Advances in Rubber

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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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...

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CIC Toronto Section AGM

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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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

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS
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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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Chemistry on Mars

RESEARCH

Just over a year ago, the biggest Mars space exploration vehicle, or rover, yet built was gently lowered from a rocket-powered ‘sky crane’ onto the surface of the red planet. Known to the public...

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Deadly Dust

MATERIALS

In January 2012, an explosion at the Babine Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake, B.C. killed two workers and injured 19. Three months later a second explosion, this one at the Lakeland Mills...

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Iron nanoparticles provide greener hydrogenation

GREEN CHEMISTRY

Researchers from McGill University and Japan have developed a system of polymer-embedded iron nanoparticles that provide a cheaper and more sustainable way to catalyse a wide variety of hydrogenation reactions. Current catalysts for hydrogenation — commonly used in the synthesis of many pharmaceuticals — are based on metals such as palladium and platinum, which are both expensive and potentially toxic. Iron nanoparticles are an inexpensive and non-toxic alternative; unfortunately they’re prone to rusting. “As soon as they see just a little bit of water, they’re...

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Identifying system failures at Lac Mégantic

REGULATION

On July 6, Canadians woke up to the news of the derailment and fire at Lac Mégantic, Que. — a tragic accident on such a scale that it was featured in news media around the world. The facts are not fully known at this stage, but it looks as if the proximate cause was a runaway unmanned train that derailed at the curve in Lac ...

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Then and now

HISTORY
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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...

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