Posts Categorized: News 2022

Alumnus Constantine Karayannopoulos featured in Toronto Star

Constantine Karayannopoulos (ChemE 8T3, MASc 8T8), CEO of NEO Performance Materials, spoke with Connexion host Howard Green about the importance and preservation of 17 elements called rare earths. NEO Performance Materials is a Canadian company that has been involved in rare earths for 30 years, making progress internationally in China, Europe, and more.

Hear Constantine’s Q&A interview with the Toronto Star.


U of T Engineering and Ford partnership introduces new sustainable material into the automotive industry

A collaboration between U of T Engineering and Ford Canada led by Professor Mohini Sain (cross-appointed to ChemE) has produced a new, sustainably-sourced material that reduces high-performance vehicle emissions. 

The new material reduces emissions and improves fuel efficiency through displacing fossil fuel-derived plastics with renewable alternatives that can be recycled as well as through decreasing vehicle weight.

Read the full U of T Engineering News story.

Mending the Gap: Professor Molly Shoichet joins multidisciplinary team working to develop new treatments for spinal cord injuries

Professor Molly Shoichet

University Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, BME, Donnelly) part of Mend the Gap, an international collaboration developing new ways to treat spinal cord injuries.

Spinal cord injuries can be devastating to those who experience them. Currently, almost no options are available to reverse the effects, which can include paralysis, chronic pain and loss of bladder control. But an international team of researchers — including University Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, BME, Donnelly) — hopes to change that. 

Shoichet is a co-principal investigator with Mend the Gap, an international collaboration of more than 30 researchers, engineers, scientists, surgeons and social scientists from Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. Today, the collaboration received $24 million from Canada’s New Frontiers in Research Fund.

Read the full U of T Engineering News story.

Three ChemE researchers awarded Canada Research Chairs

Seven U of T Engineering researchers have earned new or renewed Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) today, including our very own:

  • Elizabeth Edwards (ChemE) Canada Research Chair in Anaerobic Biotechnology (renewal) 
  • Milica Radisic (BME, ChemE) Canada Research Chair in Organ-on-a-Chip Engineering (new) 
  • Ning Yan (ChemE) Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Bioproducts (new) 

See the list and read the full U of T Engineering News story.

An Endeavor Worth Its Salt: Professor Venkatesh Mannar featured in the Institute for Food Technology magazine

Venkatesh MannarIn the early 1990s, Professor Vekatesh Mannar and Professor Levente Diosady began working together to develop a technology that would fortify salt with iron. Today, this technology is being used to further fortify salt through nutrient enhancements to combat deficiencies.

Read the full article on the Institute for Food Technology website. 

Appointment of Professor Ramin Farnood as Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry

Ramin Farnood

Congratulations to Professor Ramin Farnood who has been appointed as Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry for a 5-year term from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2026.

Professor Farnood obtained his BASc (1987) and MASc (1990) degrees in Chemical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology and his PhD (1995) from the University of Toronto. He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto as a faculty member in 2000, serving as the Associate Director of the Pulp and Paper Centre (2001-2010). He later served as the Associate Chair Research of the Department from 2009 to 2017. He was subsequently appointed as the Vice Dean Research of the Faculty in 2017. Prior to joining U of T, he has held various industry positions working with Abitibi-Price Inc., Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada (now FPInnovations), and Trojan Technologies.

Professor Farnood’s expertise includes water and wastewater treatment using membrane separation and ultraviolet disinfection, solar photocatalysis for production of sustainable chemicals and fuels, and valorization of waste biomass by conversion to value-added green products. He has an extensive network of global academic collaborators and is leading an international doctoral cluster (IDC) with the National University of Singapore on Urban Water, Waste, and Energy Solutions.

In his role as Vice-Dean Research, Professor Farnood has expanded the mentorship programs for early career researchers through organizing orientation sessions and grant writing support, promoted equity, diversity, and inclusion in research, and established the XSeed program, a tri-campus initiative to foster multidisciplinary research.

Professor Farnood is a passionate teacher who is committed to the mentoring of students. He is the recipient of the Faculty’s TEAL Fellowship for technology enhanced active learning and Department’s Teacher of the Year Award. He is also the co-author of a textbook, The Art of Modeling in Science and Engineering with Mathematica, that he uses for teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels.



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