News & Updates

UTCV competing in AIChE Chem-E-Car Competition on April 30!

April 27, 2022

On Saturday, April 30, the University of Toronto Chemical Vehicles (UTCV) student group will be competing in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Chem-E-Car Competition. This competition draws in multidisciplinary design teams from across North America and allows them to exhibit their cars powered by chemical energy sources. The competition will run from 9AM… 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 »

U of T Engineering researchers use machine learning to enhance environmental monitoring of microplastics

April 21, 2022

Microplastics exist all around us — in the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe. But before researchers can understand the real impact of these particles, they need faster and more effective ways to quantify what is there.   Professors Elodie Passeport (CivMin, ChemE) and Joshua Taylor (ECE) are leveraging machine… Read more »

Research by teaching-stream faculty transforming engineering education

April 20, 2022

Over the last 10 years, many universities across Canada have started to hire teaching-stream professors. There is often a misconception that this ‘new breed’ of professors focuses solely on teaching at the expense of research. The three teaching-stream faculty members within the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry (ChemE) dispel this stereotype. Professor Jennifer… Read more »

From biogas to vaccines, U of T students collaborate across time zones through ‘Global Classrooms’ initiative

April 14, 2022

Under the supervision of Ariel Chan and Graeme Norval, U of T Engineering students have been collaborating virtually with students at Nigeria’s Covenant University to share updates on their joint mission: building a low-cost biogas generator for remote communities in Africa’s most populous country. This project immerses the students in a real-world engineering challenge within a Global Classrooms setting, where… Read more »

Improving the energy efficiency of pulp and paper mills

April 12, 2022

Pulp and paper mills are often plagued with sodium salt scaling in their high solid evaporators. Research in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry is looking to improve the energy efficiency of mills, and in the best case, reduce the potential downtime associated with the removal of scales through more intensive means. A… Read more »

Now hiring! Faculty opportunity in the field of Artificial Intelligence for Materials and Molecular Discovery

April 11, 2022

Date Posted: 04/11/2022 Closing Date: 05/16/2022, 11:59PM ET Req ID: 23579 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… Read more »

Investigating the fate of phosphorus in the chemical recovery cycle of kraft pulp mills

April 7, 2022

Maryam Mousavi (ChemE PhD student) supervised by Professor Niko DeMartini is working on the fate of phosphorus in the chemical recovery cycle of kraft pulp mills. As mills tighten water cycles and look to replace fossil fuel with biomass fuels, the buildup of non-process elements (NPEs), especially phosphorus, is a significant concern for the industry…. Read more »

Healthier cities – Professor Jeff Brook at TEDxUofT

April 5, 2022

CANUE Scientific Director Dr. Jeff Brook presented at TEDxUofT: Momentum to discuss how making cities more sustainable can bring public health benefits. He also showed a sneak peek of a new tool that will enable Canadians to see how well their built environment supports their health. View his TEDx talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDOklHvbdmQ  

Professor Levente Diosady Receives U of T President’s Impact Award

April 1, 2022

Professor Levente Diosady (ChemE) is among this year’s recipients of the University of Toronto President’s Impact Award which recognizes faculty members whose research has made a significant impact outside of academia. Over the past 20 years, Diosady has led the development of novel technologies for fortifying staple foods. He is being recognized for his technique… Read more »

Beyond lithium-ion: New battery technologies among nine projects supported by 2022 Connaught Innovation Awards

March 31, 2022

Professor Gisele Azimi (ChemE, MSE) and her Laboratory for Strategic Materials are exploring aluminum as an alternative to lithium and cobalt to develop more cost-effective, safe and reliable components for next-generation batteries. Renewable energy from intermittent sources — such as solar or wind power — requires reliable energy storage systems to hold excess energy and release… Read more »

ILead Summer Fellowship campaign featuring second year ChemE student Darsh Jain

March 31, 2022

The Troost ILead Summer Fellowship brings together engaging student leaders who are driven to improve their club or organization, as well as themselves as leaders. The Summer Fellows support each in exploring and developing their leaderships skills through various workshops, discussions and hands-on work. This tight knit community also helps one another with addressing key challenges in… Read more »

Tracking community transmission: Researchers advance COVID-19 variant detection in GTA wastewater

March 22, 2022

As Ontario continues its gradual easing of COVID-19 public health measures, continued vigilance is necessary for governments to manage the virus in the long-term. One important and cost-effective tool that can help track trends in community transmission, detect new variants of concern and improve the detection of the SARS-CoV-2 viral signals that are often weakened… Read more »

Organ-on-a-chip research identifies new strategy for treating health complications associated with COVID-19

March 22, 2022

One of the greatest challenges for clinicians during the COVID-19 pandemic has been understanding why some people infected by the SARS-CoV-2 virus experience cytokine storms, while others do not. Using their novel organ-on-a-chip platform, a U of T Engineering research team has identified a molecule with the potential to combat one of the most severe… Read more »

ChemE student research published in ACS ES&T Water

March 16, 2022

Microplastics are common pollutants that can be found everywhere: in the food we eat, in the air we breath, in the Sahara Desert, and in deep oceans. A common way to study microplastics is to collect water/soil/sediment samples in the environment and analyze them in the lab, but this method comes with complications. To quantify… Read more »

