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Honghi Tran

From L-R: Dean Cristina Amon, Prof. Honghi Tran and Prof. Grant Allen (Chair) at Celebrating Engineering Excellence on April 21, 2015.

Honghi Tran Wins the Research Leader Award

Prof. Honghi Tran is this year’s winner of the Faculty’s Research Leader Award. Each year, the honour recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates outstanding leadership in interdisciplinary and multiple investigator initiatives that have enhanced the Faculty’s research profile. It also pays tribute to the winner’s research contributions and industrial partnerships.

Prof. Tran is the Frank Dottori Professor of Pulp & Paper Engineering and Director of the U of T Pulp & Paper Centre. Over the past 25 years, he has led and coordinated 10 research consortia reaching across borders and disciplines to advance the global pulp and paper industry. These consortia have undertaken projects involving more than 30 faculty members and 200 students from across the University, as well as 50 industrial partners from around the world. Prof. Tran’s own research has also had an exceptional impact on the industry. For example, the sootblower nozzle he designed to remove deposits in boilers is now used in more than 95 per cent of recovery boilers worldwide, saving the industry an estimated $100M per year. His many research awards include the John S. Bates Gold Medal from the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada. Congratulations to Prof. Tran!

Greg Evans' Atmospheric Pollution Research

Greg EvansProf. Greg Evans and his partners have found that air pollution could be spreading up to three times farther than thought - contributing to varying levels of air quality across cities. Read full story.


April 24, 2015

Volume 32, Issue 15

In this issue:

Research Office
Grad Office
Chem Eng Events


Research Office


2016 NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship

NSERC has announced a call for the 2016 E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowship. Up to six (6) Steacie Fellowships are awarded annually for a two-year period. Successful Fellows are relieved of teaching and administrative duties to be able to devote all their time and energy to research.


  • Candidates should have obtained their doctorate WITHIN the last 12 years (i.e., 2003 or later) and hold a grant from NSERC. Parental leave taken for child-bearing and rearing is not counted as part of the 12-year period; however, such periods MUST be identified in the letter from the nominator.
  • Candidates may not apply on their own behalf. They must be nominated by senior members of the Canadian science and engineering community, and nominations must be endorsed by the executive head of the candidate’s university.


Each award has a value of $125,000 per year for two years,


Internal Deadline: May 14, 2015
Sponsor Deadline: June 8, 2015

Nomination package

Please forward the following  (PDF preferred) to Research Services (attention to Mike Folinas):

  • A fully approved "My Research -Applications, (MRA)" is required before your application can be approved by Research Services.
  • Letter from the nominator(s): Nominators  can be an individual or a group. They MUST be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and be senior members of the Canadian science and engineering community. Nominators can nominate ONLY ONE candidate.
  • Two-page research summary
  • Copies of the nominee’s three most significant research contributions
  • NSERC Form 100: In Part 2, contributions need not be limited to those in the last six years and there is no maximum page limit.

Click here for more information.


In situ conversion of porphyrin microbubbles to nanoparticles for multimodality imaging
Huynh, E.; Leung, B.Y.C.; Helfield, B.L.; Shakiba, M.; Gandier, J.-A.; Jin, C.S.; Master, E.R.; Wilson, B.C.; Goertz, D.E.; Zheng, G.
Nature Nanotechnology 2015, 10 (4 ) pp. 325 – 332.

Evaluating thiophene electron-donor layers for the rapid assessment of boron subphthalocyanines as electron acceptors in organic photovoltaics: Solution or vacuum deposition?
Josey, D.S.; Castrucci, J.S.; Dang, J.D.; Lessard, B.H.; Bender, T.P.
ChemPhysChem 2015, (in press)

Structure and properties of composite films formed by cellulose nanocrystals and charged latex nanoparticles
Thérien-Aubin, H.; Lukach, A.; Pitch, N.; Kumacheva, E.
Nanoscale 2015, 7 (15) pp. 6612 - 6618.

