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Using Synthetic Polymer Principles to Redesign Biobased Materials for Performance
Steven Bloembergen
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 EcoSphere biopolymer nanoparticle platform provides a path to biobased latex emulsion polymers, also referred to as biolatex binders.
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PHYTOSPHERIXTM: Bringing Nature's Nanotechnology to the Marketplace
John Dutcher
Increasing consumer pressure is driving the industrial adoption of sustainable biopolymers for a wide range of established and new applications. I will describe the unique properties of the nanoparticles and how we are using them in personal care and bioactive delivery applications.
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Can. J. Chem. Eng. September Issue is now available online!

The September 2015 issue highlights the "The Influence of Tailings Composition on Flocculation." In their review article, Botha and Soares summarize the published research on flocculation performance within the context of complex fine tailings systems. Furthermore, they describe the compositional complexity of mature fine tailings to help the design of more representative model tailings systems. Read it now!
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Top Industry Professionals to Present in Toronto November 3!

The Industrial Chemistry and Engineering conference is pleased to highlight this year's program, which features plenary lectures by top industry representatives: Terry Obal (Maxxam Analytics), Adam Whalley (Zeton) and Julie Schroeder (Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change).
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Fewer than half of engineering graduates take up professional engineering jobs
Power Magazine
A new report published by the Royal Academy of Engineering shows that fewer than half of engineering graduates go into professional engineering jobs. The research in shows that students who study engineering at post-1992 universities (former polytechnics) are just as likely to get professional engineering jobs as those from pre-1992 universities. In some cases, post-1992 students are, in fact, more likely to take up good engineering jobs.
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5 engineering students enriching their studies with summer exchanges
U of T Engineering News
Earlier this summer, third-year engineering student Brittany Green flew halfway around the world to join an engineering research collaboration in Southeast Asia. "I wanted to go to a continent I'd never visited and do work at another top university for chemical engineering," said Green, who just finished six weeks at the National University of Singapore working in a chemical engineering lab.
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Relocate yourself to refresh the mind
Engineering.com
Recently, I relocated again to Europe. I'm fortunate in that I've had the opportunity over my engineering career to live and work in the U.K. and Germany for nine years. This time I'm back to Germany. The major relocation from the U.S. to Germany and the travel I've made here since returning has reminded me of the importance of physically relocating oneself in order to refresh the mind.
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Undergraduate students kick-start their research careers
U of T Engineering News
At the annual Undergraduate Engineering Research Day, students who spent their summer working in labs across U of T Engineering presented their findings to a wider audience. This year's event featured more than 100 poster and podium presentations on a wide variety of topics, including alternative energy storage, health care and rehabilitation, air pollution and much more.
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Are Canada's newly-created jobs 'part-time,' 'precarious,' and 'low-paid'?
Global News
In recent speeches, NDP leader Tom Mulcair criticized Stephen Harper's economic record. "Mr. Harper boasts of job creation, but you know what? The jobs that are being created are mostly part-time, precarious, low-paid jobs," he said. But is it true? Let's examine each point in turn.
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74 per cent more Albertans receiving employment insurance
Edmonton Journal
Albertans receiving employment insurance benefits increased nearly 74 per cent year-over-year, to a total of 52,160 people, the latest figures from Statistics Canada show. A researcher who studies EI numbers says the rising trend in involuntary job losses will spread beyond the troubled energy sector into other areas of the economy unless there is a rapid and stable recovery in the prices of oil and natural gas.
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