In the News

Read some of the latest stories about the Department below:

The invisible clean-up crew: Engineering microbial cultures to destroy pollutants February 21, 2017 - U of T engineering professor Elizabeth Edwards is internationally recognized for using biotechnology to clean up industrial solvents in soil and groundwater. Her technique earned her the prestigious Killam Prize in 2016 and has already been used to restore more than 500 sites around the world. One way to decontaminate industrial sites involves digging up... Read more »
ChemE team invents double-fortified salt to improve nutrition for 24 million in Uttar Pradesh February 15, 2017 - Double-fortified salt (DFS) is now being distributed to 4.6 million families — representing more than 24 million people — in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. The product, developed at U of T Engineering, provides a simple, effective way to add iron in the diets of people who don’t currently get enough. “We’re very excited... Read more »
Call for applications: LOT Awards February 15, 2017 - The objective of these Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) Awards is to recognize students in Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry who have shown the potential to become outstanding leaders.  This potential may be demonstrated in a number of ways, including participation in student councils or clubs, community organizations, cultural groups, or athletics. Applicants should enumerate their... Read more »
Diesel trains may expose passengers to exhaust February 7, 2017 - Measurements taken by U of T Engineering researchers from the Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research (SOCAAR) show that levels of certain airborne particles can be up to nine times higher in train cars pulled by diesel locomotives than on busy city streets. Read full story from: U of T Engineering News Toronto Star
ChemE prof shares Connaught Innovation Award of $790,000 with eight other U of T researchers February 1, 2017 - Prof. Donald Kirk (ChemE MASc 7T5, PhD 7T9) is among nine researchers at U of T sharing $790,000 in funding through the 2016-17 Connaught Innovation Award. Prof. Kirk won for his research on electrochemical glycerol carbonate production. Read the full story.
New ChemE prof uses microwaves to make mining more sustainable February 1, 2017 - Professor Erin Bobicki (MSE, ChemE) is working to reduce the environmental impact of mining and mineral processing — and her secret weapon is a common household appliance. “I basically did my PhD by putting rocks in a microwave,” she says. “I drilled a hole in it and put a small reactor vessel inside.” While this should definitely be... Read more »
ChemE prof critiques Fraser Institute report on Ontario’s coal phase-out January 20, 2017 - Policy makers should be wary of a new Fraser Institute report released Tuesday that concludes the phase-out of coal in Ontario did little to reduce air pollution, the director of the University of Toronto’s air quality research centre warned. “I find the report rather disappointing,” said Prof. Greg Evans, the director of the Southern Ontario... Read more »
Meet the ChemE alum who invented the modern-day battery January 2, 2017 - In 1959, the late Lewis Urry (5T0) invented the zinc manganese dioxide alkaline battery. It remains one of the most significant advancements in the battery’s history. Mr. Urry, who worked for Toronto-based Canadian National Carbon Co. at the time, was tasked with discovering a way to extend the life span of the commonly used zinc-carbon... Read more »
Bill Dowkes announces 500 for 50k Challenge November 14, 2016 - UPDATE: We Did it! The Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied surpassed the goal of 500 donations before December 31st to unlock the $50, 000 donation from Bill Dowkes. Thank you to everyone who donated during the campaign! Bill Dowkes (ChemE 6T2) has been a fixture in the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry... Read more »