Grad News

Understanding involuntary indoor THC exposure

March 15, 2023

Amirashkan Askari, a PhD student supervised by Professor Arthur Chan, has been Modeling the Fate and Involuntary Exposure to Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) Emitted from Indoor Cannabis Smoking. His research will soon be published in a special issue of Environmental Science: Atmospheres, which will be dedicated to indoor air quality studies. This journal is governed by the […]

Researchers create novel BTEX-eating microbes

February 9, 2023

Postdoctoral fellow Courtney Toth and team have developed unique anaerobic cultures that degrade a toxic set of petroleum hydrocarbons known as BTEX – Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylene. It’s no secret we are amid a growing pollution crisis. Anywhere that we produce, use, or store hazardous chemicals is at risk of contamination. Fortunately, nature has […]

Novel bio-based polymers highlighted in ScienceDirect

February 1, 2023

Mohammad Mahaninia started his PhD study at the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry under the supervision of Professor Ning Yan in 2021. His research focuses on the synthesis of bio-based polymers. These types of polymers are anticipated to have considerable applications in many fields (e.g., environmental science, 3-D printing) due to their tunable […]

Grad student seeks solutions to drinking water access in the tiniest of places

October 27, 2022

Global water demand is estimated to grow by more than 40% by 2050, leaving about 1.8 billion people in water-deficient regions. Brandon Cordeiro (ChemE MASc candidate) and his supervisor Professor Edgar Acosta, along with their colleagues from the University of Toronto, have developed new, thin self-assembly coatings that could increase wastewater filtration productivity and decrease […]

Fortified hibiscus beverage aims to reduce iron deficiency in sub-Saharan African women

October 13, 2022

Chemical engineering PhD candidate Folake Oyewole’s thesis project was inspired in part by Zobo, a hibiscus-based drink that is popular in her home country of Nigeria.    “People consume Zobo as a cold beverage in Nigeria because it’s refreshing and claimed to provide many health benefits,” she says. “I wanted to ascertain whether these drinks actually […]

New insight into how nanoparticles form could advance technologies from solar cells to medical tests

October 13, 2022

A research team from U of T Engineering has discovered previously unknown phenomena in the growth of nanoparticles. The insights could open new ways of engineering these tiny structures for a variety of purposes, from designing next-generation solar cells to developing new medical tests and treatments. The team was led by recent graduate Paul Chen […]

This new, more sustainable method for recycling lithium-ion batteries could help meet electric vehicle demand

October 4, 2022

As the sales of electric vehicles (EV) continue to surge worldwide, demand for metals needed to build lithium-ion batteries is surging along with it. A new technique developed by Professor Gisele Azimi (ChemE, MSE) could help meet this challenge by changing the way that such batteries are recycled.   Azimi and her team at U of […]

Sourojeet Chakraborty presenting at the 2022 AIChE Annual Meeting

September 29, 2022

Sourojeet Chakraborty, a PhD candidate at the Laboratory of Complex Fluids, will be presenting his research on a new theory to successfully predict the design of emulsions with targeted shelf-lives that he developed along with his doctoral advisor, Professor Arun Ramachandran, at the upcoming 2022 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting in Arizona […]

The idea factory: Meet sustainable chemistry researcher and IBET Momentum Fellowship recipient Gaius St. Marie

September 22, 2022

For Gaius St. Marie (ChemE PhD candidate), a doctoral degree is not only a way to pursue his passion for science and technology, but also to serve as a role model for his community.  “Young Black adults like myself need to see that there are opportunities for us in society,” he says. “My dream is […]

U of T Engineering researchers collaborate to develop post lithium-ion batteries made of aluminum

September 14, 2022

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are a popular energy storage format for both the portable electronics and electric vehicle markets, putting them at the heart of billions of devices people rely on every day. However, the rising demand for rechargeable energy storage systems, and market-driven increases in raw critical materials including lithium, cobalt, and nickel result in […]