What's New In the Lab?
Despite the weather forecast changing our plans, the lab still made it out for a fun day of laser tag, all-you-can-eat sushi and a nice walk around Lemoine Point. Enjoying the sunshine from left to right: Dr. Peter Loock, Will Day, Cameron Reid, Amy MacLean, Travis Ferguson, Arthur Stokreef, Adam Bernicky.
Five of our members graduated with their B.Sc. this past week; a big congratulations to Sarah Denotter, Emily Groper, Cameron Reid, Andrew Williams and Omar Yaman. Cameron Reid (pictured) also picked up some extra hardware, earning both the Medal in Chemistry and the Prince of Wales Prize, given to the top chemistry graduate and top B.Sc graduate overall at Queen's.
A new article co-authored by former graduate students John Saunders, Hao Chen, Weijan Chen and undergraduates Chris Brauer and McGregor Clayton, describes the application of a new interferometric refractometer to one of the most ubiquitous polymers, i.e. silicone. In the article we use a new model based on the Lorenz-Lorentz equation to quantify the amount of organic vapours in the PDMS film and can even characterize the polymer restructuring that occurs when a guest molecule enters the polymer.