McMaster University will continue to host undergraduate academic activities remotely for the Spring/Summer/Intersession term with only a few exceptions for courses that need student access to specialized equipment.

2017 Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference Award Winners

Congratulations to our students who won awards at the centennial Canadian Chemistry Conference, which was recently held in Toronto.


  • Suraj Laxman Gopinathbirla (Biol/Med Division Poster Prize)
  • N. M. Amaral (Materials Division, Oral Presentation Prize)

Graduate students

  • Farnaz Heidar Zadeh (RSC PCCP Poster Prize)
  • K.J. De France (Biol/Med Division Oral Presentation Prize)
  • David Bowman (Environmental Division Oral Presentation Prize)
  • Kathryn Benincasa (Materials Division, Xerox Oral Presentation Prize)
  • Derek Morim (MSED Division, Oral Presentation Prize)

2017 MacLean Lecture Series

The 2017 MacLean Lecture Series will be held Thursday, May 18th and Friday May 19, 2017. Our guest lecturer is Prof. David MacMillan, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University. Prof. MacMillan’s research focuses on the discovery and understanding of novel catalytic processes, and their application towards complex targets. He is well known for his pioneering contributions in the field of organocatalysis and photoredox catalysis. His work has been recognized with many awards, prizes and honours, including the Ernst Schering Prize, the Harrison Howe Award and the Mukaiyama Award, among many others. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. More information on his research can be found here.

Every year, research groups in chemistry and chemical biology are given the chance to meet with the MacLean lecturer for about 30 minutes. This is an excellent opportunity to have a discussion with a world-class chemist doing high-impact research. If you or your group is interested in meeting with Dr. MacMillan, please fill out the following poll, A finalized list of meeting times will be sent out in early May. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Best Regards,
Alex Nielsen
2015-2016 MCGSS President

ChemBio Grad Makes a Difference

“I like knowing that I’m doing something that may have an impact on people’s lives," says Adriana Nori de Macedo, Ph.D. graduate from the Britz-McKibbin group.

Read more about her work in The Daily News article

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