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UC research influences Government's microbead ban

16 January 2017 University of Canterbury research has influenced a Government proposal to ban personal care products containing plastic microbeads, announced today. (read article)

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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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‘There are so many different opportunities within arm's reach...’

Olivia Pither Studying towards a BSc in Chemistry
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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
Professor Peter Weber
Department of Chemistry
Brown University, Providence
Wednesday 1st March
12.00 pm - 1.00 pm
Watching Chemistry in Action: Molecular Motions in Space and Time
Erin Leitao and Ian Manners
School of Chemical Sciences
University of Auckland
Wednesday 3 May
12.00 pm - 1.00 pm
A Mechanistic Tour of Inorganic Synthesis

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PhD scholarship in Carbohydrate Chemical Biology

Department of Chemistry, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. 

Value: NZ$25,000 per annum, plus fees
Tenure: 3 years
Available from: 1 March 2017.
Closing date: 8 January 2017

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD scholarship in carbohydrate chemistry / glycoscience to work under the supervision of Professor Antony Fairbanks, available to start on 1st March 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter. This exciting interdisciplinary research opportunity, which focuses on the synthetic production of defined homogeneous glycoproteins, will combine aspects of synthetic organic chemistry and modern molecular biology, and has potentially wide reaching applications throughout biology and medicine. For more details see the advertisement.



Post Doctoral Fellow in Carbohydrate Chemical Biology

Department of Chemistry, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Job ID:                                  4173
First review date:                 14 December 2016
Closing date:                         8 January 2017

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a 3-year fixed term Post Doctoral Fellowship in carbohydrate chemical biology / glycoscience to work under the leadership of Professor Antony Fairbanks.  The project, funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Marsden Fund, concerns the use of ENGase enzymes for the production of homogenous N-linked glycopeptides and glycoproteins, and will entail aspects of oligosaccharide synthesis, protein cloning/expression/purification, and biocatalysis. For more details see the advertisement.



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