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Past Lectures at the Leading Edge speaker awarded 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

On Wednesday, October 3, Prof. Frances ArnoldLinus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology, was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for her work on the directed evolution of enzymes. With the opening of U of T, ChemE’s Lectures at the Leading Edge less than 2 weeks away, this incredible accomplishment comes with a timely connection to the Department, as Professor Arnold was the 2017-18 Irving O. Shoichet Distinguished Lecturer. This year’s Irving O. Shoichet Distinguished Lecturer, Prof. Angela Belcher of MIT, speaks on Wednesday, October 17 at 12pm in Wallberg room 116.

Time & room change for LLE talk scheduled on Mon, Nov 12

Please note that LLE's 2018-19 AEESP Distinguished Lecture will now take place from 1-2pm in BA1170. The talk entitled, Can Engineering Controls Shape the Drinking Water Microbiome and Reduce the Risk of Opportunistic Infections, will be given by Prof. Lutgarde Raskin from the University of Michigan.

Emily Moore named new director of Troost ILead

Dr. Emily Moore has been named the next director of the Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (Troost ILead), effective October 1, 2018. She is also appointed to a five-year term as an associate professor in the Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice(ISTEP).  Moore has served as a member of the Troost ILead board of advisors since 2014. Prof. Doug Reeve (ChemE), the founding director, will step down but will continue to be involved as a senior advisor to Troost ILead. Reeve will continue teaching and leading research on engineering leadership. Read full story.

Sustainable Development Technology Canada approves funding for Lithium-ion Battery recycler Li-Cycle

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC/TDDC) will be providing $2.7 million to Li-Cycle to establish the Pilot Plant for the Recycling of all types of Lithium-ion Batteries. Li-Cycle Technology™, founded by Ajay Kochhar (ChemE 1T3), is a closed loop, low cost, safe, scalable, environmentally friendly, mechanical and wet-chemistry (i.e. low temperature hydrometallurgical) processing technology. The technology can recover 80-100% of all constituents in lithium-ion batteries. Li-Cycle Technology™’s end-products are suitable for reuse directly in lithium-ion battery materials or the broader economy, thereby enabling a true closed loop resource recovery solution.

PDF opportunity at IBBME

Prof. Michael Sefton (ChemE, IBBME) is looking to fill a Postdoctoral Fellow position in the area of Inflammatory response to biomaterials – biomaterial synthesis. The start date is Tuesday, January 1, 2019. For more information as well as details on how to apply, click here. Please feel free to share this annoucement with potential candidates.

REGISTER TODAY for First Aid and CPR-C training

ChemE is organizing a First Aid training session that spans Saturday, October 20 to Sunday, October 21. Limited spots are available. If your certification is about to expire or even if you've never been trained before, this course will provide full certification. ChemE will cover the cost for faculty and staff who attend the training. Interested grad students must speak with their PI regarding cost coverage. If you are interested in attending the weekend session, email alexander.dean@utoronto.ca by 3pm TODAY!

Engineering Leadership Seminar on Wed, Oct 17

Troost ILead's first Engineering Leadership Seminar will take place on Wednesday, October 17 from 11:10am to 12pm in GB202. Professor and Chair Tracey Adams from Western University's Department of Sociology will discuss how much autonomy engineers have in the workplace and what kind of ethical pressure they experience. For more info, click here.

Discounted WISE tickets available until Wed, Oct 31

Women in Science and Engineering is proud to present our 7th National Conference in January 2019. Participants will hear from inspirational leaders from a wide range of STEM fields, expand their skillset through technical and professional development workshops, and challenge themselves in competitions. Tickets can be purchased online here. The Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering has generously offered to provide $20 tickets to all students from the Faculty (80% off regular ticket price). Discounted tickets are available until Wednesday, October 31. If you're a student and would like a discounted ticket, email amrrita.sethi@wiseuoft.org for more information.

SAVE THE DATE: CEGSA Holiday Lunch on Thu, Dec 6

It's that time of year again, please save Thursday, December 6 in your calendar for CEGSA's annual Holiday Lunch. The festive event will run from 12-1pm in the grad common room.


October 5, 2018

Volume 35, Issue 35

In this issue:

Chem Eng Events




International Young Water Professionals Conference: Call for workshops and abstracts closing on Mon, Oct 15!

water conferenceThe International Young Water Professionals Conference will be held in Toronto from Sunday, June 23 to Thursday, June 27, 2019. Attending the conference will be over 300 young professionals who work and do research in the area of water and the environment. The conference is now accepting workshops and abstracts until Monday, October 15, 2018. Don’t miss out on your chance to present at this international conference!


Chem Eng Events

Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


Wednesday, October 17 - LLE: Angela Belcher, MIT (Irving O. Shoichet Distinguished Lecture), Giving New Life to Materials for Energy, the Environment and Medicine, WB116 from 12-1pm

Sunday, October 21 to Tuesday, October 23 - CEAB visit

Sunday, October 28 to Wednesday, October 31 - XXIX Interamerican Congress of Chemical Engineering incorporating the 68th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference: Sheraton Centre, for more information visit www.csche2018.ca

Monday, November 12 - LLE: Lutgarde Raskin, University of Michigan (AEESP Distinguished Lecture Series), co-hosted with CivMin, Ryerson, and York, Can engineering controls shape the drinking water microbiome and reduce the risk of opportunistic infections?, time and location TBD

Wednesday, November 21 - LLE: Alan Aspuru-Guzik, U of T, Department of Chemistry, Closed-loop discovery of materials: Robotics, artificial intelligence and predictive methods for the design of active organic materials, WB116 from 12-1pm

Wednesday, December 5 - LLE: Ron Weiss, MIT, Mammalian Synthetic Biology: Foundation and Therapeutic Applications, WB116 from 12-1pm

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - LLE: Manos Mavrikakis, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Reaction Mechanisms and Structure Sensitivity for Heterogeneous Catalyst Discovery from First-Principles, WB116 from 12-1pm

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - LLE: John Lienhard, MIT, Co-hosted with IWI, Thermodynamics and Transport in Desalination Systems Engineering, WB116 from 12-1pm

Friday, February 22, 2019 - GRD: Great Hall, Hart House, full day

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - LLE: Jennifer Case, Virginia Tech (Education Lecture and Seminar), co-hosted with ISTEP, Going beyond the fads and jargon: What does research tell us about teaching for high quality learning in science and engineering?, WB116 from 12-1pm

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - LLE: Ian Gilmore, National Physical Laboratory, UK, co-hosted with OCAAM, Metabolic imaging at the single-cell scale - recent advances and future challenges in mass spectrometry imaging, WB116 from 12-1pm

Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - LLE: Alfred Spormann, Stanford, Microbial Electrosynthesis for a Carbon-neutral Energy and Chemicals Economy, WB116 from 12-1pm


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