Faculty Members

Acosta, Edgar J.

Edgard Acosta 2Edgar J. Acosta, Professor, PhD. (Oklahoma), P.Eng.

Colloids and Formulation Engineering. Formulation, characterization, and phase behavior of surfactant-based fluids: micelles, microemulsions, emulsions, foams, dispersions, lung surfactants and liquid crystals. Surfactant-based processes: oil and bitumen extraction, remediation of oil spills, polymers and nanoparticle synthesis, aqueous solvent extraction.

Room: WB131 | Tel.: 416-946-0742 | Email: edgar.acosta@utoronto.ca

Allen, D. Grant

grant allenD. Grant Allen, Professor, B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Waterloo), F.C.I.C., F.A.A.A.S., P.Eng.
Frank Dottori Chair in Pulp and Paper Engineering

Bioprocess engineering and its environmental applications. Biological Waste Treatment: performance and design of biological treatment systems for toxicity reduction in pulp mill effluents, biological treatment of chlorinated organic compounds, biofiltration of air pollutants. Bioconversion of waste water and waste solids into value added fuels, chemicals, materials and biosolids dewatering. Microalgae production from carbon dioxide, sunlight and wastewater for production of biofuels and biochemicals. Biofilm formation and adhesion. Microbiology and floc formation in waste treatment systems and the development of techniques of monitoring microbial communities.

Room: WB363 | Tel.: 416-978-8517 | Email: dgrant.allen@utoronto.ca

Azimi, Gisele

Gisele AzimiGisele Azimi Professor (ChemE/MSE), B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. (Sharif University of Technology), Ph.D. (Toronto), P.Eng, Post-doc (MIT)
co-Director, Ontario Centre for the Characterisation of Advanced Materials (OCCAM)
Canada Research Chair in Urban Mining Innovation

My research lies at the intersection of “Process Engineering”, “Electrochemistry” and “Materials Science” and combines fundamental science and engineering principals to arrive at solutions for real world applications, including: Developing innovative supercritical, electrochemical, and hydrometallurgical processes for the extraction and processing of strategic materials including rare earth elements, platinum group metals, lithium, cobalt, and iron; Developing novel generations of post lithium of rechargeable batteries that can significantly address the sustainability challenges in terms of energy, environment, and materials; The design and fabrication of advanced materials with controlled properties including high temperature ceramics, hydrophobic and scalephobic surfaces, and functionalized membranes for solid-liquid extraction.

Room: WB113 | Tel.: 416-946-7568 | Email: g.azimi@utoronto.ca

Bender, Timothy P.

Tim BenderTimothy P. Bender Professor, B.Sc., Ph.D. (Carleton)

Organic Photovoltaic Devices including design, synthesis and crystal engineering of light harvesting organic materials, hole- and electron-transporting organic materials and polymers, chemical process engineering, design of experiments, parallel chemistry, molecular modeling.

Room: WB212 | Tel.: 416-978-6140 | Email: tim.bender@utoronto.ca

Chan, Ariel

Ariel ChanAriel Chan, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Ph.D. (Queen’s), P.Eng.

Courses: CHE304 – Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry Lab III, CHE305 – Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry Lab IV, CHE274-Engineering Economic and Analysis, CHE374 – Economic Analysis and Decision Making, APS490- Multidisciplinary Capstone.

Research Interests: Experiential learning and curriculum design, VR/AR immersive technology development for education and process safety training, and data science for EDI and engineering education.

Room: WB24 | Tel. 416-978-4320 | E-mail: ariel.chan@utoronto.ca

Chan, Arthur

Arthur Chan 2Arthur Chan Associate Professor, B.S. (Pennsylvania), M.S., Ph.D. (CIT)
Canada Research Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry and Health

Analytical techniques for resolving complex organic mixtures, atmospheric chemistry, particulate matter and human health, organic aerosols.

