Take a quick conference overview

CONFERENCES

CIC graphic designer extraordinaire Krista Leroux has made it easy for you to navigate the busy itinerary of the upcoming Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, which takes place in Halifax from October 20-23.

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Guts and glory

CHEMISTRY FOR HEALTH

Emma Allen-Vercoe touts her motto as “My microbes told me to do it”. The phrase captures the essence of her work as a professor in the University of Guelph’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, where she has spent more than a decade exploring the daunting biochemical frontier that makes up the human gut. This all too familiar part of our anatomy — which most of us would prefer to think of as a simple black box that turns food into feces — harbours an anaerobic environment known as the microbiome.

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Pursuing policy

CIC MEMBERS

Thomas Baker, FCIC, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Catalysis Science for Energy Applications at the University of Ottawa, recently became a faculty affiliate with the university’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP). This position will allow him to participate in ISSP governance meetings, where he can contribute to setting priorities for this multi-disciplinary academic body’s work on teaching, research, and outreach.

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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. In this complex chemical setting, the breakdown of metallic stability represents a leading safety hazard, which is why it sits uppermost in the mind of Faisal Khan, MCIC, who holds the...

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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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