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Tuning the Surface Properties of Cellulose Nanofibrils for Advanced Materials
Monika Österberg
Novel materials from renewable resources are acquiring an emerging interest. Especially cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) have gained much attention due to their high strength, water-binding capacity and ability to form dense films with good barrier properties. However, the surface properties of the material, mainly the hydrogen bonding capacity and reactivity of the hydroxyl groups have to be controlled for optimum performance in applications. In this work a few approaches for surface modification of CNF to enhance barrier properties and wet strength of CNF films are discussed.
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Nanocellulose Ultrastructure, Hydrophobization and Dispersion Properties
Laurent Heux
Two types of the so-called "nanocelluloses" are nowadays exploited for their properties i.e. cellulose micro/nanofibrils (MFC/NFC) obtained by a mechanical disruption of the original fibers or cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) recovered after acid hydrolysis. In this talk we will see how it's possible to characterize nanocellulose by combining different characterization techniques like Transmission Electron Microscopy, X-Ray diffraction and Solid State NMR.
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Invest in Yourself —Register for CSC Professional Development Day!

Featuring hands-on guidance for developing your personal brand and essential work skills. Perfect for students and recent graduates! Registration includes course material, a certificate of participation and a complementary networking luncheon with industry representatives from BASF, Optimal Science Consulting and Gilead.
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CSChE 2015 Abstract Submission Closes May 15

Submit your abstract to be considered for an oral or poster presentation at the 65th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference. Grad students can register for the 3 Minute Poster Competition (3MPC) when submitting their abstract!
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These are the highest paying jobs for engineering majors
LifeHacker
When it comes to making great money, engineers are right up there with computer science majors in terms of earning potential. Here are the highest paid engineering gigs in the industry, as well as the most popular major found in those job roles. The data presented, from PayScale's 2013-2014 College Salary Report, features the job title, the experienced median pay, and the common major.
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Engineering alumni startup Nanoleaf creating green jobs in Toronto, China
U of T Engineering News
It started with a viral campaign for the world's most energy-efficient light bulb in 2013. Now, international media are also calling Nanoleaf a "green job" leader. Founded by University of Toronto engineering alumni Gimmy Chu (ElecE 0T6), Tom Rodinger (IBBME PhD 0T7) and Christian Yan (ElecE 0T6), the company has grown from its days as a crowdfunded venture working from the founders' apartments to a bi-continental company attracting investment from the likes of Li Ka Shing (dubbed "Asia's richest man" by Bloomberg News).
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Survey: Semi-retirement the new normal in Canada
Toronto Star
Dreaming of a full retirement? The reality will likely look much different, especially if you live in Canada, a new HSBC Bank survey has found. More than half of Canadians say they either plan to ease into retirement by working reduced hours or have no plans to ever quit.
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Dow Chemical to cut up to 1,750 jobs
The Globe and Mail
Dow Chemical Co said it would cut 1,500 to 1,750 jobs, or as much as 3 per cent of its global work force, as part of a broader plan to reduce costs by $1-billion over three years. Dow said the job cuts were being made as a result of its decision to sell a chunk of its century-old chlorine business to Olin Corp for $5 billion. The chemical maker has been shedding its low-margin commodity businesses to focus on high-growth business such as packaging, electronics and agriculture.
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Why soft skills matter in your engineering career
Talent Egg
When you think about the most important skills necessary for success in engineering, mathematical proficiency and technological expertise probably come to mind. But while these hard skills are certainly the bread and butter of an engineer, soft skills are becoming increasingly valuable for new grads trying to navigate today's workplace.
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