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$2.8 Million Research Grant Boosts the Search for ‘Green Plastics’

emma masterPaper or plastic? This seemingly mundane question captures of one of our biggest sustainability challenges: although paper is renewable and biodegradable, for many uses non-degradable plastic still wins out due to its resilience and versatility. Now, thanks to a new grant from the European Research Council, Professor Emma Master is searching for ways to get the best of both worlds.

This week, Master was awarded €1.98 million ($2.8 million CAD) for a project known as BHIVE: Bio-derived High Value polymers through novel Enzyme function. Involving collaborators at Aalto University in Finland, the project aims to search for natural enzymes that could transform plant material — including forestry or agricultural waste — into a greener alternatives to non-degradable plastics. Read more.

ChemE First Year Orientation on Wednesday, September 9

The department will be hosting its annual first year orientation session and lunch on Wednesday, September 9 from 12-2pm. If you're a professor or staff member, please join us for the intro session in WB116 from 12-12:30pm and then lunch in the undergrad common room from 12:30-2pm. RSVP to jennifer.hsu@utoronto.ca and don't forget to add the event to your calendar. Once you RSVP, more details will be sent to you closer to the event date.

CEGSA goes Dancing on the Peir

Join CEGSA on Thursday, July 23 for the first of two evenings of fun at Toronto's unique social dance series, Dancing on the Pier! Come learn to dance salsa or watch some great local dancers and bands in action! Pizza will be served in WB247 at 5:30pm. The group will start heading to the Harbourfront Center at 6:30pm.

Please sign up on the link below:

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July 17, 2015

Volume 32, Issue 26

In this issue:

Grad Office
Job Posting


Grad Office


PhD Reading Committee Meeting – L. Puentes Jácome

Date of Meeting: Tuesday, July 21 in WB115 at 9am
Committee: Chair: Prof. E. J. Acosta; Supervisor: Prof. E. A. Edwards; Other Member(s): Prof. B. Sleep (CIV)

SGS Sessional Dates

Wednesday, July 22: Grades for May/June F section courses available for viewing by students on Student Web Services (ROSI)


Job Posting


RENEW, INTEGRATE & BioZone Postdoctoral Opportunity

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratories of Drs. Elizabeth Edwards and Brent Sleep in the Departments of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry and Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. The successful candidate will be joining a dynamic team comprised of engineering and science students, staff and professors involved in groundwater remediation with a particular emphasis on tracking biological transformation reactions in groundwater associated with various cleanup approaches. For more information, click here.

Send your application and questions to Elizabeth Edwards before Wednesday, August 5. If you know someone who is qualified for the position and would be interested in applying, please notify them.



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July 31, 2015 - Nanocomposites Seminar (Dr. Mauro Giorcelli), WB215, 11am-12pm.

August 3, 2015 - Civic Holiday, the University will be closed.

September 7, 2015 - Labour Day, the University will be closed.

September 9, 2015 - First Year Orientation, WB116 and undergrad common room, 12-2pm.

September 10, 2015 - Classes Begin


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