Room: WB201B | Tel.: (416)-978-2602 | Email: arthurwh.chan@utoronto.ca

Chin, Ya-Huei (Cathy)

Y-H ChinYa-Huei (Cathy) Chin Professor, B.Sc. (Oklahoma), M.Sc. (Oklahoma), Ph.D. (UC Berkeley)
Associate Chair, Research
Canada Research Chair in Advanced Catalysis for Sustainable Chemistry

Applications of multidisciplinary research strategy (kinetic and isotopic techniques, spectroscopy, and theoretical modeling) to advance fundamental, molecular scale understanding of heterogeneous catalytic processes. Understand heterogeneous catalytic science, deciphering the structures and dynamics of catalyst surfaces and connecting these surface events at the atomic scale to their macroscopic catalytic behavior for fuel processing, chemical synthesis, and emission control technologies.

Room: WB12 | Tel: 416-978-8868 | Email: cathy.chin@utoronto.ca

Cluett, Will R.

William R. Cluett Professor, B.Sc. (Queen’s), Ph.D. (Alberta), P.Eng.
Associate Chair, Undergraduate Curriculum Development

System identification, control and design. Systems biology.

Room: WB341 | Email: will.cluett@utoronto.ca

DeMartini, Niko

Niko DeMartiniNikolai DeMartini, Assistant Professor, PhD
Director, Pulp & Paper Centre
NSERC Industrial Research Chair in the Role of Inorganics in the Industrial Processing of Woody Biomass

The role and fate of inorganics in the industrial processing of woody biomass with an emphasis on energy efficiency and emissions. Current topics include scaling in spent liquor evaporators and trace metals in alkaline solutions in the pulp and paper industry; and, the forms and release of inorganics during thermal conversion processes.

Room: WB225 | Tel.: 416-978-4318 | Email: nikolai.demartini@utoronto.ca

Edwards, Elizabeth A.

Elizabeth EdwardsElizabeth A. Edwards University Professor, B.Eng., M.Eng (McGill), Ph.D. (Stanford), P.Eng.
Canada Research Chair in Anaerobic Biotechnology

Biodegradation and bioremediation of groundwater pollutants such as aromatic hydrocarbons and chlorinated solvents. Industrial wastewater treatment with a focus on anaerobic digestion. Kinetics and biochemical pathways of microbial degradative reactions. Identification of microbial species capable of anaerobic biodegradation. Molecular biology and metagenomics in environmental microbiology.

Room: WB420D | Tel.: 416-946-3506 | Email: elizabeth.edwards@utoronto.ca

Evans, Greg J.

Greg EvansGreg J. Evans Professor, B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., Ph.D., P.Eng., FCAE, FAAAS
Director, Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric and Aerosol Research (SOCAAR); Director, Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice (ISTEP)

Urban Air Pollution: traffic related air pollutants, population exposure, air pollutant toxicity, climate change.
Measurement Methods: advanced instrumentation, chemical analysis, inexpensive sensors, aerosol and environmental chemistry.
Data Mining: source identification, geospatial modeling, smart cities.
Engineering Education: transdisciplinary competencies, lab-based learning, metacognition and lifelong skills development.

Room: WB127 | Tel.: 416-978-1821 | Email: greg.evans@utoronto.ca

Farmer, Jennifer

JFarmerJennifer Farmer, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Ph.D. (York)
Associate Chair, Undergraduate Student Experience

Courses: Applied Chemistry- Laboratory I (CHE204F), Applied Chemistry- Laboratory II (CHE205S), Applied Chemistry IV – Applied Polymer Chemistry, Science and Engineering (CHE562).

Research Interests: Engineering Education, in particular lab-based learning and active learning pedagogy.

Room: WB216B | Tel.: 416-978-6561 | E-mail: jennifer.farmer@utoronto.ca

Farnood, Ramin R.

Ramin R. Farnood Professor, B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc. (Sharif), Ph.D. (Toronto)
Chair, Dept. of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry

Green synthesis of value-added chemicals from waste biomass via photocatalysis. High-rate technologies for wastewater treatment and resource recovery, including membrane separation, ultraviolet disinfection, and advanced oxidation. Mathematical modeling.

