CSU x ChemClub Fall Trivia Night

The CSU x Chem Club fall trivia night will happen on Friday Dec 4th 5 -7 PM EST via Zoom. Sign up for the event here if you are interested and win some great prizes!


First Place Team — each member gets a $15 gift card

Second Place Team — each member gets a $10 gift card

Third Place Team — each member gets a $5 gift card

Academic Success Supports for Students

While we’re all doing a lot of remote work these days, Academic Success has online supports to help you out! There are two resources that might be of special interest, both of which are running throughout finals season (and will resume in the new year too):

You can book an appointment with an Academic Success peer mentor to get fast support with:

  • reading and note-taking for tests, exams and assignments
  • finding motivation and overcoming procrastination when working remotely
  • setting and achieving goals
  • making schedules to manage multiple aspects of your life and your academic expectations
  • knowing and accessing the University’s services and supports.

You can join the virtual Study Hubs to set and meet your studying goals. Quiet, welcoming spaces allow you to complete readings, work on assignments and prepare for tests and finals. You can find an online community that will support you in going the work you need to do, whatever that is. They run at multiple times every day: just sign up on the Academic Success Events & Workshops calendar on CLNx.

Fall 2020 Q&A with Department of Chemistry Chair

Want to know the answers to some of the most popular chemistry-related questions regarding courses, scholarships and more? Attached here is the full details of the meeting with Department of Chemistry Chair Prof. Andy Dicks, CSU supervisor Prof. Mark Nitz, and Chemistry Undergraduate Counsellor Nicole Treston.

Academic Seminar — Dr. Helen Tran


Stretchable and fully degradable semiconductors for transient electronics

Brief abstract:

Electronics that can be stretched like human skin and feature skin-inspired functionalities are opening doors for remarkable opportunities in health and environmental monitoring, next-generation consumer products, and sustainability. Notably, degradability is an attractive attribute for applications on dynamic surfaces where manual recovery would be prohibitively difficult and expensive. A key component of such electronics is the development of a stretchable and degradable transistor with electrical performance independent of large mechanical stress. Herein, we demonstrate for the first time a material that simultaneously possesses three disparate attributes: semiconductivity, intrinsic stretchability, and full degradability. We show that we can design acid-labile semiconducting polymers to appropriately phase segregate within a biodegradable elastomer, yielding semiconducting nanofibers which concurrently enable controlled transience and strain-independent transistor mobilities. This fully degradable semiconductor represents a promising advance towards developing multifunctional materials for skin-inspired electronic devices that can address previously inaccessible challenges and in turn create new technologies.

Check out the full abstract here.

Zoom Information:

Meeting ID: 622 895 2460

Passcode: 563120

Time: Wednesday Nov 18th 5PM EST

Questions & Suggestions Form Due Soon

Just a quick reminder that the Questions & Suggestions form for the Department of Chemistry Chair is due on Tuesday Nov 3rd 2020 11:59PM! Fill out the form here.

CSU Movie Night Happening Tonight!

CSU movie night is happening on Thursday Oct 29th 2020 7 – 9 PM EST. Join the event and get spooked with other chemistry students!

Movie: Coraline

Platform: Discord

Have any questions & suggestions for the Department of Chemistry Undergraduate Chair?

If you have any questions or suggestions for the Department of Chemistry Undergraduate Chair, please fill out this form by Tuesday Nov 3rd 2020, 11:59 PM.

Still Interested in Ordering CSU Merch?

The CSU merch order form is now closed. If you are still interested in ordering, please send us an email (csu.uoft@gmail.com) and we will try our best to accommodate you.

CSU Merch Deadline is Approaching

Place your order here by Friday Oct 16th 11:59 PM.

Check out the design here.

(Note: we only accept e-transfer)

Grad School Panel

We are delighted to announce that we have a new academic event this year – CSU Graduate School Panel! The purpose of the event is to help chemistry undergraduates to better understand the graduate school application process and to connect with UofT chemistry alumni who are now pursuing graduate studies in chemistry in Canada (UofT) and overseas (Stanford,
Caltech, Scripps, Cambridge, Oxford). The event features a brief overview of the grad school admission process, followed by the Q&A session with graduate students. The panel will be held on Saturday, October 10th at 5pm via Zoom. Everyone interested in applying to graduate schools in chemistry is welcome to attend our new event!

Join Zoom Meeting: https://utoronto.zoom.us/j/96890101870

Meeting ID: 968 9010 1870

Passcode: 805506