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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 »

Air quality by highways worsen during winter conditions

August 11, 2022

A team of researchers from the Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research (SOCAAR), Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, and Environment and Climate Change Canada, have published a new paper entitled, Characterization of winter air pollutant gradients near a major highway. The group investigated air quality beside a major highway under Canadian winter… Read more »

ChemE grad student developing solar-powered bioreactors to clean water and produce sustainable products

August 11, 2022

For Oseremen Ebewele (ChemE MEng candidate), chemical engineering is a family affair. “I grew up in an academic community: my father was a professor of chemical engineering at University of Benin in Nigeria, and we lived at the university staff quarters,” he says. “My first contact with chemical engineering came when I was about 13 years old…. Read more »

UV sterilization of masks

August 4, 2022

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, the sudden and overwhelming demand for protective masks exceeded the supply. As cases of COVID-19 have been rising again, wearing a mask continues to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of viral transmission in crowded indoor spaces with poor ventilation. But do masks come with… Read more »

U of T Engineering team designs new hydrogel that opens pathways to more targeted cancer treatments

July 28, 2022

A team of U of T Engineering researchers, led by Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, BME, Donnelly), has designed a new way to grow cells in a laboratory that enables them to better emulate cancerous tumours. The platform — based on a type of material known as a hydrogel, a soft jelly-like substance — opens new ways to… Read more »

The rising concern of non-tailpipe emissions

July 19, 2022

Tailpipe emissions are often the focus of air quality studies, as they contribute to climate change and a myriad of heath problems, but are non-tailpipe emissions just as concerning? Researchers from the Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research (SOCAAR) are proving that they are. For over 15 years, scientists, graduate and undergraduate students from… Read more »

Reverse engineering the heart: U of T Engineering team creates bioartificial left ventricle

July 8, 2022

U of T Engineering researchers have grown a small-scale model of a human left heart ventricle in the lab. The bioartificial tissue construct is made with living heart cells and beats strongly enough to pump fluid inside a bioreactor.  In the human heart, the left ventricle is the one that pumps freshly oxygenated blood into… Read more »

Postdoctoral research investigates how pollutants from cooking food affect our health and our environment

July 7, 2022

While exhaust from vehicles and industrial processes are among the most recognized sources of air pollutants, another activity specific to humans also contributes to this issue – cooking. Cooking protein-rich food with oil and heat initiates a complex series of chemical processes that result in the creation of nitrogen-containing chemical compounds, releasing pollutants to both… Read more »

Recovering rare earths using algal biofilms

July 5, 2022

Rare earths are a critical resource that are used in a wide range of applications like computers, electric car batteries, windmill turbines, and other green-energy technologies. In spite of the name, they’re not actually that rare. However, they are found at low concentrations and are difficult to separate from one another. To deal with this,… Read more »

Using renewable biopolymers (lignin) for dewatering biosludge

July 5, 2022

Hamed Ghazisaidi (ChemE PhD student) and Vincent Wang (ChemE 2T1 + PEY Co-op, incoming MASc), supervised by Professors Grant Allen and Honghi Tran, as well as Senior Research Associate Dr. Torsten Meyer, are looking for alternative chemicals or additives that can replace petroleum-derived products in wastewater treatment systems with more sustainable and environmentally friendly chemicals.​… Read more »

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