Lectures at the Leading Edge

Lectures at the Leading Edge (LLE) is an annual lecture series hosted by the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. LLE engages world-class researchers and thought leaders in Canada and around the world to spark conversations on the latest innovations in existing and emerging areas relevant to chemical engineering, applied chemistry and the engineering profession.

FALL 2023

 Note: Lectures for the Fall & Winter terms will consist of a mix of in-person and virtual talks.

In-person lectures will be in SF1105 in the Fall term, WB116 in the Winter term, and virtual lectures will be held on Zoom
Lectures are open to the public and free to attend. All lectures will be presented in Eastern Time (ET).

Should you have any questions or require accommodation to attend the lectures, please email Professor Jay Werber (jay.werber@utoronto.ca).

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2023 | 11 AM - 12 PM


Benoit Lessard, University of Ottawa

“Green” Electronics: From Sustainable Materials to Cannabinoid Sensors

Host: Prof. Tim Bender



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OCTOBER 4, 2023 | 11 AM - 12 PM


Claudia Schmidt-Dannert, University of Minnesota

Design of Self-Organizing Protein Architectures as Functional Biomaterials

Host: Prof. Emma Master

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OCTOBER 18, 2023 | 11 AM - 12 PM


Petros Koutrakis, Harvard University

Assessing Exposures and Health Effects of Particle Radioactivity: An Emerging Research Field

Host: Prof. Jeffrey Brook


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NOVEMBER 29, 2023 | 11 AM - 12 PM


Michael Koepke, LanzaTech

Re-imagining Manufacturing: Building a Circular Gas Fermentation Industry

Host: Prof. Christopher Lawson


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DECEMBER 6, 2023 | 11 AM - 12 PM


Meagan Mauter, Stanford University

Dynamic Operating Schema for Resilient, Affordable, Decarbonized Water Systems

Host: Prof. Frank Gu



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JANUARY 17, 2024 | 11 AM - 12 PM


Ning Yan, University of Toronto

Building a Sustainable Future through Bio-based Chemicals and Nanomaterials

Host: Prof. Grant Allen

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JANUARY 31, 2024 | 11 AM - 12 PM


Katie Galloway, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Engineering High-Precision, Dynamic Genetic Control Systems for Cellular Reprogramming

Host: Prof. Nicole Weckman


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FEBRUARY 7, 2024 | 11 AM - 12 PM


George Shimizu, University of Calgary

Translating Metal-Organic Framework Research from Lab to Industrial Applications

Host: Prof. Mohamad Moosavi


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MARCH 6, 2024 | 11AM - 12 PM


Christine Allen, University of Toronto

Revolutionizing Drug Delivery Technology: The Power of AI and Automation

Host: Prof. Milica Radisic



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MARCH 20, 2024 | 11AM - 12 PM


Peter Ostafichuk, University of British Columbia

Efficient Assessment: Getting More Value With Less Effort

Host: Prof. Jennifer Farmer



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APRIL 3, 2024 | 11 AM - 12 PM


Ayse Asatekin, Tufts University

Next Generation Membranes through Polymer Self-Assembly

Host: Prof. Jay Werber