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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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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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The September/October Edition of ACCN is now available

Read the newest edition of ACCN the Canadian Chemical News online and learn more about developments in the chemical sciences and chemical engineering sectors in Canada. Feature stories include Chemical Renaissance, Cornfield of Dreams, Power Couple and more!
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The CGCEN Award Deadline has been extended

The deadline for the Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Network Award nominations for an individual and for an organization has been extended to September 30, 2015. The CGCEN awards recognize significant accomplishments and advancements in green chemistry and engineering made by individuals and organizations.
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Canada gains 12,000 jobs: B.C. employment holds steady in August
BIV
The country added 12,000 jobs in August and analysts are saying this is another sign the Canadian economy will return to growth in 2015's third quarter. A jump in full-time jobs of 54,000 was offset by a loss of 42,000 part-time positions.
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Engineering job market: Passion helps land the job
EE Times
We take some time to look at the job market for engineers from the perspective of a job placement firm, Adecco, which has an engineering and technology branch specializing in placing engineering talent in jobs. Daniel Masata, senior vice president of Adecco Engineering & Technology (E&T) at Adecco Group North America spoke on the phone with EE Times and answered some of our questions.
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13 tips to boost your LinkedIn presence
Entrepreneur
What a great blog post that was, if you do say so yourself. Trouble is, a few weeks after you shared the URL on LinkedIn, it vanished beneath the stream of your newer posts. If you're seeking to establish yourself as a thought leader — and who isn't inspired by your thoughts? — try blogging from LinkedIn, rather than just dropping in status updates, Jill Jones says in the Ragan Training session, "Use LinkedIn to showcase your thought leadership and become a brand ambassador for your company."
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Delivering feedback as an engineer leader
Engineering
Delivering feedback as an engineer leader is likely one of the most difficult responsibilities you'll have to carry out. The reason is as much emotional as it is practical. It can be difficult to tell someone that they aren't performing to expectation. It can also be difficult to give someone specific and actionable feedback.
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