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 antitumor agents.

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.

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.

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 that drive the evolution of the Universe.

News & Events


Manitoba Materials Conference 2019

Once again, students and researchers across the breadth of materials research will be presenting posters that will showcase their work....


Science Rendezvous - Canada's Largest Science & Engineering Festival!

Join the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg for a FREE day of fun and discovery! Science Rendezvous...

Location: Wallace Building


RiboWest 2019

The Western Canada RNA Conference, RiboWest, brings together RNA scientists from across Canada and the northwestern United States.

Location: University of Manitoba - Fort Garry


Congratulations 2019 Department Award Recipients!

Each year the Department recognizes faculty members who have made exceptional contributions to teaching, research or service with Departmental Awards in those three areas. We’d like to congratulate Drs. Frank Schweizer, Sean McKenna and Rebecca Davis on winning this year’s Department Awards for their contributions to research, service and teaching, respectively.


Chemistry and carotenoids: Dr. John Sorensen’s research group teams up with local biotech company Myera Group to great effect

John Sorensen is a man who believes in happy accidents. While that might seem a bit strange for an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry who spends his days conducting experiments and analyzing data, it’s particularly apt when describing the genesis of Sorensen’s current collaboration with Bruce Hardy of Myera Group, a Winnipeg-based biotech...


Congratulations CHEM 4710 Students

On Saturday March 30, the CHEM 4710 students presented their research findings at the annual CHEM 4710 Project in Chemistry or Biochemistry presentations. The seventeen projects and their presentation by the students were of very high caliber. Congratulations to the students! The Department is very proud of the students’ achievements!


UM Today | Celebrating the achievements of cutting-edge researchers

Congrats to Dr. Frank Schweizer, and Dr. Brian Mark, researchers working to improve the health and quality of life of Manitobans today and for decades to come. UM Today: Seven U of M research projects funded by CFI The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, was at the University of Manitoba on March...


Towards machine learning methods for the discovery of novel antibiotics!

The American Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Cystic Fibrosis Canada have recently awarded Dr. Rebecca Davis, in collaboration with Dr. Silvia Cardona and Dr. Pingzhao Hu, a Pilot and Feasibility Award to develop machine learning methods for the discovery of novel antibiotics.  Congratulations Dr. Davis and to her team!


UM Today: Come cheer on this year’s 3MT finalists on March 18

From health to the humanities, the finalists for this year’s 3MT competition are demonstrating how graduate student research at the University of Manitoba benefits our greater community. Seventy-three students applied, 36 competed in three heats, and the judges narrowed it down to 14. Those finalists – both masters and doctoral students – are now gearing...


Hiring for Instructor Position

The Department is seeking candidates to fill an instructor position.  The deadline for application is approaching soon.   Offer No : 06074 Job : Chemistry, Instructor I (27291) Location : Chemistry Full Time : Yes Permanent : Yes Posting Start Date : Mar 07, 2019 Posting End Date : Apr 15, 2019 Expected Start Date...


Mark your calendars – Undergraduate Research Project Presentations!

After spending the past academic year working on their research projects, the CHEM 4710 students will be presenting their results on Saturday March 30, 2019.  The event will be held in Armes 205 and runs from 8:30 am until 4:45 pm.  Come check out their findings – family and friends are welcome and lunch will...


Great Early Start!

The Women in Chemistry UManitoba chapter hosted the Empowering Women in Chemistry: A Global Networking Event breakfast and networking event on February 12 where about 90 women attended. A periodic table is on display in the Sciences and Technology Library and everyone is invited to write the names of inspirational women scientists.  Here are some...


Meet biotechnological entrepreneur, Bert Friesen (BSc Hons.’69, MSc ’71, PhD ’81) who helped eliminate Rh disease

When Bert Friesen (BSc Hons.’69, MSc ’71, PhD ’81) looks back over his career as a chemist and entrepreneur, he can do so with a great deal of pride, knowing that his most influential research virtually eliminated a once-deadly blood-borne condition. Known as Rh disease, the disorder occurs when an Rh-negative mother develops antibodies to...