Energy tops agenda at CSChE Conference

CONFERENCES
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More than 900 researchers, academics, students and governement and industry representatives descended upon New Brunswick last October for the 63rd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, held in picturesque Fredericton. The conference theme, “Resources, Environment, Energy,” addressed the critical issues facing chemical engineers today in Canada and around the world. Symposia included the latest advances in forest biorefinery, nanotechnology, ...

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Access to science journals reinstated

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and the American Chemical Society (ACS) have entered into an agreement that will provide access to chemistry journals at Canadian universities without a download-based model. In 2012, the ACS proposed changing its pricing model to one that is based upon the number of downloads at each institution. This potentially would have driven the prices...

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Grapevine

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Gregory Jerkiewicz, professor of chemistry at Queen’s University and Editor-in-Chief of Electrocatalysis, has been appointed to the Advisory Board of FC Cubic, the Fuel Cell Cutting-Edge Research Center Technology Research Association. FC Cubic is supported

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Beer brewing 101 at Simon Fraser University

EDUCATION

Beer brewing is one of humanity’s oldest chemical undertakings, undoubtedly dating from a prehistoric period when we first began to appreciate how to employ yeast for converting sugars and grains to alcohol. The appeal of that process, and its finished products, has persisted for thousands of years. A further testament to that appeal is the introduction of a course on the subject at Simon Fraser University, starting this semester.

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New quantum laboratory opens at University of Waterloo

MATERIALS SCIENCE

The advent of electronic systems that can operate at the level of quantum interactions promises to usher in an era of unprecedented computer processing speed and information storage. Before this revolution can begin, however, scientists need to make the raw materials that will go into this new equipment. This past December, the University of Waterloo opened up a laboratory to do just that.

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Imaging boost for fuel cells

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

The same tomographic imaging technique that provides doctors and surgeons with vital views inside their patients is now being adapted to improve the performance of hydrogen fuel cells. Researchers at Simon Fraser University are working with Burnaby-based Ballard Power Systems to apply a new tool for testing and characterizing these devices.

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Size counts when it comes to contrast agents

NANOTECHNOLOGY

Radiographic images produced by X-rays have been a staple tool of medical diagnosis for many decades and this technology remains one of the health care system’s workhorses. Nevertheless, important physiological features, such as the emergence or growth of tumours, ...

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Making the most of minerals

MINERAL PROCESSING

This past fall, the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) opened the Mineral Processing Pilot Plant to enhance the Canadian mining industry’s capabilities in Western Canada and beyond.

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Analyzing oligosaccharides to detect adulterated juice

FOOD CHEMISTRY

In the mid-1980s, a Florida citrus growers’ organization offered $50,000 to anyone who could develop an analytical technique for detecting orange juice adulterated with cheap beet juice. Graduate student Nicholas Low, who was working on enzymes responsible for carbohydrate hydrolysis, thought he had a solution.

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Then and Now

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With the longest coastline in the world, and an export economy founded upon natural resources, shipbuilding and ship repair is arguably Canada’s most iconic industry. Rubber has been a key part of Canadian shipping since the 19th century, becoming ubiquitous in shipbuilding and shipyards, where it was used for everything from hoses to protective coatings...

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