Marking milestones in systems and control

According to Bhushan Gopaluni, Associate Dean of Education and Professional Development in the University of British Columbia’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, we now enjoy an embarrassment of riches when it comes to information technology. “If you look at the history of systems and control and data analytics, we are at a unique historic...

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Reconciling risk and reward

In 1984, when a Dow Chemical facility in the Indian city of Bhopal released toxic gas that killed more than 3,700 people and injuring at least 16,000 more, the catastrophe set in motion the Responsible Care® initiative, which permanently altered how major industrial manufacturers consider the hazards surrounding their work. It also marked the beginning...

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Nominations for new award being accepted until September 1

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After Wilfrid Laurier University chemistry Professor Hind Al-Abadleh became vice-chair of CIC’s Environment Division several years ago, among the priorities she identified was the need for a new award. “Our division makes up about 10% of members of the CIC, but we only had one award,” she says, referring to the one sponsored by multinational...

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From macromolecules to novel materials

Put most simply, Dwight Seferos runs a laboratory that looks at materials that conduct electricity and store electricity; but of course, the reality is much more complicated than that. As holder of the Canada Research Chair in Polymer Nanotechnology at the University of Toronto (U of T), he examines familiar semiconductors like silicon as well...

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Honouring the memory of Margaret Ann Armour

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A new award, spawned by discussions with the late Margaret-Ann Armour, FCIC, now preserves her memory as a way for the CIC’s Chemical Education Fund to support educators in the chemical sciences. The suggestion for this award dates from 2017, when she expressed her enthusiasm for such an award. “Fundraising was progressing last summer when...

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Stepping out of science and into something less comfortable

Patience is an undeniable virtue in science, and not just in matters confined to the laboratory. Alison Thompson, MCIC and winner of the 2020 Clara Benson Award, recently offered an intimate account of the instrumental role patience has played throughout her career. Thompson, who is a member of Dalhousie University’s Department of Chemistry, was the...

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Celebrating the rainbow

The indefatigable scientist Richard Feynman once defended the subjectivity of beauty by pointing out that if our eyes were receptive to a different part of the electromagnetic spectrum, the only description of a rainbow would be found in dry research papers, devoid of all the romance we associate with this phenomenon. On the other hand,...

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Meeting a critical need in a supercritical way

It has been almost a decade since Gisele Azimi was pursuing post-doctoral work at MIT, where she realized just how dependent our technology was becoming on rare earth elements, which pose significant environmental and economic challenges as they are being processed into components for everything from cell phone sensors to wind turbine generators. “We are...

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Canada Research Chair-holder honoured by CSChE

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Ajay Dalai, FCIC, a Distinguished Professor in the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, is the 2020 recipient of the R. S. Jane Memorial Award. This annual distinction, inaugurated in 1960, commemorates the outstanding contributions of the late Dr. Robert Stephen Jane by honouring others who have made their own exceptional achievements...

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