Chemistry - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Is New Zealand food safe? A toxicologist's view

24 August 2016 In his upcoming UC Connect public talk, Professor of Toxicology Ian Shaw will explore New Zealand food safety from a toxicologist's perspective. (read article)

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Chemistry Handbook

Chemistry Student Handbook

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New Home for Science Departments

The new Regional Science and Innovation Centre will create a hub for Canterbury's science and innovation network in modern state-of-the-art facilities that encourage collaborative teaching, learning and research.

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2015 team

New Zealand Chemistry Olympiad Trust

The 2016 team repesented New Zealand in Tbilisi, Georgia. The 49th Chemistry Olympiad Competition will be held in Bankok, Thailand in July 2017, and will normally involve a team of four students.

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‘I knew there would be good people to work with and the opportunity to collaborate along the way...’

Hannah McKerchar Studying towards a PhD in Biochemistry
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From 2017 we are changing our semester 2 200 level courses to give a streamlined programme of study in topics most important to modern chemistry.

From 2018, our 300 level courses will change. There’ll be plenty of options so that students can follow their main interests and meet the requirements for a Chemistry major, or to carry on to postgraduate study. 

For 2017 (all courses are 15 points):

Semester 1: no change
CHEM211 Molecules (pre-requisite CHEM111)
CHEM212 Chemical reactivity (pre-requisite CHEM112)
CHEM281 Practical Chemistry (pre-requisite CHEM111 or CHEM112)

Semester 2:
CHEM251 Foundations of Materials Science and Nanotechnology: NEW! (Pre-requisite CHEM211 (or CHEM111 and PHYS102))
CHEM255 Contemporary chemistry: NEW! (Pre-requisite 30 points from CHEM111, CHEM112, CHEM211, CHEM/BCHM212, CHEM/BCHM281)
CHEM242 Organic Chemistry: no change (pre-requisite CHEM212 or BCHM212)

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Seminars are usually held on Wednesdays at 12.00 pm in the Chemistry Department, Level 5, Room 531, Rutherford Building, unless otherwise specified.

Presenter Date Title and Abstract
David Palmer
Lincoln University
Wednesday 26 October
12.00 - 1.00 pm
The c-Subunit of Mitochondrial ATP Synthase. From Storage in Batten Disease to Why Animalia make more ATP from Food than do Other Life Forms

Imre Toth
University of Debrecen

Wednesday 2 November
12.00 - 1.00 pm
NMR Study of Selected Metal Ion-Ligand Systems: Equilibrium, Structure and Dynamics
Assoc Prof Ethan Minot
Minot Lab - Nanoelectronics and Optoelectronics
Oregon State
Monday 14 November
11.00 am - 12.00 pm
Nanoelectronics Meets Biology
J. Stephen Clark
School of Chemistry
University of Glasgow, UK
Wednesday 23 November
12.00 - 1.00 pm
New Approaches to the Synthesis of the Manzamine Alkaloids: Total Synthesis of (-)-Nakadomarin A

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