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ChemE Postdoc Receives Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

BenoitBenoit Lessard, a postdoctoral fellow supervised by Professor Timothy Bender from the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at U of T, is a 2013 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient.

The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program, administered through NSERC, provides $70,000 annually for two years to national and international postdoctoral applicants who positively contribute to the country’s economic, social and research-based growth. It is arguably the most prestigious postdoctoral fellowship available in Canada. Only 23 were distributed this year. Read more.


September 26, 2013

Volume 30, Issue 32

In this issue:

Grad Office
Chem Eng Events


Grad Office


October 4: Final date for receipt of degree recommendations and submission of any required theses for master's degrees for Fall Convocation without fees being charged for the Fall session. Supervisors need to submit confirmation of correction/modification of theses/project to Pauline Martini in the Grad Office.

Doctoral Major Awards

Vanier CGS-A Tri-Agency Award (Vanier)
Open to Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident as well as International Scholars.
Online/Departmental Submission Deadline: Monday, September 30
Application information

Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents.
Online/Departmental Submission Deadline: Monday, September 30
Application Information
Note: use grad.chemeng@utoronto.ca as the email address for the individual who will upload your transcripts. If it asks for a name, it is Pauline Martini.

Doctoral Research Award (CIHR for doctoral students)
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents.
Apply directly online via CIHR website.
Online Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 1




ChemE Students Win Hydrometallurgy Undergraduate Scholarship
Jonathan Leung (ChemE 1T3 + PEY) and Raphael Soldi (ChemE 1T3 + PEY) from Professor Vlad Papangelakis's Aqueous Process Engineering and Chemistry Group have won Hydrometallurgy Undergraduate Scholarships. The $2,500 awards are presented by the Hydrometallurgy Section of the Metallurgy & Materials Society of CIM.

WHMIS Refresher
Our annual WHMIS refresher session will be held on Monday, October 7 from 11am until noon in WB116. Only one in-person session will be held. The WHMIS refresher will be available online for those who cannot attend in person with an exam required at the end of the online session. This is a requirement for all personnel registered with or working in the Department and includes those registered with the Department but working elsewhere on or off campus. People who have successfully completed CHE2222 in 2013 are exempt. Attendance will be taken. It is important to attend the whole session as all information is important. Doors will be locked once the session begins at 11:10am. No exceptions. So please be prompt.

Friday Fridge Cleaning
If you have food in the fridge in WB214, please remove it before 11:30am on Friday, September 27. The fridge will be cleaned out at that time.

Special Lecture on Environmental Microbiology
You are invited to attend a guest speaker seminar hosted by Professor Elizabeth Edwards on Tuesday, October 1 starting at 4pm in WB407. The guest speaker, Dr. Lily Young, is a distinguished professor of environmental microbiology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her seminar is entitled Anaerobic hydrocarbon degradation, the past and the future.

Engineering Graduate Studies Fair
Join Canada’s top engineering schools on Wednesday, October 2 in the lobby of the Bahen Centre to explore opportunities for graduate studies and engineering leadership. For more info, click here.

Stories of thriving Entrepreneurship
On Thursday, October 3 from 5-6pm in SF1105, Steven Lamb (EngSci 9T0) will discuss his experience as a successful serial entrepreneur. Steven is currently launching his fifth start-up. This talk will be followed by an informal dinner with the speaker. Please RSVP to susan.grant@utoronto.ca if you wish to attend the dinner. The dinner is free but space is limited. You do not need to RSVP to attend the talk.

Special Lecture on Catalytic Vehicle Emission Control
On Monday, October 7 starting at 2pm in WB215, Charles H.F. Peden from the Institute for Integrated Catalysis, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will be giving a talk entitled Future Challenges for Catalytic Vehicle Emission Control. If you would like to meet with the seminar speaker, please send an email to cathy.chin@utoronto.ca or charles.mims@utoronto.ca


Chem Eng Events

Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


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.

January 31, 2014 - ChemE Industry Open House: More information will be available soon.

January 31 - February 2, 2014 - GRW: Faculty registration will be available soon.

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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