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Two ChemE Professors Receive CFI Funding

Gisele Azimi (ChemE, MSE) and Elodie Passeport (ChemE, CivE) are among eleven U of T researchers who have received funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation's John R. Evans Leaders fund totalling over $1.8M. This fund aims to assist institutions in attracting and retaining talented researchers.

Prof. Azimi will use the funding to study extraction, processing and recycling of strategic materials. Prof. Passeport will use the funds to establish a stable isotope facility for improved understanding of the fate and removal of emerging contaminants in water.

Learn about other U of T Engineering CFI recipients.

ChemE Student by Day, Dolphin by Night


Meet undergraduate student Edward Liu (1T6), Engineering's fastest man in the pool. Edward dominated last weekend's Winter Cup swim meet at U of T, winning every event in which he competed. As part of the U of T Varsity swim team, he is one of Canada's strongest butterflyers, juggling a heavy course load with about 20 hrs of training each week. His record includes winning gold in the 50m butterfly at the 2014 CIS National Swimming Championships and qualifying for the FISU games in Kazan, Russia. Congratulations, Edward!



Jan 23, 2015

Volume 32, Issue 3

In this issue:

Departmental Offices
Chem Eng Events


Departmental Offices


Research Office

MaRS Innovation – Industry Access Program (MI-IAP) - Contact: Hema Prabhu

The MaRS Innovation Industry Access Program (MI-IAP) is a simple, formalized process for marketing early stage technologies to MaRS Innovation’s industry partners with the goal of securing funding through collaborative R&D programs. The three key benefits of the program are:

  • Gauging commercial interest in new technologies
  • Presenting technologies to industry partners who may participate in future grant programs where an industry match is required
  • Potential to access committed funding through MI’s “Industry Framework Funds” (recommended budget: $75,000 to $150,000 per project)

The program runs at least annually and is open to any researcher affiliated with MI's 15 member institutions who has developed therapeutic, diagnostic, medical device or health IT related technologies in the following areas (areas of interest change each round):

  • Orphan indications (rare diseases affecting fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S.)
  • Immuno-oncology, including checkpoint inhibitors
  • Diseases of the respiratory system (COPD, asthma, lung cancer, etc.)
  • Diabetes
  • Neuroscience
  • Orthopaedics
  • General surgery

Since the MI-IAP is a partnership development program, funding is not guaranteed; the application materials are deliberately brief. Statements of interest are one paragraph only, the submission for those invited to apply consists of a three-page (maximum) non-confidential technology summary and a single PowerPoint slide. Each non-confidential summary will be packaged and distributed to MI’s industry partners. An invitation by at least one partner to present the technology in more detail is the success indicator for the program.

Internal deadline Jan 30, 2015, sponsor deadline Feb 06, 2015

2015 NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience Webinar
- Contact: Mike Folinas

NSERC’s Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) program awards grants of up to $1.65M over 6 years for the development of innovative training programs that enhance collaboration and facilitate the transition of trainees to productive employees in the Canadian workforce.

In preparation for the next CREATE competition, NSERC will hold an information session via webinar to provide an overview of the CREATE program and application process. The dates of the sessions are as follow:

French session: Jan 26 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET)
English session: Jan 28 2015, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET)

Registration is not necessary – anyone can connect. To join the English session, visit this link. Choose the “Enter as a Guest” option, enter your name and/or university, and press “Enter Room”.
First time attending an Adobe Connect meeting? Get a quick overview and test your connection.

If you are unable to connect through Adobe Connect or don’t have audio on your computer, you may listen to the webinar by teleconference. Please do not use audio from your computer and phone at the same time as this will cause feedback.

  • Local (Ottawa) Dial-in: 613-960-7513
  • Toll free Dial-in: 1-877-413-4788
  • Enter the Conference ID: 5248493

Please send any questions regarding the CREATE program and/or the application process in advance to CREATE@NSERC-CRSNG.gc.ca so that we may address them in the presentation.

