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In the News

Innovations for Developing Countries: Grand Challenges Canada
ChemE Professors Krishna Mahadevan, Alexei Savchenko and Alexander Yakunin just received a big boost for their project entitled Low Cost Synthesis of Tuberculosis Drug Using Synthetic Biology, thanks to a grant from Grand Challenges Canada (GCC). The GCC grant is awarded to health care innovations that could transform the way disease is treated in the developing world. Read more.

What Composes the Human Heart? U of T Researchers Crunch the Numbers
A foundational study published in top biomedical journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Science) by U of T researchers (including ChemE Professor Milica Radisic) and the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine have identified the optimal structure and cell ratio associated with heart function – and the discovery has already led the team to another research first: the engineering of the first-ever living, three-dimensional human arrhythmic tissue. Read more.

ChemE Prof Receives CIM Fellowship
The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Fellowship recognizes members who have distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to the mining, metallurgical or petroleum industries. ChemE Professor Vladimiros Papangelakis is now a CIM Fellow. Read more.

Air Pollution: How Bad is Your Neighbourhood?
Natalia Mykhaylova, a PhD candidate in chemical engineering, is developing an inexpensive air-quality monitor that could be deployed on utility poles across a city. The shoebox-sized device, which is packed with sensors and detectors that can measure the concentration of fine particles and the pollutants mentioned above, will eventually be powered by lithium batteries and small solar panels. Read more.


November 29, 2013

Volume 30, Issue 39

In this issue:

Departmental Offices
Chem Eng Events


Departmental Offices


Grad Office

M.A.Sc. Bypass Oral Examination – P. Lachkov
Date of Meeting:  Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 in WB115 at 4 pm
Committee:  Chair:   Prof. C. Q. Jia; Supervisor:   Prof. Y-H. (Cathy) Chin; Other Member(s):   Prof. C. A. Mims, Prof. D. Stephan
Ph.D. Reading Committee Meeting – A. Boza Troncoso
Date of Meeting:  Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 in WB115 at 9 am
Committee:  Chair: Prof. Y-L. Cheng; Supervisor:  Prof. E. Acosta; Other Member(s):  Prof. C. A. Mims

Ph.D. Reading Committee Meeting – S. Hussain
Date of Meeting:  Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 in WB115 at 8:30 am
Committee:  Chair: Prof. N. Yan; Supervisor:  Prof. M. T. Kortschot; Other Member(s):  Prof. G. Hibbard (MSE), Prof. Chandra Veer Singh

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

Charge redistribution and ionic mobility in the micropores of supercapacitors
Graydon, J.W., Panjehshahi, M., Kirk, D.W.
Journal of Power Sources, 245 pp. 822-829

Single residues dictate the co-evolution of dual esterases: MCP hydrolases from the α/β hydrolase family
Alcaide, M., Tornés, J., Stogios, P.J., Xu, X., Gertler, C., Leo, R.D.I., Bargiela, R., Lafraya, A., Guazzaroni, M.-E., López-Cortés, N., Chernikova, T.N., Golyshina, O.V., Nechitaylo, T.Y., Plumeier, I., Pieper, D.H., Yakimov, M.M., Savchenko, A., Golyshin, P.N., Ferrer, M.
Biochemical Journal 2013, 454 (1) pp. 157-166

Targeting HER2 + breast cancer cells: Lysosomal accumulation of anti-HER2 antibodies is influenced by antibody binding site and conjugation to polymeric nanoparticles
Owen, S.C., Patel, N., Logie, J., Pan, G., Persson, H., Moffat, J., Sidhu, S.S., Shoichet, M.S.
Journal of Controlled Release Articles not published yet 2013, but available online Article in Press

K2CO3 catalyzed CO2 gasification of ash-free coal. Interactions of the catalyst with carbon in N2 and CO2 atmosphere
Kopyscinski, J., Rahman, M., Gupta, R., Mims, C.A., Hill, J.M.
Fuel Articles not published yet 2013, but available online Article in Press

Detailed chemical characterization of unresolved complex mixtures in atmospheric organics: Insights into emission sources, atmospheric processing, and secondary organic aerosol formation
Chan, A.W.H., Isaacman, G., Wilson, K.R., Worton, D.R., Ruehl, C.R., Nah, T., Gentner, D.R., Dallmann, T.R., Kirchstetter, T.W., Harley, R.A., Gilman, J.B., Kuster, W.C., De Gouw, J.A., Offenberg, J.H., Kleindienst, T.E., Lin, Y.H., Rubitschun, C.L., Surratt, J.D., Hayes, P.L., Jimenez, J.L., Goldstein, A.H.
Journal of Geophysical Research D: Atmospheres 2013, 118 (12) pp. 6783-6796




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

Click here for the Chem Eng Calendar


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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