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Technical Sessions:

Healthy and Sustainable Communities

Ensuring healthy lives and communities and promoting well-being for all is the theme of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sessions within this technical track focus on a broad range of topics, including air and water quality, biotechnology and bioprocessing tools, biomedical devices, waste management, and environmental monitoring and stewardship.

Azadeh Kermanshahi-pour, Dalhousie University
Su-Ling Brooks, Dalhousie University
Stanislav Sokolenko, Dalhousie University

Keynote Speakers:

Prospective Sessions:
1. Air Pollution and Air Quality: aerosols, particulate emissions, ultrafine particles, contaminant transport and fate, photochemical smog, indoor and outdoor air quality, catalytic conversion, treatment technologies, atmospheric dispersion modelling, new techniques for dispersion modelling
2. Biomedical Engineering: biomedical sensors, biomedical devices, biomaterials, tissue engineering, computational biomedical engineering
3. Bioprocessing: biofuels, biopharmaceuticals, bioreactor engineering, biorefinery, bioremediation, cell culture, extraction, fermentation, media-development, media optimization, purification, single-cell protein
4. Biotechnology: recombinant technology, biofuels, biopharmaceuticals, drug discovery, gene therapy, metabolic engineering, metabolic modeling, recombinant technology, strain development, viruses, virus-like particles
5. Food Innovation and Engineering: food processing, food safety, food storage, energy efficiency, green processing, fermentation, innovative products, nutraceuticals
6. Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship: green chemistry, life-cycle analysis, responsible production, environmental impact assessment, green process design, cradle to cradle design, cyclic economy
7. Waste Management, Re-use, and Valorization: waste recovery, waste reduction, waste to energy, waste to materials, up-cycling, process integration
8. Water Resources, Water Quality, and Industrial Wastewater Treatment: micro-pollutants, persistent pollutants, pollutant transport and fate, process water treatment and recycling, municipal water treatment and quality, innovative water and wastewater treatment processes


Advanced Materials and Innovative Methods

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.


Keynote Speakers:

Prospective Sessions:
1. Catalysis and Reaction Engineering: 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
2. Microfluidics and Nanofluidics: fluid dynamics, mixing, flow control, multiphase microflow, transport phenomena in porous media, microreactors, lab-on-a-chip, cell sorting, cell capture, microparticles and nanoparticles
3. Multiphase and Interfacial Phenomena: colloids, interfacial thermodynamics, surface forces, capillary effects, surface treatment, surfactants, emulsions, bubble and droplet generation
4. Nanotechnology and Functional Materials: nanomaterials, nanoparticles, nanofabrication technologies, nanocomposite materials, thin films, self-assembly, functionalized surfaces, novel applications
5. Polymers and Composite Materials: 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
6. Sensors, Actuators and Control: biosensors, flow control, flow sensors and actuators, cell analysis, electrochemical sensors, molecular sensing, MEMS
7. Sorbents and Separation Systems: adsorbents, adsorption, chromatography, crystallization, membrane materials, membrane separation, transport in porous media, pore network modelling, leaching, extraction, modelling and simulation


Industrial Process Analysis and Development

Industrial innovation requires the integration of emerging technology with comprehensive approaches to characterize the impact of process modifications, intensification, control strategies and new system designs. This technical track focuses on fundamental and applied research aimed at improving industrial processing systems. Topics include advanced process control, process intensification, process simulation, and process optimization, scaling and design.


Keynote Speakers:

Prospective Sessions:
1. Industry 4.0: automation, internet of things, artificial intelligence, product lifecycle, computer-integrated manufacturing, predictive manufacturing, digital fabrication, reliability and productivity, socio-economic factors
2. Process and Equipment Design: equipment scale-up and scale-down, pilot-scale systems, multiphase flows, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), mixing, particulate processes, discrete element modelling (DEM), industrial reactors, industrial separation processes, unit operations, transport phenomena
3. Process Intensification: innovative process technologies, energy efficient processes, process integration, miniaturization, modularization, hybrid processes, transport phenomena, modelling and simulation
4. Process Simulation and Optimization: simulation software, optimization algorithms, optimal design strategies, model development, data science, data analytics, planning and scheduling
5. Systems and Control: statistical process control, statistical methods, linear and non-linear systems, fault detection, real-time monitoring, on-line measurements, data analytics, predictive control


Energy and Natural Resources

Given the realities of climate change and social licence to practice, industry and academia continue to explore opportunities to minimize the impact of natural resource extraction and processing through efficiency gains, novel production methods, effluent sequestration and treatment, and clean energy production and storage. Access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all is critical for the future. Energy is central to nearly every major global challenge. This technical track explores traditional and emerging technologies in resource extraction, energy production, oil and gas processing, affordable and clean energy, energy storage, and the energy/carbon economy.

Markus Li, Envent Engineering
Michael Pegg, Dalhousie University
Edris Madadian, Dalhousie University

Keynote Speakers:

Prospective Sessions:
1. Carbon Economy: greenhouse gas mitigation, carbon capture, post-combustion, pre-combustion, chemical looping, innovative separation technologies, integrated processes and process analysis, carbon storage, CO2 conversion, CO2 utilization
2. Energy Storage and Conversion: electrochemical energy storage, batteries, hydrogen production, fuel cells, thermal energy storage, new technologies for energy storage, energy harvesting, energy conversion technologies, conversion efficiency
3. Industrial Energy Efficiency: process energy integration, energy auditing, energy efficiency analysis, process simulation and optimization, process intensification, waste energy recovery
4. Mineral Processing: surface and interfacial chemistry, hydrodynamics, mixing, slurries, advanced separation technologies, modelling and simulation, process control, metallurgy, flotation, leaching, comminution, tailings, effluent treatment, dewatering, water treatment, innovative unit operations
5. Oil and Gas: oil, bitumen, coal, shale oil shale gas, gas hydrates, natural gas
6. Renewable Energy: biofuels, biomass, solar energy, wind energy, tidal energy, hydropower, geothermal energy, thermochemical conversion, combustion, gasification, pyrolysis, torrefaction, mixed fuels, unconventional applications of renewable energy, innovative devices


Modern Chemical Engineering Education

The role of chemical engineers in industry and society is constantly evolving, and education and training methods must keep pace with these changes. Evidence-based pedagogical practices are crucial to the development of essential skills like critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, technical synthesis and communication, and sustainable development. This technical track focuses on how instructors and institutions are changing their curricula by introducing new technologies or pedagogical practices to enhance student learning. Other topics include innovative approaches for introducing engineering design and experiential learning into the curriculum, methods to integrate equity, diversity and inclusivity elements into the curriculum and extraprofessional activities, the use of outcome-based assessments for curricular renewal initiatives within a Canadian accreditation framework, and the promotion of student self-awareness and autonomy by teaching metacognition.

Gabriel Potvin, The University of British Columbia
Michele Hastie, Dalhousie University

Keynote Speakers:

Prospective Sessions:
1. Engineering Design and Project-based Learning
2. Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity, Communities and Globalization
3. Experiential Learning
4. Innovative Assessment, Graduate Attributes and Accreditation
5. Laboratory-based Education and Practical Experience
6. Metacognition