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The CCEC 2020 technical program is now available!

Technical Tracks

Track Sessions:

Functional Materials and Nanotechnology

Organizer: Dominik Barz, Queen’s University

Invited speakers: 
Jianping Lu,
National Research Council
Micheal Pope, University of Waterloo
Marianna Kontopoulou,
 Queen’s University
Dominik Barz, Queen’s University
Byron Gates, Simon Frasier University

Keywords: nanomaterials, nanoparticles, nanofabrication technologies, nanocomposite materials, thin films, self-assembly, functionalized surfaces, novel applications

Advanced Polymers and Composite Materials

Organizer: Benoit Lessard, University of Ottawa

Invited Speakers:
Didier Gigmes, Université Marseille France
Dwight Seferos, University of Toronto – CIC Macromolecular Science & Engineering Award
Yuning Li, University of Waterloo
Simon Rondeau-Gagne, Windsor University
Kelly Meek, NREL – University of Ottawa
Steven Holdcroft, Simon Fraser University
Chantal Paquet, National Research Council

Keywords: biodegradable plastics, biopolymers, natural polymers, polymer composites and nanocomposites, hybrid materials, polymer blends, novel polymers, polymer characterization and testing, polymer reactor design, polymerization, polymer thermodynamics, polymer crystallization, polymer transport properties, polymer processing, depolymerization, polymer recycling

Lignin, cellulose and other natural products

Organizer: Benoit Lessard, University of Ottawa

Invited Speakers:
Emily Cranston, the University of British Columbia
Pascale ChampagneQueen’s University
Jason Tavares, École Polytechnique
Ning Yan, University of Toronto
Wadood Hamad, FPInnovations

Printable and Organic Electronics

Organizer: Benoit Lessard, University of Ottawa

Invited Speakers:
Thomas Anthopoulos, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Harald Ade, North Carolina State University, USA
Hagen Klauk, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart
Salima Alem, National Research Council
Ta-Ya Chu, National Research Council
George Xiao, National Research Council
Ye Tao, National Research Council
Ghassan Jabbour, University of Ottawa
Anastasia Elias, University of Alberta
Gregory Lopinski, National Research Council 
Aram Amassian,  North Carolina State University
Marcel Bouvet, l’Université de Bourgogne
Luisa Torsi, Università degli Studi di Bari

Polymer Reaction Engineering

Benoit Lessard, University of Ottawa
Marc Dubé, University of Ottawa
Michael Cunningham, Queen’s University

Invited Speakers:
Michael Cunningham, Queen’s University
Alex Penlidis, University of Waterloo
Robin Hutchinson, Queen’s University
Kim B. McAuley, Queen’s University
Milan Maric, McGill University
Joao Soares, University of Alberta


Organizer: Clémence Fauteux-Lefebvre, University of Ottawa

Invited speakers:
Nicolas Abatzoglou, Université de Sherbrooke
Audrey Moores, McGill University
Natalia Semagina, Univesity of Alberta
Nadi Braidy, Université de Sherbrooke
Drew Higgins, McMaster University
Stephen Newman, University of Ottawa
R. Tom Baker, University of Ottawa
Ya-Huei (Cathy) Chin, University of Toronto
Ying Zheng, Western University
Ana Tavares, Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique

Keywords: catalyst synthesis, catalyst characterization, novel catalysts, computational catalysis, electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, reaction mechanisms, novel reactors, process intensification, structured reactors, microreactors, multiphase reactors

Microfluidics and Nanofluidics

Organizer: Arturo Macchi, University of Ottawa

Invited speaker: Frank Zhang, National Research Council

Keywords: fluid dynamics, mixing, flow control, multiphase microflow, transport phenomena in porous media, microreactors, lab-on-a-chip, cell sorting, cell capture, microparticles and nanoparticles

Sorbents and Separation Systems

Organizer: Handan Tezel, University of Ottawa

Invited Speakers:
Youssef Belmabkhout,
Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco
Xianshe Feng,
University of Waterloo
Nese Orbey,
University of Massachusetts, Lowell, USA
Arvind Rajendran,
University of Alberta

Keywords: adsorbents, adsorption, chromatography, crystallization, membrane materials, membrane separation, transport in porous media, pore network modelling, leaching, extraction, modelling and simulation

