The PROFile - Devin Latimer

Department of Chemistry


Age: 40-something  
Area of research: Chemical Education
Number of peer-reviewed articles: 12
Albums: Nathan – Stranger (2001), Nathan – Key Principles (2007),Leaf Rapids – Lucky Stars (2015).
Superpower: Supersonic curling take-outs
Batting average: 1000 in terms of friends, family and musical and work cohorts
Most Recent Major Publication: Greening the organic chemistry laboratory: A comparison of microwave-assisted and classical nucleophilic aromatic substitution reactions by Devin Latimer* and Michael Wiebe (2014)

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While the rest of us shoveled snow in a bitterly cold January, Devin Latimer was in New Delhi, India presenting at The 5th Asia-Oceania Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry.

Instructor of the Chemistry and Society and Organic Chemistry courses at the University, when Latimer isn’t traveling around the world lecturing to chemists, he’s touring Canada, playing bass with Juno Award-winning quintet Nathan Music Co. along with wife Keri.

In 2007, he was named artistic director of the Trout Forest Music Festival held every August in Ear Falls, Ontario.

“We were having babies and weren’t traveling as much,” he explains. “The opportunity just came about the right time.”

“I feel like I get to throw a big party every summer and invite my favourite musicians,” he says. And that includes former students and classmates.

“There’s been a few,” he admits, “including two of the three Crooked Brothers.”

Leading up to this year’s festival, he will be touring with Leaf Rapids, a side project with Keri.

“Keri named the project after my home town,” he says, but don’t expect any songs about chemistry from the new duo.

“I really don’t think I can do any better than the McGarrigle sisters’ Sodium Chloride (NaCl) Song.”

Published in Volume 69, Number 25 of The Uniter (March 18, 2015)

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