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The Geography of Pollution

Epidemiologists in recent years have developed an increasingly precise understanding of the relationship between exposure to airborne pollutants and a range of health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and asthma. What’s less well known is precisely where the air is most polluted.

Toronto, for example, has only four air-quality measurement stations providing real-time data, even though research shows that the concentration of pollutants such as nitrous oxide, volatile organic compounds and carbon monoxide can vary by orders of magnitude within an area spanning just a few city blocks.

To more precisely gauge pollution levels, Natalia Mykhaylova, a PhD candidate in chemical engineering, is developing an inexpensive air-quality monitor that could be deployed on utility poles across a city. Click here for full story.

September 13, 2013

Volume 30, Issue 30

In this issue:

Departmental Offices
Chem Eng Events


Office Announcements


Research Office

Halogen bonds can direct the solid state arrangement of phenoxy-boron subphthalocyanines
Virdo, J.D., Kawar, Y.H., Lough, A.J., Bender, T.P.
CrystEngComm 2013 15(16) pp.3187

A previously unrecognized kanosamine biosynthesis pathway in Bacillus subtilis
Vetter, N.D., Langill, D.M., Anjum, S., Boisvert-Martel, J., Jagdhane, R.C., Omene, E., Zheng, H., Van Straaten, K.E., Asiamah, I., Krol, E.S., Sanders, D.A.R., Palmer, D.R.J.
Journal of American Chemical Society 2013, 135(16) pp. 5970-5973

Positron emission tomography imaging of fibrillar parenchymal and vascular amyloid-β in TgCRND8 mice
McLean, D., Cooke, M.J., Albay III, R., Glabe, C., Shoichet, M.S.
ACS Chemical Neuroscience,4(4) pp.613-623

Aqueous and enzymatic extraction processes for the production of food-grade proteins and industrial oil from dehulled yellow mustard flour
Tabtabaei, S., Diosady, L.L.
Food Research International 2013, 52(2) pp. 547-556

Grad Office

Date of Meeting: Friday, September 20, 2013 in WB115 at 1 pm
Committee: Chair: Prof. C. Q. Jia; Supervisor(s): Prof. Chandra veer Singh; Other Member(s): Prof. C. Chin

Ph.D. Reading Committee Meeting – P. Schnurr
Date of Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 in WB115 at 1 pm
Committee: Chair: Prof. E. A. Edwards; Supervisor: Prof. D. G. Allen; Other Member(s): Prof. G. Espie, Prof. G. Wolfaardt

SGS Deadline
Sunday, September 22 - Final date to add full-year and Fall session courses

Doctoral Major Awards




Door Signs

If you need your door sign updated or require a new sign holder, send your correct info or sign holder request to arlene.smith@utoronto.ca. If the door sign update relates to a lab, have one person in your lab be responsible for the update email.

CEGSA Wine and Cheese

The group's annual Wine and Cheese will be held on Friday, September 20 from 5-7pm in GB202 (Galbraith Building). It's an excellent opportunity to mingle with students, faculty, and staff over soft drinks, wine, cheese and crackers! This is a 19+ event licensed by the AGCO. Please bring government issued ID and T-card.

iLead ChemE

iLead ChemE, formerly LOT|ChemE will be hosting its first meeting on Tuesday, September 17 from 8-9am in WB 215. All new and returning students are encouraged to come out. Please help promote to students.

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

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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.

October 16, 2013 - Emerging Leaders: Jose Moran-Mirabal, McMaster University, The Study of Cellulose Structure and Cellulase-cellulose Interactions Through High-resolution Fluorescence Microscopy Techniques, 12:30–2pm, WB116.

November 6, 2013 - Emerging Leaders: Javid Rzayev, University of Buffalo, Nanostructured Materials from Molecular Bottlebrushes, 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.

January 22, 2014 - Emerging Leaders: Suljo Linic, Conversion of Solar into Chemical Energy on Plasmonic Metal Nanostructures, 12:30–2pm, WB116.

February 5, 2014 - Emerging Leaders: Eduardo Asselin, University of British Columbia, title of talk pending, 12:30–2pm, WB116.

March 19, 2014 - Emerging Leaders: Todd Squires, University of California, title of talk pending, 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.

March 28, 2014 - 29th Annual Chemical Engineering Dinner: Full details will be provided closer to the date, 6-9:30pm, 89 Chestnut Street Residence.

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

April 9, 2014 - Emerging Leaders: Chris Cappa, University of California, Berkeley, The Influence of Chemical Mixing and Morphology on the Heterogeneous Oxidation of Organic Particles, 12:30–2pm, WB116.


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