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.

WINTER 2021

 Note: All lectures will take place online via Black Board Collaborate in Eastern Time (ET). Please RSVP to receive a link to attend each lecture. All lectures are free to attend. Graduate students from the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry are not required to RSVP for lectures.

Should you have any questions or require accommodation to attend the lecture, please email Amanda Hacio, Communications Officer & External Relations Liaison, at amanda.hacio@utoronto.ca

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JANUARY 20, 2021 | 12 - 1 PM

Paula Hammond, Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT)

Electrostatic Assembly for Nanoparticle Targeting of Cells and Tissues

Host: Michael Sefton

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FEBRUARY 3, 2021 | 12 - 1 PM

Jaykumar Menon, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

The Most Important Question for an Engineer

Host: Levente Diosady

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FEBRUARY 10, 2021 | 12 - 1 PM

ENGINEERING IN EDUCATION LECTURE

Co-hosted with the Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education & Practice (ISTEP)

Alison Flynn, University of Ottawa

Looking Back on a Year of Change: What Might the Most Important Next Steps be in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education?

Host: Greg Evans

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MARCH 31, 2021 | 12 - 1 PM

Gerry Fuller, Stanford University

Rheology to the Rescue: Problems in Bio-adhesion and Bio-friction

This lecture was formerly titled Lubricin: Alleviating the Effects of Dry Eye

Host: Arun Ramchandran

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FALL 2020

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SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 | 12 - 1 PM

Lee Cronin, University of Glasgow

Chemical Space: Designed or Discovered?

Host: Frank Gu

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 | 1:30 - 2:30 PM

2019-20 AEESP DISTINGUISHED LECTURER

Co-hosted with CivMin, York & Ryerson

Diane McKnight, University of Colorado—Boulder

Trouble Ahead, Trouble Behind: Acid Mine Drainage and Climate Change in the Rocky Mountains

Host: Elizabeth Edwards

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OCTOBER 14, 2020 | 12 - 1 PM

Dion Vlachos, University of Delaware

Renewable Chemicals and Fuels: From First Principles to Chemical Manufacturing

Host: Cathy Chin

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OCTOBER 28, 2020 | 12 - 1 PM

Ralf Takors, University of Stuttgart

Scaling up Microbial Processes: Data-Driven Modeling and Strain Engineering for Robust Performance in Large Bioreactors

Host: Krishna Mahadevan

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NOVEMBER 4, 2020 | 12 - 1 PM

Co-hosted with the Institute for Water Innovation (IWI)

Yoram Cohen, University of California, Los Angeles

Water, Materials and the Environment: Membranes and Distributed Self-Adaptive Desalination Systems

Host: Vlad Papangelakis

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NOVEMBER 18, 2020 | 12 - 1 PM

Co-hosted with BioZone and the Institute for Water Innovation (IWI) 

Barrie Johnson, Bangor University

The Development and Future Impact of Biotechnologies for Mineral Processing and Metal Recovery

Hosts: Elizabeth Edwards & Vlad Papangelakis

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NOVEMBER 25, 2020 | 12 - 1 PM

Steven Hallam, University of British Columbia

Metabolic Pathways for the Whole Community

Host: Anupama Sharan

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DECEMBER 2, 2020 | 12 - 1 PM

Co-hosted with the Low-Carbon Renewable Materials Centre

Liangbing Hu, University of Maryland

Materials Innovations for Emerging Energy Technologies

Host: Charles Jia

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DECEMBER 9, 2020 | 12 - 1 PM

Co-hosted with the Ontario Centre for the Characterisation of Advanced Materials (OCCAM)

Frances Ross, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Microscopy in Motion: Understanding How Crystals Grow Through Electron Microscopy Movies

Host: Jane Howe

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