Chen wins Catalysis Lectureship­ Award

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Aicheng Chen, professor of chemistry at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont. and a Canada Research Chair in Materials & Environmental Chemistry, is winner of the 2013 Canadian Catalysis Lectureship Award from the Canadian Catalysis Foundation. Chen has made significant...

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A magical 50th anniversary at Carleton U

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This past September, Carleton’s chemistry department hosted a chemical magic show to help celebrate the Faculty of Science’s 50th anniversary. Flashy demonstrations of nitrocellulose, thermite, acetylene combustion and the emission colours of metal ions awed the crowd of 250. Professors Bob Burk and Jeff Manthorpe, featured here with a flask of methylene blue dye, explained...

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Then and now

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The growth of corporate giant Alcan in 20th century Canada was closely linked to two things: the evolution of the world’s most versatile metal — aluminum — and Quebec hydroelectricity, which provided cheap power for aluminum smelting. Alcan was born in 1902 as the Northern Aluminum Company Limited, a Canadian subsidiary of the United States-based...

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Blunt answers to lack of business innovation in Canada

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This past April and September a number of demonstrations were held across Canada under the banner of “Stand Up for Science.” These efforts generated a lot of media coverage with a call on the federal government “to make a strong commitment to science in the public interest.” While any media attention for science is welcome, this sound bite is clearly intended to get the public wondering and maybe worrying: What is...

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EnviroAnalysis 2013 joins the CIC fold

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Hundreds of environmental chemists from across the country gathered in Toronto this past September for EnviroAnalysis 2013, North America’s premier conference in environmental analysis and monitoring. Held biennially since 1996, EnviroAnalysis was founded by research scientist Ray Clement (this year’s conference chair) and Bob Burk, FCIC, chair of the Department of Chemistry at Carleton University....

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Canada nabs triple bronze at Chemistry Olympiad

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The Canadian high school team at the 45th International Chemistry Olympiad in Moscow, Russia had an outstanding showing at this year’s July 15-24 annual event. All four team members received awards: Isabelle Yang, of Don Mills Collegiate Institute in Toronto, David Pechersky of Vaughan Secondary School, Vaughan, Ont., and Ji Sup Kim of Yale Secondary...

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Inorganic chemistry graduate winner

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This year’s winner of the Award for Graduate Work in Inorganic Chemistry goes to Kiyoshi Robson of the University of Calgary. Last December, the Vernon, B.C. native completed his PhD, studying tridentate cycloruthenated sensitizers for the dyesensitized solar cells under professor Curtis Berlinguette. The work has spawned one patent and 12 peer-reviewed articles, with five...

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Then and now

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Herbert Dow, the founder of Dow Chemical, was born in Belleville, Ont. in 1866, the son of Joseph Dow, a master mechanic and sometime chemist. The younger Dow grew up in the United States and, after graduating from the Case School of Applied Science in Ohio, pioneered new processes to create chlorine chemicals and organic...

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Advances in Rubber

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Members of the CIC Rubber Division pose in front of a giant tire at the organization’s 62nd technical program held June 18-19 in Leduc, Alta. The theme for the biannual event was “Rubber Technology Advances in the Oil Field Industry,” which attracted about 60 attendees including 11 speakers from the rubber industry. Presenters gave talks...

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CIC Toronto Section AGM

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The Chemical Institute of Canada Toronto Section annual general meeting was held this past June at the University of Toronto. The agenda included a review of activities the section had undertaken since the last AGM as well as the election of the new officers. The event also featured a presentation by U of T chemistry lecturer Effiette Sauer titled, “Teaching chemistry for the future: what do we want our students to remember...

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Grapevine

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The Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) 2013 Award winners will be recognized at the Oct. 20-23 Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in Fredericton, N.B. ...

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