Plenary Lectures

Nathalie Tufenkji, MCIC, McGill University

Nathalie TufenkjiNathalie Tufenkji earned the PhD degree in chemical and environmental engineering from Yale University in 2005. She is presently professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at McGill University where she holds the Tier I Canada Research Chair in Biocolloids and Surfaces. She works in the area of particle-surface interactions with applications in protection of water resources as well as the discovery of natural antimicrobials. Tufenkji was awarded the Early Career Research Excellence Award by the Faculty of Engineering at McGill University (2010), a Fulbright Scholar Award (2012), the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Science and Technology (2014), and the Hatch Innovation Award of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineers (2016). She was elected to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada in 2016. Beyond her research and teaching roles, Tufenkji also serves as associate director of the Brace Center for Water Resources Management at McGill and has co-chaired several major international conferences. She also serves on the editorial advisory boards of the journals Environmental Science and Technology, npj Clean Water, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, and Environmental Science: Nano.

Nanotechnologies for Water Treatment and Antimicrobial Applications

Providing clean, safe water reliably in an affordable manner is a major global challenge. A wide variety of water pollutants, including heavy metals, dyes, pesticides, and pharmaceutical compounds pose a threat to public and environmental health. Existing water treatment technologies do not adequately meet water quality standards for removal of the diverse range of contaminants; thus, technological innovation is needed to enhance water security and accessibility (Alvarez et al, 2018). Engineered nanomaterials, such as graphene oxide (GO), offer tunable multifunctionality for effective removal of a diverse range of contaminants from water (Yousefi et al, 2019). However, the practical implementation of nanomaterials such as GO in water treatment requires their immobilization into three-dimensional macrostructures which may impair their performance. Unlike colloidal nanomaterials, solid macrostructures of GO can be easily stored, transported and manipulated. Despite the progress on forming high surface area and multifunctional GO macrostructures, synthesizing mechanically robust porous macrostructures, especially for wet applications, is a challenge. This talk will describe approaches for the preparation of GO-based macrostructures that can be used in water treatment. The functionalization of macrostructures of engineered nanomaterials with antimicrobials for prevention of biofouling or removal of pathogens from contaminated waters will also be discussed. Finally, next-generation nanotechnologies for a broader range of commercial, medical and industrial antimicrobial applications will be presented.


Shaffiq Jaffer, MCIC, TOTAL

Shaffiq JafferShaffiq Jaffer joined TOTAL in 2009, as the vice president of Corporate Science and Technology Projects in North America (NA) with as mission to find and fund novel ideas and technologies that will lead to breakthroughs to meet future energy demand while addressing the climate challenges. He is engaged across the research ecosystem: academia, startups, and private research companies, focused on building long lasting relationships that create value for TOTAL and its partners. Prior to TOTAL, he has worked for P&G and Koch-Glitsch in research and engineering roles. He was educated in Canada at University of Alberta (BSc) and McMaster University (PhD) and is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE).

The Imperative for a Global Systems Approach to address Energy and Climate Challenges

Abstract coming soon.


Levente L. Diosady, FCIC, University of Toronto
2019 R. S. Jane Memorial Award Winner

Levente L. Diosady is professor of food engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Toronto. His current research interests include oilseed processing, membrane processes, and micronutrient fortification of food. He is the author of 150+ refereed publications, 17 patents. He supervised 100+ graduate students. 17 of his students and PDF’s are professors on four continents.

He is a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, the American Oil Chemists Society, International Academy of Food Science and Technology, The Hungarian and the Canadian Academies of Engineering and the Royal Society of Canada. He received the Officers’ Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and is a member of the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest civilian honour. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Green salt and rusty tea: food engineering for maternal health

Food engineering applies the principles of chemical engineering to large-scale processing of food. This talk will deal with the huge potential of micronutrient fortification in saving and improving lives, and the many chemical engineering and social challenges in delivering micronutrients to those in most need. The development of a microencapsulation-based micronutrient delivery platform in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto is in the commercialization stage. Pilot studies in India resulted in eliminating anemia in approximately a million school children, and salt double fortified with iodine and iron is now tested on up to 50 million consumers in India. Adding other micronutrients can focus on specific populations and deficiency diseases: thiamin deficiency in Cambodia, birth defects due to folic acid deficiencies in Ethiopia and multiple deficiencies in South Asia.


Emerging Leaders in Chemical Engineering

The CCEC organizing committee is seeking charismatic emerging leaders to participate in the third annual Emerging Leaders in Chemical Engineering plenary session. This prestigious event is intended to showcase the personal perspectives of three to four leading early-career researchers in 10-minute TED Talk style presentations. Participants are expected to highlight their vision of opportunities and big challenges in their respective fields, discussing strategies for success and their views on where research is moving in the next 5 to 10 years. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to submit technical abstracts to a session in the rest of the conference program to enable opportunities to give in-depth presentations on their ongoing research.

Adam Donaldson, Dalhousie University
Jan Haelssig, Dalhousie University
Ian Jobe, Chemical Institute of Canada