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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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Rolling out Fuel Cell Cars: Small Science on a Big Scale
Steven Holdcroft
Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) are being aggressively developed as clean energy conversion devices. Promising near-term market applications include materials handling (e.g., fork lifts), backup power, residential co-generation, fleet vehicles (e.g., buses, taxis), and portable electronics, but the more impactful application of fuel cells lies in the consumer automotive sector, which has a great potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. This talk will speak to selected nanotechnological advances in materials chemistry being pursued on the path towards commercialization.
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CSChE 2014 photos now posted
CIC
Photos from the 64th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in Niagara Falls, October 19-22, 2014 are now online. Be sure to check them out!
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Nominations for CSChE Awards close December 1
CIC
The CSChE confers awards to recognize professionals who have made outstanding contributions to chemical engineering. If you know a deserving individual, submit a nomination today.
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Engineering and business administration grads top earners
CBC News
It pays to get a college or university degree, and it really pays to get that degree in engineering, business administration, health or the physical sciences. That's the conclusion of a Statistics Canada study that followed the lives of 15,166 Canadians over a 20-year period. The study, based on material from the census, looked at employment earnings of college and university graduates from 1991 through until 2010.
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Report: Canadian wages to get 'moderate' hike in 2015
The Globe and Mail
Most workers can expect pay hikes next year that will be just above the anticipated rate of inflation. The Conference Board of Canada’s annual compensation outlook shows employers see "moderate" base salary increases of 2.9 per cent for non-unionized staff next year and 2 per cent for unionized staff.
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Not pre-med. Not business. Not computer science. The most popular college major choice for high school seniors surveyed by CareerBuilder — the majority of whom already have a career in mind — is engineering.

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Behold, the Evolving Engineer!
The Stute
Chemical Engineering, like any other discipline of engineering, is anything but stagnant; as the world's problems become more complex, engineers are forced to refine their techniques and methodologies. Tthe American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) recently offered a presentation titled "The Evolving Engineer" to prospective chemical engineers, interested scholars, and even freshman students seeking E101 credit.

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University of Calgary to open an energy research institute in Beijing
Financial Post
It may yet be a while before Canadian crude and natural gas reach Chinese shores, but the oil patch's technical expertise is being exported as of this week. The University of Calgary, in collaboration with Kerui Group, a private Chinese oil and gas company, is opening a research, education and training institute in Beijing focusing on unconventional oil and gas resources. It's the first such facility in a Chinese university, according to John Chen, director of the new facility and professor of chemical and petroleum engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering.

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Goar: Canada's job market underperforming for years
Toronto Star
There is a strange discrepancy between the official unemployment rate and the joblessness Canadians experience. It has been there since the recession ended in 2009. Job seekers can't pinpoint what's wrong. But they know Statistics Canada's monthly labour force survey doesn't tell the whole story. It's worse out there than Ottawa's number crunchers think.
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U of T Engineering launches unique collaborative program in engineering education
U of T Engineering News
Whether we move from scrolls to eBooks, or from telegrams to text messages, we are always evolving how we share information. Technology is integral to engineering education, yet limited research focuses on this specific field of study. "Every time a new technology is introduced in the classroom, it forces us to reevaluate what we're doing as professors and how we're spending time with students," said Vivek Goel, former vice president and provost of U of T and chief academic strategist at Coursera, a leading online learning platform.
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Here's what to say when you're asked about salary in a job interview
Business Insider
It's generally considered a bad idea to ask about salary during your first job interview with a company, but that doesn't mean the person interviewing you won't bring it up themselves. If they do, it's important not to let any questions about money distract you from your goals — highlighting your skillset, communicating your values, and establishing how your personal goals align with those of the company.
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