"Functionalized Water-Soluble Lignin-Derived Polymers": Distinguished Researcher 2022 Presentation, Dr. Pedram Fatehi

Event Date: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2023 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Ingenuity Theatre, FB 2023

About the Presentation

Lignin has been regarded as an underutilized by-product of the chemical pulping and cellulosic ethanol industries. To improve the financial profit of these processes and prevent a major loss of resources, value-added products could be produced from lignin. Recently, different processes were developed for generating lignin at commercial scales in an effort to facilitate the production of value-added products from lignin. For example, the LignoBoost and LignoForce technologies are commercial processes for producing kraft lignin, while TMPBio technology is employed for producing hydrolysis lignin in a cellulosic enzymatic process. Due to the commercial availability of lignin, extensive research has been conducted on producing altered lignin-based value-added products.

Dispersants and flocculants are water-soluble chemicals with significant worldwide applications. Dispersants are widely used in the mining, oil, textile, and construction industries. Flocculants are widely used in the mining industry for density control in thickeners, or as rheology modifiers in the concentrate thickeners, for instance. They are also used in municipal and industrial wastewater systems. However, the commercial dispersants and flocculants are mainly oil-based, ineffective, expensive, and/or non-biodegradable.

Lignin can be tailored to have diverse charge densities, molecular weights, and degrees of hydrophilicity, all of which are of significant importance for dispersants/flocculants. After chemical modification for dispersant and flocculant production, lignin-based polymers will inherit some unique features from lignin (e.g. hydrophobicity and three-dimensional structure) that are not available in the currently used commercial flocculants/dispersants. In this presentation, Dr. Fatehi will elucidate 1) recent development in the production of lignin-based water-soluble products following polymerization and grafting pathways, 2) fundamental challenges and opportunities associated with the generation, characterization, and use of such products, and 3) the future trend in sustainable material development.

Photo of Dr. Pedram FatehiAbout the Speaker

Dr. Fatehi is a professor, Canada Research Chair (Tier II), and NOHFC Industrial Research Chair of the chemical engineering department at Lakehead University, Ontario, Canada. He is also the Director of the Biorefining Research Institute of Lakehead University. His main research area includes biorefining, lignin, nanotechnology, lignocellulose valorization, waste management, and colloid and interface science. His outstanding achievements were recognized with many awards nationally, such as, the Hatch Innovation award (2019) from the Chemical Institute of Canada, the Emerging Leaders in Chemical Engineering from the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineers (2018) and Early Researcher Award from the Government of Ontario (2014), John C. Smith Award from Pulp and Paper Association of Canada (2011), and regionally, such as the Distinguished Research Award from Lakehead University (2022). Dr. Fatehi was among the top two percent of researchers in the world on both categories of career and annual contributions determined by Stanford University in 2020, 2021 and 2022. Since 2008, he has co-authored more than 250 journal articles (> 6500 citations identified by Google Scholar search engine, Jan 20 2023), 8 book chapters, and more than 100 conference papers. He has been working with many international companies, and he holds 6 patents. Since 2012, he has secured more than $ 9 M in research funds from private sectors and government organizations. He has trained more than 70 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

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Exploring the Psychology of C. G. Jung Lecture IX: "The Buddha as Siddhartha: Part I of a Jungian View of Religious Symbolism"

Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 7, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Trinity United Church Hall

- glimpsing the man behind the image –

part of ongoing research on the nature and future of religion

PUBLIC LECTURE – everyone welcome


Prof. Marie Taylor, Religious Studies, Lakehead University




Trinity United Church Hall

(rear entrance across from the Armouries, accessible)

and streaming at  https://trinityunited.church/livestream/


Tuesday, March 7, 2023, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

(intermission; discussion may follow)


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Meet Your Fisher Scientific Rep.!

Event Date: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Lakehead University Agora

Event Poster for Fisher Scientific Join us on campus on Tuesday, February 28th from 10am to 12pm for a networking opportunity with Mr. Terry Bates from ThermoFisher Scientific. Learn about the exciting work Fisher Scientific is doing and engage in conversation with Terry and Johanne from Corning. 

Don't miss this chance to expand your knowledge and network!

Research Showcase: "The Effect of a Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy Intervention on 6 Month Exclusivity Among Primiparous Women: A Multicentre Randomized Controlled Trial" - Dr. Karen McQueen

Event Date: 
Thursday, March 2, 2023 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm EST
Event Location: 
Ingenuity Theatre, FB 2023

About the Presentation

Dr. Karen McQueen, Associate Professor, will present on collaborative research of an innovative intervention to improve breastfeeding outcomes among first time mothers. The 4-site randomized controlled trial was conducted in Thunder Bay and the Greater Toronto Area. The presentation will focus on the intervention, methodology, findings, and their implications.

Photo of Karen McQueen, RN, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Lakehead UniversityAbout the Speaker

Dr. Karen McQueen, School of Nursing

Karen McQueen, RN, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Lakehead University. She has extensive experience in the area of perinatal and women’s health as an educator, researcher and Registered nurse. Her research focuses on infant feeding among diverse populations including first-time mothers’ self-efficacy, individuals who use substances during pregnancy and those with perinatal mood disorders. Additional research includes qualitative exploration of the experience of sexual assault disclosure.


