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alex deanWelcome Alex Dean

This week Alex Dean joined ChemE, as our new Health & Safety Services and Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory Technician. He has a background in chemical engineering technology, as well as work experience as an industry chemist. His previous experience include working with Toronto Water labs preforming analysis on waste water samples from a vast array of industries within the municipality. His most recent position was as a quality control chemist for a major cosmetics producer in Toronto, preforming routine heavy metal analysis on components to ensure optimal quality of finished goods. Alex will be working out of the Unit Ops Lab in WB125 and can be reached at alexander.dean@utoronto.ca

CEGSA Halloween Pub Night on Fri, Oct 27

CEGSA will be hosting its annual Halloween Pub Night on Friday, October 27. The festivities begin at 5pm in the grad common room and will include a pumpkin carving content, as well as a costume contest. Pizza will be served before heading over to O'Grady's at 7pm.

ChemE Club's Trick or Treating Event

To all faculty members who indicated interest to Chem Club, reps from the group will be dropping by your office on Monday, October 30 with candy for you to pass out to undergrad students during your scheduled office hours next week.

CEGSA-PPC Industry Panel on Tue, Oct 31

CEGSA and the Pulp and Paper Centre will be hosting an Industry Panel for students on Tuesday, October 31 from 4:30-5:30pm in MP202. Five members of the pulp and paper industry (including two U of T alumni) will host an hour discussion with students from ChemE and MechE. These individuals continue to make significant contributions to their companies, research and the industry-at-large. If you plan to attend, please register here.

SOCAAR Seminar on Wed, Nov 1

Assistant Professor Hui Peng from U of T’s Department of Chemistry will be giving a talk entitled, Oxidative Stress: a Merged Toxic Pathway for Environmental Matrices. His talk will take place on Wednesday, November 1 from 3-4pm in WB407.

ChemE excels at the 2017 CSChE Conference

During the 67th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (2017 CSChE Conference) held from October 22-25 in Edmonton, our Department had several outstanding moments including our students winning the top CSChE Student Chapter Award. Our Student Chapter will appear on the CBC program, Our Story, airing at 10am (MT) on Saturday, October 28; 2pm (MT) on Sunday, October 29; and 11am (MT) on Monday, October 30. Associate Professors Cathy Chin and Alison McGuigan, and students Cuilian Fang (ChemE 1T9) and Claire Velikonja (ChemE 2T0) were also recognized at the Conference. Read more.

Natural fibres: New yeast strains could turn plant waste into fabrics

Nylon — used in everything from clothing to car parts to toothbrush bristles — is derived from oil, a nonrenewable fossil fuel. A team of researchers from U of T Engineering led by Professor Krishna Mahadevan is working on a way to make the same chemical from a renewable source: plants. Read more.

ChemE labs showcased in print/online

Ariel labAssistant Professor Ariel Chan’s Unit Ops Lab was featured as the "hero" image for the opening page of the University Rankings print edition.







jen labYaji Ke (ChemE 2T0) performing a titration in Assistant Professor Jennifer Farmer’s lab was featured as the lead image on the digital story about the 2018 Reputational Rankings.






Young alumna blogs about I-7/G-7 experience

Back in September, Angela Tran Kingyens (ChemE MASc 0T7, PhD 1T2) was part of the I-7, a small delegation of five other Canadians who advised the G-7 on innovation policy. This was the first year non-government people were invited to weigh in on topics related to innovation. Read her blog post.


October 26, 2017

Volume 34, Issue 36

In this issue:

Grad Office
Chem Eng Events




Job opportunity with MOECC

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) is looking to hire a Senior Organic Chemistry Research Scientist. The successful candidate will have a PhD level degree in Chemistry. For more details including how to apply, click here.

PhD opportunity - apply asap

If you’re thinking of doing a PhD, there’s an opportunity starting in January or May 2018. The successful PhD candidate would help investigate the amounts and factors related to the release of microfibers and contaminants from clothing, and would be co-supervised by Miriam Diamond and Chelsea Rochman from U of T, as well as Lisa Jautunen and Amila de Silva from Environment and Climate Change Canada. Funding is available for four years. For more information, including how to apply, 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 for 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


Grad Office


MASc Bypass Oral Examination - Shunyao Wang

Date of Meeting: Thursday, November 2
Start Time: 9am
Location (Building and Room): WB115
Committee: Chair: Prof. Y. Lawryshyn; Supervisor: Prof. A. Chan; Other Member(s): Prof. J. Abbatt (Chemistry), Prof. G. J. Evans

SGS Sessional Dates

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


Chem Eng Events

Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


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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