2016
After 35 years of service to Western, Lesley Tchorek Retires
February 01, 2016
Within Western’s 10 highest rated professors based off of ratings on Rate My Professor, Professor Lee is in the top 10.
January 30, 2016
Prof. Kim Baines has been internationally recognized with a prestigious 2015 Humboldt Research Award.
January 21, 2016
On behalf of Chemistry, the Shoesmith group is proud to acknowledge two student award winners.
December 06, 2015
Sandy Zaklaria-Holstag awarded Faculty of Science Staff Excellence Award for her extraordinary leadership in Chemistry Outreach.
November 20, 2015
Mark Workentin tells an entertaining story in a Western Gazette interview.
October 05, 2015
Applicants are sought for two Chemistry Canada Research Chairs in Computational Materials and Surface Science.
September 21, 2015
The winners of the Lipson-Baines 9658 awards for 2014-2015 are announced.
September 21, 2015
The Lipson-Baines Awards recognize excellence in the 9658 Seminar Course in the Department of Chemistry with a generous cash prize.
September 16, 2015
We are happy announce that we have some new (and some not so new) faces in the department, who will be taking on new roles: Chris Levy, Christina Booker, Mojmir Suchy, Debra Martin and Paul Boyle.
August 01, 2015
The patent, with Novaware Pharmaceuticals, covers novel peptides for diagnosing, and determining the prognosis for, cancer patients.