News & Updates

Some Canadians living in areas exceeding WHO guidelines

October 8, 2021

Professor Jeff Brook shares with Global News that some Canadians are living in areas exceeding the World Health Organization’s air quality guidelines. Click here for the full Global News story.

ChemE Future Leader: Tristyn Haghgoo

October 7, 2021

Tristyn Haghgoo (ChemE 2T3) chose to study chemical engineering at the University of Toronto because of the wide variety of potential careers the degree will open up, including aerospace, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, and food just to name a few. Now in his third year, Tristyn is the third-year ChemE representative for EngSoc, an active… Read more »

ChemE Future Leader: Hannah Kot

October 1, 2021

Hannah Kot (ChemE 2T3) wasn’t initially considering a future in chemical engineering, that is until a chance encounter with a recruiter at a universities fair which set her on her current path. “I have always been someone who loves solving complex problems and I was interested in creating a career that related to the environment,… Read more »

Prof. Jeff Brook comments on WHO air quality guidelines

September 23, 2021

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released new and far stricter air quality guidelines. Professor Jeff Brook comments on the move. Watch his interview with CTV News.

ChemE Future Leader: Alton Rego

September 22, 2021

The University of Toronto’s reputation within Canada and around the world, the challenge of the chemical engineering program, the large network of alumni, and the ability to gain real-world experience through the Professional Experience Year Co-op program were all very attractive factors to Alton Rego (ChemE 2T2 + PEY Co-op) when he chose to attend… Read more »

ChemE Future Leader: Muskan Malek

September 17, 2021

Muskan Malek (ChemE 2T2 + PEY Co-op) has always been drawn to new challenges, and that goes beyond engineering problems. “At ChemE, I am able to build a strong foundation in chemical engineering principles, but through leadership courses, internships, and extracurricular activities, I have been able to explore a variety of different subjects,” says Muskan…. Read more »

ChemE Future Leader: Kim Watada

September 9, 2021

When Kim Watada (ChemE 2T2 + PEY Co-op) was in high school, she knew she wanted to pursue a degree that would empower her to make impactful change in society. “I chose the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at U of T because of the wide variety of important careers you can pursue…. Read more »

ChemE welcomes new faculty member Jay Werber

September 7, 2021

Jay Werber is a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. Professor Werber leads the Advanced Membranes lab, which focuses on developing high-performance materials for aqueous separations and water treatment. Prior to joining U of T, Professor Werber was a postdoctoral associate in polymer chemistry… Read more »

ChemE welcomes new faculty member Chris Lawson

September 7, 2021

This September ChemE welcomes new Assistant Professor Chris Lawson, an emerging leader in the field of environmental biotechnology and microbiome engineering. His research focuses on harnessing the metabolic processes of anaerobic microbiomes for sustainable wastewater treatment and the production of renewable bioenergy and bioproducts from waste resources. Professor Lawson is an expert in developing systems… Read more »

ChemE Researchers Continue to Shine in 2021

September 2, 2021

  ChemE faculty and their labs continue to produce groundbreaking research in energy, the environment, and health through the integration of chemistry, biology and engineering to drive solutions to global challenges. A global leader in the field of chemical engineering, the Department is once again ranked 1st in Canada and 26th in the world in… Read more »

IBET Momentum Fellow D’Andre Wilson-Ihejirika (ChemE/ISTEP PhD candidate) aims to re-frame engineering education

September 1, 2021

  By Tyler Irving, U of T Engineering News   This fall, D’Andre Wilson-Ihejirika (ChemE/ISTEP PhD candidate) will take up one of the first Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) Momentum Fellowships to be awarded by U of T Engineering. The IBET Momentum Fellowships aim to provide support and build a network for Indigenous and Black graduate students, two groups… Read more »

ChemE Future Leader: Daniel Shi

August 26, 2021

As a teenager, Daniel Shi (ChemE 2T2 + PEY Co-op) knew he wanted to study engineering, as the thought of actualizing ideas into tangible applications intrigued him. “I’ve always been interested in biology and how we can use the physical sciences to address problems within the human body,” recalls Daniel. He chose U of T… Read more »

With a focus on skin cells, U of T’s Michael Sefton seeks ‘huge step forward’ in diabetes treatment

August 26, 2021

  Story originally appeared in U of T News.   Can dendritic cells found in the skin be an important piece of the puzzle of enabling stem cell transplants for diabetes? Professor Michael Sefton (ChemE) is confident enough about the possibility that – with support from the type 1 diabetes non-profit JDRF – he is about… Read more »

Q&A: Can green infrastructure keep microplastics out of the environment?

August 17, 2021

You may have heard of the Great Pacific garbage patch, but the majority of plastic waste in the environment is more subtle: tiny particles ranging from the size of a pea to the thickness of a human hair — and even smaller. A team of U of T Engineering researchers — including Professor Elodie Passeport (CivMin, ChemE),… Read more »

‘The public health evidence is clear’: Salvatore Spadafora on U of T’s vaccine requirement

August 12, 2021

  As it prepares for a safe return to campus this fall, the University of Toronto has announced a vaccination requirement and implemented a comprehensive 12-step plan for students, staff, faculty and librarians that is informed by the latest public health guidance. U of T will require all those intending to be on campus be fully vaccinated – as… Read more »

Profs. Chris Lawson and Jay Werber Among Nine U of T Engineering Projects to Receive CFI JELF Funding

August 11, 2021

Newly arrived ChemE Professors Chris Lawson and Jay Werber are among nine U of T Engineering professors who have received support from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund (CFI JELF), announced today: The Microbiome Engineering Laboratory for Resource Recovery — Professor Christopher Lawson (ChemE)  The Advanced Membranes (AM) Laboratory for Sustainable Water Management… Read more »

