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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering is characterized by its dynamic and innovative approach to both Engineering education and research. Our mission is to generate and disseminate knowledge to meet the ever-changing needs of society and particularly to prepare students to practice their chosen profession in an increasingly competitive global market.

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    As part of the largest officially bilingual university in Ontario, we play a unique role in serving both Anglophone and Francophone students from across Canada. We seek to maintain high quality, broad-based programs that will provide our students with strong Chemical Engineering fundamentals. This includes seeing our students graduate with strong problem solving skills, a commitment to professionalism and ethical practice, an appreciation for health, safety and environmental issues, effective communication and inter-personal skills, a desire and ability for life-long learning, team skills, and an adaptability within an ever-changing workplace.


    The Department supports over 60 graduate students working towards their master’s or doctoral degrees.

    Research in the Department consists of five major fields of specialization signifying the multidisciplinary nature and broad reach of modern chemical engineering practice.

    In particular, Clean Technologies, Renewable Energy, and Biomedical Engineering Research clusters reflect the Department’s current research strengths as well as its vision for the future direction of its research programs.

      Research areas

      Biomedical engineering

      Biomedical engineering is a rapidly growing area of research in chemical engineering. Chemical engineers have traditionally played a significant role in medical research and practice. Research in biomedical engineering involving chemical engineers includes tissue engineering, drug delivery, the design of clinical therapies and materials synthesis, modification, and fabrication, to name but a few.


      Clean technologies

      Clean technologies are defined as technologies developed by scientists and engineers that enable a more efficient use of natural resources and greatly reduce the particular technology’s ecological impact. The concept of clean technologies embraces a broad range of products, services, and processes that provide superior performance at lower costs and significantly reduce or eliminate environmental ill-effects.

      Clean technologies span many industries, from alternative forms of energy generation to water purification to materials-efficient production techniques.


      Process Engineering

      Process Engineering

      Process engineering, synonymous with traditional chemical engineering, focuses on the design, operation and maintenance of chemical and material manufacturing processes and constitutes the specification, optimization, realization, and adjustment of the process applied to manufacture products. Process engineering and process engineers are found in a vast range of industries, such as the petrochemical, mineral processing, material, food, pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries.


      Materials Development Engineering

      The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering has a long history in the development of materials for a broad range of industrial applications. Researchers within the Department offer expertise in the design and production of membranes, adsorbents, adsorbent membranes, polymers, biomedical materials, catalysts and nanoparticles.


      Renewable Energy

      Renewable energy is defined as energy derived from resources that are able to be regenerated or cannot be depleted. Approximately 25% of worldwide human energy use comes from renewable energy sources. The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering has become a leader in renewable energy research, having embarked on projects related to bioethanol and biodiesel production more than ten years ago, and we continue to expand in this research field through our new industrial partnerships.


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