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Molly Shoichet Named 2015 L'Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Laureate


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Congratulations to Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, IBBME) who has been named the 2015 L'Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science laureate for North America for her pioneering work on the development of biomaterials for medical uses, one of the highest international awards of the research world. This prize is awarded annually to five female researchers – one from each continent – in recognition of their outstanding contributions to research, the strength of their commitment to their profession and their impact on society.

Read about Professor Shoichet's innovative research and learn more about the award.

Engineering Women on the Rise

In anticipation of International Women's Day this Sunday, Mar 8, the Faculty is celebrating the many outstanding U of T Engineering women. Learn more about ChemE student Jacqueline Murdock (1T5), alumna Rachelle McCann (1T2 + PEY) and Professor Emma Master, among others.

Greg Evans Featured in CBC News Air Pollution Story

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Read the CBC story.



Mar 6, 2015

Volume 32, Issue 8

In this issue:

Departmental Offices
Chem Eng Events


Departmental Offices


Research Office

NSERC Strategic Networks (now called Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks) (SPG-N)

The objective of the Strategic Partnership Grants for Networks (SPG-N) is to increase research and training in targeted areas that could strongly enhance Canada's economy, society and/or environment within the next ten years.

SPG-N funds large-scale, multidisciplinary research projects in targeted research areas that require a network approach and that involve collaboration between academic researchers and Canadian-based organizations. The applicant should be an established researcher with a solid track record in collaborative research, student training and grant management, and who demonstrates the leadership and other skills necessary for managing a complex, interdisciplinary, multi-institutional project.

All applicants submitting a preliminary application must propose a network within which most of the research (minimum 80 percent) will investigate one or more of the research topics listed under the Strategic Network target areas. Check the target areas before preparing your application.

Internal Deadline: Mar 13, 2015 (editorial review of applications by UofT Research)
Please submit the following to Mike Folinas, m.folinas@utoronto.ca

Internal Deadline: Mar 20, 2015 (Internal Deadline for completed applications to UofT Research Services).
Please submit the following to Mike Folinas, m.folinas@utoronto.ca

NSERC Deadline: Apr 1, 2015
Value: $500,000 - $1,000, 000/a

This year, Chem Eng offers an internal review of SPG applications. If you wish to participate in our internal review process, please submit your applications to research.chemeng@utoronto.ca by Mar 13.

Consult the NSERC SPG website for more details.


Structural insights into the efficient CO2-reducing activity of an NAD-dependent formate dehydrogenase from Thiobacillus sp. KNK65MA
Choe, H.; Ha, J.M.; Joo, J.C.; Kim, H.; Yoon, H.-J., Kim; S.; Son, S.H.; Gengan, R.M.; Jeon, S.T.; Chang, R.; Jung, K.D.; Kim, Y.H.; Lee, H.H.
Acta Crystallographica Section D: Biological Crystallography 2015, 71 pp. 313-323

Bark depolymerization during submerged fermentation using monofloral honey, a natural mediator substitute, and integration between laccases vs. bark biopolymers, characterized by Py-GC-MS
Ferhan, M.; Yan, N.; Sain, M.
RSC Advances 2015, 5 (20) pp. 14937- 14952

CRISPR RNA binding and DNA target recognition by purified Cascade complexes from Escherichia coli
Beloglazova, N.; Kuznedelov, K.; Flick, R.; Datsenko, K.A.; Brown, G.; Popovic, A.; Lemak, S.; Semenova, E.; Severinov, K.; Yakunin, A.F.
Nucleic Acids Research 2015, 43 (1) pp. 530-543

Multiple histidines in the periplasmic domain of the Salmonella enterica sensor kinase SsrA enhance signaling in response to extracellular acidification
Mulder, D.T.; Mcphee, J.B.; Reid-Yu, S.A.; Stogios, P.J.; Savchenko, A.; Coombes, B.K.
Molecular Microbiology 2015, 95 (4) pp. 678-691

Probing microwave heating of lignocellulosic biomasses
Namazi, A.B.; Allen, D.G.; Jia, C.Q.
Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis 2015, Article In Press

From chloro to fluoro, expanding the role of aluminum phthalocyanine in organic photovoltaic devices
Lessard, B.H.; Al-Amar; M., Grant; T.M.; White, R.; Lu, Z.-H.; Bender, T.P.
Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2015, 3 (9) pp. 5047-5053

