Brent Pautler, Ph.D. (Ontario) will attend the 20th Environmental Chemistry Colloquium (ECCXX) as an alumni and present “How effective communication skills are critical for business development in industry” during the alumni career development panel.

Brent is the Chemistry Services Manager and received his Ph.D. environmental analytical chemistry in 2013 where he gained advanced technical experience in spectroscopy, chromatography, mass spectrometry, passive sampling, and chemistry informatics. Throughout his career, he has worked with scientists, engineers, and consultants, applying his chemistry and information technology expertise to help them solve unique problems in the laboratory and the field. His role includes managing and advancing SiREM’s passive sampling portfolio, analytical testing services while supporting Photonics business development.

This year, the ECCXX is held virtually over the course of 3 days with a variety of networking and profession development events. More than 35 alumni from the Environmental Chemistry graduate program are participating in the event in some capacity to give back. The Environmental Chemistry graduate program at the University of Toronto focuses on the study of chemical processes occurring in the environment which are impacted by humankind’s activities. These impacts may be felt on a local scale, for example through the presence of contaminants arising from an industrial waste site, or on a global scale, for example through depletion of stratospheric ozone. The research conducted focuses on the environment from a molecular perspective.

The field of environmental chemistry is both very broad and highly interdisciplinary. Within the Department of Chemistry, there are a core group of faculty members whose research interests include atmospheric and aquatic chemistry, photochemistry, environmental toxicology, and the chemistry and transport of long-lived pollutants. Researches interact with other chemists in the Department, with numerous other researchers at the University who have related interests, and with nearby government agencies.

The graduate program consists of courses and seminars that emphasize the fundamental photochemical, kinetic, thermodynamic and transport aspects of environmental phenomena, and the development of environmental analysis techniques, and the application of this knowledge to contemporary environmental issues. The students and faculty benefit from close interactions between the different research groups. The field of environmental chemistry is rapidly expanding, and excellent employment opportunities exist in the academic, government, industrial and public policy sectors.

The Department of Chemistry located in the University of Toronto is one of the leading and recognized institutions in Canada. Established in 1859, the department takes pride in its teaching excellence, advanced research facilities and its development of distinguished scientists in the past and for the future.

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