Track Sessions:

Water Resources, Water Quality, and Wastewater Treatment

Keywords: micro-pollutants, persistent pollutants, pollutant transport and fate, process water treatment and recycling, municipal water treatment and quality, innovative water and wastewater treatment processes

Environmental Engineering

Energy Storage and Conversion

Hadis Zarrin, Ryerson University

Invited Speakers:
Xiaolei Wang,
University of Alberta
Cao Thang Dinh,
Queen’s University
Ge Li,
University of Alberta
Ali Seifitokaldani,
McGill University

Keywords: electrochemical energy storage, batteries, hydrogen production, fuel cells, thermal energy storage, new technologies for energy storage, energy harvesting, energy conversion technologies, conversion efficiency

Oil and Gas

Keywords: oil, bitumen, coal, shale oil shale gas, gas hydrates, natural gas

Renewable Energy

Inès Achouri, Université de Sherbrooke

Invited Speakers:
Jamal Chaouki,
École Polytechnique de Montréal
Josephine Hill,
University of Calgary
Chunbao Xu,
Western University
Sylvain Coulombe, McGill University

Keywords: biofuels, biomass, solar energy, wind energy, tidal energy, hydropower, geothermal energy, thermochemical conversion, combustion, gasification, pyrolysis, torrefaction, mixed fuels, unconventional applications of renewable energy, innovative devices

Track Sessions:

Biomedical Engineering

Jean-Philippe St-Pierre, University of Ottawa

Invited speakers:
Christopher Moraes, McGill University 
Elizabeth Gillies, Western University 
Steve Waldman, Ryerson University
Brendan Leung, Dalhousie University 
Leyla Soleymani,  McMaster University
Lindsay Fitzpatrick, Queen’s University

Keywords: Biomedical sensors, biomedical devices, biomaterials, tissue engineering, computational biomedical engineering


Keywords: biofuels, biopharmaceuticals, bioreactor engineering, biorefinery, bioremediation, cell culture, extraction, fermentation, media-development, media optimization, purification, single-cell protein


Keywords: recombinant technology, biofuels, biopharmaceuticals, drug discovery, gene therapy, metabolic engineering, metabolic modelling, recombinant technology, strain development, viruses, virus-like particles

Food Science and Engineering

Keywords: food processing, food safety, food storage, energy efficiency, green processing, fermentation, innovative products, nutraceuticals

Recycle and Value-adding Process

Keywords: waste recovery, waste reduction, waste to energy, waste to materials, up-cycling, process integration

Algae for Production of Fuels, Chemicals, and Foods

Grant Allen, University of Toronto
Pascale Champagne, Queen’s University

Keywords: microalgae, biofuels, biochemicals, nutraceuticals, wastewater treatment, photosynthesis

The role of chemical engineers in industry and society is constantly evolving, and education and training methods must keep pace with these changes. Evidence-based pedagogical practices are crucial to the development of essential skills like critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, technical synthesis and communication, and sustainable development. This technical track focuses on how instructors and institutions are changing their curricula by introducing new technologies or pedagogical practices to enhance student learning. Other topics include innovative approaches for introducing engineering design and experiential learning into the curriculum, methods to integrate equity, diversity and inclusivity elements into the curriculum and extraprofessional activities, the use of outcome-based assessments for curricular renewal initiatives within a Canadian accreditation framework, and the promotion of student self-awareness and autonomy by teaching metacognition.

Track Sessions:

Process Intensification
Keywords: innovative process technologies, energy-efficient processes, process integration, miniaturization, modularization, hybrid processes, transport phenomena, modelling and simulation

Process Simulation and Optimization
Keywords: simulation software, optimization algorithms, optimal design strategies, model development, data science, data analytics, planning and scheduling

Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

Design of Sustainable Process

Guy Brouillard, GCM Consultants
Amanda Sistilli, Enbridge Inc., University of Alberta

Our Process Safety Management (PSM) Symposium theme for this year is Human Factors (Human Error Prevention) and the Science of Communication. It is our hope that this broad focus will attract papers from a wide spectrum of interests. Please note that abstract submission for the PSM Symposium closes on August 31, 2020.