February Lecture: Prof. Sarah A Styler on Dusty Skies and Dirty Buildings

February 24 at 6:00 pm we will be hosting Professor Sarah A Styler of the University of Alberta Department of Chemistry for a talk on her atmospheric chemistry research. All are welcome to attend the talk. If you’re curious to learn more about Prof. Sarah A Styler, check out her website: https://uofa.ualberta.ca/chemistry/faculty-and-staff/people/sarah-styler

Location: E3-25 Gunning/Lemieux Chemistry Centre, University of Alberta

Date: Tuesday, 24 February 2016

Time: 6:00 pm (refreshments provided)

Title: “Dusty Skies and Dirty Buildings: Adventures in Atmospheric Photochemistry”


Over a billion tons of photoactive dust are released into the atmosphere every year from deserts and other arid environments. After emission, this dust undergoes transport to distant urban regions, where it can mix with local pollution sources and settle on building surfaces, which are themselves potential substrates for photochemistry. Although studies have shown that reactions on environmental surfaces can influence the lifetime of surface-sorbed pollutants and the atmospheric abundance of reactive trace gases, our understanding of photochemistry on dust and urban surfaces is far from complete. In this seminar, I will outline our group’s approach to studying these complex systems, and highlight some of our recent discoveries.

Professional Development Event for Chemical Professionals

January 21 at 19:00 pm we will be hosting a Professional Development Event for Chemical Professionals at the University of Alberta

Format of event:
19:00 – Networking mixer
19:30 – Short presentations on relevant career topics by 4 panelists
(Rina Carlini, Conrad Siegers, Ken Schmidt, and Fiona Hess)
20:30 – Q & A session

Location: Papachase Room, Faculty Club, University of Alberta, map)

Date: Thursday, 21 January 2016

Time: 19:00 pm (1 free drink + appertisers provided)

RSVP: at eventbrite website, $10.00

November Speaker: Rylan Lundgren

November 3 at 6:00 pm we will be hosting Professor Rylan Lundgren of the University of Alberta Department of Chemistry for a talk on his catalysis research. All are welcome to attend the talk. If you’re curious to learn more about Dr. Lundgren’s research, check out his website: http://lundgren.chem.ualberta.ca/rylan

Location: E3-25 Gunning/Lemieux Chemistry Centre, University of Alberta

Date: Tuesday, 03 November 2015

Time: 6:00 pm (refreshments provided)

Title: “New Metal-Mediated Cross-Coupling Reactions: Making Great Reactions Even Better”


Cross-coupling reactions promoted by transition metals are among the most commonly used synthetic transformations by chemists in virtually all subdisciplines. The various flavors of Pd-catalyzed arylation reactions have revolutionized how functional molecules are prepared, even to the point of the fragments derived from these reactions being overexpressed in active pharmaceutical ingredients. The development of Pd-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions received the Nobel Prize in 2010, but there remain many challenges to be addressed and new coupling manifolds to be discovered. This seminar will discuss some of the most pressing challenges and highlight some solutions that we have uncovered.

CIC Edmonton Planning Retreat

On June 20, members of the CIC Edmonton Section’s executive held their annual retreat to plan events for the following year. We are always seeking new members to participate in planning events and activities to promote chemistry in the Edmonton region with us! (And it’s actually lots of fun!)

Here are two photos of the folks that made it out:





AGM 2015 — Featuring João Soares

The CIC Edmonton section’s Annual General Meeting will be held May 5th, 2014 at the U of A Stollery Executive Development Centre, Business Building, 5th Floor, Room 504.
(Note: Not at the Faculty Club this year!)

The schedule is as follows:

6:00 PM Networking
6:30 PM Dinner
7:00 PM AGM
7:30 PM Guest speaker: Prof. João Soares (UofA Chemical & Materials Engineering)
8:30 PM Conclusion / Networking

Dinner Menu
Salad: Caesar, Greek, or Creamy Pasta
Sides: Garlic mashed potato, Steamed vegetables, Baby bok choy
Main course options: Roast beef  OR Chicken bordon bleu OR Vegetarian option*
*(Please note in your RSVP if you plan to have the vegetarian option)
Dessert: Unknown

Cost: $30 for members; $35 for non-members; $20 for students

RSVP to Lucio Gelmini <gelminil@macewan.ca> to reserve a spot. Deadline for RSVP is May 1st, 2015. 

The Importance of Polymer Reaction Engineering in Developing New Polymer Products
Polymers are statistical materials that cannot be uniquely characterized only with average molecular properties; rather, one needs to quantify their molecular architecture by measuring their distributions of molecular weight, chemical composition, short and long chain branching.
Several of these distributions are determined instantaneously using polymer chemistry principles, but the cumulative properties of the polymer exiting the reactor depend on reactor configuration, reactor type, and mode of operation. These additional variables impart additional variability to the molecular architecture of polymers and determine their final properties. Polymer reaction engineering combines polymer chemistry fundamentals, reactor engineering principles, and mathematical modeling techniques to quantify how these factors affect polymer properties.
In this presentation I will discuss how polymer reaction engineering principles are needed to develop new polymer products. I will illustrate these principles in two areas related to my research at the University of Alberta: polyolefins and polymer flocculants for oil sands tailings remediation.


Biography of Prof. João B.P. Soares, PhD, FCIC, P.Eng.:

João Soares received his bachelor’s degree from Federal University of Bahia (Salvador, Ba, Brazil), and his master’s degree from the State University of Campinas (Campinas, SP, Brazil), both in Chemical Engineering. Before moving to Canada, he worked during four years as a research and development engineer for Pronor, COPENE, and Polibrasil (Brazil). He did his PhD thesis under the supervision of Professor A.E. Hamielec, in the Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster University (Hamilton, ON, Canada) and joined the faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 1995. On July 1, 2013, Professor Soares joined the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta as the Campus Alberta Innovation Program Chair in Interfacial Polymer Engineering for Oilsands Processing. In 2014, Professor Soares became Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Advanced Polymer Reaction Engineering.

Prof. Soares published more than 180 articles in referred journals, written 12 book chapters, and is the author (with Timothy McKenna) of the book Polyolefin Reaction Engineering published by Wiley-VCH in 2012. He has offered 27 public and 22 in-house industrial short courses all over the world in his areas of expertise. Professor Soares is also a co-organizer in two main international polyolefin conferences: The International Conference on Polyolefin Reaction Engineering (INCOREP), and The International Conference on Polyolefin Characterization (ICPC).

Professor Soares is the Editor-in-Chief for the Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. He is also a member of the Executive Advisory Board of Wiley-VCH Macromolecular journals and responsible for the coordination of Macromolecular Reaction Engineering.

Professor Soares is a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada, and a Professional Engineer in the Provinces of Ontario and Alberta. He is the recipient of the Premier’s Research Excellence Award (2000), the Union Carbide/Dow Innovation Recognition Program (2000, 2001), and the Syncrude/CSChE Canada Innovation Award for contributions to Chemical Engineering under the age of 40 (2001). He consults for several polyolefin-manufacturing companies in Canada, USA, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Research Interests: 1) polymerization reactor engineering for Ziegler-Natta, metallocene, late transition metal, free-radical and living free-radical polymerization, 2) water-soluble polymers for oil sands technology, 3) polymer microstructural characterization and fractionation, 4) mathematical modeling of polymerization reactors and polymer microstructure, and 5) in-situ polymer nanocomposites.

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