Room: WB221 | Tel.: 416-978-1516  | Email: ramin.farnood@utoronto.ca

Galatro, Daniela

Daniela GalatroDaniela Galatro, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, MSc (UNEXPO), PhD (Toronto)

Courses: Heat and Mass Transfer (CHE210), Data-based Modelling for Prediction and Control (CHE507),

Petroleum Processing (CHE451), Team Strategies for Engineering Design (CHE334) 

Research Interests: Engineering Education; Data Analytics, and Machine Learning Applied to Process Engineering

Room: WB28 | Tel.: 416-978-1143 | Email: daniela.galatro@utoronto.ca

Gu, Frank

Frank Gu Professor, Ph.D. (Queen’s), Postdoc (MIT-Harvard)
Director, Institute for Water Innovation (IWI)
Principal Investigator, Laboratory of Nanomedicine and Water Sustainability
NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair in Nanotechnology Engineering

Nanotechnology is the understanding and control of matter generally in the 1–100 nm dimension range. Detailed understanding of chemical interactions and recent technological advances have created the possibility of designing nano-structured materials tailored for specific applications. Professor Gu heads an interdisciplinary research group that combines functional polymers and metal oxide materials to solve problems in health, environmental protection, and industrial applications.

Room: WB329 | Tel.: 416-978-8518 | Email: f.gu@utoronto.ca

Jia, Charles Q.

charles jiaCharles Q. Jia Professor, B.Eng., M.Eng. (Chongqing), Ph.D. (McMaster), P.Eng.
Associate Chair, Continuing Professional Development
Interim Associate Chair, Graduate Studies

Nanoporous carbons for air and water purification and capacitive electrical energy storage; nanoporous carbon synthesis from biomass and industrial wastes; industrial waste valorization; environmental and industrial applications of inorganic sulphur chemistry; simulation of environmental fate, transport and impact of pollutants.

Room: WB326 | Tel.: 416-946-3097 | Fax: 416-978-8605 | Email: cq.jia@utoronto.ca

Kirk, Donald W.

Donald W. Kirk Professor, B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., Ph.D., P.Eng.

Electrochemical engineering, design, modelling, electrocatalyst development, reaction kinetic studies, activated carbon for electrodes in supercapacitors and batteries, and carbon sequestration .

Room: WB246 | Tel.: 416-978-7406 | Email: don.kirk@utoronto.ca

Lawryshyn, Yuri A.

Yuri LawryshynYuri A. Lawryshyn Professor, B.A.Sc. (Toronto), M.A.Sc. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Toronto), MBA (Ivey/UWO), FinEng-Dipl. (Schulich/York), P.Eng.
Director, Centre for Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship
Joseph C. Paradi Chair in Information Engineering

Applying Information Technology with analytical and numerical methods to solve complex, but practical, problems. Research areas: real options analysis, business process optimization, financial engineering, asset management in the municipal environmental sector and environmental research.

Room: WB256 | Tel: 416-946-0576 | Email: yuri.lawryshyn@utoronto.ca

Lawson, Christopher

Chris LawsonChristopher E. Lawson, Assistant Professor, B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc. (UBC), Ph.D. (Wisconsin), Post-doc (Berkeley Lab)

Principal Investigator, Microbiome Engineering Lab and BioZone — Centre for Applied Bioscience and Bioengineering

Microbiome engineering, systems biology, synthetic biology, microbial ecology, machine learning, biological waste treatment, resource recovery, environmental biotechnology.

Room: 412 | Email: chris.lawson@utoronto.ca

Mahadevan, Radhakrishnan

R Mahadevan

Radhakrishnan Mahadevan Professor, B.Tech. (Indian Institute of Technology), Ph.D. (Delaware)
Canada Research Chair in Metabolic Systems Engineering

Systems biology, synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, metabolic modeling and model-based design, bioprocess optimization & control, artificial intelligence, machine learning, dynamic control of metabolism, industrial biotechnology for biochemicals and biofuels, environmental biotechnology, Carbon fixation, biomedical systems, human metabolism, gut microbiome, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic modeling, personalized nutrition and medicine.

Room: WB213 | Tel.: 416-946-0996 | Email: krishna.mahadevan@utoronto.ca

Master, Emma R.

E Master

Emma R. Master Professor, B.Sc. (McGill), Ph.D. (UBC), Post-doc., KTH, Stockholm Sweden
DirectorBioZone – Centre for Applied Bioscience and Bioengineering

Discovery, design and production of enzymes that synthesize new bio-derived materials and value-added chemicals from renewable plant sources.

Room: WB420C | Tel.: 416-946-7861 | Email: emma.master@utoronto.ca

McGuigan, Alison P.

