Science Literacy Week gets under way

CIC MEMBERS

Next week, September 16-22, is Science Literacy Week, an annual celebration of scientists and science communication that is taking place in locations across the country. Keep an eye out for events in your community. The local library may have a themed display of science books that come recommended by other readers. Science centres, museums, and...

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Countering corrosion

MATERIALS & TECHNOLOGY

Anyone who works with metal recognizes the constant threat of corrosion, a problem that becomes especially profound for structures installed in the world’s oceans.

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A Maritime meeting this fall

CONFERENCES

Labour Day is coming up fast, along with the early registration deadline for the 69th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference on September 9th. The event will take  place October 20-23 at the newly opened Halifax Convention Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where participants will have an opportunity to hear from some of the leading people in...

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Microfluidics turns to multipoles

RESEARCH & INNOVATION

The past two decades have been a heyday for the field of microfluidics, which has adapted highly accurate etching methods from the information technology industry to create miniaturized arrays where reactions can occur with minimal amounts of reagents. The resulting “lab on a chip” has set the stage for entirely new categories of analytical hardware,...

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Measuring milk’s many micronutrients

RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Milk may be among our most familiar and venerable parts of the human diet, but its complex chemistry still holds a few mysteries and surprises. Most analyses have focused on the macronutrients, the proteins, fats, and carbohydrates that make up this product. The latest generation of metabolomics methods, however, bring powerful technologies such as mass...

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Alberta pilot plant marks the latest milestone for Forward Water

CHEMISTRY FOR ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

At the beginning of 2017 Canadian Chemical News offered an introduction to Forward Water, a start-up company that was spun off from research led by Philip Jessop, a professor in the Department of Chemistry at Queen’s University. He had devised a “switchable” solvent whose solubility can be altered with the addition of CO2, which can...

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Science fair marks a milestone

EDUCATION

CIC’s Ottawa-Hull section continues to play an integral role in the Expo-Sciences Régionale de l’Outaouais, the Quebec-wide science fair which has just wrapped up its 35th in the province. Retired chemist and section member Denis Bérubé oversees the judging and distribution of the prizes, which attract audiences on the order of 1,000 people or more....

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Seeking a wider market for automotive batteries

PUBLICATIONS

The August issue of The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering is marking a research initiative dedicated to improving the commercial prospects of lithium battery storage. This special issue section showcases efforts in Canada to develop melt synthesis and manufacturing processes for lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4 or LFP) as a cost-effective alternative to conventional battery cathode...

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Hiding from the light

CHEMISTRY FOR HEALTH

If a potentially powerful antibiotic agent is being kept off the market, there must be a good reason; in the case of marinomycin A, it is the result of a frustrating flaw. Derived from a species of marine bacteria, it represents a family of macrodiolides — macrocyclic ethers with some potent medicinal qualities, in this...

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