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Nanocatalysis and Novel Catalytic Materials
Ali Shekari
Ali Shekari (Award for Best Graduate Student Paper Published in CJChE) — Partial oxidation of n-butane to maleic anhydride (MA) over vanadium phosphorous oxide (VPO) catalyst has been widely studied during the last few decades. Despite these efforts, investigation on the real mechanism and kinetics of this reaction especially under transient conditions is still an open challenge. In this study, the validity of a Mars-van Krevelen type kinetic model for transient n-butane partial oxidation was verified for a wide range of operating conditions including higher reactor pressure (4.1 bar).
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Particle Flow and Processing
Naoko Ellis
Scale-up of fluidized bed operation is one of the cruxes in commercializing a new fluidized bed process, due to changes in important operating characteristics between different size units. Focusing on scaling issues related to particle-technology, in particular fluidization, this talk explores how scaling is considered and units are designed with comparisons to expected outcomes and reality.
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Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) Members Recognized for Outstanding Achievements
Congratulations to these CIC members who are the newest Order of Canada and NSERC Award recipients. Order of Canada Recipients: Mark Lautens, FCIC, University of Toronto and Christophe Guy, MCIC, École Polytechnique. NSERC Award Recipients: Axel Becke, MCIC, Dalhousie University , Michael Kovacs, MCIC, Western University, Thomas Ruth, MCIC, TRIUMF, John Valliant, MCIC, McMaster University, Aaron Wheeler, MCIC, University of Toronto and Robert W. Besant, MCIC, University of Saskatchewan.
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Laboratory Safety Courses
The Laboratory Safety Institute will be holding laboratory safety courses March 10-11 in Vancouver and May 5-6 in Mississauga.
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5 trends that will shape the labour market landscape in Canada this year
Financial Post
Many factors are shaping the year ahead for businesses and their employees across Canada. Falling oil prices are expected to continue for some time; consumers and government will carry even deeper debt loads and Generation Z will begin entering the job market while Boomerang Boomers continue to fill the void in various skilled trades. While we saw flat job growth last year, economists and organizations have shown optimism for the year ahead.
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The best paying STEM jobs aren't in IT or on the West Coast
Fierce CIO
The best area in the United States for STEM pay isn't located in California — but rather 2,800-plus miles away in Bethesda, Maryland. That is according to a new study from SmartAsset, a venture-backed financial tech company, which also found that on average, the top-paying STEM jobs were in engineering and mathematics, not tech. "While many of the most high-profile STEM successes in recent years have come from the world of tech startups," the study summary notes.
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Education will open doors to engineering, energy future
Engineering careers are exceptionally varied throughout energy-related industries, with opportunities to work in very different environments. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, a few of the job possibilities available include geothermal and solar energy, solar power, nuclear technicians, nuclear engineers, energy management and sustainability. Walter G. Chapman, associate dean of engineering for energy research at Rice University, said considerable overlap exists in job responsibilities within the energy industry.

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Canadian economy to slow, Alberta unemployment to rise due to oil-price drop
The collapse in the world price of crude oil will put $1,000 in the average Canadian consumer's pocket this year thanks to lower gasoline prices at the pumps, a new report notes. But it won't be enough to boost the overall economy, the Conference Board of Canada said in its quarterly outlook. Economic growth in Canada will slow by a "substantial" 0.5 percentage points to 1.9 per cent in 2015, the board said, down from its previous forecast of 2.4 per cent in November.

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Researchers score $5.3 million to advance science and tech in Canada
Tech Vibes
Eleven University of Waterloo researchers are receiving a combined $5.3 million from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to partner with industry on strategic research. One project will be vital for Canada in developing innovations for environmentally friendly water treatment technologies. William Wong, associate professor in electrical and computer engineering, is working with MW Canada to create electronic fabric, where UV lights are integrated directly into fabric, to be used in water filtration systems.

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U of T Engineering alumni awarded $5.7 million to produce energy-efficient lighting solutions in Toronto
U of T Engineering News
It's about to get a whole lot brighter in Toronto thanks to a significant investment from the Canadian government in a U of T Engineering alumnus' sustainable lighting company. OTI Lumionics, a company co-founded by alumnus Michael Helander (EngSci 0T7, MSE PhD 1T2), has been awarded $5.7 million from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) to implement a pilot production line capable of producing high volumes of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting panels.
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We don't need more STEM majors — we need more STEM majors with liberal arts training
Washington Post
The Obama administration has set a goal of increasing STEM graduates by one million by 2022, and the "desperate need" for more STEM students makes regular headlines. As a chemist, I agree that remaining competitive in the sciences is a critical issue. But as an instructor, I also think that if American STEM grads are going lead the world in innovation, then their science education cannot be divorced from the liberal arts.
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Poll: Majority of Canadians expect to work past 65
CTV News
A new poll suggests Canadian workers are becoming increasingly pessimistic about their chances of retiring at 65. The Sun Life Poll — entitled the "Unretirement Index" — revealed that about 60 per cent of respondents thought they would still be working either full- or part-time when they reach the age of 65. The poll has been conducted annually since 2008.
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Business reviews now available on the Chemical and Chemical Engineering Resource Guide
Nearly seven out of 10 people read online reviews before making a purchase, and in the business-to-business world, reviews are even more important in the decision-making process. To help in your purchasing decisions, we are pleased to announce that we've now incorporated business reviews into our Chemical and Chemical Engineering Resource Guide. Now you have the opportunity to share your experiences with a company's products or services with your fellow colleagues, or read what others have to say about a potential future vendor. We are building a valuable resource for the chemical industry, but need your help to get it started. Visit the Chemical and Chemical Engineering Resource Guide to search for qualified product and service providers and write a review.

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