Alison McGuigan

Alison P. McGuigan Professor, MEng. (Oxford), PhD (Toronto), Post-Doc (Harvard, Stanford)

Tissue engineering, microfabrication, disease modeling, systems biology, 2D and 3D cell organization and self-assembly, cell migration, tissue patterning and boundaries, modelling tissue organization mechanisms, in vitro drug screening tools.

Room: WB338 | Tel.: 416-978-7552 | Email: alison.mcguigan@utoronto.ca

Moosavi, Seyed Mohamad

Seyed Mohamad MoosaviSeyed Mohamad Moosavi, Assistant Professor, B.Sc. (Sharif Univ.), M.Sc. and Ph.D. (EPFL)

Principal Investigator, AI4ChemS group and Faculty Affiliate at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Vision: Autonomous multi-scale materials design and discovery
Methods: machine learning, artificial intelligence, molecular simulation
Area: energy materials, porous materials
Applications: gas separation, catalysis, energy storage, carbon capture

Room: WB365 | Tel.: 416-978-7532 | Email: mohamad.moosavi@utoronto.ca

Newman, Roger C.

Roger C. Newman

Roger C. Newman Professor, MA, PhD (Cambridge), DSc, CEng, FECS, FIMMM, FNACE, FICorr (Hon)
UNENE Senior Industrial Research Chair in Corrosion and Materials Performance in Nuclear Power Systems

Corrosion and protection of metals, stress corrosion cracking, metallic nanomaterials, sensors, coatings, membranes, nuclear power systems and waste management, oil and gas production and refining, pulp and paper.

Room: WB224 | Tel.: 416-946-0604 | Email: roger.newman@utoronto.ca

Papangelakis, Vladimiros G.

Vlad Papangelakis

Vladimiros G. Papangelakis Professor, Dipl. Eng. (Athens), M.Eng., Ph.D. (McGill), P.Eng., FCIM, FCAE
Senior Industrial Research Chair in Water and Sustainable Extractive Metallurgy

Aqueous process engineering; hydrometallurgy; bio-hydrometallurgy; process modelling; electrolyte solution chemistry; recycling of inorganic wastes; environmental remediation from mining and metallurgical activities; process water recovery, recycling and purification; extractive metallurgy of nickel, gold and rare earth metals.

Room: MY871 | Tel.: 416-978-1093 | Email: vladimiros.papangelakis@utoronto.ca

Radisic, Milica

Milica Radisic

Milica Radisic Professor (IBBME, ChemE), B.Eng. McMaster University (1999), Ph.D. MIT (2004), Post-doc Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology (2005)
Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Organ-on-a-Chip Engineering

Organ-on-a-chip engineering, organoids, vascularization, iPSC, heart-on-a-chip, Biowire, tissue engineering, bioreactors, biophysical modulation of engineered tissues, patterned cell co-culture (2D and 3D), aodeling of transport processes relevant to tissue engineering, automation & self-driving labs.

Room: MB317 | Tel.: 416-946-5295 | Email: m.radisic@utoronto.ca

Ramchandran, Arun

Arun Ramchandran

Arun Ramchandran Professor, B. Chem. Eng. (Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai), Ph.D. (University of Notre Dame)
Canada Research Chair in Engineered Soft Materials and Interfaces

The focus of our group is the comprehension and prediction of macroscale properties of a suspension (mixture of particles and liquids) by studying microscale/nanoscale interactions and properties, using a combination of experiment and theory. Our current projects are in such diverse areas as oil extraction, fabric softener design, mass transfer in flowing blood, motion of biological particles in vascular networks, and polymer blending.

Room: WB368 | Tel.: 416-978-4162 | Email: arun.ramchandran@utoronto.ca

Sanchez-Lengeling, Benjamin

Benjamin Sanchez-Lengeling Assistant Professor, B.Sc (Guanajuato), M.Sc. (Erasmus Mundus, Valencia),  Ph.D. (Harvard)

The Chemical Cognition research group is focused on designing computer-robotic systems that augment our human capacity for engineering and optimizing molecular systems, reactions, and processes. Focus areas: AI for science, Domain-Expert AI interactions, Interpretability, all in the context of chemicals.

Room: WB339 | Tel.: 416-978-8754 | Email: ben.sanchez@utoronto.ca

Saville, Bradley A.

