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In the News

$4.9 Million for Lighter, Greener Cars
A University of Toronto research team - consisting of several members from our ChemE community - has won $2,513,500 from Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) to work with Ford Motor Company to develop a novel new material for car parts using renewable resources extracted from wood pulp. Together with financial and in-kind contributions from Ford and U of T, the project’s total value is $4,981,500. Read more.

ChemE Prof Named U of T's Hotshot Prof
Every year the Globe and Mail's Canandian University Report names one professor from each Canadian university as a Hotshot Prof. This year, that honour for U of T goes to ChemE Professor Yu-Ling Cheng. Read more.

ChemE Members Win $1,000 ISE Prize
The Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) recently award the project, Algal Biofilm Growth Parameters and Reactor Systems for the Production of Biofuels and Biochemicals, with a $1,000 prize. Read more.


October 25, 2013

Volume 30, Issue 35

In this issue:

Departmental Offices
Chem Eng Events


Departmental Offices


Grad Office

M.A.Sc. Bypass Oral Examination – M. J. Montgomery
Date of Meeting: Friday, November 1, 2013 in RS412 at 11am
Committee: Chair: Prof. E. A. Edwards; Supervisor: Prof. M. Radisic; Other Member(s): Prof. P. Santerre, Prof. M. Sefton

Ph.D. Qualifying Examination – L. A. Puentes Jácome
Date of Meeting: Thursday, October 31, 2013 in WB115 at 9:30am
Committee: Chair: Prof. Y-L. Cheng; Supervisor: Prof. E. A. Elizabeth;
Other Member(s): Prof. E. J. Acosta, Prof. B. Sleep

Please take note of the following:

  • Monday, October 28: Final date to drop Fall session full or half courses without academic penalty
  • Monday, October 28: SSHRC (open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents) online submission deadline
  • Monday, November 4: Final date to drop 500 level courses without academic penalty

Research Office

Understanding the positive effects of low pH and limited aeration on selenate removal from water by elemental iron
Klas, S., Kirk, D.W.
Separation and Purification Technology, 116 pp. 222-229

Hyaluronic acid click hydrogels emulate the extracellular matrix
Owen, S.C., Fisher, S.A., Tam, R.Y., Nimmo, C.M., Shoichet, M.S.
Langmuir 2013, 29 (24) pp.7393-7400

Mass transport processes in the electro-oxidation of organic compounds for wastewater treatment 
Ni, Q., Kirk, D.W., Thorpe, S.J.
ECS Transactions 2012, 41917) pp. 27-33

Pit propagation in pure aluminum investigated via the 1D artificial pit technique: Growth regimes, surface morphology and implications for stability criteria 
Cook, A.B., Engelberg, D.L., Stevens, N.P.C., Laycock, N., White, S., Ghahari, M., Monir, M., Holroyd, N.J.H., Newman, R.C.
ECS Transactions 2012, 41(25) pp.121-132




WHMIS Online Course
All individuals who could not attend the in-person WHMIS training on Monday, October 7 must complete the online course (including quiz) by Saturday, November 30. For more details, email leticia.gutierrez@utoronto.ca

November Convocation Procession
Our November convocation ceremony will be on Tuesday, November 12 at 10am. Staff and faculty who are interested in participating in the procession should email grad.chemeng@utoronto.ca for more details.

Administrative Staff Awards
The deadline for the Administrative Staff Awards is Friday, December 6. Our department has a small committee empowered with the task of assisting staff members who feel they have an excellent chance of winning one of the awards. For more information about the various awards, visit http://www.engineering.utoronto.ca/Page3257.aspx. If you are interested in applying for one of the awards, send an email to jennifer.hsu@utoronto.ca at your earliest convenience.

Graduate Research Weekend Registration
To assist in planning, professors interested in participating in Graduate Research Weekend (Jan 31-Feb 2, 2014), should register online at their earliest convenience.


Chem Eng Events

Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


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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