Corrigendum to Diversity of reductive dehalogenase genes from environmental samples and enrichment cultures identified with degenerate primer PCR screens
Hug, L.A.; Edwards, E.A.
Frontiers in Microbiology 2015, 6 (FEB), art. no. 30

Progress in thermochemical hydrogen production with the copper-chlorine cycle
Naterer, G.F.; Suppiah, S.; Stolberg, L.; Lewis, M.; Wang, Z.; Rosen, M.A.; Dincer, I.; Gabriel, K.; Odukoya, A.; Secnik, E.; Easton, E.B.; Papangelakis, V.
International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 2015, (in press)


Grad Office



Date of Meeting: April 27, 2015 in WB215 at 10am
Committee: Chair: Prof. E. A. Edwards; Supervisor(s): Prof. V. G. Papangelakis; Other Member(s): Prof. G. Azimi

PhD Reading Committee Meeting – S. Fisher

Date of Meeting: April 27, 2015 in CCBR 8th Floor at 10am
Committee: Chair: Prof. M. Radisic; Supervisor: Prof. M. Shoichet; Other Member(s): Prof. S. Muthuswamy


Date of Meeting: April 29, 2015 in WB215 at 9am
Committee: Chair: Prof. D. W. Kirk; Supervisor(s): Prof. H. N. Tran; Other Member(s): Prof. M. Bussmann

PhD Reading Committee Meeting – D. Rodenhizer

Date of Meeting: April 30, 2015 in TMDT 12-710 at 1pm
Committee: Chair: Prof. M. Radisic; Supervisor: Prof. A. McGuigan; Other Member(s): Prof. L. Ailles (Med. Biophysics), Prof. B. Wouters (Radiation Oncology)

Student Life Catalyst Awards

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.




Safety Training

The safety training for 2015 summer students are as follows:

Part I:  In-Person Training, May 5, 2015, WB-116, from 9:30-11:30am

Part II:  On-line, to be completed prior to the In-Person Exam

Part III:  In-Person Examination, May 11, 2015, WB-116, 10:00-10:30am

As per University and departmental guidelines, we are required to provide training to all personnel. If you have hired a summer student, please inform them of the date, time and location of the training program. It would be helpful if you could provide names of any summer students to Leticia Gutierrez for attendance and handouts purposes.

Students from our department that have completed their fourth year, AND ARE CONTINUING INTO GRADUATE SCHOOL in our department, do not have to attend this training session (their training for fourth year thesis will suffice). They need to attend the CHE2222F in September.

The training is compulsory for all other summer students/personnel, including those in volunteer positions and on co-op placements. 

Information Security Workshop

A reminder to register today for Information Security in a Connected World, a multidisciplinary one-day workshop hosted at the University of Toronto on May 5, 2015 in SF1105.

As connected devices permeate our lives, it is crucial that the computer infrastructure we rely on so heavily be secure and reliable. Two trends promise to make information security even more important in the future. First, computers are finding their way into new and exciting applications: from smart building controls, to autonomous robots, to medical devices, computing imparts both agility and unpredictability. Second, nearly every computer is connected in some way to another: from short-range wireless protocols, to increasingly ubiquitous cellular data and high-speed broadband, it is faster than ever to share data or compromise personal privacy. At the heart of whether the benefits that drive these trends will outweigh their inherent risks is the question of whether we can engineer these systems to be secure and reliable. This workshop will explore the security benefits and risks of these trends, how they can be addressed, and how multidisciplinary problems can bring together researchers from disparate fields to meet the challenges of achieving security in a connected world.

CEGSA Ping Pong Tournament

Do you take a break from research and work by playing a game of ping pong with your friends in the common room? Do you want an opportunity to show off your table tennis skills and have your name forever engraved in the common room?

Well, then CEGSA's annual Table Tennis tournament is for you! The tournament will take place on Thursday, May 7 at 4:30pm in the Grad Common room (WB 247). Pizza will be provided for those participating. To sign up, please email Sam Huang.

Winners will be glorified by having their name engraved on the champion plaque in the common room. So be sure to bring your A game and leave no mercy on the table.


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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