In the News Archive (2013)

New Alumni Networking Group Links Women of Skule December 13, 2013 - ELSIE, named for Elizabeth “Elsie” MacGill, the first woman to receive an engineering degree in Canada when she graduated from University of Toronto in 1927, unites female Skule grads just launching their careers with those more established. The independent networking group is run by Founder Irena Mahdavi (ChemE 0T9+PEY), Co-chairs Marissa Desrochers (ChemE 0T9+PEY) and Najwa Azer, and Advisor Elika Mahdavi (IndE 0T9+PEY). Read... Read more »
Air Pollution: How Bad is Your Neighbourhood? November 26, 2013 - Epidemiologists’ understanding of the relationship between exposure to airborne pollutants and a range of health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and asthma, has grown increasingly precise in recent years. What’s less well known is precisely where the air is most polluted. Toronto, for example, has only four air-quality measurement stations providing real-time data, even though... Read more »
What Composes the Human Heart? U of T Researchers Crunch the Numbers November 26, 2013 - A foundational study published in top biomedical journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Science) by U of T researchers (including ChemE Professor Milica Radisic) and the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine have identified the optimal structure and cell ratio associated with heart function – and the discovery has already led the team to another... Read more »
Alum Leads $1.25B Project November 26, 2013 - At just 32, Lim Yeow Keong (ChemE 9T7) found himself with a US$1 billion (S$1.25 billion) mega-project on his hands. Fresh from a two-year stint in a supporting role as commercial director of United Arab Emirates’ Fujairah Independent Water and Power Plant, he was charged with being the lead developer of a similar facility in Salalah in... Read more »
Innovations for Developing Countries: Grand Challenges Canada November 26, 2013 - ChemE Professors Krishna Mahadevan, Alexei Savchenko and Alexander Yakunin just received a big boost for their project entitled Low Cost Synthesis of Tuberculosis Drug Using Synthetic Biology, thanks to a grant from Grand Challenges Canada (GCC). The GCC grant is awarded to health care innovations that could transform the way disease is treated in the developing world. Click here for the full story.
Remembering Leon J. Rubin November 13, 2013 - The 100th anniversary of his birth – this November 22 – is an opportune time to remember Leon J. Rubin, a remarkable alum. Rubin graduated as a chemical engineer from the Department in 1938, where a year later he obtained his Master’s degree. He then joined the Department as an instructor where he taught for... Read more »
$4.9 Million for Greener, Lighter Cars October 25, 2013 - By Jenny Hall A University of Toronto research team has won $2,513,500 from Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) to work with Ford Motor Company to develop a novel new material for car parts using renewable resources extracted from wood pulp. Together with financial and in-kind contributions from Ford and U of T, the project’s total value... Read more »
The Geography of Pollution September 13, 2013 - Epidemiologists in recent years have developed an increasingly precise understanding of the relationship between exposure to airborne pollutants and a range of health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and asthma. What’s less well known is precisely where the air is most polluted. Toronto, for example, has only four air-quality measurement stations providing real-time data, even... Read more »
UK Supports Diosady’s Iron Fortified Tea Solution September 6, 2013 - The UK is backing new research into iron fortified tea leaves, which it is hoped will save the lives of thousands of mothers and babies in the developing world. Across the world, a woman dies in childbirth every 2 minutes. Dr Levente Diosady, a professor of chemical engineering and applied chemistry at the University of... Read more »
Professor Elizabeth Edwards Talks Career and Parenthood August 29, 2013 - Elizabeth Edwards, a chemical engineering professor at the University of Toronto and the mother of three children, the youngest of whom is now 19, credits her outlook to great mentorship. Her late mother was a professor of urban planning at McGill University in the 1970s and 1980s when there was a major pay restructuring after... Read more »
Professor Bradley Saville Appears on BNN August 29, 2013 - Yesterday, Professor Bradley Saville appeared on the Business News Network (BNN) to discuss biofuel opportunities in the prairie provinces. To watch, click here.
Professor Bradley Saville Predicts Alberta as a Biofuel Leader August 20, 2013 - A Canadian province most well-known for its petroleum products could be that country’s leader in non-petroleum energy. According to this article in the Edmonton Journal, Alberta, in all the headlines for its oilsands, could end up leading Canada by replacing half of its transportation fuels with biodiesel and ethanol. “We now have ethanol from grain... Read more »
Professor Milica Radisic Talks Bioengineering on InnerSpace August 20, 2013 - Professor Milica Radisic and her research team recently appeared on Space Channel’s InnerSpace program to discuss their new method of maturing human heart cells that simulates the natural growth environment of heart cells while applying electrical pulses to mimic the heart rate of fetal humans. Click here to watch the episode.