The environment shapes microbial enzymes: five cold-active and salt-resistant carboxylesterases from marine metagenomes
Tchigvintsev, A.; Tran, H.; Popovic, A.; Kovacic, F.; Brown, G.; Flick, R.; Hajighasemi, M.; Egorova, O.; Somody, J.C.; Tchigvintsev, D.; Khusnutdinova, A.; Chernikova, T.N.; Golyshina, O.V.; Yakimov, M.M.; Savchenko, A.; Golyshin, P.N.; Jaeger, K.-E.; Yakunin, A.F.
Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology 2015, 99 (5) pp. 2165 - 2178

Tuning graft- and host-derived vascularization in modular tissue constructs: A potential role of HIF1 activation
Lam, G.C,, Sefton, M.V.
Tissue Engineering - Part A 2015, 21 (3-4) pp. 803-816

Form factor of asymmetric elongated micelles: Playing with Russian dolls has never been so informative
Guerin, G.; Cambridge, G.; Soleimani, M.; Tehrani, S.M.; Manners, I.; Winnik, M.A.
Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2014, 118 (36) pp. 10740-10749

The combined effects of physicochemical properties of size-fractionated ambient particulate matter on in vitro toxicity in human A549 lung epithelial cells
Akhtar, U.S.; Rastogi, N.; McWhinney, R.D.; Urch, B.; Chow, C.-W.; Evans, G.J.; Scott, J.A.
Toxicology Reports 2014, 1 pp. 145-156

Development of non-platinum cathode catalyst for oxygen reduction in alkaline polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells
Huang, N.; Kirk, D.W.; Thorpe, S.J.; Liang, C.; Xu, L.; Li, W.; Zhang, S., Sun, M.
Energy Education Science and Technology Part A: Energy Science and Research 2014, 32 (5) pp. 3775-3784

Graduate Office

Ph.D. Reading Committee Meeting – P. P. Czupiel
Date of Meeting: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 2:30 pm
Committee: Chair: Prof. A. McGuigan; Supervisor: Prof. M. S. Shoichet; Other Member(s): Prof. M. Winnik

Graduate Awards

Diran Basmadjian Graduate Scholarship in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
Value in 2014-2015: 1 award, $13,500
Application Deadline: Mar 12, 2015

2015-2016 Ontario Scholarship (OGS)
Completed application must be submitted online by Apr 1, 2015 for both domestic and international students. Please refer to the 2015-16 OGS online application instructions while completing your application.

2015-2016 Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (QEII-GSST)
In order to be considered for QEII-GSST in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, applicants must submit an OGS application online by Apr 1, 2015.




Wallberg Exterior Door FOBs/keys

The Wallberg exterior doors have been upgraded for electronic access and the Department has received a set of the new access FOBs. If you have been issued an exterior building key you will need to pick up a FOB in order to access the Wallberg Building after normal classroom hours. Please contact Joanne or Dan for details.

Special Lecture by FASE Alumnus Paul Cadario

Engineering Global Development in the 21st Century
Paul Cadario, Distinguished Senior Fellow in Global Innovation
Tues, Mar 19, 2015, 4:00PM - 6:00PM, Bahen Centre, Room 1130

This event is open to faculty, staff, students and alumni. Registration is required, visit the event webpage for details and to register.

Join the ChemE team for Harry's Spring Run-Off!

The ChemEng Working Group (aka the former ILEAD ChemE group) is organizing a team for Harry's Spring Run-Off, a 5k/8k race that raises money for the fight against prostate cancer, the most common cancer among Canadian men. Come join the team!

The event is on Apr 4 at High Park, and the $50 registration fee gets you a nice t-shirt, a bag, and a souvenir item (last year it was a hat). A 5k team is planned and, if enough people want it, an 8k team. If you're interested, please sign up the through this link by Wed, Mar 11 at 7:00PM!



Chem Eng Events

Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


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, for tickets visit http://my.alumni.utoronto.ca/2015chemeng

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

May 30, 2015 - Spring Reunion Chemical Engineering Lunch & Tour, 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Wallberg Building

June 15, 2015 - Spring Convocation


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