Closing the divide between ‘green’ and ‘organic’ chemistry

picture of Alaina

Over the summer, our group has been working on a new project: developing ‘plug-and-play’ organic chemistry modules that connect the classic topics (e.g., Michael additions) with green and sustainable chemistry.

This project will create an Open Educational Resource (OER) that addresses both organic chemistry and green chemistry learning outcomes. We’re making the content so that educators can easily integrate the modules into any organic chemistry curriculum.

Helping lead this project is Dr. Alaina Boyd (left), our PDF-turned-collaborator and green chemistry expert. We’re also working with experts across Canadian institutions – Dr. Le (YorkU), Dr. Dicks (UofT), and Dr. Jessop (Queen’s).

This project is funded by eCampusOntario‘s Virtual Learning Strategy.

Some good news!

Welcome to the new students joining the group (remotely) this summer 🌞

Welcome to Manisha Blaskevitch, a student entering her 4th year in chemistry, and congratulations for being awarded an NSERC-USRA for this summer! And welcome to Alex Hemmerich, a 2nd year Concurrent Education student who won a Queen’s USSRF fellowship for his summer research project. We’re moving our research studies online using the gorilla.sc platform, stay tuned for more on that!

Alex Hemmerich

Awarded an Undergraduate Student Summer Research Fellowship.

Manisha Blaskevitch

Earned an NSERC-Undergraduate Student Research Award.

Share and celebrate good news 🎉

Congratulations to Galen for being accepted into graduate studies at McGill! His passion for green chemistry and sustainability is everything we like to see in young scientists.

Katie was scooped up by Environment and Climate Change Canada in Ottawa to start a new job as a policy engineer, and they are lucky to have her! Josh also secured a great job in Ottawa in the Sales Leadership Development Program with Fritolay, so we’ll have a group reunion in the Ottawa area sometime in the future!