Contributions of UBC Professors

Telltale Food Wrapping, a project of the SENTINEL Bioactive Paper Network was among the 70 innovative ideas selected by the New York Times Magazine in the end of 2007. CHBE professors Richard Kerekes and Charles Haynes and John Kadla from UBC Wood Science have key roles in this $2 million/yr NSERC Research Network project.

The overall aim of the Network is to develop technology platforms for new products from wood fibre that may detect and deactivate pathogens – for example, bioactive food wrappings, absorbents, water filters and filters for air conditioners.

Prof. Kerekes is on the Scientific Operations Committee of the Network and leads the material science theme. He also leads a project aimed at producing filters from wood-pulp for removing virus-sized particles from air.

Prof. Haynes plays a key role in providing cellulose binding domains to other researchers in the Network to enable the binding of antibodies to cellulose wood fibres. Prof. Kadla is developing novel mesoporous structures from cellulose derivatives.

The Network consists of 27 faculty at 11 Canadian universities and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). It is supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), eight industry partners, and the Ontario Centres of Excellence. The Network is based at McMaster University and led by scientific director Prof. Robert Pelton.

CHBE will be hosting a visit of Prof. Pelton within our Distinguished Speaker Series on March 31. Please click here for more details about the free seminar (open to the public).

Last year’s Synergy Award for Innovation was awarded to a collaborative team at the UBC Pulp and Paper Centre, other UBC departments and industry partners for their technology innovation – an advanced pulp screen rotor that halves power consumption while increasing the efficiency of pulp and paper mills.

Dr. Mark Martinez (CHBE Associate Professor and Associate Head – Undergraduate), an expert in non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, is actively involved in this project, along with colleagues from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Pulp and Paper Centre.
More about the project (press release) >>

Prof. Paul Watkinson was recently awarded a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship from the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, based at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge (UK). In April 2008, Dr. Watkinson will collaborate with research groups at the Universities of Bath, Cambridge and Imperial College, London (UK) who are looking at crude oil fouling from the molecular to the megawatt scale in a 2 million research programme. Prof. Watkinson will also present a workshop on crude oil fouling aimed at researchers, industry practitioners and refinery service companies.

The Royal Academy of Engineering is Britain’s national academy for engineering and brings together the country’s most eminent engineers from all disciplines to promote excellence in the science, art and practice of engineering. The Academy encourages support and facilitates links between academia and industry within Britain and runs a comprehensive programme of international and domestic awards for engineers in research and development.

Professor Emeritus Richard Kerekes of CHBE with co-authors Prof. James Olson (Mechanical Engineering) and student David Goosen won the prize for best paper in 2007 in the Journal of Pulp and Paper Science. The paper described UBC work on “The Role of Heterogeneity in Compression Refining”. The award was presented in Montreal on February 7 at the annual meeting of the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada.

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