AGM 2015 — Featuring João Soares

The CIC Edmonton section’s Annual General Meeting will be held May 13, 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 <> to reserve a spot. Deadline for RSVP is April 30th, 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.

Map to the UofA Business Building:

Café CIC: The Chemistry of Honey

Cafe CIC presents: Honey, It’s All About Bees

Come and enjoy that sweet sticky carbohydrate of your childhood. Honey is more than just a cloying treat on bread. It is one of the world’s most adulterated foodstuffs. An excellent professional development event brought to you by the local section of the Chemical Institute of Canada.

Our guest is Prof. Leonard Foster of the Centre for High Throughput Biology, University of British Columbia.

Six different types of honey will be available for tasting.

Date: March 24th, 2015 6:30 PM
Location: Concordia University
Hole Academic Centre, 7128 Ada Boulevard, Edmonton, AB T5B 4E4 (Map)

$5 for students
$10 for CIC members
$15 for non-members

February Speaker: Prof. Alex Brown

Alex_Brown_20150211February 11 at 7:00 pm we will be hosting Professor Alex Brown of the University of Alberta Department of Chemistry for a talk on his research applying computational models to chemistry problems. All are welcome to join the talk, as we learn how computational chemistry can aid in understanding experimental measurements and help come up with ideas for yet unmade chemical species. If you’re curious to learn more about Dr. Brown’s research, check out his website or Google Scholar profile.

PDF abstract.

Location: University of Alberta, Central Academic Building (CAB), Room 243 (map)

Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Time: 6:30 PM refreshments; 7:00 PM lecture

Title: Computational Chemistry: What is it Good For? (Absolutely everything. Say it again)

The interpretation of modern experimental measurements and syntheses in chemistry is greatly aided through a a variety of sophisticated computational chemistry techniques (in particular ab initio electronic structure methods). These methods can be used for determining molecular geometries, bonding (electronic structure), and physical as well as photophysical properties of molecules. Computational chemistry can go beyond simply interpreting existing experiments to the prediction of new species with novel properties. In this talk, I will highlight recent examples from our work on phosphorescent tellurophene-compounds and molecular precursors for materials chemistry (research in collaboration with Prof. E. Rivard, University of Alberta). I will then move from materials chemistry research to chemical biology to discuss the design of fluorescent proteins with strong two-photon absorptions for biological imaging. From these examples, I will showcase the strong role computational chemistry plays in modern chemistry research.
*with apologies to N. Whitfield, B. Strong and their song “War” recorded E. Starr (1970)

December Meeting

Just a photo from the Executive’s meeting in December. Lots of neat events being planned for the winter months, including the Cafe CIC, our January talk, and more!


CIC Edmonton executive December planning meeting


Alley Kat Tour on September 30

Want to learn about the chemistry of beer? Why it tastes the way it does? We’re touring the Alley Kat Brewery here in Edmonton on Tuesday, September 30th.

Cost = $15 (WITH TASTINGS)
Max number is 40.
Tour of the plant, learn about the making of various varieties of beer.
Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Start time 6:00 PM. Finishes about 8:30 PM (at the latest).
Will send map and directions to those who RSVP
Send email RSVP to: Lucio Gelmini,

Summer BBQ

Today we had our summer BBQ planning meeting. We discussed lots of ideas for chemistry events for the coming year. Many thanks to Wendy & Loni for hosting!

Check out a few photos from the BBQ. Any idea who’s hat that is?

Industrial Chemistry Conference: November 12-14, 2014 | Edmonton, Alberta

Industrial_Chemistry_Conference_2014The Industrial Chemistry Conference is presented by the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC), the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT) and the Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta (ACPA). The conference is designed for individuals working in the analysis community: chemists, chemical technologists, chemical engineers, managers and researchers working in government, private and industrial laboratories, and students and recent graduates.
Special attention will be given to the oil and gas industries including upstream (exploration, production and mining), midstream (transportation) and downstream (upgrading and refining) operations. The first day and a half will feature a technical program covering two streams: Process Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry, and will explore regulatory matters, novel sampling methods and applications including analysis of drinking water, wastewater, soils/sediments and others. The second day and a half will be dedicated to professional development courses/workshops. Speakers will include researchers and practitioners from government, industry and academia.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 (Afternoon Only)
Chemistry of Flow Assurance: Abdel Kharrat, ACPA
Inline Process Measurement: Sampling, Instrumentation, and Data Analysis: Ken Schmidt, ACPA

Friday, November 14, 2014 (Full Day)
Industry Process Water, Chemical and Environmental Assessment: Jason Brisbois, University of Alberta Water Initiative, Chris Le, University of Alberta

Wednesday, November 12, 10:30-18:00
Thursday, November 13, 10:00-13:00

Download the flyer with details or visit the Industrial Chemistry Conference website.

The call for papers is open until September 15.