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Remembering Leon J. Rubin

The 100th anniversary of his birth - this November 22 - is an opportune time to remember Leon J. Rubin, a remarkable alum.

Rubin graduated as a chemical engineer from the Department in 1938, where a year later he obtained his Master’s degree. He then joined the Department as an instructor where he taught for six years and was in charge of the analytical and general chemistry program.

During this time he continued his postgraduate studies in the Department of Chemistry under Professor H.O.L. Fischer where he obtained his doctorate in the field of natural products (glyceryl ethers) in 1945.

In this same year, Rubin joined the staff of the Research Centre of Canada Packers Inc. He first worked on the synthesis of steroidal hormones and vitamin D. However, he was soon appointed Director of Research and held that post until January 1979.

Under his direction the Research Centre became Canada’s leading food laboratory and a world leader in research and development of food and industrial biological processes. With a staff of 85, it was the central research laboratory of Canada Packers and dealt with the main areas of the company’s business - meats, edible oils, general packing house processing, animal feeds, fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

On his retirement in January 1979, he rejoined our Department as Professor Emeritus and initiated the program in Food Engineering. Rubin was shortly joined by Levente Diosady, who became the professor of Food Engineering. They collaborated in setting up courses in food engineering and industrial biological processes, as well as established an active research program resulting in 53 papers and 19 patents. Read more.


November 13, 2013

Volume 30, Issue 38

In this issue:

Departmental Offices
Chem Eng Events


Departmental Offices


Grad Office

Graduate Awards
Tri-Agency “CGSM” Awards
Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) “NSERC CGSM”
Social Sciences & Humanities Research Counci (SSHRC) “SSHRC CGSM”
Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) “CIHR CGSM”
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents.
Online Deadline: Sunday, December 1
Departmental Submission Deadline: Monday, December 2

Autism Scholars Awards
Open to Domestic Master's and Doctoral Students
Application Deadline: December 2 to Chem Eng Grad Office, WB212
Award Details

Ontario Women's Health Scholars Awards (OWHSA)
Open to domestic masters and doctoral students, and postdoctoral fellows
Application Deadline: December 2 to Chem Eng Grad Office, WB212
Award Details
Application Form

Delta Kappa World Fellowship
Open to Female International Masters and Doctoral Students
(Canadian or United States citizens are ineligible)
Application Deadline: December 2nd, 2013 at 4:00 pm EST
Award Details
Award Checklist

Research Office

Xylo- and cello-oligosaccharide oxidation by gluco-oligosaccharide oxidase from Sarocladium strictum and variants with reduced substrate inhibition
Vuong, T.V., Vesterinen, A.H., Foumani, M., Juvonen, M., Seppala, J., Tenkanen, M., Master, E.R. 2013. Biotechnol Biofuels, 6(1), 148.

Towards practical time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry lignocellulolytic enzyme assays
Goacher, R.E., Tsai A.Y.-L., Master, E.R. 2013. Biotechnol Biofuels, 6(1), 132.




Special Lecture and Meet-and-Greet
On Thursday, November 21 at 3pm in SF1105, Dr. Tuyen Tran from Intel's Technology Development Division will be giving a special talk on the history of transistor scaling at Intel, the future of Moore's Law, as well as Intel's research, development and manufacturing methodology and silicon technology leadership. Professors and grad students interested in meeting Dr. Tran after the lecture should email tony.chan.carusone@isl.utoronto.ca

Ace the Interview
ILead ChemE will be hosting its Ace the Interview event on Wednesday, November 27 from 5:30-8pm. The group is looking for a few volunteers to help students participating in the event with their interviewing skills. If you are interested in volunteering, please email cecilia.konney@utoronto.ca by Monday, November 18.

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

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

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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: Faculty registration available online.

January 31 - February 2, 2014 - GRW: Faculty registration available online.

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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