News & Updates

Vote for Research2Reality for People’s Choice Award: Canada’s Favourite Science Online October 20, 2020 - In 2015, University Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, IBBME, Donnelly) co-founded Research2Reality, a science news site which uses social media to promote innovative and leading-edge research across the country. This year,... Read more »
Skin-care product based on Professor Milica Radisic’s research donated to health-care workers fighting COVID-19 October 14, 2020 - Story by Tyler Irving, U of T Engineering News A U of T Engineering spinoff company has donated its entire stock of skin-care product to health-care workers fighting the global... Read more »
From engineering to MBA: ChemE alumna Nicki Parkes graduates top of her MBA class with prestigious Roger N. Wolff Prize October 5, 2020 - Having graduated top of her class from Rotman in 2020—receiving the prestigious Roger N. Wolff Prize—Nicki Parkes (Skoll ChemE 1T7 + PEY + MBA 2T0) is looking forward to putting... Read more »
Professor Frank Gu’s research on applying nanotechnology to clean up tailings ponds featured in CBC September 29, 2020 - CBC’s Quirks and Quarks featured Prof. Frank Gu‘s (ChemE) research on applying nanotechnology to clean up oil sands tailings ponds. The research was conducted in partnership with researchers at Queen’s... Read more »
ChemE Pearson Scholar shares thoughts on her first weeks at U of T Engineering September 23, 2020 - Buse Guler, Year 1 ChemE — Istanbul, Turkey Buse Guler studying at home in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo courtesy Buse Guler) Even before starting her first year, Guler has already spent time... Read more »
ChemE students take home top prizes at Hatchery’s 2020 Demo Day September 23, 2020 - Student-founded startup Themis co-founded by Amardeep Singh (Year 3 ChemE) — which leverages artificial intelligence (AI) to streamline contract-drafting for lawyers — recently took home the top prize at the... Read more »
ChemE alumna leads global innovation in next generation sustainable energy projects September 21, 2020 - By Amanda Hacio For as long as she can remember, Carol Choi (1T5 + PEY) has always looked for a challenge. “I feel really lucky to have studied at one... Read more »
Blueprint for change: New outreach program encourages Black students to choose STEM September 18, 2020 - Story by Tyler Irving, U of T Engineering News A new U of T Engineering outreach program is empowering Black students from across Canada to explore their future in science,... Read more »
5 Tips for Hosting a Virtual Research Conference September 18, 2020 - By Samantha Cheung (ChemE PhD candidate) From April to June 2020, I led a committee that organized the U of T Engineering Research Conference (UTERC) — the Faculty’s first-ever virtual... Read more »
Prof. Cathy Chin part of new academia-industry partnership to accelerate the search for materials for sustainable energy and smartphones September 11, 2020 - Professor Cathy Chin (ChemE) is one of six researchers to join a new consortium — featuring players from industry, academia and government — that will use the power of artificial... Read more »
Back to Skule™ 2020 with ChemE student leaders: Nina-Francesca Farac September 11, 2020 - As the Chemical Engineering Graduate Students’ Association (CEGSA) prepares for the 2020-21 Skule™ year, writer Amanda Hacio caught up with incoming president, Nina-Francesca Farac (ChemE PhD candidate), to learn more... Read more »
Back to Skule™: Mental wellness strategies for students September 10, 2020 - Story by Tyler Irving, U of T Engineering News This year, U of T Engineering students are preparing for a very different back-to-school season. Keeping mental health in mind will be more important than... Read more »
ChemE professors share Back to Skule™ messages of support with U of T Engineering community September 10, 2020 - As classes start remotely this week, the U of T Engineering community has a message to new and returning students, and to one another: we got this. The Faculty has... Read more »
Back to Skule™ 2020 with ChemE student leaders: Madison Desembrana September 10, 2020 - As Chem Club prepares for the 2020-21 Skule™ year, writer Amanda Hacio caught up with incoming Chem Club Chair, Madison Desembrana (ChemE 1T9+1+PEY), to learn more about what her plans... Read more »
Back to Skule™ 2020 with ChemE student leaders: Alicia Hill-Turner September 9, 2020 - As the U of T student chapter of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) prepares for the 2020-21 Skule™ year, writer Amanda Hacio caught up with incoming chair, Alicia... Read more »
