Lectures at the Leading Edge Series 2017-2018

Lectures at the Leading Edge enhance our culture of excellence by providing a rich view of the broad landscape and far-reaching horizons of chemical engineering and applied chemistry education and research.

All lectures are held on a Wednesday at 12:00 pm in Room 116 of the Wallberg Building, 200 College Street. The lectures are free and no RSVP is required; everyone is welcome to attend.

Download the 2017-2018 lecture schedule.

See the 2016-2017 lecture series.


2017 – 2018 Lectures at the Leading Edge

Irving O. Shoichet Distinguished Lecture
Innovation by Evolution: Bringing New Chemistry to Life

Frances Arnold, California Institute of Technology
Sept 20, 2017 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | WB116

The Role of Hydrometallurgy in Meeting the Supply Chain for Life in the 21st Century
David Dreisinger, University of British Columbia
Oct 4, 2017 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | WB116

Curvature Directed Assembly of Colloids at Interfaces
Kathleen Stebe, University of Pennsylvania
Oct 18, 2017 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | WB116

Optimising Structure-Property Dependencies of Stochastic Materials by Probabilistic Modelling
William Sampson, University of Manchester
Nov 22, 2017 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | WB116

Megasupramolecules
Julia Kornfield, California Institute of Technology
Dec 6, 2017 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | WB116

CO2-Switchable Materials
Philip Jessop, Queen’s University
Jan 10, 2018 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | WB116

CleanTech Meets FinTech: A Data-Driven e-Ship Disruption in Environmental Engineering
Peter Adriaens, University of Michigan
Jan 17, 2018 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | WB116

Rethinking Education for the 21st Century
Sanjay Sarma, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Feb 28, 2018 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | WB116

2017-18 AEESP Distinguished Lecture
Co-hosted by Engineering Departments at the University of Toronto, York University, and Ryerson University 

Proliferation and Control of Multidrug-Resistant “Superbugs” in Sewage Treatment Plants
Pedro Alvarez, Rice University
Mar 7, 2018 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | WB116

Metabolite Valves: Dynamic Control of Metabolic Flux for Pathway Engineering
Kristala Jones Prather, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mar 28, 2018 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | WB116