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In the News

Professor Bradley Saville Predicts Alberta as a Biofuel Leader

A Canadian province most well-known for its petroleum products could be that country’s leader in non-petroleum energy. According to this article in the Edmonton Journal, Alberta, in all the headlines for its oilsands, could end up leading Canada by replacing half of its transportation fuels with biodiesel and ethanol.

“We now have ethanol from grain and biodiesel from oilseeds, and we can also have ethanol from poplar which is not used in many forestry management areas and we can grow dedicated energy crops,” said Bradley Saville, a professor of chemical engineering from the University of Toronto. To read more, click on the links below:

Professor Milica Radisic Talks Bioengineering on InnerSpace

Professor Milica Radisic and her research team recently appeared on Space Channel's InnerSpace program to discuss their new method of maturing human heart cells that simulates the natural growth environment of heart cells while applying electrical pulses to mimic the heart rate of fetal humans. Click here to watch the episode.


August 23, 2013

Volume 30, Issue 27

In this issue:

Research Office
Chem Eng Events


Research Office



Effects of flashing on spray characteristics of splashplate nozzles 
Karami, R., Kankkunen, A., Ashgriz, N., Tran, H.
2012 TAPPI PEERS Conference: Building a Sustainable Future, pp.385-395

Modeling the effects of different pulse current waveforms on grain size of electrodeposited nickel coatings
Karimi, S., Foulkes, F.R.
Journal of the Electrochemical Society 2012, 159 (11) pp. D659-D670

Formation of pirssonite in green liquor handling systems
Zakir, T., Tran, H., Papangelakis, V.G.
2012 TAPPI PEERS Conference: Building a Sustainable Future, pp.601-615

Effectiveness of MgO additives in mitigating fouling problems in Kraft recovery boilers
Zhao, L., Tran, H., McCabe, F.D.
2012 TAPPI PEERS Conference: Building a Sustainable Future, pp. 358-371

Nanofibrillar thermoreversible micellar microgels
Velasco, D., Chau, M., Thérien-Aubin, H., Kumachev, A., Tumarkin, E., Jia, Z., Walker, G.C., Monteiro, M.J., Kumacheva, E.
Soft Matter 2013, 9(8) pp. 2380-2383

Third Annual Mitacs Awards

Mitacs is now accepting nominations for the Third Annual Mitacs Awards series. These awards acknowledge undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellows, who have demonstrated excellence and leadership on a research & development project supported by one of their programs, specifically Mitacs-Accelerate, Globalink or Elevate. This year they are pleased to introduce an award specifically for outstanding achievement by Master’s students.
If you are a supervisor of a student who participated in one of these programs, we invite you to submit a nomination for the student if you feel that he or she meets the criteria of the Mitacs Awards.
Click here for more details about the available awards (which include the Award for Commercialization, Award for Novelty in Application and Award for Outstanding Research Achievement), as well as the online nomination form. If you have any questions after reviewing the details, please email mrc-chair@mitacs.ca

Mitacs Accelerate PhD Fellowships

Mitacs is pleased to announce national funding and training opportunities for faculty members, students and postdoctoral fellows.

  • Fellowships consist of a 3 year peer-reviewed research project supported with $30,000 annually.
  • This program is open to all PhDs regardless of nationality

For additional info, click here.




Acting Chair

Graeme Norval will be Acting Chair from Monday, August 26 to Friday, August 30 (inclusive).

First Year ChemE Orientation

The Department will be hosting it's annual First Year Orientation Lunch on Wednesday, September 4. The festivities will begin with a brief intro session in WB116. All staff and faculty are encouraged to help welcome our new students during this intro session and then join us for lunch in the Undergrad Common Room. The intro session will run from 12-12:30pm and lunch from 12:30-2pm. To RSVP, send an email to jennifer.hsu@utoronto.ca

U of T Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day

Enjoy an afternoon of great college football with your friends and family at the Varsity Blues season opener at Varsity Centre. U of T faculty and staff tickets are only $10 each and includes a FREE hot dog, chips and soft drink with every adult ticket purchased. Youth 17 and under who attend with you are free. Purchase your tickets online and use CODE: APP13. If you have any questions contact blues.tickets@utoronto.ca or 416-946-3811.

CEGSA Blue Jay Game

There are only a few weeks left before the start of a new semester and to start it off CEGSA is holding its annual outing to a Jays game vs the New York Yankees on Tuesday, September 17. The evening will include a tutorial on the rules of baseball beforehand provided by Professor and Chair Grant Allen in WB215 from 5-7pm, pizza and pop will also be provided! Tickets are only $5 per person! If you're interested in attending please email fanghui.dong@mail.utoronto.ca before Friday, August 30!

CEGSA Golf Tournament: Yay or Nay

CEGSA is considering the resurrection of its golf tournament but first would like to gauge interest. The tournament would be held at the Lakeview Golf Course in Mississauga sometime in mid-Sept. The expected costs are approximately $70 (with power carts) or $50 (without carts). For those who do not have their own golf clubs, there are rental clubs available for about $35 per set. Please email peter.schnurr@mail.utoronto.ca if you are interested in potentially playing.

Irving O. Shoichet Lecture on Wednesday, September 18

The 2013 Irving O. Shoichet Lecture will featureProfessor Jeffrey A. Hubbell from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Professor Hubbell's research focuses on biomaterial issues in tissue engineering, cell-based therapies, drug delivery and medical devices. He will be speaking on Wednesday, September 18 from 12:30-2pm in WB116. Professor Molly Shoichet welcomes suggestions for next year's speaker. Please send your recommendations directly to her office.


Chem Eng Events

Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


September 2, 2013 - Labour Day: U of T will be closed for the day.

September 4, 2013 - Orientation: Faculty and staff are invited to the intro session in WB116 at 12pm and lunch in WB238 (Undergrad Common Room) at 12:30pm.

September 18, 2013 - Irving O. Shoichet Lecture: Jeffrey A. Hubbell, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Protein and Materials Engineering for Modulating Regenerative and Immune Responses, 12:30-2pm, WB116.

September 25, 2013 - LLE: Sam Marcuson, Vale Canada Limited, Innovation, Leadership and Sustainability in the Resource Industry, 12:30-2pm, WB116.

November 20, 2013 - LLE: Michael E. Mackay, University of Delaware, Solar Energy and Plastics - Do These Two Words Belong Together, 12:30-2pm, WB116.

November 27, 2013 - LLE: David Julian McClements, University of Massachusetts, Structured Colloidal Delivery Systems for Encapsulation and Delivery of Bioactive Components, 12:30-2pm, WB116.

January 8, 2014 - LLE: Jillian Buriak, University of Alberta, Opening the Black Box of Nanostructure Syntheses - Steps to Understanding Chemistry on the Nanoscale, 12:30-2pm, WB116.

January 15, 2014 - LLE: Suzanne Kresta, University of Alberta, Innovation, Reliability, or Both? Education for Engineers as Entrepreneurs and Leaders, 12:30-2pm, WB116.

March 26, 2014 - LLE: Norman J. Wagner, University of Delaware, Shear Thickening Fluids and their Applications as Field-responsive Protective Materials, 12:30-2pm, WB116.

April 2, 2014 - LLE: Pamela Silver, Harvard Medical School, Building with Biology for Health and Sustainability, 12:30-2pm, WB116.


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