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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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Curriculum improvements for CHE430 – Plant Design

August 26, 2022

Professors Daniela Galatro and Ning Yan, along with adjunct lecturer Marko Saban and Sourojeet Chakraborty (ChemE PhD student), successfully incorporated industry standards, codes, and engineering practices into the CHE430 – Plant Design curriculum. The changes were tracked over an entire semester, and revealed that such integrative measures should be performed for other courses too. Professor… Read more »

New strategy for delivery of therapeutic proteins could help treat degenerative eye diseases

August 19, 2022

A U of T Engineering research team has created a new platform that delivers multiple therapeutic proteins to the body, each at its own independently controlled rate. The innovation could help treat degenerative diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss for people over 50. Unlike traditional drugs made of… Read more »

BioZone’s inaugural STEM Summer Camp

August 17, 2022

On August 24, BioZone – in partnership with Visions of Science – will be hosting over 20 students between the ages of 10-13 at its inaugural Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Summer Camp. “We wanted to organize a way for BioZone to come together and engage with the broader community. Our hope is to… Read more »

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