Kagan Kerman named Canada Research Chair in Bioelectrochemistry of Proteins
Congratulations to Professor Kagan Kerman, who has been named Canada Research Chair in Bioelectrochemistry of Proteins! Kerman is part of a group of 25 new Canada Research Chairs at the University of Toronto, announced by Federal Minister of Science Kristy Duncan on December 2, 2016.
Kerman's research takes place at the intersection of chemistry, biology, and neuroscience, where he is working to improve early detection and track the progression of Alzheimer's disease through the development of biosensors that interact with biomarkers linked to the disease.
Chemistry Faculty featured in ACS Journal Stars
A new iniative of ACS Publications highlights ACS awardees, highly prolific authors, and the most cited, most read, and ACS Editor's Choice articles for each of their publications. Journal Stars notably recognizes the following UofT Chemistry faculty:
- Professor Aaron Wheeler - Analytical Chemistry Young Innovator Award
- Professor Andrew Dicks - Journal of Chemical Education Selected Highly Prolific Author (most published articles in the past 5 years)
- Professor Doug Stephan - Organometallics Selected Highly Prolific Author (most published articles in the past 5 years) & Organic Process Research & Development Selected Most Cited Article (most cites for articles published 2013-2015) for "Hydrogenation by Frustrated Lewis Pairs: Main Group Alternatives to Transition Metal Catalysts?"
- Professor Robert Morris - Organometallics Selected Most Read Article (most full-text article requests 2011-2016) for "Iron Catalysts Containing Amine(imine)diphosphine P-NH-N-P Ligands Catalyze both the Asymmetric Hydrogenation and Asymmetric Transfer Hydrogenation of Ketones"
Wheeler Group: Hacking healthcare in a refugee camp
Backed by a grant from Grand Challenges Canada, this summer members of the Wheeler Group traveled to Kakuma Refugee Camp in remote northwestern Kenya. They had developed the world’s first lab-quality field-deployable diagnostic test for measles and rubella viruses using only finger-prick amounts of blood. Collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a non-governmental humanitarian organization delivering aid in Kakuma, the team ran 600 tests in just three weeks in a study designed to evaluate the efficacy of their tool for monitoring the rate of vaccine coverage and identifying disease outbreaks. Read the full story at Arts & Science News.
Thin-Film Batteries: Bio-Derived Polymers for Sustainable Lithium-Ion Batteries
Sustainable materials for energy storage are urgently needed due to the increased use of electric vehicles and mobile electronics. D. S. Seferos and co-workers demonstrate a lithium-ion battery cath...
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