International collaboration developing nanotechnology

that may be used against COVID-19

synthesizing novel anti-cancer agents

Dr. Frank Schweizer and a team of University of Manitoba researchers, have identified a unique way to potentially treat and cure cancer using carbohydrate-based antitumour agents

rapid disease detection by electrochemistry

Dr. Sabine Kuss develops highly sensitive electrochemical methods and instrumentation to detect and understand medical phenomena, such as cancer and antibiotic resistance

State of the art instrumentation

The department has access to a variety of state of the art instrumentation facilities and highly skilled staff available for service to researchers, students and the industrial community

Preserving our Treasures

Dr. Jörg Stetefeld and his research team are collaborating with the Inuit community to track biodiversity in Canada's North

Studying the structure-function relationship of proteins

Dr. Jörg Stetefeld examines the structure-function relationship of proteins as dynamic systems: how are they involved in signalling complexes related to human disease and how can they be used for biomedical or industrial remediation applications

Research and Teaching Excellence

The department of chemistry has a long history of success including a recent nobel laureate and two banting fellows

Safeguarding our water

Co-founded by Drs. Gregg Tomy and Jörg Stetefeld the centre for oil and gas research and development (COGRAD) studies more efficient ways to assess the effects of petrochemicals on our water supply

Investigating reactive molecules through spectroscopy

Dr. Jennifer van wijngaarden explores microwave and infrared spectroscopy and the fundamental properties of molecules: to generate new species of molecules that aren't stable under normal atmospheric conditions, the types of molecules found around stars and far-out planets and moons

News & Events


2020 Merit Award Recipients Announced!

The 2020 Merit Awards were recently announced and congratulations to awardees Drs. David Herbert, Christian Kuss, John Sorensen and Horace Luong under categories of: Dr. David Herbert – Research Dr. Christian Kuss – Teaching Dr. John Sorensen – Service Dr. Horace Luong – Combination of Teaching, Service, and/or Research, Scholarly Work & Other Creative Activities...


Recruiting TAs and Supplemental Instructors

Recruitment is happening for teaching assistants and supplemental instructors for the fall term. For more information and to apply, please visit: Deadlines are fast approaching!


WFP: ‘This ain’t your grandpa’s battery’

Christian Kuss, an assistant professor (chemistry), whose research focuses on new materials for energy storage and other electrochemical applications, and Michael McDonald, the operations manager at NFI Group Inc.’s innovation centre weigh in on the technology of the future – electric vehicles. As the Winnipeg Free Press (WFP) reports: The Ford F-150 Lightning is making a splash...


Parker Communications, Summer 2021

Hot off the press!  Our Department newsletter, Parker Communications, Summer 2021 edition has just been released!  Check it out to get the latest news around the Department of Chemistry!  U of M Chemistry – Parker Communications – Summer 2021


New Research Chairs in Fundamental Science

The Faculty of Science is pleased to announce three new Research Chairs in Fundamental Science, one in the physical sciences, one in the life sciences, and one in mathematical/computational sciences. The awards recognize and support researchers in the Faculty of Science who are conducting outstanding fundamental research in these areas. Chairs are awarded $20,000 in funding per year, for...



BioExM is a recently established network of researchers, students, and industry that will work together to further research in three main pillars: structural biology, synthetic biology, and digital biology. A successful BioExM launch event was held on Monday, June 21st. The launch was attended by over 60 individuals from academia and industry who learned more about BioExM’s...


Congratulations Katrina Bergmann, Governor General’s Silver Medal Recipient!

Congratulations to Katrina Bergmann who won the Governor General’s Silver Medal!  The award is given to an outstanding undergraduate  student who has achieve  the highest standing in a Bachelor degree program. To read more about Katrina and other Governor General Academic Award recipients, please visit: UM Today | Students | Spring Convocation 2021: Meet the...


Congratulations Class of 2021!

Our Department is proud of you and all that you’ve accomplished through your dedication, hard work and perseverance!  We wish you all the best in your future endeavors! The virtual convocation ceremony for Science graduates can be viewed here.


BioExM Launch Event

On June 21st, the Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba will be launching the BioExM Network for Exploration of Natural and Synthetic Biology. BioExM will integrate the University of Manitoba campus’s highly interdisciplinary research in synthetic biology under one umbrella.  The vision for this new network of researchers, students, and industry partners is to put Manitoba...


Innovations in Synthetic Chemistry with David Herbert – Virtual Talk & Q&A

Ironing out the details: How Using Sustainability as a Design Principle Can Lead to Fundamental Advances and Practical Innovation in Synthetic Chemistry David Herbert Friday, June 25, 2021 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Virtual Public Science Talk and Q&A Everyone is welcome to join! David E. Herbert is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of...