Guelph Today article on Prof. Tremaine’s new Industrial Research Chair

“University of Guelph nuclear science researchers and their nuclear industry partners packed a cramped laboratory on campus Tuesday for a funding announcement with potentially long-term implications for Canadian-made Candu nuclear reactors and next generation reactors.

Those Candu reactors, most built over 30 years ago, are unique, and have unique maintenance requirements over time, said Peter Tremaine, a U of G chemistry professor with an long and illustrious career in research related to the water chemistry environment of nuclear reactors.

Tremaine has been named the NSERC/UNENE Senior Industrial Research Chair in High-Temperature Aqueous Chemistry, a position funded to the tune of $2.5 million over five years. Industrial Research Chair grants are given to international leaders in various fields.

While $930,000 of that money comes from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), over $1 million of it comes from the nuclear industry.

UNENE stands for University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering, within which there are several participating Canadian universities.”

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https://www.guelphtoday.com/local-news/understanding-nuclear-water-chemistry-459437

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Prof. Tremaine Receives NSERC Industrial Research Chair to Advance Nuclear Reactor Research

IRC Funding Announcement

IRC Funding Announcement. From left to right: Anthony Vannelli (Dean, CPES), John Jackson (Acting Manager, NSERC Ontario), Basma Shalaby (former President, UNENE), Lloyd Longfield (MP Guelph), Peter Tremaine (Professor and IRC holder), Malcolm Campbell (Vice-President, Research, Univ. Guelph)

“Prof. Peter Tremaine has been named the NSERC/UNENE (University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering) Senior Industrial Research Chair in High-Temperature Aqueous Chemistry.

Among the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) most esteemed grants, Industrial Research Chair Grants are awarded to researchers considered international leaders and exceptional among their peers.

The chair is worth nearly $2.5 million over five years, with $930,000 coming from NSERC and more than $1 million from industry. The University and other government agencies will contribute the remaining funds.

The announcement was made today by Lloyd Longfield, MP for Guelph, at the University.

“Our government is proud to support the important work of talented researchers like Professor Tremaine, who is collaborating with industrial partners to modernize our nuclear energy industry and address issues like global warming,” Longfield said.

“Through programs like NSERC’s Industrial Research Chairs, we are bridging the gap between discovery-driven research and applied research in order to address the important challenges that are important to Canadians.”

Tremaine hopes his research will help extend the lifetimes of Canada’s current heavy-water nuclear reactors, lower reactor radiation fields and improve long-term storage of spent fuel. He expects related research will also help in designing next-generation reactors.”

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Prof Receives NSERC Industrial Research Chair to Advance Nuclear Reactor Research

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M.Sc. / Ph.D. Opportunities in Hydrothermal Chemistry

The Hydrothermal Chemistry Group at the University of Guelph is currently accepting applications for both M.Sc. and Ph.D. positions starting September 2017.

Our graduate student research is aimed at understanding the behaviour of electrolytes and organic species in high temperature water. Projects include applied research on nuclear reactor chemistry in support of Canada’s low-carbon emission strategy, fundamental studies on aqueous solutions under extreme conditions, and prebiotic geochemistry.  Applicants must have a strong background in physical chemistry, analytical chemistry or chemical physics with a solid record of academic performance (first class or equivalent). Students with strong backgrounds in experimental geochemistry or chemical engineering may also be considered.

The University of Guelph is located in scenic Southern Ontario, in close proximity to Toronto and Pearson airport. In addition to a competitive stipend, all students receive health coverage and the university’s extended health plan. To learn more about our group, please visit our site at http://tremaine.cs.uoguelph.ca/.

For inquiries, or to apply for these positions, please contact Dr. Cox at coxj@uoguelph.ca.  Please, no phone calls.

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Congratulations to Peter Tremaine on receiving the Hugh M. Huffman Memorial Award in calorimetry

“Chemistry professor Peter Tremaine will receive this year’s Hugh M. Huffman Memorial Award for long-term contributions to thermodynamics involving calorimetry or thermochemistry. He will receive the award during The Calorimetry Conference in July”…

Read more:  http://atguelph.uoguelph.ca/2014/06/peter-tremaine-receives-north-american-honour/

 

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Schlaf / Tremaine Groups featured on U of G’s website

Prof. Marcel Schlaf and Prof. Peter Tremaine’s new custom hydrogen lab was profiled on the U of G website.

“Improved nuclear power plants and more green products and processes are the intended goals for a new U of G chemistry research lab that is one of a kind among Canadian academic institutions.

Opened in December, the high-pressure hydrogenation lab features bench-top reactor vessels that will allow teams led by professors Marcel Schlaf and Peter Tremaine to safely study aspects of energy and biomass conversion under hydrogen-rich conditions at extremely high pressure and temperature.

No similar research facility exists at a post-secondary institution in Canada, says Schlaf. ”

Read more:  http://atguelph.uoguelph.ca/2014/01/department-of-chemistry-opens-unique-high-pressure-hydrogenation-lab/

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Congratulations to Katherine Bissonette!

We are very proud to announce that Katherine Bissonette successfully defended her Master’s thesis today on “Raman Investigation of Nickel Chloride Complexation Under Hydrothermal Conditions”.
Yay Katie 🙂
Katherine (center) and the examination committee.

Katherine (center) and the examination committee.

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Congratulations to Jeff Plumridge!

We are very happy to announce that Jeff Plumridge successfully defended his Master’s thesis today on “”Deuterium Isotope Effects on the Limiting Molar Conductivities of Strong Aqueous Electrolytes from 25 °C to 325 °C at 20 MPa”.
Go Jeff 🙂
Jeff Plumridge (center) and the examination committee

Jeff Plumridge (center) and the examination committee

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Congratulations to Alexander Lowe!

We are very proud to announce that Alexander Lowe successfully defended his Master’s thesis today on “Measuring the Thermodynamic Properties of Adenine: Towards a Model for the Origins of Life”.
Yay Alex 🙂
Alex Lowe (centre) and the examination committee.

Alex Lowe (centre) and the examination committee.

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Congratulations to Kristy Erickson!

Congratulations to Kristy Erickson on her successful defense today of her Ph.D. thesis.  Her thesis topic was “High Temperature D2O Isotope Effects on Hydrolysis and Ionization Equilibria of Water”.
Go Kristy 🙂

Kristy Erickson (centre) and the examination committee.

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Congratulations to Michael Yacyshyn!

We are very pleased to announce that Michael Yacyshyn successfully defended his Master’s thesis today on “Deuterium Isotope Effects for Inorganic Oxyacids at Elevated Temperatures Using Raman Spectroscopy”.

Go Mike! 🙂

Michael Yacyshyn (centre) and the examination committee.

Michael Yacyshyn (centre) and the examination committee.

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