News

Summer 2017
PHARMACEUTICALS

Apoisonous plant’s value is in the eye of the beholder and Thapsia garganica has become highly prized by cancer specialists. In the wake of a recently published development by investigators at Queen’s University, many cancer patients could become downright fond of these noxious yellow Mediterranean perennials.

Summer 2017
EDUCATION

Chemical engineers rely on a wide range of numerical methods to make sense of an otherwise messy physical world. But when these methods are taught to students, they are often presented in an already simplified format, without formal proofs and perhaps even embedded in the complex code of modelling software.

Summer 2017
NANOMATERIALS

Over the past two decades we have become surrounded by lithium battery technology, some of it almost invisible but nevertheless essential to providing portable power storage that we now take for granted. But turning raw lithium into an appropriate medium for retaining and transferring an electrical charge is a complicated process.

Spring 2017
BUSINESS

At first glance the YouTube video looks like yet another reminder that some people have too much time on their hands. And in this case one of those hands is covered in an opaque gel, while the other holds a blowtorch with the flame set directly on that hand for what seems like far too long.

Winter 2017
PETROCHEMISTRY

Technology aimed at cleaning up the wastewater generated by oil and gas extraction could also transform Alberta into one of the world’s leading lithium producers.

Canadian Light Source researcher Toby Bond
Winter 2017
ELECTROCHEMISTRY

Amid concerns over the safety and quality of lithium ion batteries, these ubiquitous power sources surrender their secrets to the synchrotron.

Winter 2017
BIOINDUSTRY

Southwestern Ontario spawned North America's petrochemical economy and now the research infrastructure that built this industry is contributing to the rise of a new generation of biochemical ventures.

Winter 2017
HEALTH

Imagine waiting in line to buy the latest smart phone, laying down a great deal of money for it, then suddenly being told that if you don’t plug in your new purchase within 15 minutes, it will never work. High tech vendors would hate this approach, as would their...