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A Conversation with the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources Canada

Event Date: 
Tuesday, February 28, 2023 - 9:15am to 10:30am EST
Event Location: 
Lakehead University Faculty Lounge
Photo of:  Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources CanadaYou are invited to join Dr. Andrew Dean, Vice-President Research and Innovation as he engages the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources Canada in a conversation about the importance of research and innovation in the natural resource sector in Canada.
The event will take place during this year's Research and Innovation Week in Thunder Bay on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 from 9:15 am - 10:30 am in the Faculty Lounge.  All faculty, students and staff are welcome to attend.   Please RSVP
If you have any questions, please contact Anne Klymenko at aklymenk@lakeheadu.ca or at Ext. 8223.

About the Speaker

Jonathan Wilkinson was re-elected for a third term as Member of Parliament for North Vancouver on September 20th. One month later, Jonathan was appointed Minister of Natural Resources. Jonathan has served as MP since 2015 and was previously the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard from 2018 to 2019 and Minister of Environment and Climate Change from 2019-2021. Prior to joining the Cabinet, Jonathan served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. Prior to entering politics he spent more than 20 successful years in the private sector, having held leadership positions with a number of companies dedicated to the development of green technologies.  His time as CEO of both QuestAir Technologies and BioteQ Environmental Technologies, in addition to his time as senior Vice President of Business Development with Nexterra, has provided him with extensive experience in the energy and environmental technology sectors. Jonathan also previously worked at Bain and Company, a leading global management consultancy.  A Rhodes Scholar, Jonathan made use of his educational background in public policy when he worked as a constitutional negotiator and a federal-provincial relations specialist. He has served on several industry and charitable boards, including the United Way of the Lower Mainland and the B.C. Technology Industries Association. He has also formerly served as a board member and treasurer of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation.  Jonathan has deep roots in North Vancouver, where he has spent the last two decades raising his family alongside his wife, Tara. An avid runner and outdoorsman, Jonathan also served as a coach for the North Shore Girls Soccer Association.

Guided Art Tour

Event Date: 
Monday, February 27, 2023 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm EST
Event Location: 
CASES Building
Event Contact Name: 
Sheena Allard
Event Contact Phone: 
(807) 343-8010 ext. 7289
Event Contact E-mail: 

About the Event

Join us for an inspiring tour of Lakehead's new juried and featured art in the CASES Building! Select exhibitors will be on hand to discuss their works. You are invited to view a wide variety of creative pieces of art, chat with the artists about their creative processes, and learn about how arts and integrated research can engage, provoke and share research through different mediums. You are also very welcome to wander the other exhibition gallery spaces in the Bora Laskin Education Building and Lakehead International.

Admission is free and all are welcome!

  • Light refreshments will follow the tour.
  • Art tour with reception from 4:00-5:30.

 Museum of Underwater Art’s Coral Greenhouse, John Brewer Reef, Australia. 20 reef guardians propagate coral for reef conservation. Artist: Jason deCaires Taylor. Artist's Statement. Photos by Jason deCaires Taylor (2019) and Adam Smith (2021).

Museum of Underwater Art’s Coral Greenhouse, John Brewer Reef, Australia. 20 reef guardians propagate coral for reef conservation.
Artist: Jason deCaires Taylor. Artist's Statement. Photos by Jason deCaires Taylor (2019) and Adam Smith (2021).


For more information, please contact:

Curator: Pauline Sameshima psameshima@lakeheadu.ca
Galleries Coordinator: Tashya Orasi torasi@lakeheadu.ca
Galleries Email: galleries@lakeheadu.ca

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Research and Innovation Week Opening Ceremonies

Event Date: 
Monday, February 27, 2023 - 11:30am to 12:30pm EST
Event Location: 
Lakehead University Agora

Lakehead University's 18th Annual Research & Innovation Week will be celebrated in Thunder Bay from February 27 – March 2, 2023 with the theme Improving our Lives through Research.

You are cordially invited to attend:

Opening Ceremonies

Join us in launching the 18th Annual Research & Innovation Week with greetings from dignitaries and a proclamation from the City of Thunder Bay.


Date: Monday, February 27, 2023

Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: Lakehead University, Agora

Photo of Dr. Moira McPherson, President and Vice-Chancellor, Speaking at R&I Week Opening Ceremonies

Faculty Poster Display

Event Date: 
Tuesday, March 7, 2023 - 10:30am to 12:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Orsi Learning Commons

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ENSU Undergraduate Posters

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 8, 2023 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm EST
Event Location: 
Orsi Learning Commons

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New Frontiers in Research Fund: 2023 International Initiative for Research on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Competition - Information Webinar

Event Date: 
Thursday, February 16, 2023 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EST
Event Location: 
Online event

Date/Time:  February 16, 2023; 10:00 AM
For more information, please click here.


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