Award for Best Graduate Student Paper Published in The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering

The 2018 winner of the Award for Best Graduate Student Paper Published in The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering is:


Michaela K. McGurn
Weber Manufacturing Technolgies, formerly at University of Calgary

For her paper “The Effect of Inorganic Solids on Emulsion Layer Growth in Asphaltene-Stabilized Water-in-Oil Emulsions,Can. J. Chem. Eng. 2017, 95(10), 1909 by M. K. McGurn, E. N. Baydak, D. M. Sztukowski, H. W. Yarranton,

Michaela McGurn graduated from Queen’s University in 2014 with a BSc in engineering chemistry and then in 2017 graduated from the University of Calgary with a MSc in chemical engineering. While at the University of Calgary, under the supervision of  Harvey Yarranton, McGurn’s research focused on the impact of fine and coarse clay solids on the growth and stability of emulsions stabilized by asphaltenes in oilfield separations. This work had the goal of modelling and predicting rag layer growth characteristics in continuous separations from conventional batch testing when solids accumulate within the rag layer, forming stable emulsions. Following the completion of her MSc, McGurn returned to Ontario where she is currently working as a chemical engineer (EIT) with Weber Manufacturing Technologies, specializing in the research and development of chemical liquid processes.

The other 5 papers that were eligible candidates for the Can. J. Chem. Eng. Best Graduate Student Paper Award were

Past Winners

2017
Chaimongkol Saengow
Queen's University

2016
Aida Sharif Rohani, University of Ottawa
Presented by João Soares, Can. J. Chem. Eng. Editor-in-Chief (Right)

2015
Ali Sarvi, ROSEN Canada
Presented by Joao Soares, Can. J. Chem. Eng. Editor-in-Chief (right)

2014
Ali Shekari
École Polytechnique de Montréal

2013
Mohammed Alaqqad
University of British Columbia