Current Student Research Opportunities

Faculty members in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry frequently look for students to help out with research projects. These projects are suitable for a Fourth Year thesis (CHE499Y, or ESC499Y), a project for a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree, or a Summer Research project in the Summer Research Abroad program.

All faculty have research projects for students. Not all projects are listed below. You can contact faculty members directly to inquire about other possible projects or to propose your own project.

Project Descriptions and Contact Information

Air pollutant emissions from the oil sands and impact on the local First Nations community: Fort McKay

Analysis of Samples From Full-scale Pulp and Paper Mill Anaerobic Digesters

Applying machine learning to biomaterials design

Comparing encapsulation processes by spray drying and for interface coagulation

Controlled collision of two microscale droplets in a microfluidic device: studying the effects of viscosity on droplets coalescence

Data Science and Analytics in Engineering Education

Development and assessment of a novel polyester for biomedical device applications

Development of method for field testing for folic acid in salt

Development of method for field testing for iodine in salt

Drop breakup via tip streaming and satellite drop formation for the water-bitumen system at high temperatures

Engineering Education Research

Enzyme discovery and development for the functionalization of industrial lignins

Evaluating hot-water extraction samples from industrial biomass feedstocks

Improving performance of a solar-battery powered remote air quality monitoring site

Intelligent Design of Biomaterials for Mucoadhesion

Investigation of Pichia Pastoris strains for the successful production and characterization of Auxiliary Activity family 7 enzymes (AA7s)

Making of proteins for diabetes prevention from granado beans

Membrane separation for water recovery

Metabolic Engineering for Bio-Nylon Production

Microencapsulation of micronutrients for salt fortification

Microencapsulation of micronutrients for tea fortification

Obtaining informative data of water contamination in the Thunder Bay area relative to known acute myeloid leukemia clusters

Optimizing enzymatic conversion of xylan to xylitol through reducing non-productive adsorption to lignin

Phosphorous in the Causticization Plant of Pulp Mills – Kinetic and Equilibrium Studies

Plastic waste and biowaste pyrolysis

Postdoctoral Fellow opportunities in electrochemistry and corrosion control

Project PS002-2022: Modelling and Simulation of Frosting Behaviour in Contact Ambient Air Vaporizers

Projects in Air Pollution, Health and Climate

Projects in Food Engineering

Projects in the Green Technologies Lab

Sample Analysis and Mill Balances For Mill Sampling Campaign

Solar photocatalysis for chemical production

Solid-state anaerobic digestion of organic solid waste in sequentially fed leach beds and upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor (UASB)

Solubility studies for P in the recaust cycle of kraft pulp mills

Stability of Added Vitamins During Food Preparation

Testing a low cost air pollutant sensor system (AirSENCE) in the oil sands region

The case for Blue Hydrogen: A carbon footprint study

The effect of solvent type and temperature on the interfacial tension of the water-bitumen interface

The interfacial tension of the water-bitumen interface at high temperatures using a microfluidic extensional flow device

Using growth conditions to control the production of valuable products from algae

UV disinfection