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

The effect of solvent type and temperature on the rate and extent of solubilization of water in diluted bitumen

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

Engineering Education Research

Projects in Air Pollution, Health and Climate

Mathematical Modelling of Disinfection Technologies

Palm Waste Utilization Project

Stability of Added Vitamins During Food Preparation

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

Effect of thermal hydrolysis on anaerobic digestion of pulp & paper mill sludge under semi-continuous flow regime

Testing a Lab-scale Centrifuge System for Dewatering of Pulp & Paper Mill Sludge Faculty advisors

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

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

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

Projects in Food Engineering

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

Enzyme discovery and development for the functionalization of industrial lignins

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

Projects in Air Pollution, Health and Climate

Engineering Education Research: Collaborative Specialisation in Engineering Education

Adsorption Guided Photocatalysis

Projects in the Green Technologies Lab

Developing Novel Processes for Copper Patination as a Green Building Material

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

Metabolic Engineering for Bio-Nylon Production

Development of an image analysis pipeline for live imaging of tumour cell culture

Analytical method development for radio-labelled atrazine analysis

Role of algae in the removal of selected trace organic contaminants

Development and assessment of a novel polyester for biomedical device applications

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

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

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

M.Eng/MASc project in Biomining