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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]