News & Updates

Now Hiring! AI For Microbiome Engineering Post-Doctoral Fellow

December 1, 2023

PhD graduate Natashya Falcone pioneers hydrogel breakthroughs in cancer therapy at Terasaki Institute

September 28, 2023

Natashya Falcone (ChemE PhD), a recent ChemE PhD graduate, specializes in peptide-based hydrogel materials with diverse applications. Her research delved into stimuli-responsive properties, such as pH and temperature sensitivity, along with their biocompatibility. Notably, she explored hydrogels for enzyme support, stem cell matrices, and controlled drug delivery systems. Her work garnered prestigious awards like NSERC-CGS-D […]

ChemE alumnus John Lo founds first-of-its-kind non-profit, voluntary carbon credit standard organization

September 28, 2023

John Lo (ChemE 9T1 + PEY) began his career in the energy sector after graduating from ChemE before transitioning to focus on sustainability. He recently founded the Asia Carbon Institute (ACI), a non-profit organization that focuses on certifying and registering carbon credits, particularly in technology-based and urban projects. His shift from energy to sustainability was […]

Welcome back to school from the Chair

September 7, 2023

Dear ChemE students, faculty, and staff: As the Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, I would like to welcome you all to the start of another exciting academic year. This is a particularly exciting time of year for me as I get to see and meet so many fresh new faces, […]

Innovative and sustainable transportation and logistics solutions: Lamya Ezzeldin

August 31, 2023

Lamya Ezzeldin (ChemE 1T5) applies the methodical approach to problem solving she learned while pursuing her Chemical Engineering degree at U of T to her current role in product management at startup GoBolt, a sustainable, tech-forward fulfillment and last mile delivery logistics provider. After graduating from ChemEng and securing a job at Procter & Gamble […]

Groundbreaking study seeks to illuminate how DNA-editing protein Cas9 interacts with genetic material

August 13, 2023

Opening the door to new ways of studying gene editing proteins and potential biomedical applications like improved diagnostic technologies, Professor Nicole Weckman (ISTEP, ChemE) has co-authored a new study entitled, Sensing the DNA-mismatch tolerance of catalytically inactive Cas9 via barcoded DNA nanostructures in solid-state nanopores. The research, now published in the prestigious Nature Biomedical Engineering, sheds […]

ISTEP/Troost ILead team gains international recognition for engineering leadership research

August 11, 2023

Researchers at U of T Engineering’s Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education & Practice (ISTEP), and its Troost Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering (Troost ILead), have produced a series of award-winning research publications focused on the intersections between leadership, ethics and equity in engineering education.  The team includes Professors Cindy Rottmann (ISTEP, ChemE) and Emily Moore (ISTEP, […]

Breakthrough in water and energy harvesting

August 10, 2023

In a collaborative effort between Professor Kevin Golovin’s DREAM Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and Professor Ning Yan’s group from the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, a groundbreaking study will be published in the October 2023 issue of Nano Energy. The research team has developed a nature-inspired surface capable […]

From uncertainty to success: The inspiring journey of chemical engineer and entrepreneur, Constantine Karayannopoulos

July 27, 2023

In a compelling story of determination, passion, and triumph, Constantine Karayannopoulos (ChemE 8T3, MASc 8T8), a prominent figure in the materials technology industry, shares his extraordinary journey from uncertain high school days to becoming a celebrated chemical engineer and successful entrepreneur. Through his experiences and invaluable insights, he offers inspiration and guidance to current chemical […]

New microcredentials to strengthen the talent pipeline for Canada’s biomanufacturing industry

July 26, 2023

U of T Engineering has partnered with CCRM, BioZone and the School of Continuing Studies on a new set of microcredentials that will help workers across Canada’s biomanufacturing industry to upgrade or strengthen their skills.  Biomanufacturing refers to the industrial-scale production of many different products, including pharmaceuticals, vaccines, emerging products such as cell and gene therapies and even commodity chemicals […]