Bradley Saville

Bradley A. Saville Professor, B.Sc., Ph.D.(Alberta), P.Eng.

Bioprocess technology, biomass pretreatment and hydrolysis, bioseparations, biofuels (ethanol, biodiesel, renewable diesel, renewable jet fuel), bioenergy, bioproducts, life cycle assessment, technoeconomic assessment, applications of enzymes, enzyme inactivation, inhibition and regulation of enzyme activity, therapeutic application of drugs and bioproducts (e.g., prebiotics).

Room: WB340 | Tel.: 416-978-7745 | Email: bradley.saville@utoronto.ca

Sefton, Michael V.


Michael V. Sefton University Professor, B.A.Sc. (Toronto), Sc.D. (MIT), P.Eng.

Tissue engineering, cardiovascular biomaterials, medical implants, cell and gene therapy.

Room: DC406 | Tel.: 416-978-3088 | Email: michael.sefton@utoronto.ca 

Shoichet, Molly S.

Headshot of Professor Molly ShoichetMolly S. Shoichet University Professor, B.Sc. (MIT), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Massachusetts)
Michael E. Charles Chair in Chemical Engineering

Advancing innovative therapeutic and cell delivery strategies to promote regeneration in the central nervous system – brain, spinal cord and retina.

Designing novel 3D biomimetic cellular microenvironments to enable drug discovery and screening in cancer – breast, brain, lung, lymphoma.

Translating our inventions towards commercialization.

Room: DC514 | Tel: 416-978-1460 | Email: molly.shoichet@utoronto.ca

Weckman, Nicole

Nicole WeckmanNicole Weckman, Assistant Professor (ISTEP, ChemE), BASc (Waterloo), MEng (McGill), PhD (Cambridge), Postdoc (Harvard)
Paul Cadario Chair in Global Engineering

My research group develops sensitive and quantitative biological and biochemical sensors at the interface of cell-free synthetic biology and microscale and nanoscale sensing systems. We focus on engineering design for clinical and commercial translation with a particular emphasis on how these sensors can be used to improve global health and protect our environment.

Room: MY791 | Tel.: 416-946-4017 | Email: nicole.weckman@utoronto.ca

Werber, Jay

""Jay Werber, Assistant Professor, B.Sc. (Washington Univ. St. Louis), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Yale), Post-doc (Minnesota)

My research group focuses on membrane materials and membrane separation processes with the aim of attaining breakthrough performance in molecular separations. We are especially motivated by major sustainability challenges, including water scarcity, atmospheric CO2 levels, and the production and recycling of metals. Our work covers all aspects of separation science, including the synthesis and characterization of high-performance membranes, fundamental transport in polymers, and process design.

Room: WB362 | Tel.: 416-978-4906 | Email: jay.werber@utoronto.ca

Yan, Ning

Ning Yan, Professor, B.Eng, (Southeast), Ph.D. (Toronto), P.Eng., FEIC
Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Bioproducts
Distinguished Professor in Forest Biomaterials Engineering
Director of Low Carbon Renewable Materials Centre

Lignocellulosic biomaterials engineering; forest and agriculture residue utilization and conversion to value-added products; Cellulose, lignin, and extractives valorization to green chemicals and functional materials; bio-based polymers, chemicals, composites, and functional materials; sensors and devices.

Room: ES3037 | Tel.: 416-946-8070 | Email: ning.yan@utoronto.ca

Yip, Christopher M.

Chris Yip

Christopher M. Yip Professor, B.A.Sc. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Minnesota), P.Eng.
Dean, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

Molecular self-assembly: Protein-ligand and biomolecular complexes and elucidation of the mechanisms associated with their formation. Organic solid-state focusing on molecular and biomolecular crystals and their properties. Biomolecular and ligand-receptor interaction forces. Application of scanning probe microscopy to the characterization of biomolecular processes and structures. Novel protein complexes at interfaces. Molecular modeling of biomolecular complexes. Synthesis and characterization of molecular solids. Structure-property relationships in supramolecular assemblies. Advanced imaging including combinatorial super-resolution microscopies and spectroscopies.

Office of the Dean, 44 St. George Street | Tel.: 416-978-7853 |
Email: christopher.yip@utoronto.ca