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 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. Feel free to contact faculty members directly to inquire about other possible projects or to propose your own project.


Project Description and Supervisor

Effect of thermal hydrolysis on anaerobic digestion of pulp & paper mill sludge under semi-continuous flow regime
Faculty advisors: Professor D. Grant Allen & Dr. Ehssan Koupaie

Development of an Algal Biofilm Photobioreactor for the Production of Astaxanthin From Haematococcus Pluvialis
Faculty advisors: Professor D. Grant Allen & Dr. Sofia Bonilla

Testing a Lab-scale Centrifuge System for Dewatering of Pulp & Paper Mill Sludge
Faculty advisors: Professor D. Grant Allen and Dr. Torsten Meyer

Air pollutant emissions from the oil sands and impact on the local First Nations community: Fort McKay
Faculty advisor: Professor Jeffrey Brook

Improving performance of a solar-battery powered remote air quality monitoring site
Faculty advisor: Professor Jeffrey Brook

Testing a low cost air pollutant sensor system (AirSENCE) in the oil sands region
Faculty advisor: Professor Jeffrey Brook

Projects in Food Engineering
Faculty advisors: Professor Levente Diosady and Dr. Juveria Siddiqui

Solid-state anaerobic digestion of organic solid waste in sequentially fed leach beds and upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor (UASB)
Faculty advisors: Professor Elizabeth Edwards, Adjunct Professor Nigel Guilford, and Dr. Temesgen Fitamo

Enzyme discovery and development for the functionalization of industrial lignins
Faculty advisors: Professor Elizabeth Edwards, and Professor Emma Master

Analysis of Samples From Full-scale Pulp and Paper Mill Anaerobic Digesters
Faculty advisors: Professor Elizabeth Edwards, Professor Emma Master, & Dr. Torsten Meyer

Projects in Air Pollution, Health and Climate
Faculty advisor: Professor Greg Evans

Engineering Education Research: Collaborative Specialisation in Engineering Education
Faculty advisor: Professor Greg Evans

Adsorption Guided Photocatalysis
Faculty advisor: Professor Ramin Farnood

Projects in the Green Technologies Lab
Faculty advisor: Professor Charles Jia

Developing Novel Processes for Copper Patination as a Green Building Material
Faculty advisors: Professor Donald Kirk and Dr. Mohaghegh

Optimizing enzymatic conversion of xylan to xylitol through reducing non-productive adsorption to lignin
Faculty advisor: Professor Emma Master

Metabolic Engineering for Bio-Nylon Production
Faculty advisor: Professor Radhakrishnan Mahadevan

Development of an image analysis pipeline for live imaging of tumour cell culture
Faculty advisor: Professor Alison McGuigan

Analytical method development for radio-labelled atrazine analysis

Faculty advisor: Professor Elodie Passeport

Role of algae in the removal of selected trace organic contaminants

Faculty advisor: Professor Elodie Passeport

Development and assessment of a novel polyester for biomedical device applications
Faculty advisor: Professor Milica Radisic

Drop breakup via tip streaming and satellite drop formation for the water-bitumen system at high temperatures
Faculty advisor: Professor Arun Ramchandran

Controlled collision of two microscale droplets in a microfluidic device: studying the effects of viscosity on droplets coalescence
Faculty advisor: Professor Arun Ramchandran

The interfacial tension of the water-bitumen interface at high temperatures using a microfluidic extensional flow device
Faculty advisor: Professor Arun Ramchandran

M.Eng/MASc project in Biomining
Faculty advisor: Professor Bradley Saville