Saif Rjaibi and Judy Xia to compete at 2020 Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference August 31, 2020 - After presenting at the virtual CSChE Summer Symposium organized by the CSChE U of T student chapter, Saif Rjaibi (ChemE 2T1) and Judy Xia (ChemE 2T2+PEY) have been selected to... Read more »
Re-engineered enzyme could help reverse damage from spinal cord injury and stroke August 24, 2020 - Story by Tyler Irving, U of T Engineering News A team of researchers from U of T Engineering and the University of Michigan has redesigned and enhanced a natural enzyme... Read more »
Prof. Jane Howe among five U of T Engineering researchers to receive funding for new research tools August 19, 2020 - Professor Jane Howe (MSE, ChemE) is among five U of T Engineering researchers to receive funding for new research tools through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans... Read more »
ChemE alumna, Krystal Pollitt, discusses aerosol dispersion in subway cars in New York Times August 18, 2020 - What happens to viral particles on the subway? ChemE alumna and assistant professor at Yale University, Krystal Pollitt (ChemE 0T5, MASc 0T7), discusses this question in an interview with the... Read more »
Incoming ChemE student, Sofia Zamorano, talks back to school on CBC Radio August 18, 2020 - Incoming ChemE student, Sofia Zamorano, talks with CBC Radio: Here and Now about her choice to live in residence and what that looks like when she starts at U of... Read more »
Prof. Molly Shoichet and her research team develop cell injection technique that could help reverse vision loss August 13, 2020 - By Tyler Irving, U of T Engineering News University Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, BME) and her researcher team have developed a new method of injecting healthy cells into damaged eyes.... Read more »
Prof. Greg Evans featured on Global News to discuss open letter to WHO regarding airborne spread of COVID-19 July 8, 2020 - Professor Greg Evans (ChemE, ISTEP) was featured in a Global News segment to discuss evolving evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted through microscopic airborne water droplets, such as sneezes and... Read more »
ChemE students spark new solutions for COVID-19 challenges July 3, 2020 - As the COVID-19 pandemic rearranged the plans of students across U of T Engineering over the past few months, one question was on many minds: what can I do to... Read more »
Amber Molecular Inc., a U of T Engineering startup, secures $5M Series A investment July 2, 2020 - U of T Engineering startup, Amber Molecular Inc., recently closed their $5 million Series A fundraising round, led by Silicon Valley based Phoenix Venture Partners LLC. Amber Molecular is commercializing... Read more »
Seven ChemE graduate students place in first-ever virtual U of T Engineering Research Conference June 22, 2020 - Between the second and third week of June 2020, U of T Engineering held its first-ever virtual research conference. The conference featured the latest in undergraduate and graduate research in... Read more »
Meeting a critical need in a supercritical way June 12, 2020 - Story by Tim Lougheed, Chemical Institute of Canada It has been almost a decade since Gisele Azimi was pursuing post-doctoral work at MIT, where she realized just how dependent our... Read more »
#UofTGrad20: ChemE Grads to Watch June 2, 2020 - Story by Tyler Irving & Liz Do, U of T Engineering News With the University’s virtual Convocation ceremony on June 2, 2020 U of T Engineering students mark the end... Read more »
New U of T Engineering Academy prepares incoming students to excel in first year May 19, 2020 - Story by Marit Mitchell, U of T Engineering News U of T Engineering is launching a new program designed to give incoming students all the material they need to shine... Read more »
Prof. Arthur Chan and ChemE PhD candidate Samantha Cheung part of team to host U of T Engineering’s first-ever virtual research conference May 14, 2020 - Professor Arthur Chan (ChemE) and Samantha Cheung (ChemE PhD candidate) are among eight organizers of the first-ever U of T Engineering Research Conference (UTERC). Nearly 100 undergraduate and graduate students... Read more »
‘A silent killer’: Prof. Miriam Diamond on what COVID-19 has taught us about climate change May 8, 2020 - Story by Chris Sasaki, Faculty of Arts & Science As the outbreak of COVID-19 grew into a global pandemic earlier this year, countries attempted to stem the spread by restricting... Read more »
IBBME welcomes ChemE alumnus Prof. Omar F. Khan as new faculty member May 7, 2020 - Prof. Omar F. Khan (ChemE MASc 0T6, PhD 1T0) officially joined the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) as an assistant professor on May 1, 2020. After receiving his... Read more »
