CSChE and CGCEN 2014 award winners announced

RECOGNITION
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The Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) and Canadian Green Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Network (CGCEN) have announced the award winners for 2014. Official presentations took place this past October at the 64th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference...

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Grapevine

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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Robin Rogers of McGill University has been appointed to the latest Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Green Chemistry and Green Chemicals.

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Alberta oil sands column rankles ACCN reader

LETTER

I noted with astonishment the column “Oil sands phase-out may be Canada’s greatest contribution to the world” in the Sept-Oct, 2014 issue of the Canadian Chemical News (ACCN). Frankly, I am equally surprised by the call for a “phase-out” of the Canadian oil sands. Who are the scientists you claim to have concluded that “fossil fuels must remain in, or return to, the ground if we are to address global warming…?”

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Student symposium supports self-assembly community

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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The annual Centre for Self-Assembled Chemical Structures (CSACS) Student Symposium took place this past September at the Université de Montréal. The event, which marked its 10th anniversary, brought together more than 100 faculty, students and post docs from CSACS-member...

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Ordering of magnetic properties run hot and cold

MATERIALS SCIENCE

Given how much information we regularly store in magnetic form on everything from computer hard disks to credit card strips, researchers are increasingly interested in the stability of magnetic properties in materials. Mary Anne White, a chemist at Dalhousie University...

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Then and Now

HISTORY
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Few modern companies have roots reaching back to the Renaissance. Merck, the oldest pharmaceutical company in the world, is one of them.

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Polymeric links in ancient resin perplex researchers

ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

Amber, a relatively simple resin secreted by trees, is among nature’s sturdiest and perhaps most elegant compounds. It is tough enough to withstand millions of years’ worth of environmental abuse, yet it remains capable of capturing light in a gem-like fashion suitable for jewelry.

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Photonic chips the last frontier for fibre optics

PHOTONIC CHEMISTRY

As the hardware in communications systems has progressed from copper wires to fibre optic cables, the acceleration of data transfer speed has been profound. No one with access to fibre would ever want to go back to copper connections, but there is still one place we are stuck with them...

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