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News & Announcements

New partnership to develop rechargeable aluminum-ion battery

Professor Gisele Azimi from U of T’s departments of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering has received $210,000 in funding from Potent Group Inc. The funds will help support a collaborative-research project with Potent Group Inc. entitled, Development of a new generation of rechargeable batteries based on aluminum ion for energy storage solutions. Read full story.

On a mission of compassion

The recipient of a Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship, Deborah Emilia Solomon (ChemE 2T1) wants to devote her engineering career “to the service of others.” Read full story by Carol Toller and published in the autumn 2017 issue of U of T Magazine.

ChemE’s 2017 Arbor Award recipients

U of T annually presents Arbor Awards to alumni who enhance the experience of students, faculty, staff and alumni through their tremendous generosity and contributions. Since 1989, more than 2,200 alumni and friends have received Arbor Awards. On Thursday, September 14 four alumni from our Department joined this deserving group. Read full story.

Lumber donation arrives in Houston, Texas from White River Forest Products

Frank Dottori (ChemE 6T3), CEO of White River Forest Products (WRFP), spurred his team to mobilize and send to Houston over $20,000 worth of 8 foot 2×4 lumber to help rebuild Habitat for Humanity homes after historic flooding. Read the full story published on wawa-news.com.

Special lecture on Thu, Oct 12

Kerstin Forsberg from KTH Royal Institute of Technology will be giving a special lecture entitled, Chemical engineering for resource recovery and waste management at KTH. The talk will take place on Thursday, October 12 from 2-3pm in WB219.

Grabbing your place in the media revolution on Thu, Oct 12

All are welcome to attend a special seminar and screening of the New Age of Journalism. The event will take place on Thursday, October 12 from 5:30-9:30pm at Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas located at 2190 Yonge Street.

  • 5:30pm - Registration opens
  • 6:00pm - Seminar by Robert Steiner, Director, Fellowships in Global Journalism, Munk School of Global Affairs
  • 7:30pm - Screening of Freelancer on the Front Lines as part of the 2017 Reelworld Film Festival and a special Q & A to follow

The cost is free but you must register here.


October 6, 2017

Volume 34, Issue 33

In this issue:

Grad Office
Chem Eng Events




U of T Engineering Connect: Improve Your Online Presence on Wed, Oct 11

All students are invited to attend a workshop to learn how to use U of T Engineering Connect to improve their online brand. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, October 11 from 12:30-1:30pm in BA2135. To register, visit: bit.ly/onlinebrandworkshop.

BioZone Mass Spectrometry Facility: User Meeting on Mon, Oct 23

The BioZone Mass Spectrometry Facility is holding its annual user meeting (open to all) on Monday, October 23 from 9am to 2pm. Topics include:

  • New developments in mass spectrometry analysis
  • Using mass spectrometry to support research
  • Starting material requirements, sample prep, and protocol development

For more info and registration, click here.

Chem Club's Research Repository

Chem Club would like to invite professors to join its Research Repository to make student research a bit more accessible to ChemE undergrads. Professors can forward their details to michael.fediw@mail.utoronto.ca

Call: International Climate Protection Fellowship

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants up to 20 fellowships to prospective leaders from non-European transition or developing countries, who are active in any of the following areas: scientific, engineering-based, legal, economic, health-related or social aspects of climate change. The young climate experts will go to Germany for a year to work alongside a host of their own choosing on a research-related project. For detailed information and all application requirements, click here. The deadline for applications is Thursday, March 1, 2018. If you have any questions regarding the International Climate Protection Fellowship Programme or would like individual guidance, please email info@avh.de.

CIFST's New Professionals Program

The Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) has a new committee: the New Professionals Program. The committee is seeking two student representatives from each Ontario College and University. If you are a grad student interested in representing U of T, please contact Sophia Walterfor more information. She can be reached at swalter@powellmay.cbpowell.com.

Call: CIFST volunteers

The Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) is looking for volunteers to assist with two upcoming events: its annual Ontario Technical Session on Friday, October 20 and its Tabletop Suppliers Night on Tuesday, November 7. If you'd like to help out for either of these events, contact Sophia Walter. She can be reached at swalter@powellmay.cbpowell.com.


Grad Office


PhD Reading Committee Meeting – Kimia Moozeh

Date of Meeting: Monday, October 16
Start Time: 11am
Location (Building and Room): WB215
Reading Committee Membership
Committee: Chair: Prof. W. R. Cluett; Supervisor: Prof. G. J. Evans; Other Member(s): Prof. S. McCahan

Important Dates

Monday, October 30: Final date to drop fall session full and half courses without academic penalty.


Chem Eng Events

Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


Wednesday, October 18 - LLE - Kathleen Stebe, University of Pennsylvania, Curvature Directed Assembly of Colloids at Interfaces, starts at 12pm, WB116

Wednesday, November 22 - LLE - William Sampson, University of Manchester, Optimising Structure-Property Dependencies of Stochastic Materials by Probabilistic Modelling, starts at 12pm, WB116

Wednesday, December 6 - LLE - Julia Kornfield, California Institute of Technology, Megasupramolecules, starts at 12pm, WB116

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - LLE - Philip Jessop, Queen's University, Co2-Switchable Materials, starts at 12pm, WB116

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - LLE - Peter Adriaens, University of Michigan, CleanTech Meets FinTech: A Data-Driven e-Ship Disruption in Environmental Engineering, starts at 12pm, WB116

Friday, February 23, 2018 - ChemE Graduate Research Day (ChemE GRD) - Details coming soon

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - LLE - Sanjay Sarma, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rethinking Education for the 21st Century, starts at 12pm, WB116

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 2017 AEESP Distinguished Lecture/LLE - Pedro Alvarez, Rice University, Proliferation and Control of Multidrug-Resistant "Superbugs" in Sewage Treatment Plants, starts at 12pm, WB116

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 2nd annual Chemical Engineering Exhibition and 33rd Chemical Engineering Dinner - Details coming soon

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - LLE - Kristala Jones Prather, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Metabolite Valves: Dynamic Control of Metabolic Flux for Pathway Engineering, starts at 12pm, WB116


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