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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Marijuana begins to yield its chemical secrets

CHEMISTRY FOR HEALTH

Much was already known about the chemical make-up of marijuana last year before the federal government passed Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, which legalized general access to this formerly controlled substance. But researchers can now see how much more they have to learn about an agent with a complex molecular structure and intricate features. When...

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Oceans facing an acid test

CHEMISTRY FOR ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Global temperatures began to soar as early as May this year, beginning with a 50ºC heat wave that hit India. Meanwhile parts of Europe endured sauna-like conditions, while North America and the Arctic saw temperature records melt like ice cream in summer. While weather and climate are two very different things, such severe warming is...

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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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Natural shells point the way to tougher glass

CHEMISTRY FOR ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Our most sophisticated synthetic materials may boast unprecedented strength and durability but for something that puts them to shame, just visit a pond or tidal pool. The mineralized structure of nacre, a biological composite that makes up the shells of simple organisms such as mollusks, is stiffer and harder than anything we can make. This...

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2019 NSERC Prize Winners Announced

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CIC congratulates its members who were among those presented with major awards from NSERC on May 6, 2019 at a ceremony held at the Governor General’s residence. Douglas Stephan, FCIC, a professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Chemistry, received is the John C. Polanyi Award, which honours an individual or team whose Canadian-based...

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Graduate students at Calgary get busy networking

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The Chemical Engineering Graduate Club (CEGC) at the University of Calgary has become the newest CSChE Graduate Student Chapter. The group kicked off its activities at the beginning of the March with a technical talk by Dr. Ruth Cardinaels, an assistant professor from University of Eindhoven in Netherlands. She specializes in the development of multiphasic...

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A call for researchers to speak up

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The most prominent author of a major report on research funding continues to warn Canadians that they must do more to compete in a world where investments in science and technology essentially drive a country’s standard of living. David Naylor, who chaired the nine-member advisory panel that drafted the 2017 Fundamental Science Review (FSR), places...

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Universities host sixth annual research day in Montreal

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For the last six years the Chemical Engineering Departments of Polytechnique Montréal and McGill University have mounted an event for professors and students to share ideas and showcase their work. This year Université Laval joined the latest annual Research Day, which was held in March 19-20 at Polytechnique Montréal. The event was sponsored by the...

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