Ground-breaking technology by Micellae, a University of Toronto spinout, set to revolutionize cannabinoid delivery

August 10, 2021

Micellae Delivery Systems Inc. (“Micellae”) recently announced the launch of its breakthrough drug delivery technology, O2W, the fastest oral bioavailability-enhancing formulation. While cannabinoids can have immense therapeutic benefits, there are several barriers to their use and formulation. O2W is the next generation drug delivery system that was shown to significantly enhance the potency, bioavailability, and… Read more »

Medicine by Design’s executive director launches new chapter in diabetes research with JDRF grant

August 5, 2021

Can “dendritic” cells found in the skin be an important piece of the puzzle of enabling stem cell transplants for diabetes?  Renowned University of Toronto tissue engineer Michael Sefton is sure enough about the possibility that he is about to launch a major new chapter in his research, supported by a grant of almost $430,000 from JDRF.  Read… Read more »

New Trains and Reduced Friction Braking Improve Air Quality in Toronto’s Subways

August 5, 2021

Story by Marit Mitchell, U of T Engineering News   Air quality on Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway platforms improved substantially with the rollout of new cars on Line 1, a new study from U of T Engineering and Health Canada researchers shows. The team measured levels of fine particulate matter — the mass of… Read more »

U of T to Require Vaccination for High-Risk Activities, Self-Declaration of Vaccination Status

August 5, 2021

Story by Rahul Kalvapalle, U of T News   The University of Toronto will require students, faculty, staff and librarians who participate in activities that carry a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission to be vaccinated – and require all community members to self-declare their vaccination status. Varsity sports, music instruction and educational placements are among… Read more »

Now Hiring! Faculty in the Field of Artificial Intelligence in Chemical/Biochemical Systems

July 16, 2021

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry is looking to hire a tenure stream faculty in the area of the application of data science to chemical and biochemical systems. The appointment can be at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate/Full Professor. All application materials, including reference letters must be received by January 10, 2022. Please… Read more »

Overseeing a ‘small city’: Claire Kennedy (ChemE 8T9) reflects on her time as chair of U of T’s Governing Council

June 23, 2021

Claire Kennedy (ChemE 8T9) is no stranger to board rooms – she serves as lead director of the Bank of Canada and as chair of Neo Performance Materials Inc. – but she says the University of Toronto’s Governing Council is in a class of its own. As the council’s outgoing chair, Kennedy says the body… Read more »

Building Indigenous Cultural Competency: U of T Engineering Launches Toolkit

June 18, 2021

Story originally appeared in U of T Engineering News A new program aims to equip U of T Engineering staff and faculty with the tools to build their understanding of the history, truths and culture of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Development of the Indigenous Cultural Competency Toolkit began in February 2021 and was led by Sienna Gagner (ChemE 2T0+PEY),… Read more »

U of T Engineering Research Days: Inaugural Event Aims to Accelerate Impact by Enhancing Research Partnerships

June 17, 2021

    Story by Parveen Singh, U of T Engineering News   A first-of-its-kind virtual conference will showcase the breadth and depth of scientific research across U of T Engineering.  Engineering Research Days: Empowering Innovation 2021 will take place on June 24 and 25, offering attendees an interactive online venue to engage with researchers from departments,… Read more »

Renewed Canada Research Chairs in ChemE Will Power Research into Green Chemistry and Environmental Remediation

June 17, 2021

  Story by Tyler Irving, U of T Engineering News   Two renewed Canada Research Chairs will catalyze innovations that could reduce the environmental impact of chemical manufacturing and help remediate contaminated sites.   Professor Ya-Huei (Cathy) Chin (ChemE) holds the Canada Research Chair in Advanced Catalysis for Sustainable Chemistry. Professor Elodie Passeport (CivMin, ChemE) is the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Engineering and Stable Isotopes…. Read more »

Prof. Gisele Azimi Joined CBC to Discuss Seeking Solutions to Electronic Waste

June 4, 2021

Prof. Gisele Azimi (ChemE) joined CBC Radio to discuss her research on developing technology to recycle precious metals from electronic waste. Click HERE to listen to the full interview on CBC Radio

Professor Cathy Chin part of global Ford consortium on renewable fuel technologies

May 19, 2021

Professor Cathy Chin (ChemE) is part of a Ford consortium involving global industry members and major academic and research institutions. The consortium just revealed its work in North America related to the development of renewable, high-energy density drop-in automotive fuels produced from various renewable feedstocks including biomass, municipal solid waste and waste plastics. In addition… Read more »

Grand Questions: U of T’s Medicine by Design invests $3 million in the future of regenerative medicine

May 13, 2021

This story was originally published in U of T News Treating heart failure without transplant surgery. Delivering powerful cell therapies to patients where they live – no matter how remote. Recording how cells talk to one another in the body to personalize future therapies. These are just some of the transformative advances the University of Toronto’s Medicine… Read more »

With vaccines top of mind, U of T brings together experts to address Canada’s biomanufacturing gaps

May 4, 2021

Story originally published in U of T News The University of Toronto is bringing together researchers, pharmaceutical innovators and government partners to address gaps in Canada’s biomanufacturing ecosystem and discuss solutions for public health challenges such as COVID-19. A Biomanufacturing Training & Innovation Workshop hosted by U of T recently drew nearly 100 attendees from… Read more »

Professor Gisele Azimi featured in TVO article on battery recycling for electric vehicles

April 27, 2021

Professor Gisele Azimi (ChemE, MSE) was featured in a TVO Earth Week article discussing her research on battery recycling and what the future of lithium-ion battery recycling could look like in the age of electric vehicles. Read the full story

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