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.

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.

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.

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.

Research and Teaching Excellence

The Department of Chemistry has a long history of success including a recent Nobel Laureate and two Banting Fellows.

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.

News & Events


Congratulations Department Teaching Assistant Award Winners!

The Department of Chemistry Teaching Assistant Award winners for 2018 are:  Alexander Pritchard (for teaching at the 1000 level) and Mary Hernando and Grace Idowu (for teaching at the 2000 level). Other nominees:  Fahim Alam, Ronald Domalaon, Jorge Dourado, Yaroslav Germanov, Druba Ghosh, Pavan Mandapati, Rajarshi Mondal, Dion Nemez, Dustin Nevonen, Simarpreet Singh. Congratulations all and...


Congratulations New Graduates!

Congratulations to all of our Department’s new graduates (BSc, MSc and PhD)! We are exceptionally proud of your achievements and wish you all the best in your future endeavors! The photo has a representation of those who were available for the group shot and for a complete list of graduates please subscribe to our Department...


Poster and Oral Presentation Award Winners at National Conference!

The 101st Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition was held in Edmonton, Alberta last week. Congratulations to Arun Krishnamurthy (Kroeker group) and Weslley Silva (van Wijngaarden group)! Arun won third place in the Physical Chemistry division for his talk titled “Bioactive Borophosphate Glasses for Soft Tissue Regeneration: Network Structure and Dissolution Behaviour”. Weslley won second place...


2017 Merit Award Winner

Associate Head (undergraduate) Dr. Sean McKenna has won a 2017 Merit Award for his outstanding commitment to service and research.  Congratulations Dr. McKenna!  


Successes at the Manitoba Chemistry Symposium!

The first annual Manitoba Chemistry Symposium was held last week at the University of Winnipeg. Congratulations to the following students who won oral presentation or poster presentation awards! Undergraduate Oral Presentation Award: Third place – Liam Berry (Schweizer group) Graduate Oral Presentation Award: First place – Ronald Domalaon (Schweizer group) Second place – Mary Hernando...


Graduate Student Poster Winner!

The Manitoba Materials Conference 2018 was held yesterday (May 8) on U of M campus where students and researchers from the university showcased their work that relates to materials research. Congratulations to Jason Braun (Herbert group) who won the poster competition in the PhD division!


Teaching Award Winner!

Congratulations Dr.Elena Smirnova for winning the 2017-2018 Science Students’ Association Professor of the Year Award for excellence in teaching at the 1000 Level!


Novel Hybrid Antibiotics

According to the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization (WHO) antimicrobial resistance is the largest threat to public health and economic growth.  Research by the Schweizer group provides new insight how to cope with these challenges.  Click here to go to their review article commenting on recent findings how hybrid antibiotics overcome bacterial resistance in superbugs.


Graduate Student Poster Award Winner!

The Canadian Society of Molecular Biosciences 61st annual conference was held mid-April in Banff, Alberta. This year’s conference focused on “Membrane Proteins in Health and Disease”. Congratulations to graduate student Mary Hernando (O’Neil group) for winning a poster award at the conference!


Dr. David Herbert, 2018 Terry G. Falconer Memorial Rh Institute Foundation Emerging Researcher Award Winner

Congratulations to Dr.David Herbert on receiving one of the 2018 Terry G. Falconer Memorial Rh Institute Emerging Researcher Awards! The award recognizes faculty members in the early stages of their careers who display exceptional innovation, leadership and promise in their chosen fields.