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Transformation of the P&P Industry from paper maker to wood biomass converter
The conversion of pulping mills into integrated forest biorefineries can be viewed as consisting of four building blocks which can be implemented following different pathways: 1) Conversion of the pulp line into new fiber based products, 2) Extracting and converting wood components into biofuels and bioproducts, 3) Energy efficiency enhancement and intensive integration, and 4) Product delivery at the gate of the biorefinery and insertion into downstream processing chains. Details of each individual pathway will be covered in the presentation
Core/shell structured CO2 carriers
Oxygen carriers are meant to enhance gasifiers performance by continuously extracting CO2 from the gaseous medium. They fix CO2 as a solid carbonate, mostly CaCO3, which is transported to a decarbonation reactor. The recovered oxide (usually CaO) is recycled to the gasifier for continuous operation. The main technical problem is recyclability of the carrier which loses activity due to collapse of the pore structure and attrition. The work we will report is based on the concept of covering the carbonate/oxide particle with a layer of mesostructured material. The porous structure of the shell allows gas diffusion while preserving the integrity of the particle over repeated cycling.
Hyatt Regency Calgary continuing to offer special rate of $249/night
The beautiful Hyatt Regency Hotel in Calgary has graciously agreed to continue offering the special group rate to all attendees of the CSChE 2015 conference. Enjoy amazing amenities and beautiful city views, while being steps away from the conference. Quote the group code "2015 Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference" when booking to reserve your room.
Don't forget to submit your nominations for the Tom Zeigler Award
The CSC has approved the new Tom Ziegler Award, to be presented for the first time in 2016! It will be presented, in honour of Prof. Tom Ziegler (1945-2015), to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to computational or theoretical chemistry while working in Canada. Nominations are due by September 30, 2015.
StatsCan: Engineering, health care strong sectors for young graduates
Sarah Kwiatkowski hasn't even attended her commencement ceremony yet and she's already got a full-time job in engineering. The recent graduate is one of many youth who have been able to find full-time work, despite worries Windsor's high unemployment rate could make it difficult to get a job. Fears that the recession would leave young college and university graduates without work haven't come true, according to a new report from Statistics Canada released recently.
Job vacancy rate highest in Saskatchewan
Despite a second-quarter decline in job openings, Saskatchewan businesses continue to have the most difficulty filling positions, with the highest job vacancy rate in the country at 3.1 per cent, representing 11,100 jobs, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
Want to be an effective engineer leader? It starts by being an effective follower
When it comes to professional development, it seems that wherever you look developing leadership skill is the focus. Training seminars, blog articles, and tens of thousands of books are devoted to the topic. That's because the skill is important for advancing in one's engineering career and for accomplishing goals.
How to get back into the work groove when you've been out for awhile
For those who have experienced it first-hand, the job search can be long and draining. You spend months tailoring cover letters, preparing portfolios and networking with the right people to no avail as each position is filled and not by you.
We're swimming in synthetic chemistry
An avalanche of new science and activism have taken ocean plastic pollution head on, to the point that we can redefine how we see the problem and refine how we solve it.
The marvels of 20th century synthetic chemistry has led to a diffusion of microplastic pollution everywhere we look. Micro-and nano-plastics, including shed fibers from billions of items of clothing washed daily, have been found in every ocean gyre, increasingly in lakes and rivers worldwide, frozen into ice cores, in beach sediments everywhere and floating in the air.
Bounce back to stay in the game
People use the AAAS Science Careers discussion forum to gripe as much as to get advice, but from this online mix of discussions about science employment, one common thread jumps out: resilience. Resilience keeps you plugging away when that hard-fought battle to accumulate data for a new paper results in a three-page critique from a journal instead of an acceptance letter.
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