For those who decide to apply from UofT:

Internal deadline: April 6, 2015 for completed Letters of Intent (Quota based). During this time frame, we will have all proposals reviewed by an internal review panel. The panel will rate each proposal based on NSERC’s criteria for this program.

Sponsor Deadline: May 1, 2015

Please note the Research Services Office will be holding an Information session in mid February, additional details to follow.


A novel high-speed production process to create modular components for the bottom-up assembly of large-scale tissue-engineered constructs
Khan, O.F.; Voice, D.N.; Leung, B.M.; Sefton, M.V.
Advanced Healthcare Materials 2015, 4(1) pp. 113-120

Mathematical model accurately predicts protein release from an affinity-based delivery system
Vulic, K.; Pakulska, M.M., Sonthalia; R.; Ramachandran, A.; Shoichet, M.S.
Journal of Controlled Release 2015, 197 pp. 69-77

Alkaline extraction of xylan from wood using microwave and conventional heating
Panthapulakkal, S.; Kirk, D.; Sain, M.
Journal of Applied Polymer Science 2015, 132 (4), art. no. 413300

Enhancing pulp and paper mill biosludge dewaterability using Enzymes
Bonilla, S.; Tran, H.; Allen, D.G.
Water Research 2015, 68 pp. 692-700

Sequence diversity and gene expression analyses of expansin-related proteins in the white-rot basidiomycete, Phanerochaete carnosa
Suzuki, H.; Vuong, T.V.; Gong, Y.; Chan, K.; Ho, C.-Y.; Master, E.R.; Kondo, A.
Fungal Genetics and Biology 2014, 72 pp. 115-123

The effect of methacrylic acid in smooth coatings on dTHP1 and HUVEC gene expression
Wells, L.A.; Sefton, M.V.
Biomaterials Science 2014, 2(12) pp. 1768-1778

Development of the radical-stable coprinus cinereus peroxidase (cip) by blocking the radical attack
Kim, S.J.; Joo, J.C.; Kim, H.S.; Kwon, I.; Song, B.K.; Yoo, Y.J.; Kim, Y.H.
Journal of Biotechnology 2014, 189 pp. 78-85

A microfluidic device to apply shear stresses to polarizing ciliated airway epithelium using air flow
Trieu, D.; Waddell, T.K.; McGuigan, A.P.
Biomicrofluidics 2014, 8 (6), art. no. 1.49019300

Affinity-based drug delivery systems for tissue repair and Regeneration
Vulic, K.; Shoichet, M.S.
Biomacromolecules 2014, 15 (11) pp. 3867-3880

The HLD study of surfactant partitioning for oilfield corrosion inhibitors
Kiran, S.K.; Nace, V.M.; Silvestri, M.A.; Monk, K.A.; Moloney, J.; Schmidt, L.; Acosta, E.J.
Journal of Surfactants and Detergents 2014, 17 (6) pp. 1193-1201

Debranching of soluble wheat arabinoxylan dramatically enhances recalcitrant binding to cellulose
Selig, M.J.; Thygesen, L.G.; Felby, C.; Master, E.R.
Biotechnology Letters 2014, 9 [Epub ahead of print]

The Fusarium graminearum genome reveals more secondary metabolite gene clusters and hints of horizontal gene transfer
Sieber, C.M.K.; Lee, W.; Wong, P.; Münsterkötter, M.; Mewes, H.-W.; Schmeitzl, C.; Varga, E.; Berthiller, F.; Adam, G., Güldener, U.
PLoS ONE 2014, 9(10) , art. no. e110311

Bis(tri- n -hexylsilyl oxide) silicon phthalocyanine: A unique additive in ternary bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaic devices
Lessard, B.H.; Dang, J.D.; Grant, T.M.; Gao, D.; Seferos, D.S.; Bender, T.P.
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 2014,
6(17) pp. 15040-15051

High-throughput crystallization screening
Skarina, T.; Xu, X.; Evdokimova, E.; Savchenko, A.
Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) 2014, 1140 pp. 159- 168

