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Heterogeneous Photocatalysis for Treatment of Air and Water and the Production of Hydrogen
Benito Serrano
At EcoSynthetix we thrive on lessons from both synthetic polymer chemistry and Nature. We have developed a Biopolymer Nanoparticle Platform and a Reactive Biobased Macromer Platform, among others. The technology has broad applicability for use in many different latex polymers, functional polyesters, polyurethanes, and epoxies.
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Electrically Conductive Polymer Nanocomposites for Electromagnetic Shielding and Charge Storage Applications
Uttandaraman (U.T.) Sundararaj
Polymer nanocomposites have unique multifunctional properties resulting from the size and shape of the fillers and display superior electrical, thermal and mechanical properties to conventional polymer composites due to the nanoscale size of the filler. We have synthesized Copper and Silver nanowires using an aluminum oxide template based electro-deposition technique, and the nanowires were melt-mixed with polymers via solution mixing and in miniature mixers, and electrical and mechanical properties were tested. The electrical, mechanical and rheological properties of these new materials were studied and evaluated for industrial applications such as personal electronics enclosures, shielding for aerospace, batteries and anti-static packaging.
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CSC 2015 is Less than 3 Weeks Away...

...and Ottawa can't wait to host you! This year's jam-packed conference offers something for everyone. Between professional development, industrial-academic partnership tips, keynote lecturers, lunch-and-learns, oral and poster presentations, and — of course — the annual CIC division mixers, you're guaranteed to have a blast!
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Meet Zhongxin Zhou at Professional Development Day on June 13th!

Join us for lunch with Position Yourself in Today's Highly Demanding Career Market by Zhongxin Zhou (Senior Director, Gilead) and a Career discussion panel. Followed directly by a hands-on career workshop to get you ready for the workforce. Optional registration for just the lunch is only $10! Don't miss this exciting opportunity.
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5 reasons the power of observation will help you in your engineering career
Engineering.com
The experiment was simple. A test group of individuals were asked to watch a short video in which six people, three in white shirts and three in black shirts, stand in a circle and pass basketballs around. Each viewer was asked to pay attention and count the number of passes of the basketball silently in their head. At a certain point in the video a man in a gorilla suit struts to the center of the circle, thumps his chest, then struts off camera. Total time in the video: 9 seconds. Percentage of people who observed the man in gorilla suit in the video? Fifty per cent.
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The 10 jobs Canadian employers have the hardest time filling
Huffington Post
There's been a lot of debate in recent years about Canada's skilled labour shortage, and whether it really exists. A new international labour survey says it does — but Canada's shortage is mild compared to those in many other countries. According to ManpowerGroup's Talent Shortage Survey, 32 per cent of Canadian employers report having difficulties filling some positions. That's the same percentage as in the U.S. and below the international average of 38 per cent.
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Precarious jobs on the rise in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
Global News
Workers in precarious jobs are often caught in a cycle of lower wages, limited benefits and high levels of uncertainty, according to a new study released by McMaster University and United Way Toronto. The report titled "The Precarity Penalty" is based on a survey of 4,193 workers aged 25-65 from the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) conducted during 2014, and 28 interviews conducted during 2015.
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The power of weak ties on the job hunt
Financial Post
You've heard it before: It's not about what you know; it's about who you know. When you're looking for a new job, an often-overlooked route is through your weak social ties. Yes, your family and best friend of 10 years will be more eager to help than a friend of a friend, an old acquaintance or a former classmate. But because the people you spend the most time with often share similar experiences, they tend not to have different leads or ideas than you do.
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2 U of T engineers honoured by Engineers Canada
U of T Engineering News
An electrical and computer engineering professor and an alumna who has become a leading mining executive are among those honoured by this year's Engineers Canada awards: Professor Jonathan Rose (ECE) received the Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education for his exemplary contributions to engineering teaching; and, Samantha Espley (Geo 8T8) received the Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession for her engineering excellence and outstanding support of women in the engineering field.
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