Environmental Chemistry

Division Representatives

Claude Fortin, INRS
Louis-César Pasquier, INRS

Symposia and Organizers: 

Advanced Environmental Analysis

Advancements in technology allow laboratories to continually expand their analytical capabilities and capacities. Please share your advanced methodology in sample preparation, instrument analysis and data interpretation for dealing with complex environmental issues.

Chunyan Hao
, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Kerry Peru, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Benoit Sarrasin, Centre d'expertise en analyse environnementale du Québec
Teresa Switzer, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks 

Invited Speakers:
Tiangang Luan,
Sun Yat-sen University, China

Advanced Materials for Environmental Applications

In addressing environment and energy challenges, a variety of heterogeneous photocatalysts and electrocatalysts have been developed, and are offering innovative solutions towards more efficient light harvesting and charge carrier dynamics. The proposed symposium will specifically focus on experimental work and computational studies related to 1) photocatalytic and 2) electrocatalytic degradation of pollutants, and 3) electrochemical / solar fuel systems for water splitting and CO2 reduction.

Dongling Ma
Ana Tavares, INRS

Invited Speakers:
Dunwei Wang, Boston College, USA - (40 minute lecture)

Elena Baranova, University of Ottawa
Aicheng Chen, University of Guelph
Daniel Guay, INRS-EMT

Agricultural and Environmental Applications of NMR Spectroscopy - joint with PT

NMR is arguably the most powerful spectroscopic tools available for the study of different forms of mater including liquids, solids, and semi-solids.  Environmental samples, including (water, soil, plant materials, etc...) are among the most complex and challenging chemical systems to study. In the Agricultural and Environmental Applications of NMR Spectroscopy symposium (PT/EN), research on how NMR methodologies are being developed and applied to improve our understanding of contemporary environmental and agricultural problems will be presented. 

Chris Kirby, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
James Longstaffe, University of Guelph

Invited Speakers:
Bob Brua, Environment and Climate Change Canada – (40 minute lecture)
Barbara Cade-Menun, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – (40 minute lecture)

Atmospheric Aerosol Chemistry & Physics: Laboratory Measurements, Field Observations, and Modelling

The “Atmospheric Aerosol Chemistry & Physics: Laboratory Measurements, Field Observations, and Modelling” symposium offers a platform to share and discuss your research efforts in atmospheric chemistry and physics. This symposium will encompass the diverse activities and approaches of the community on chemical reactions and physical transformations occurring in the atmosphere, with a focus on aerosol particle studies, ice nucleation, multiphase chemistry and related composition of the gas phase. We encourage contributions on laboratory experiments, field observations, as well as modelling studies – from single particles and detailed reaction mechanisms to frameworks for atmospheric chemistry at the global scale.

Parisa Ariya, McGill University
Thomas PrestonMcGill University
Andreas Zuend, McGill University

Invited Speakers:
Arthur W. H. Chan, 
University of Toronto
Jennifer G. Murphy, University of Toronto
Thomas C. Preston, McGill University
Nicole Riemer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Craig A. Stroud, Environment and Climate Change Canada 
Andreas Zuend, McGill University

Environmental Impacts of Unconventional Energy Resources

Unconventional fossil fuels such as oil sands, shale gas and tight oil make up an increasingly larger proportion of global energy supplies. From an environmental perspective, the exploitation of these resources present different challenges compared to conventional fossil fuels. This session will explore multidisciplinary approaches to understand the impacts on air, water, soils, sediments and living organisms during any stage of unconventional energy resource development (e.g., mining, drilling, transportation, etc.).

Jason Ahad, Natural Resources Canada
Paul Gammon, Natural Resources Canada 
John Headley, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Kerry Peru, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Invited Speakers:
William Shotyk,
University of Alberta - (40 minute lecture)
Martine Savard, Natural Resources Canada - (40 minute lecture)

EN General Session 

Claude Fortin, INRS
Louis-César Pasquier, INRS

Environmental Metallomics:  New Insights into Metal Speciation Within Living Systems

Total metal measurements in biological systems provide broad information about metal exposure but an incomplete understanding of metal interactions and toxicity within cells. To probe these interactions, significant advances have been made in recent years to quantify chemical forms and to determine the intracellular speciation of trace elements in biological systems. This special session will bring together recent chemical and subcellular studies as well as imaging and hyphenated techniques focused on metal and metalloids species within living systems.

Peter Campbell, INRS
Maikel Rosabal, UQAM

Invited Speakers:

Environmental, Nuclear and Radiochemistry

Amares Chatt, Dalhousie University
Dominic Larivière, Université Laval
Krzysztof Starosta, Simon Fraser University

Invited Speakers:

Organic Contaminants: Treatment, Fate and Environmental Impact - joint with OR

This symposium would be dedicated to research on the presence, effects and dynamics of emerging organic contaminants in the environment including: 1) Impacts of emerging pollutants on ecosystems (laboratory and field approaches); 2) Dynamics and fate of emergent pollutants in the environment (aquatic systems and soils); 3) Advances in analytical chemistry related to the study of emerging organic contaminants; and 4) Advances in the treatment of emerging organic contaminants

Jean-Philippe Bellenger, Université de Sherbrooke
Hubert Cabana, Université de Sherbrooke
Pedro Segura, Université de Sherbrooke

Invited Speakers:
Alistair Boxall,
University of York, UK - (40 minute lecture)
Viviane Yargeau, McGill University - (40 minute lecture)

Poster Session

Claude Fortin, INRS
Louis-César Pasquier, INRS