Reducing water pollution through advances in microplastic research

March 16, 2022

Microplastic debris in major water systems has become a significant issue in recent years. Monitoring microplastic pollution and evaluating its health risks are largescale jobs. Bin Shi, a PhD student from the Department of Material Science & Engineering, strives to reduce these challenges through his project, Automatic quantification and classification of microplastics in scanning electron… Read more »

New profs working to protect a scarce resource

March 14, 2022

Water is a limited resource, and a very costly one. On March 22 we celebrate World Water Day, which reminds us to protect this valuable and diminishing reserve. The Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at U of T strives to contribute to this vital mission and in 2021 hired two new faculty members… Read more »

Solar photocatalytic treatment of pulp mill effluent for water recycling and conservation

March 9, 2022

Pulp and paper production represents one of Canada’s most valuable industries in the natural resource sector. The pulp and paper industry has made significant progress in reducing water usage intensity over the past decades, but its water footprint is still much higher than other natural resource sectors. Further effort is needed to improve water use efficiency,… Read more »

Molly Shoichet & Lab Featured in Canadian Living for International Women’s Day

March 7, 2022

March is Engineering Month in Canada. Professor Molly Shoichet and her lab have been featured in Canadian Living‘s March 2022 issue, celebrating inspiring women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) for International Women’s Day. The article outlines Professor Shoichet’s accolades as a woman working in STEM, as well as her lab work, representation of… Read more »

The donor who keeps on giving: ChemE alum made his first gift in 1983 and has no plans to stop

February 25, 2022

ChemE alum, Don Riddle (ChemE 7T8), has been donating since 1983 and is continuing to support future generations of engineering students with the same incredible opportunities he had as a student. “I know that the university is stretching donor dollars to go as far as they can to give today’s students’ incredible opportunities. I also… Read more »

Positive Zero Transport Futures takes a holistic approach to decarbonizing transportation

February 9, 2022

Decarbonizing transportation continues to be a major challenge for researchers as Canada’s commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 fast approaches. A new research collaboration supported by U of T Engineering’s Dean Strategic Fund aims to accelerate the decarbonization of transportation.  Professors Marianne Hatzopoulou (CivMin), Greg Evans (ChemE, ISTEP) and Jeff Brook (Dalla Lana School of Public Health, ChemE),… Read more »

Professor Ning Yan Elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science

January 26, 2022

With her scientific achievements and research contribution to the field of wood science, Professor Ning Yan has been elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS: the Academy). Professor Yan is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Bioproducts, Distinguished Professor in Forest Biomaterials Engineering and the Director of Low Carbon Renewable… Read more »

Alumnus Constantine Karayannopoulos featured in Toronto Star

January 20, 2022

Constantine Karayannopoulos (ChemE 8T3, MASc 8T8), CEO of NEO Performance Materials, spoke with Connexion host Howard Green about the importance and preservation of 17 elements called rare earths. NEO Performance Materials is a Canadian company that has been involved in rare earths for 30 years, making progress internationally in China, Europe, and more. Hear Constantine’s… Read more »

U of T Engineering and Ford partnership introduces new sustainable material into the automotive industry

January 12, 2022

A collaboration between U of T Engineering and Ford Canada led by Professor Mohini Sain (cross-appointed to ChemE) has produced a new, sustainably-sourced material that reduces high-performance vehicle emissions.  The new material reduces emissions and improves fuel efficiency through displacing fossil fuel-derived plastics with renewable alternatives that can be recycled as well as through decreasing… Read more »

Mending the Gap: Professor Molly Shoichet joins multidisciplinary team working to develop new treatments for spinal cord injuries

January 12, 2022

Spinal cord injuries can be devastating to those who experience them. Currently, almost no options are available to reverse the effects, which can include paralysis, chronic pain and loss of bladder control. But an international team of researchers — including University Professor Molly Shoichet (ChemE, BME, Donnelly) — hopes to change that.  Shoichet is a co-principal investigator… Read more »

Three ChemE researchers awarded Canada Research Chairs

January 12, 2022

Seven U of T Engineering researchers have earned new or renewed Canada Research Chairs (CRCs) today, including our very own: Elizabeth Edwards (ChemE) Canada Research Chair in Anaerobic Biotechnology (renewal)  Milica Radisic (BME, ChemE) Canada Research Chair in Organ-on-a-Chip Engineering (new)  Ning Yan (ChemE) Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Bioproducts (new)  See the list and read the full U of T Engineering News story.

An Endeavor Worth Its Salt: Professor Venkatesh Mannar featured in the Institute for Food Technology magazine

January 4, 2022

In the early 1990s, Professor Vekatesh Mannar and Professor Levente Diosady began working together to develop a technology that would fortify salt with iron. Today, this technology is being used to further fortify salt through nutrient enhancements to combat deficiencies. Read the full article on the Institute for Food Technology website. 

Appointment of Professor Ramin Farnood as Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry

January 3, 2022

Congratulations to Professor Ramin Farnood who has been appointed as Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry for a 5-year term from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2026. Professor Farnood obtained his BASc (1987) and MASc (1990) degrees in Chemical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology and his PhD (1995) from the University… Read more »

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