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Is the Future Black: The Chemistry of Carbon Materials?
Klaus Müllen
The title does not concern the financial crisis; the question is rather what fundamental materials research has to offer in pushing technologies and in meeting future societal needs. Carbon materials have played an important role in various technologies for quite some time, and there have been many trends that centered around different discrete carbon allotropes. Recently, graphene, a monolayer out of the graphite lattice, has attracted significant attention from physicists, chemists and materials scientists. Graphene materials, and their hybrids, will be shown here to open new working principles for battery cells, supercapacitors, fuel cells and semiconductor technologies.
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From Frustrated Lewis Pairs to Electrophlic Phosphonium Cations: Metal-free Approaches to Hydrogenation Catalysis
Douglas W. Stephan
The design of new FLP catalyst are discussed and expanded to new electrophilic phosphonium cations (EPCs) which are also effective Lewis acids for FLP chemistry. These EPCs are shown to be effective for C-F bond hydrodefluorination, hydrosilylations. dehydrocouplings and olefin hydrogenations. New synthetic strategies related asymmetric catalysts are also discussed. The implications of these findings for applications of main group species in catalysis are considered in this lecture.
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Don't Miss the CSC President's Event: Industry-Academia Partnerships

Join us on June 14th for a complimentary lunch to learn more about the global collaboration trend between industry and academia. This thought-provoking session will include presentations from reputable Industry and Academic representatives and opportunity for lively discussion.
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Join Us for Lunch at the CIC Chair's Event on June 15th

Learn about green chemistry initiatives and the environmental challenges faced by today's chemical industry at the CIC/CGCEN Symposium. Featuring presentations from industry representatives and members of the Chemical Trade Association, as well as keynote speaker Stephane Marie-Rose from Enerkem.
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Canada adds 59,000 jobs in May
CBC News
Canada's economy added 59,000 jobs last month, but the jobless rate stayed the same at 6.8 per cent because more people were looking for work. Statistics Canada reported that employment increased in Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia, while it declined in Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba and New Brunswick. The rest of the country's labour force was just about unchanged.
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L.A.'s tech industry is booming, but how big is it?
LA Times
Nearly everyone believes that tech in Los Angeles is booming. But measuring that growth is a murky business, with no consensus among the city's officials, economists, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists on where to begin, what regions to include or what even constitutes a tech job.
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Mechanical engineering student wins CEMF scholarship
McGill Reporter
Da-Eun Kim, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student at McGill has been selected as one of five recipients of a 2015 CEMF Undergraduate Women in Engineering Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually by the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation (CEMF) to recognize the most promising women in an accredited undergraduate engineering program in Canada.
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Stanford chemist explains excitement of chemistry to students, the public
Stanford News
To Carolyn Bertozzi, newly arrived professor of chemistry, molecules are no more mysterious than people. They have personalities. "I find it entertaining to think about domesticating molecules," she said. During her career, if she has not outright domesticated molecules she has at least gotten some of them to do her bidding. Bertozzi, who is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professorship in the School of Humanities and Sciences, is credited as founding a field called bioorthogonal chemistry, which allows researchers to chemically modify molecules within living cells.
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The 10 best cities for stem jobs
Forbes
Huntsville, AL is a haven for job-seekers in the STEM fields, especially for those interested in aeronautics. Known as Rocket City, it has a rich history as a center for space flight and the aerospace industry. (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, mathematics.) NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center is located there. The locus for the U.S. government's research into civilian rocketry and spacecraft propulsion, Marshall employs 6,500 people.
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Survey: Canadian employers expect 'mild' hiring in coming months
Financial Post
Job creation in Canada blew past forecasts in May, but many of the companies doing the hiring remain only mildly optimistic about the pace of growth in the coming months. About 20 per cent of employers plan to increase their staff between July and September this year, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. That's roughly the same level as the previous three months, but down one per cent from the third quarter of 2014.
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