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Molly Shoichet Symposium on Innovation in Regenerative Medicine

molly shoichetIn honour of the appointment of Molly Shoichet to the rank of University Professor, the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry in partnership with the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) will be hosting the Molly Shoichet Symposium on Innovation in Regenerative Medicine on June 4, 2015 from 1-5pm in SF1105. Click here for the full program.

2015 CIFST Competition Winners

On April 1, students from our Food Engineering course (CHE462S) competed in the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) Competition. The top four projects received cash prizes. Read more.

30th Annual Chemical Engineering Dinner

On March 27, the department hosted its 30th Annual Chemical Engineering Dinner. An exceptional time was had by all. Memorable moments from the evening were captured through photos. Some of the best memories from the night were of our students receiving awards. Learn more about these recipients.

Alumnus Creates Innovative Language-Learning App

HaqueFarid Haque (ChemE 0T0) saw a problem in the marketplace: most games were in English and he wanted to even the playing field. And so, Pollywords was born, a "scrabble-like" game that allows users to play in several languages at the same time, even though they may be speaking totally different ones. Read more.


April 10, 2015

Volume 32, Issue 13

In this issue:

Research Office
Grad Office
Chem Eng Events


Research Office


Mitacs Globalink funding opportunity with Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT)

Mitacs has partnered with India’s Ministry of Human Resources Development to offer the Globalink Research Award – MHRD India, which supports Canadian student travel to India for research collaborations.

Take your research to select Indian Institutes of Technology including:

  • IIT Bombay
  • IIT Guwahati
  • IIT Hyderbad
  • IIT Kanpur
  • IIT Kharagpur
  • IIT Gandhinagar
  • IIT Roorkee
  • Research award value of up to $10,000 for travel, living, and research expenses
  • Projects last 12 weeks
  • Open to senior undergrads and graduate students in Canada

This is a competitive call and a limited number of awards are available. Successful applicants can begin their research projects as early as July 2015 and as late as December 31, 2015. Apply by May 13, 2015, at 5pm PDT. Click here to learn more.   

Semiconductor Research Corporation - Call for Logic and Memory Device Whitepapers

Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Global Research Collaboration (GRC) is soliciting whitepapers in the area of Logic and Memory Devices. Whitepapers should be limited to two pages and describe what can be accomplished with two years of funding (and for a third year option if desired).

Anticipated funding level is in the range of US$75K to US$100K per year.

Relevant research topics are as follows:
1) Logic devices: (a) Beyond CMOS devices; (b) MOSFET-like structures with steep subthreshold slope; and (c) MOSFETs with high-mobility channel materials
2) Optimization of junctions and contacts
3) Fundamental understanding of nonvolatile memory cells
4) Two-terminal selection devices for memory arrays
5) Revolutionary SRAM and DRAM replacement solutions
6) Simulation/modeling for processes, materials, phenomena, and devices
7) Other topics

External Deadline to Submit White Papers: April 28, 2015, 3pm EDT or 12pm PDT
External Invitation to Submit Full Proposals: June 1, 2015
External Deadline to Submit Full Proposals: July 1, 2015, 3pm EDT or 12pm PDT

Click here for web-based Whitepaper submission instructions.

Ontario-China Research and Innovation Fund (OCRIF) – Grant Application Intent for 2015 Call for Proposals

The Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI) with the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MOST) are preparing a launch of the 2015 OCRIF Call for Proposals to further promote Ontario-China collaborations on scientific, technological and industrial research and commercialization under the Ontario-China Memorandum of Understanding. MRI will officially launch the 2015 OCRIF call for proposals within the next two to three weeks with a submission deadline in June 2015.

Priority Fields
The 2015 call for proposals will accept projects focusing on the following research themes: Soil Remediation Related Technologies and Research Team Structure

A lead Ontario applicant must form a dedicated team, including at least one lead China partner and at least one Ontario-based private-sector partner.

Grant Amount: A maximum of $250,000 per project from OCRIF to fund the Ontario portion of the project. Additional project funding will be provided to the corresponding Chinese applicant on each project by MOST to fund the China portion of the project.

External Deadline for Intent to Submit: April 13, 2015 due to MRI (Attention: Lucy.Su@ontario.ca)

Click here for more information.


The role of naphthenates and kaolinite in toluene and toluene-bitumen emulsions
Quraishi, S.; Acosta, E.; Ng, S.
Fuel 2015, 153, art. no. 9082 , pp. 336-345.

Development of a land-use regression model for ultrafine particles in Toronto, Canada
Sabaliauskas, K.; Jeong, C.-H.; Yao, X.; Reali, C.; Sun, T.; Evans, G.J.
Atmospheric Environment 2015, 110 pp. 84-92 . 

A preparation method of cellulose fiber networks reinforced by glutaraldehyde-treated chitosan
Wu, T.; Farnood, R.
Cellulose7 2015 (in press)

Mitochondrial Genome Maintenance 1 (Mgm1) Protein Alters Membrane Topology and Promotes Local Membrane Bending
Rujiviphat, J.; Wong, M.K,; Won, A.; Shih, Y.-L.; Yip, C.M.; McQuibban, G.A.
Journal of Molecular Biology 2015, (in press)

Debranching of soluble wheat arabinoxylan dramatically enhances recalcitrant binding to cellulose
Selig, M.J.; Thygesen, L.G.; Felby, C.; Master, E.R.
Biotechnology Letters 2015, 37 (3) pp. 633-641.

Isopropyl Alcohol Extraction of De-hulled Yellow Mustard Flour
Sinichi, S.; Diosady, L.L.
JAOCS, Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society 2014, 91 (12) pp. 2143-2153.

Design and fabrication of biological wires
Miklas, J.W.; Nunes, S.S.; Zhang, B.; Radisic, M.
Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) 2014, 1181 pp. 157-165.


Grad Office



Date of Meeting: April 13, 2015 in DC1110 at 1:10pm
Committee: Chair: Prof. M. Radisic; Supervisor(s): Prof. J. Audet; Other Member(s): Prof. A. McGuigan, Prof. J. Rocheleau

PhD Reading Committee Meeting – Y. Hassan

Date of Meeting: April 16, 2015 in LM151
Committee: Chair: Prof. T. Bender; Supervisor: Prof. M. Winnik (Chemistry), Prof. G. Scholes (Chemistry); Other Member(s): Prof. D. Seferos

PhD Reading Committee Meeting – M. N. Rahman

Date of Meeting: April 17, 2015 in CCBR Meeting Rm. - 11th Floor at 3pm
Committee: Chair: Prof. M. Shoichet; Supervisor: Prof. P. Zandstra; Other Member(s): Prof. J. Rossant, Prof. D. Van Der Kooy

Grad Reminders

June 2015 Convocation
ChemE Master students wishing to graduate in June 2015 must complete their degree requirements by April 17, 2015. To request graduation, please email Cindy Cao at grad.chemeng@utoronto.ca by April 13 (MEng), April 15 (MASc). Details SGS Sessional date http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/currentstudents/Pages/Sessional-Dates.aspx

Student Life Catalyst Award
If you're graduating in June 2015 and feel you have made a positive difference to the student life experience here in our department, apply for a Student Life Catalyst Award.


Chem Eng Events

Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


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

June 4, 2015 - Molly Shoichet Symposium on Innovations in Regenerative Medicine, 1-5pm, Sandford Fleming Building, Rm. 1105

June 15, 2015 - Spring Convocation


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