AGM 2014 — Featuring Jillian Buriak

The CIC Edmonton section’s Annual General Meeting will be held May 13, 2014 at the U of A Faculty Club (Papaschase room).

The schedule is as follows:

5:30 PM Networking
6:00 PM Dinner
6:30 PM AGM
7:00 PM Guest speaker: Dr. Jillian Buriak

Dinner Menu
Salad: Tomato Bocconcini
Main course options: Prime Rib of Beef OR Half breast of Chicken Catherine OR Vegetarian Lasagna
Dessert: Tiramisu. Kahlua sauce

Cost: $35 for members; $40 for non-members; $30 for students

RSVP to Lucio Gelmini <> to reserve a spot. Deadline for RSVP is May 9th, 2014.

Powering the Planet: 2050 and Beyond
Do you have children, or at least know one? If so, then you might want to think about what kind of world the next generation will inherit. By 2050, the world’s population is expected to reach 9 billion people; of these 9 billion people, the majority (6 billion) will be new, or almost new, energy consumers, just coming online. Where will this energy come from? For humanity to have a chance at a secure and viable future, this question must be answered. A powerful new way of thinking about energy is emerging worldwide, but is largely ignored in our ‘grid-centric’ society (particularly Canada, to our detriment); we will discuss this new emerging wave, and how it could be a leap forward for civilization. Interestingly (but not surprisingly to chemists), chemistry is absolutely central to making it all come together.

Biography of Jillian Buriak:

Dr. Buriak leads the Materials and Interfacial Chemistry Group at National Research Council’s National Institute for Nanotechnology, and is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta. She is a leading expert in semiconductor surface chemistry, and is developing new methods to integrate catalysts, molecular electronics and sensing elements with technologically important semiconducting and conducting materials. Her group investigates the use of organometallic and inorganic chemistry on silicon surfaces, and works to demonstrate the fabrication of nanoscale structures that have a broad range of potential applications.

Jillian was born in Toronto, Ontario. She attended Harvard University and graduated with an A.B. in 1990, and then taught high-school science in the Fiji Islands on a Catherine Innes Ireland Fellowship from Harvard. In 1991, she began her doctoral studies in chemistry under the guidance of John A. Osborn at the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France. After obtaining her PhD in 1995, she was awarded an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship and conducted two years of post-doctoral work at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California with M. Reza Ghadiri. She moved to Purdue University in 1997 as an assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor in 2001. Dr. Buriak returned to Canada in 2003 to join NINT and the University of Alberta.

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