A research team led by Prof. Molly Shoichet develops ‘piggyback’ vehicle to escape the endosomal trap and deliver RNA therapeutics May 5, 2020 - Story by Qin Dai, Institute of Biomaterials & Bimolecular Engineering A group of researchers from U of T and SickKids Hospital have developed a new way to deliver molecules that target specific... Read more »
BioZone researchers part of U of T team manufacturing coronavirus ‘parts’ for COVID-19 research April 30, 2020 - By Liz Do, U of T Engineering News The structure of SARS-CoV-2 is now all too recognizable, resembling a soccer ball covered in spiky protrusions. A team of U of... Read more »
Student Life Catalyst Awards 2020 April 27, 2020 - The Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry is now accepting nominations for the Student Life Catalyst Awards, sponsored by the Department’s faculty and staff. These awards seek to recognize... Read more »
Clean water for Las Arrugas: Two ChemE students design water filters for Guatemalan community as part of global engineering capstone team April 23, 2020 - Story by Tyler Irving, U of T Engineering News Many buildings in Las Arrugas, Guatemala are supplied with water pipes. The challenge is that most of the time, they are empty.  “Each... Read more »
ChemE PhD candidate Brian Wang creates a solution to remotely monitor the vital signs of COVID-19 patients as part of U of T Engineering research team April 16, 2020 - Story by Jessica MacInnis, The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering A U of T Engineering team has created a simple, scalable solution to remotely monitor... Read more »
Can lowering emissions improve the odds against COVID-19? Professor Greg Evans examines the evidence April 9, 2020 - Story by Fahad Pinto, U of T Engineering News With countries shutting down large sections of the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic, many regions have seen strong improvements in air... Read more »
Prof. Milica Radisic among team of U of T Engineering researchers working to better understand COVID-19 using ‘organ-on-a-chip’ technology April 9, 2020 - Story by Paul Fraumeni, U of T News In order for a COVID-19 vaccine and antiviral drugs to be developed, scientists first need to understand why this virus spreads so... Read more »
Prof. Greg Evans discusses air pollution and COVID-19 on CBC News April 2, 2020 - Professor Greg Evans (ChemE, ISTEP) talks to CBC News about recent satellite images showing a reduction in air pollution levels in the GTA. He also provides insight on the relationship... Read more »
Prof. Erin Bobicki discusses mineral processing and mining innovation on Sepro Systems podcast April 2, 2020 - Professor Erin Bobicki (MSE, ChemE) is interviewed on the Sepro Systems inaugural podcast to talk about the future of mineral processing. Bobicki is collaborating with Sepro on a microwave-assisted comminution... Read more »
A Message from the Chair regarding COVID-19 March 20, 2020 - Dear ChemE Community, The past week has been difficult on everyone—academically, professionally and personally—as the world responds to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Keeping our community informed and safe are our top priorities... Read more »
ChemE alumna Laura Burget named to U of T News list of startups to watch March 11, 2020 - NIU BODY, co-founded by ChemE alumna Laura Burget (ChemE 1T6), was recently named to the U of T News list of top 10 U of T startups to watch:  Co-founded... Read more »
Rana Sodhi and researchers at the Faculty of Dentistry win Journal of Endodontics Award for technology research February 25, 2020 - Rana Sodhi (OCCAM, ChemE) and researchers in the Faculty of Dentistry, Professor Anil Kishen and Anam Hashmi, received the 2019 Journal of Endodontics (JOE) Award in the category of Basic... Read more »
Prof. Graeme Norval presents on teaching safety in engineering education at CRAIM AGM in Montreal February 14, 2020 - On January 30, 2020, Professor Graeme Norval (ChemE) gave an invited talk at the CRAIM (Conseil Pour la Reduction des Accidents Industriel Majeur) Annual General Meeting in Montreal. He presented... Read more »
Prof. Cathy Chin joins CBC Metro Morning to discuss turning plastics into green diesel February 7, 2020 - Professor Cathy Chin (ChemE), Canada Research Chair in Advanced Catalysis for Sustainable Chemistry, spoke with CBC Radio’s Jill Dempsey on Metro Morning about her work converting waste plastics into green... Read more »
Prof. Arun Ramchandran receives Humboldt Research Fellowship January 23, 2020 - Prof. Arun Ramchandran (ChemE) has been awarded the Humboldt Research Fellowship for experienced researchers. This fellowship will allow him to conduct research while living in Germany for 12 months beginning... Read more »