4th Annual ChemE Exhibition Distinguished Lecture: Empowered Chemical Engineering & Entrepreneurship to Tackle Global Challenges in Environmental Sustainability & Health

April 7, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Branden Wesseling

Speaker: Professor Frank Gu

Join the Exhibition Distinguished Lecture on Zoom 

  • Password: UofTChemE
  • Webinar ID: 910 3270 9340

Professor Frank Gu discusses taking global solutions for sustainability from the lab into business. Conducting research and training of highly skilled researchers have long been a central focus of universities. A roadmap to bring knowledge created in an academic lab to a practical application can be a convoluted and challenging process. In this talk, Professor Gu will discuss the advantages of fostering industry partnerships, cultivating entrepreneurship, and creating business models and technology development roadmaps in bringing research solutions closer to commercialization.


Frank Gu is a Professor and an NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair in Nanotechnology Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry. Dr. Gu received his BSc from Trent University, Ph.D. from Queen’s University, and postdoctoral training from MIT and Harvard Medical School. Before joining U of T 2018, Dr. Gu was an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Gu has established a frontier research program in Nanotechnology Engineering, with important advances in medical and life science applications. His research has brought tangible impacts on his field and industry, including mucoadhesive materials for the treatment of Dry Eye Disease, and photocatalytic water treatment technologies for the Canadian energy sector.