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Seminar Series

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Laurier supports a series of seminars in the areas of chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics and environmental sciences. The main emphasis of this seminar series is on the interdisciplinary nature of science. The chemistry seminar series has become essential for advancing and enriching the research culture in the Faculty of Science in general and the Department of Chemistry in particular.

All graduate and undergraduate students (including those enrolled in CH490) are encouraged to attend the seminar series and enhance their conceptual understanding of science and sense of inquiry. As well, the seminars are intended to promote scientific interaction among the students, faculty and members of the scientific community by observing science in a broader interrelated context.

2023/24 Schedule

Seminars run on Friday afternoons between 3:30-5 p.m.  If no seminar title appears, it is to be announced. 

Seminars are either In-Person (IP) in N1044, Science Building (unless otherwise noted) or remote via ZOOM.

If remote, access through MyLS:  Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar Series   OR

If you are outside of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, please link to:          

Meeting ID: 993 0878 1942

Fall Term

  • Friday, Sept. 8: CH490 Introduction 
  • Friday, Sept. 15:  CH490 Library
  • Friday, Sept. 29
    • Title of seminar:  
  • Friday, Oct. 6:  Assistant Professor Amanda Bongers, Chemisry Education, Queen's University [IP]
    • Title of Seminar:  Can where you look explain how you learn?  Studies with eye-tracking in Chemistry Education Research 
  • Friday, Oct. 20:  Professor Samar Moussa, Environmental & Climate Change Canada [Virtual]
    • Title of seminar:  Tailings Ponds Emissions from the Oil Sands Region and Impacts on Neighboring Communities
  • Friday, Oct. 27:  CH490 Thesis presentations and CH674 3MT [IP]
  • Friday, Nov. 3: Professor Matthias Bierenstiel, Chemistry, Cape Breton University [Virtual]
    • Title of Seminar:  Combating Antiobiotics Resistence:  Selective Iron-Capture Polymer and a Traditional Mi'Kmaq Medicine
  • Friday, Nov. 10:  Alumna, Krysten Hobbs, HBSc, MBiotech [Virtual]  
    • Title of seminar:  Life After Laurier: Career Tips for the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Friday, Nov. 17: Professor Federico Rosei, Executive Director, IOCD, Centre for Energy, Materials and Telecommunications Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, U of Quebec [IP]
    • Title of Seminar: Mentorship for Young Scientists:  Developing Scientific 
      Survival Skills
  • Friday, Nov. 24: TBA
    • Title of Seminar
  • Friday, Dec. 1:  Graduate student presentations (CH674/CH672) [IP]

Winter Term 

  • Friday, Jan. 12: Lisa Roy, Further Education and Employment Consultant, Laurier [Hybrid - either in N1044 or through ZOOM (  Meeting ID: 987 3347 5307]
    • Title of Seminar:  Laurier Career Options in Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Associate Professor Stephania Impellizzeri, Chemistry and Biology, Toronto Metropolitan University [IP]  
    • Title of seminar:  Of MOFs and MEF:  Hybrid Strategies for Fluorescence Enhancement   
  • Friday, Feb. 2:  CH490 workshop [IP]
  • Friday, Feb. 9:  Graduate (CH674 3MT) student presentations [IP]
  • Friday, Feb. 16:  CH490 poster session
  • Friday, Mar. 1:  Graeme Howe , Chemistry, Queen's University [IP  
    • Title of seminar:  
  • Friday, Mar. 8:  Jia Zongchao, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, Queen's University [IP]   
    • Title of Seminar: Modification of Histidine- and Lysine-Rich Proteins by Inorganic Polyphosphate
  • Friday, Mar. 15:  CH490 Thesis Workshop
  • Friday, Mar. 22:  Nick Todorovic (Alumni), Partner, McLeish Orlando Lawyers  [IP] 
    • Title of seminar: