Alley Kat Tour on September 30

Want to learn about the chemistry of beer? Why it tastes the way it does? We’re touring the Alley Kat Brewery here in Edmonton on Tuesday, September 30th.

Cost = $15 (WITH TASTINGS)
Max number is 40.
Tour of the plant, learn about the making of various varieties of beer.
Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Start time 6:00 PM. Finishes about 8:30 PM (at the latest).
Will send map and directions to those who RSVP
Send email RSVP to: Lucio Gelmini,

Summer BBQ

Today we had our summer BBQ planning meeting. We discussed lots of ideas for chemistry events for the coming year. Many thanks to Wendy & Loni for hosting!

Check out a few photos from the BBQ. Any idea who’s hat that is?

Industrial Chemistry Conference: November 12-14, 2014 | Edmonton, Alberta

Industrial_Chemistry_Conference_2014The Industrial Chemistry Conference is presented by the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC), the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT) and the Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta (ACPA). The conference is designed for individuals working in the analysis community: chemists, chemical technologists, chemical engineers, managers and researchers working in government, private and industrial laboratories, and students and recent graduates.
Special attention will be given to the oil and gas industries including upstream (exploration, production and mining), midstream (transportation) and downstream (upgrading and refining) operations. The first day and a half will feature a technical program covering two streams: Process Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry, and will explore regulatory matters, novel sampling methods and applications including analysis of drinking water, wastewater, soils/sediments and others. The second day and a half will be dedicated to professional development courses/workshops. Speakers will include researchers and practitioners from government, industry and academia.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 (Afternoon Only)
Chemistry of Flow Assurance: Abdel Kharrat, ACPA
Inline Process Measurement: Sampling, Instrumentation, and Data Analysis: Ken Schmidt, ACPA

Friday, November 14, 2014 (Full Day)
Industry Process Water, Chemical and Environmental Assessment: Jason Brisbois, University of Alberta Water Initiative, Chris Le, University of Alberta

Wednesday, November 12, 10:30-18:00
Thursday, November 13, 10:00-13:00

Download the flyer with details or visit the Industrial Chemistry Conference website.

The call for papers is open until September 15.

AGM 2014 — Featuring Jillian Buriak

The CIC Edmonton section’s Annual General Meeting will be held May 13, 2014 at the U of A Faculty Club (Papaschase room).

The schedule is as follows:

5:30 PM Networking
6:00 PM Dinner
6:30 PM AGM
7:00 PM Guest speaker: Dr. Jillian Buriak

Dinner Menu
Salad: Tomato Bocconcini
Main course options: Prime Rib of Beef OR Half breast of Chicken Catherine OR Vegetarian Lasagna
Dessert: Tiramisu. Kahlua sauce

Cost: $35 for members; $40 for non-members; $30 for students

RSVP to Lucio Gelmini <> to reserve a spot. Deadline for RSVP is May 9th, 2014.

Powering the Planet: 2050 and Beyond
Do you have children, or at least know one? If so, then you might want to think about what kind of world the next generation will inherit. By 2050, the world’s population is expected to reach 9 billion people; of these 9 billion people, the majority (6 billion) will be new, or almost new, energy consumers, just coming online. Where will this energy come from? For humanity to have a chance at a secure and viable future, this question must be answered. A powerful new way of thinking about energy is emerging worldwide, but is largely ignored in our ‘grid-centric’ society (particularly Canada, to our detriment); we will discuss this new emerging wave, and how it could be a leap forward for civilization. Interestingly (but not surprisingly to chemists), chemistry is absolutely central to making it all come together.

Biography of Jillian Buriak:

Dr. Buriak leads the Materials and Interfacial Chemistry Group at National Research Council’s National Institute for Nanotechnology, and is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta. She is a leading expert in semiconductor surface chemistry, and is developing new methods to integrate catalysts, molecular electronics and sensing elements with technologically important semiconducting and conducting materials. Her group investigates the use of organometallic and inorganic chemistry on silicon surfaces, and works to demonstrate the fabrication of nanoscale structures that have a broad range of potential applications.

Jillian was born in Toronto, Ontario. She attended Harvard University and graduated with an A.B. in 1990, and then taught high-school science in the Fiji Islands on a Catherine Innes Ireland Fellowship from Harvard. In 1991, she began her doctoral studies in chemistry under the guidance of John A. Osborn at the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France. After obtaining her PhD in 1995, she was awarded an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship and conducted two years of post-doctoral work at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California with M. Reza Ghadiri. She moved to Purdue University in 1997 as an assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor in 2001. Dr. Buriak returned to Canada in 2003 to join NINT and the University of Alberta.

Map to Faculty Club:

Edmonton Regional Science Fair Photos!

Here’s a link to the full set of photos of the amazing young chemists at the 2014 Edmonton Regional Science Fair.

Clandestine Drug Labs

Clandestine Drug Labs
(The real “BREAKING BAD” as told by an officer who looks for Walter White)
RCMP Sergeant Rick Goldstein

DATE: Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
TIME: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
PLACE: University of Alberta – Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS)
ROOM: CCIS L1–140 (Lower Level)

All welcome to attend!

Sergeant Goldstein, of the RCMP Clandestine Lab Enforcement and Response Team will present his experiences regarding both large- and smallscale illicit drug production in Alberta. The presentation will explore a broad range of chemical and drug related issues including the types of laboratory and classroom instrumentation, glassware, and starting materials commonly sought by organized (and dis-organized) criminal groups.The talk will address the serious hazards of common drug production not only to the potential producer or “cook”, but also to others who may inadvertently encounter such chemical production. The dangers to civilians and neighborhoods from the products, by-products, solvents, and toxic gaseous emissions will be covered. Also included in the talk will be the general biological effects of the most popular street accessible compounds and specifically how these drugs are designed to cause addiction in the human brain. The presentation is aimed at a wide audience of laboratory managers, health and safety officials, students, researchers and primary investigators.

For more info please contact Dr. Ryan McKay:

Chemistry of Super Heroes & Super Villains (TONIGHT!)

Dr. Yann Brouillette, a chemistry professor in Montreal, Quebec, is the head writer for the Canadian super hero comic book series Heroes of the North. Using his extensive knowledge of chemistry, he analyzes super powers using chemical evidence, looking at the science behind the science fiction!

The presentation is free to anyone who comes dressed-up as their favourite super hero or super villain. (Details)

TIME: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:00 pm

LOCATION: Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre, Telus World of Science

The event is brought to you by Red Deer College/Foundation, the Red Deer College Student Association, & the Edmonton local section of the Chemical Institute of Canada.

CIC Members, contact Lucio Gelmini ( for tickets.


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