Grad News

This sustainable solution for removing phosphate and ammonium from wastewater promotes a circular economy

May 19, 2023

U of T Engineering PhD candidate Sara Abu-Obaid (ChemE) believes that the entire wastewater management industry is due for a paradigm shift.  “We need to move from seeing wastewater as a nuisance to recognizing its potential as a resource,” she says. “It can provide us with water, nutrients, energy and other things of value that can be harvested […]

PhD student wins Grand Prize in Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Competition

May 16, 2023

Nicole Tratnik, a brilliant PhD candidate from Professor Ning Yan’s Lab, has emerged as the Grand Prize Winner in the prestigious Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Competition, hosted by the Thermoset Resin Formulators Association. Nicole’s groundbreaking paper titled, Recyclable, self-strengthening starch-based epoxy vitrimer facilitated by exchangeable disulfide bonds, has enhanced the field of thermoset polymers, […]

Innovative research promotes self-regeneration of the brain following stroke

May 10, 2023

Nitzan Letko-Khait, a ChemE postdoctoral fellow from the Shoichet Lab, has won first place for her innovative project during the final pitch and closing session of the Mitacs Invention to Innovation (i2I) skills training. Her winning project, Helping the brain to self-regenerate, offers a potential treatment for stroke patients that could improve the quality of life […]

The future of engineering education

April 25, 2023

Sourojeet Chakraborty, a ChemE PhD student, recently published a new paper in Frontiers in Education titled, Insights on mapping Industry 4.0 and Education 4.0. In collaboration with Professor Daniela Galatro (ChemE) and Professors Yris Gonzalez-Triana and Jorge Mendoza, at the Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL) in Ecuador, the project aims to address an important […]

Spin-off company from the Shoichet Lab helps patients suffering from ocular disorders restore vision

April 18, 2023

On April 12, Mickael Dang, a PhD student from the Shoichet Lab, took home first place during the business plan competition at the TERMIS-AM conference 2023 in Boston, MA. Synakis, a new spinoff from the Shoichet Lab, develops SYNGEL, a hyaluronan-based hydrogel as a novel biomimetic vitreous substitute for the treatment of retinal detachment. It […]

New effective membrane for oil-water separation

April 13, 2023

Steven Diao (MEng student) and Yaozhong Zhang (PhD student), supervised by Professor Ramin Farnood, have been working on an innovative project titled, Green and Safer Fabrication Method of PTFE Ultrafine Fiber Membrane for Efficient Oil-Water Separation. “Our new membrane could be employed in various sectors, such as gas separation, membrane distillation, and biological applications. It may […]

New study explores ways to reduce second- and third-hand THC exposure from indoor cannabis smoke

April 5, 2023

Since Canada legalized recreational cannabis in 2018, exposure to second-hand marijuana smoke in homes has been steadily increasing. In response to this growing concern, a U of T Engineering lab group, led by Professor Arthur Chan (ChemE), is investigating this source of indoor air pollution.  “We began our research on tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive part of cannabis that causes intoxication, because when […]

ChemE Awards 2022-23

March 31, 2023

The 6th ChemE Exhibition & 37th Dinner on March 31, 2023 brought together close to 400 alumni, industry partners, faculty, staff, and students to celebrate the achievements of the past year. Congratulations to all of our 2022-23 ChemE Award recipients!   Leaders of Tomorrow Awards Professor James W. Smith LOT Award Pasindu (Freddie) Perera (ChemE 2T5 + PEY) Class […]

U of T Engineering grad students place 2nd in AI competition

March 30, 2023

On March 25, 2023, MASc students Harshitha Janakiraman (ChemE), Awwal Malhi (MIE), and Tushar Verma (MIE), supervised by Professor Yuri Lawryshyn (ChemE) participated in the 2022-23 IMI BIGDataAIHUB Case Competition. Their team, also consisting of Dhavalkumar Patel (MIE MEng student), placed 2nd out of 51 teams! “We want to extend our sincere gratitude to the […]

Meet Aseem Partap Singh Gill (ChemE 2T2 + PEY)

March 27, 2023

Aseem Partap Singh Gill (ChemE 2T2 + PEY), an undergraduate student from the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry (ChemE) at the University of Toronto, has caught the attention of many with his innovative use of artificial intelligence (AI) in sports analytics. Aseem recently posted on his LinkedIn profile about his personal project that […]