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News & Announcements

BioZone research leads to $100,000 start-up investment from Ontario Genomics

Ontario Genomics announced its investment in Ardra Inc. via its Pre-Commercial Business Development Fund earlier this week. Ardra, which developed out of postdoctoral research in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry under the supervision of Professor Krishna Mahadevan, is a specialty chemicals company focused on the production of natural ingredients for the cosmetics and flavour and fragrance industries. Read more.

Young alumnus leading change in health care

Romy Seth (ChemE 1T1) has been making his mark as VP at Ferghana Partners and co-founder of Medinas, a company utilizing a market approach to reducing wasted medical supplies. Seth was recently recognized in Canada’s Next 150 Future Leaders Campaign and won the Forbes Global Change the World Competition – both honours pay tribute to young innovators/entrepreneurs making a positive impact on the world. Read more.

Ultracentrifige for sale

BioZone has a barely used ultracentrifuge for sale. The model is a Thermo Scientific Sorvall WX80 Ultracentrifuge with T647.5 Rotor. For specifications, click here. If you are interested in purchasing the unit, please contact Sean Caffrey at sean.caffrey@utoronto.ca

BioZone Research Symposium on Fri, Nov 10

BioZone is hosting its semi-annual BioZone Research Symposium on Friday, November 10 from 1-5pm in UC179. All are welcome to join! For more info about this free event or to register, click here.

Global Speaker Series on Tue, Nov 21

Edward Botchwey from the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University will be giving a special talk entitled, Harnessing inflammation pathways and membrane lipidomics for stem cell biomanufacturing and regenerative engineering. The talk will take place on Tuesday, November 21 from 12-1pm in the Red Room of CCBR located at 160 College Street. For more info, click here. The event will also be live streamed here.

Post-Doctoral Opportunity starting January 2018: Condition Monitoring of Lubricating Oils in Diesel Engines

The Nanomechanics Research Group at Carleton University in Ottawa is seeking to hire a Post-Doctoral Fellow for a term of up to 2 years starting January 2018. The successful candidate will work on a project to model the degradation of lubricants in bearing and engine lubrication environments. Click here for more information, including how to apply.

Attend the CNA2018 for free!

Looking for that internship or first job in nuclear? Then you need to attend CNA2018...absolutely free! Apply to be one of 100 students to receive an all expenses paid trip to Ottawa to attend CNA2018. Visit cna.ca/conference for full details and fill out the application under the 'Student Registration' tab today! All applications must be received by Thursday, November 30 to be considered.


November 3, 2017

Volume 34, Issue 37

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


PhD Reading Committee Meeting – I. Guzman

Date of Meeting: Wednesday, November 8
Start Time: 10am
Location (Building and Room): WB115
Reading Committee Membership
Committee: Chair: Prof. D. W. Kirk; Supervisor: Prof. V. G. Papangelakis; Co-Supervisor: Prof. S. Thorpe (MSE); Other Member(s): Prof. R. Newman

PhD Reading Committee Meeting - Oluwasegun Modupe

Date of Meeting: Thursday, November 11
Start Time: 10am
Location (Building and Room): WB115
Reading Committee Membership
Committee: Chair: Prof. D. W. Kirk; Supervisor: Prof. L. L. Diosady; Other Member(s): Prof. J. C. Paradi

PhD Reading Committee Meeting - Sachin Goel

Date of Meeting: Friday, November 10
Start Time: 12pm
Location (Building and Room): WB215
Reading Committee Membership
Committee: Chair: Prof. E. Acosta; Supervisor: Prof. A. Ramchandran; Other Member(s): Prof. David Sinton (MIE)

SGS Sessional Dates


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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