Towards a more realistic experimental protocol for the study of Atmospheric chloride-Induced Stress Corrosion Cracking in intermediate level radioactive waste container materials
Cook, A.B.; Gu, B.; Lyon, S.B.; Newman, R.C.; Engelberg, D.L.
Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings 2014, 1665 pp. 225-230

Graduate Office

Ph.D. Qualifying Examination – N. Obaid
Date of Meeting: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in WB115 at 10 am
Committee: Chair: Prof. E. Master; Supervisor: Prof. M. T. Kortschot, Prof. M. Sain; Other Member(s): Prof. D. W. Kirk, Prof. N. Yan

Ph.D. Reading Committee Meeting – F. Lin
Date of Meeting: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in WB115 at 2 pm
Committee: Chair: Prof. C. A. Mims; Supervisor: Prof. Y-H. (Cathy) Chin; Other Member(s): Prof. B. A. Saville

Ph.D. Reading Committee Meeting – N. Venayak
Date of Meeting: Thursday, January 29, 2015 in WB115 at 8:30 am
Committee: Chair: Prof. W. R. Cluett; Supervisor: Prof. R. Mahadevan; Other Member(s): Prof. D. McMillen

M.A.Sc. Bypass Oral Examination – K. Sampson
Date of Meeting: Thursday, January 29, 2015 in WB407 at 10 am
Committee: Chair: Prof. E. A. Edwards; Supervisor: Prof. T. Bender; Other Member(s): Prof. D. Seferos, Prof. C. Yip




CEGSA Ice Skating at Nathan Philips Square

ChemE graduate students, faculty and staff are invited to join CEGSA for some ice skating at Nathan Philips Square. Meet on Thurs Jan 29 at 5:00PM in the graduate common room (WB 247). Bring a non-student ID & cash for skates rental ($10/2hr) or sharpening ($8). Hot chocolate and sweet treats will be provided after skating!

Please RSVP through this link.

SOCAAR Seminar

Atmospheric sources and sinks of amines, amides and isocyanic acid (HNCO)
Nadine Borduas, PhD Candidate, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto
Wed, Feb 4, 2015, 3:00PM - 4:00PM, WB407



Chem Eng Events

Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


January 28, 2015 - LLE, Dr. Linda Nazar, University of Waterloo, Unravelling the Complexities of Electrochemical Energy Storage at the Nanoscale, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, WB116

January 30, 2015 - Ace the Interview, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

February 4, 2015 - LLE, Dr. John Brady, California Institute of Technology, Chemical Swimming and Active Matter, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, WB116

February 4, 2015 - CSChE Industry Sector Information Night, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, GB202

February 6, 2014 - Graduate Research Days, Hart House and Wallberg Building, 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

February 6, 2014 - Industry Open House, Hart House and Wallberg Building, 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

February 11, 2015 - Emerging Leaders, Dr. Antoine Allanore, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Electrochemical engineering for sustainable materials extraction: the promises and challenges of molten electrolytes, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, WB116

March 4, 2015 - Emerging Leaders, Dr. Justin Notestein, Northwestern University, Understanding and implementing new oxide catalysts, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, WB116

March 11, 2015 - Emerging Leaders, Dr. Nathalie Tufenkji, McGill University, Myth or Fact: Can Drinking Cranberry Juice Help Prevent Urinary Tract and Other Infections?, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, WB116

March 18, 2015 - LLE, Dr. Alison Lewis, University of Cape Town, Rethinking Precipitation Processes: The Art of the State, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, WB116

March 27, 2015 - 30th Annual Chemical Engineering Dinner, Chestnut Centre, tickets available soon

March 25, 2015 - LLE, Dr. Ponisseril Somasundaran, Columbia University, Next Generation Sustainable Surface Active Agents, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, WB116

April 1, 2015 - LLE, Dr. Yu-Ling Cheng, University of Toronto, Technologies for global development and global health, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm, WB116


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