Features

Women chemists worked at the Imperial Oil Limited's laboratory in Sarnia, Ont., circa 1943.
Spring 2017
Female chemists and chemical­ engineers are making­ enormous­ contributions­ to science in Canada­ and around the world.

Women have — often quietly and anonymously — contributed to scientific innovation since time immemorial. 

Drilling into Canada's Petroleum History
Spring 2017
The birth of Canada’s oil and gas industry­ took place more than 150 years ago in southern­ Ontario.

James Miller Williams, a carriage maker from Hamilton, Ont. and the founding father of Canada’s petroleum industry, was drilling for water in 1858 when he struck...

Safeguarding the central science
Spring 2017
Key figures in the field reflect­ the past and the future of chemistry that, as McGill University vice-chancellor Suzanne­ Fortier says, will surely be amazing.

At the time of confederation in 1867, chemistry was already well on its way to becoming a mature and powerful scientific discipline that would usher in profound changes in our world, from life-saving medicines and food production technologies to the kaleidoscope of materials that underlie the electronic...

New Perscription
Spring 2017
Canada first became a player on the international pharmaceutical stage when Frederick­ Banting and Charles Best developed insulin for diabetics in the 1920s.

Humanity’s search for medicinal agents undoubtedly extends into our prehistoric past. Only since the 19th century, however, has this endeavour taken on the full trappings of scientific investigation. While plenty of diseases continue to afflict us, a huge portion of the world’s population now enjoys an unprecedented quality of life in terms of health, for which drugs often deserve a...

Responsible Care
Spring 2017
Responsible Care, which was developed by the Canadian­ chemistry industry and subsequently adopted­ by 60 nations­, brought about international­ standards­ related­ to manufacturing­ practices­, environmental­ safety­ and industrial­ disaster­ preparednes

Between November 1995 and June 1996, 109 Haitian children inexplicably developed acute renal failure, hepatitis and pancreatitis, leading to coma and death. Of the 87 youngsters who...

Green Chemistry
Spring 2017
Chemists who can incorporate inherently safer­ design into every step of innovation — the essence­ of green chemistry — are the future

Ask most people in the chemistry community and they'll tell you green chemistry seems to be everywhere these days. Depending on the context, this is either mentioned with pride...