Advanced Materials and Innovative Methods

Track Description:
The development and characterization of new materials, devices, methodologies and systems is a core driving force for innovation. Sessions in this technical track explore the development of and improvements to materials, devices and methods across many sectors and scales, from fundamental studies of new functional materials to modular technology development within industrial unit operations.

Sessions in Track: Advanced Materials and Innovative Methods

Catalysis and Reaction Engineering

Jose Herrera, Western University
Dominic Pjontek, Western University

Keynote Speakers:
Cathy Chin, University of Toronto
Faical Larachi, Laval University
Pedro Pereira-Almao, University of Calgary
Kevin Smith, The University of British Columbia

Keywords: catalyst synthesis, catalyst characterization, novel catalysts, computational catalysis, electrocatalysis, photocatalysis, reaction mechanisms, novel reactors, reactor design, process intensification, computational reaction engineering, structured reactors, microreactors, multiphase reactors

Microfluidics and Nanofluidics

Keynote Speakers:
Arturo Macchi, University of Ottawa
Arun Ramchandran, University of Toronto - Can. J. Chem. Eng. Lectureship Award

Keywords: fluid dynamics, mixing, flow control, multiphase microflow, transport phenomena in porous media, microreactors, lab-on-a-chip, cell sorting, cell capture, microparticles and nanoparticles

Multiphase and Interfacial Phenomena

Keywords: colloids, interfacial thermodynamics, surface forces, capillary effects, surface treatment, surfactants, emulsions, bubble and droplet generation

Nanotechnology and Functional Materials

Boxin Zhao, University of Waterloo

Keynote Speaker:
Xuehua Zhang, University of Alberta

Keywords: nanomaterials, nanoparticles, nanofabrication technologies, nanocomposite materials, thin films, self-assembly, functionalized surfaces, novel applications

Polymers and Composite Materials

Boxin Zhao, University of Waterloo

Keynote Speaker:
Pedram Fatehi, Lakehead University - Hatch Innovation Award

Keywords: biodegradable plastics, biopolymers, natural polymers, polymer composites and nanocomposites, hybrid materials, polymer blends, novel polymers, polymer characterization and testing, polymer reactor design, polymerization, polymer thermodynamics, polymer crystallization, polymer transport properties, polymer processing, depolymerization, polymer recycling

Sensors, Actuators and Control

Keynote Speaker:
Khushaal Popli, University of Alberta - Award for Best Graduate Student Paper in Can. J. Chem. Eng.

Keywords: biosensors, flow control, flow sensors and actuators, cell analysis, electrochemical sensors, molecular sensing, MEMS

Sorbents and Separation Systems

Keywords: adsorbents, adsorption, chromatography, crystallization, membrane materials, membrane separation, transport in porous media, pore network modelling, leaching, extraction, modelling and simulation