Hundreds of Students to Benefit from $6.6 Million in Training Funds August 12, 2013 - Hundreds of U of T students and postdoctoral fellows will benefit from $6.6 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council’s CREATE program, which trains the next generation of researchers to tackle Canada’s most pressing scientific challenges. The CREATE (Collaborative Research and Training Experience) program aims to improve the mentoring and training environment... Read more »
Fortifying Tea with Iron Project Wins Prestigious Science Grant August 1, 2013 - ChemE Professors Edgar Acosta, Yu-Ling Cheng and Levente Diosady (ChemE 6T6, PhD 7T2) has been awarded a prestigious science grant that will allow them to develop an idea to fortify tea leaves with iron, a project that could help reduce the maternal and perinatal death rate in the developing world. For the full story, clickhere.
Bioengineering Skin on a Mass Scale July 18, 2013 - It’s one thing to invent a machine that prints skin, but it’s a whole other challenge to bring what seems like the domain of mad science to mass production. Last fall, a team at the University of Toronto invented a prototype 3D printer that, instead of extruding layers of plastic and other inorganic materials into... Read more »
Internal Grant Secured to Create New Initiative on Exposomics July 12, 2013 - Many chronic diseases are now believed to be due to a combination of an individual’s genome and their cumulative environmental exposure. Exposome, analogous to genome, is an emerging approach to assessing this exposure. Internationally very large research initiatives are planned or underway in this new field but there has been little activity to date in... Read more »
Can Frankenstein and a Baby’s Heartbeat Unlock the Mysteries of Stem Cells? June 24, 2013 - It’s an electrifying step forward for cardiac research. University of Toronto researchers, including Professor Milica Radisic (ChemE, IBBME), have announced a new method of maturing human heart cells that simulates the natural growth environment of heart cells while applying electrical pulses to mimic the heart rate of fetal humans. The discovery, reported this week in... Read more »
Members of the ChemE Community Receive Ontario Professional Engineers Awards June 24, 2013 - Two members of our ChemE community have been recognized by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) and Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) with Ontario Professional Engineers Awards. Anthony (Tony) Pasteris, President of Minerva Canada (a valued partner to the Department and Faculty in safety education), received the Citizenship Award. University Professor Michael Sefton (ChemE, IBBME) is this year’s... Read more »
ChemE Members Inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering June 21, 2013 - Three members of the ChemE community were inducted into the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) on June 20, during the CAE Annual Meeting in Montreal. Professors Yu-Ling Cheng and Mark Kortschot (MASc 8T5), as well as AlumnusSavvas Hatzikiriakos (ChemE 6T9, PhD 7T2) are among the 48 new Fellows elected by the Academy. The CAE comprises the country’s most accomplished engineers,... Read more »
The Class of 1T3: Passionate, Energetic, Involved June 19, 2013 - Over 1,000 U of T Engineering students graduate every year. Each one of them is exceptional, and each one has a story to tell. What do bees, the ocean, horses, chemistry, skiing and stage work have in common? The answer is Catherine Phillips-Smith (ChemE 1T3). Read more.
International Student Research Exchanges June 17, 2013 - From June 4 to 8, U of T Engineering hosted the 12th Consortium on Sustainable Materials (COSM) UT2 Graduate Student Workshop. This year’s conference, ‘Materials for Sustainability,’ brought together 14 faculty and graduate students from the University of Tokyo, and more than 30 professors and graduate students from U of T’s departments of Chemical Engineering... Read more »
Biomaterials Offer a Robust Platform for Stem Cells June 17, 2013 - One of the challenges facing stem cell researchers is how to ensure that cells delivered to patients don’t die after transplantation to the point of care. At a session of the annual ISSCR in Boston yesterday, Professor Molly Shoichet of the University of Toronto presented some findings from her lab’s latest research. Read more.
Goodbye to Plastics? April 8, 2013 - Plastic is an amazing material: it is light, strong, flexible and cheap to produce. But it has two big drawbacks: it’s made from petroleum, of which we have limited supplies, and it doesn’t decompose easily. Humans throw away billions of tonnes of plastic every year. A tiny portion of it is now biodegradable, but the... Read more »
Accidental Discovery Leads to Process Improvements March 21, 2013 - Boron subphthalocyanine polymers by facile coupling to poly (acrylic acid-ran-styrene) copolymers and the associated problems with autoinitition when employing nitroxide mediated polymerization, an article by Professor Tim Benderand Post Doctoral Fellow Benoit Lessard of the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at U of T, is now featured in MaterialsViews.com.  “People in polymer synthesis would be very interested... Read more »
Alumnus Wins 2012 Small Young Innovator Awards January 28, 2013 - The “Small Young Innovator Awards” was presented to Professor Ali Khademhosseini (ChemE 9T9, MASc 0T1) during the recent “Small Science Symposium: Frontiers in Nanomedicine” held in Singapore from 10 – 12 December 2012. To read more, clickhere.
Federal Government Supports Fundamental Tools in Service of New Materials Frontiers January 22, 2013 - The Government of Canada has awarded $4.6 million in funding for the new Ontario Centre for Characterization of Advanced Materials (OCCAM) in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto. The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) announced a total of $33 million from its Leading Edge Fund and New Initiatives Fund... Read more »