Grad News

Recovering nickel from mining waste

June 21, 2022

The mining industry in northern Ontario, particularly in Sudbury, has been the economic backbone of this region. As the mining operations generate profits, they also produce large amounts of waste in the form of pyrrhotite tailings, which has become an environmental burden. Under the supervision of Professor Vlad Papangelakis, Heping (Leonardo) Shen (ChemE PhD student)… Read more »

Congratulations 2021-2022 PhD, MASc, and MEng graduates!

June 16, 2022

2021-2022 PhD, MASc, and MEng graduates: Ishita Aggarwal, Khaled Alnahdi, John Joseph Naguib Anawati, Maryam Arefmanesh, Ali Ashraf Riahi, Michelle Begin-Major, Aya Benotmane, Chiara Bostock, Mark Boyd, Samantha Lee Cheung, Chengyuan Chu, Mainak Das, Nadia Davoudvandi, Stephen Dawe, Noel Devaere, Grisha Jairam Dialani, Natashya Falcone, Lunding Fan, Amirhossein Foroozan Ebrahimy, Randeep Singh Gabhi, Shadan Ghavam… Read more »

U of T Engineering researcher Paul Chen earns Schmidt Science Fellowship

June 10, 2022

Paul Chen (ChemE PhD 2T2) has earned a Schmidt Science Fellowship for his research into engineering and nanotechnology. He is among only 29 Fellows from around the world in the 2022 cohort. Growing up in Texas, then later in Calgary, Chen wasn’t too sure what he wanted from his career — but he did know… Read more »

PhD student wins a national forestry award

June 3, 2022

In advance of World Environment Day, Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is proud to announce the inaugural winners of the Chisholm Awards for Innovation in Forestry, a national competition which recognizes youth leadership and innovative research developments in the field of forestry. The Chisholm Awards for Innovation in Forestry program showcases the game-changing ideas,… Read more »

Water capture and recycling using Forward Osmosis and Freeze Crystallization

June 2, 2022

Water scarcity has been a growing issue, including in developed countries. The lack of treatment methods for concentrated effluent in the mining and metals manufacturing industry is one of the contributors to the problem. Under the supervision of Professor Vlad Papangelakis, ChemE PhD students Noel Devaere and Runlin Yuan are focusing on water separation and… Read more »

ChemE Awards 2021-22

May 28, 2022

The 5th ChemE Exhibition & 36th Dinner on May 27, 2022 brought together close to 300 alumni, industry partners, faculty, staff, and students to celebrate the achievements of the past year. Congratulations to all of our 2021-22 ChemE Award recipients! Leaders of Tomorrow Awards Professor James W. Smith LOT Award Cassidy Tan (ChemE 2T4) Class of 8T2… Read more »

Research on liquid film stability reveals mechanism behind destabilization on solid surfaces

May 11, 2022

For his research project titled “A New Perspective on the Stability of Liquid Films on Solid Surfaces”, Suraj Borkar (ChemE PhD student), under the guidance of Professor Arun Ramchandran, set out to better understand the cause of destabilization of films of hydrophobic liquids (for example oil) sandwiched between a liquid medium (like water) and a… Read more »

Good news from the Multidisciplinary Laboratory for Innovative Catalytic Science

May 6, 2022

Professor Cathy Chin and her team from the Multidisciplinary Laboratory for Innovative Catalytic Science have several reasons to celebrate! On May 23, 2022, William Broomhead (ChemE PhD student) will deliver a lecture at the 27th North American Catalysis Society Meeting in New York City. Broomhead’s talk will discuss the green-catalytic processes and systems for the… Read more »

Innovative research on understanding stress relaxation behaviour

May 4, 2022

Short glass and carbon fibres are added to polymers, such as epoxy, to provide stiffness and strength. As the fibres are elastic, they behave like metal springs, but the polymers are viscoelastic, meaning that they undergo creep and stress relaxation. When elastic fibres are added to viscoelastic polymers, the fibres seem to strangely alter the… Read more »

Recovering a crucial and non-renewable resource from wastewater

April 26, 2022

Phosphorous (P) is a critical component of biological processes. Yet, its over-enrichment in water bodies, known as eutrophication, can have detrimental effects on aquatic ecosystems. As a non-renewable resource with no known alternatives, it is important to recover P from wastewater. Sara Abu-Obaid (PhD candidate), supervised by Professor Ramin Farnood and Adjunct Professor Shahram Tabe,… Read more »

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