PEO CEO/Registrar shares insights on her career and future goals

July 25, 2023

In a world where science and passion converge, Jennifer Quaglietta (ChemE 0T5 + PEY + MEY + Skoll) emerges as a true leader, reshaping the landscape of engineering and inspiring a new generation of professionals. As the new CEO/Registrar of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), her visionary leadership transcends the conventional boundaries of her chemical engineering […]

Frank Gu cofounds lab that will improve formulation of variety of drugs

July 20, 2023

A new autonomous lab being built in the University of Toronto’s Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy will help to design and optimize formulations that will improve bioavailability, stability and efficacy of a variety of drugs, according to a recent article by Education News Canada. Christine Allen, a professor in the faculty whose research focuses on […]

ChemE alumna Caitlin Maikawa appointed assistant professor at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering

July 20, 2023

Caitlin Maikawa (ChemE 1T6) recently joined the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto as an assistant professor. After studying at U of T’s Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, Maikawa went on to complete her PhD at Stanford University under the supervision of Professor Eric Appel. During this time, she tackled […]

Professor Gisele Azimi pioneers new method of harvesting precious metals from electronic waste

July 20, 2023

Professor Gisele Azimi has been featured in a recent Tech Explorist article regarding her work on developing a method to extract precious metals from electronic waste: Electronic waste (e-waste) is considered the fastest-growing waste stream in the developed world. It comprises a multitude of components with valuable and scarce materials, some containing toxic substances that […]

Collaborative work lead by John Gibson and Ramin Farnood make important discovery about the effect of UV radiation on Delta and Omicron COVID-19 variants

July 13, 2023

Post-doctoral fellow John Gibson, a member of Professor Ramin Farnood’s group, is the lead author of a recently published paper on the effect of UV radiation on the Delta and Omicron variants of SARS-CoV-2 by the American Chemical Society in their bi-weekly Environmental Science & Technology journal. The paper, titled Exploring the Differences in the […]

Li-Cycle, the Canadian company at the forefront of EV battery recycling, readies for its big test

June 29, 2023

The Canadian company at the forefront of the burgeoning lithium-ion battery-recycling industry is facing one of its biggest tests – and has a chance to assert its dominance over an increasingly crowded field of competitors. Li-Cycle Corp. LICY-N, co-founded by Ajay Kochhar (ChemE 1T3) which is headquartered in Toronto and launched operations in Kingston, has […]

Toronto’s air quality is among the worst in the world due to wildfire smoke

June 29, 2023

On Wednesday, June 28, Toronto claimed one of the top spots on a list of the world’s worst air quality, according to global air quality tracker IQAir, as smoke from forest fires over northeastern Ontario and Quebec moved into the city. Toronto had already placed among the world’s worst for air quality earlier this month, […]

Now Hiring! Assistant Professor in the area of Artificial Intelligence for Materials and Molecular Discovery

June 29, 2023

Date Posted: 06/29/2023 Closing Date: 08/08/2023, 11:59PM ET Req ID: 32269 Job Category: Faculty – Tenure Stream (continuing) Faculty/Division: Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering Department: Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry Campus: St. George (Downtown Toronto) Description: The Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto invites applications […]

Passionate alum from ChemE launches innovative pet food company

June 28, 2023

Sofia Bonilla (ChemE PhD 1T7), an accomplished alum from the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto, has taken her expertise in microbiology, environmental science, and chemical engineering to revolutionize the pet food industry in Canada. Driven by her passion for animal welfare and sustainability, Sofia founded HOPE Pet Food, […]

Daryl Wilson: Shaping a sustainable future

June 22, 2023

Daryl Wilson, a distinguished 1982 alumnus from the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry (ChemE) at U of T, has emerged as a visionary international business leader at the forefront of the hydrogen revolution. With a remarkable background in spearheading successful organizations and championing environmental and sustainability initiatives, Daryl has achieved significant milestones and […]

ChemE celebrates the graduation of 129 students

June 20, 2023

The Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry (ChemE) at the University of Toronto is delighted to congratulate the exceptional group of 92 undergraduate students and 37 graduate students who have successfully completed their studies and graduated this year. ChemE takes immense pride in their accomplishments and wishes them all the best as they embark […]

2023 grads to watch!

