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

Processing of Algae as a Nutritional Supplement in the Developing World
Faculty advisors: Professor D. Grant Allen & Dr. Peter Schnurr

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

Solar-Coupled Waveguide Photobioreactors for the Cultivation of Microalgal Biofilms
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

Projects in Food Engineering
Faculty advisors: Professor Levente Diosady and Dr. Kiruba Krishnaswamy

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

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

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

High-temperature drop breakup studies for the water-bitumen system
Faculty advisor: Professor Arun Ramchandran

Measurement of the interfacial tension of the water-bitumen interface using an in-house developed novel microfluidic platform
Faculty advisor: Professor Arun Ramchandran

The Spreading Behaviour Of Drops On An Air‐Liquid Interface
Faculty advisor: Professor Arun Ramchandran

Coalescence of water droplets in concentrated bitumen solutions using a propeller mixer: A bench scale study
Faculty advisors: Professor Arun Ramchandran

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