June 15, 2023

With U of T Engineering’s convocation ceremonies on June 20, 2023, our students mark the end of one journey and the beginning of another. Having enriched the U of T Engineering community as undergraduate and graduate students, they will join our vibrant, global network of Skule™ alumni, where they will continue to address pressing challenges […]

Join CEGSA and shape the future of our grad programs: Emma Su’s inspiring journey

June 13, 2023

Looking to make a difference in the world of sustainable energy? Meet Emma Su (ChemE MEng 2T3), an exceptional graduate student who has been leading the way as an advocate for the MEng program at the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry (ChemE) at U of T. Her incredible journey serves as an invitation […]

DIY air purifier could improve your home’s air quality and protect you from wildfire smoke

June 13, 2023

As acrid wildfire smoke from Quebec and northeastern Ontario drifted to the GTA earlier last week, Kristin Iorio, who lives with asthma, could feel her chest constrict and her breathing become heavier. So, she decided to build an air purifier herself in order to clean the air in her home in Ajax, Ont. Using nothing […]

Leading ChemE professors comment on Toronto’s poor air quality fueled by devastating wildfires

June 7, 2023

Dubbed the Big Smoke, Toronto lived up to its nickname on Tuesday as a blanket of yellow-tinted smoke descended upon the city. The cause? Rampant forest fires raging in Quebec and northeastern Ontario. By nightfall, Toronto’s air quality had plummeted to become one of the world’s worst, even surpassing the pollution levels of Lahore, Pakistan, […]

ChemE demonstrates unwavering support for prospective students and alumni

May 31, 2023

On Sunday, May 28, the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry (ChemE) witnessed an inspiring display of camaraderie as its vibrant chemmunity rallied together to welcome prospective undergraduate students for the upcoming academic year. The event, aptly named “Welcome to Engineering,” showcased the department’s commitment to fostering a nurturing and inclusive environment for future […]

Catching up with Sami Khan

May 25, 2023

Sami Khan (ChemE 1T1+PEY), an Assistant Professor in the School of Sustainable Energy Engineering at Simon Fraser University, discovered his passion for chemical engineering at an early age. Through this Q&A, Sami takes us on a journey through his undergraduate years at ChemE, recounting his most unforgettable moments and the people who shaped his perspective. […]

This sustainable solution for removing phosphate and ammonium from wastewater promotes a circular economy

May 19, 2023

U of T Engineering PhD candidate Sara Abu-Obaid (ChemE) believes that the entire wastewater management industry is due for a paradigm shift.  “We need to move from seeing wastewater as a nuisance to recognizing its potential as a resource,” she says. “It can provide us with water, nutrients, energy and other things of value that can be harvested […]

Fueling success: Ron Brenneman’s legacy in the oil and gas industry

May 18, 2023

Ron Brenneman, who graduated from the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry (ChemE) at the University of Toronto in 1968, is a highly accomplished business executive and industry leader with a remarkable career spanning over four decades in the oil and gas sector. Renowned as the former President and CEO of Petro-Canada, one of […]

CHAR signs MOU with First Nations co-op to build RNG and biocarbon facility

May 3, 2023

For Andrew White (ChemE 0T8, MASc 1T0), there’s nothing cooler than being an entrepreneur – unless it’s being a cutting-edge, green entrepreneur. Andrew’s startup, CHAR Technologies Ltd. – based on his MASc thesis work supervised by Professor Don Kirk (ChemE), cleans bio-gas – the naturally occurring gas emitted from any decomposing organic waste – by […]