Research Facilities


Surface Interface Ontario is a regional surface analysis facility within the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry. The facility provides leading edge capabilities in two major complimentary surface analytical techniques, namely:  X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry.

This core resource provides ready access to state-of-the-art surface analysis equipment, related expertise, and specialised sample handling capabilities for researchers in areas such as biomaterials, semiconductors, ceramics, advanced composites, pharmaceuticals, forestry / pulp & paper, catalysis, environmental studies, minerals / geology, metallurgy / corrosion studies and more.

Ontario Centre for the Characterisation of Advanced Materials (OCCAM)

The atomic level properties of a material (both surface and bulk) greatly influence its overall performance. Understanding these properties is of primary importance, requiring acquisition of the richest possible chemical information, structural imaging down to the nanometer and sub-nanometer scale, and the ability to study materials difficult conditions relevant to their operating conditions.

OCCAM allows researchers ready access to state-of-the-art surface analytical equipment (including X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS),  Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) and Atomic Force Microscopy-Infrared Spectroscopy (AFM-IR) and electron microscopic techniques (SEM, TEM and FIB capabilities) as well as the related expertise, thereby providing enabling information for the many disciplines involved in advanced materials research.

By expanding the leading edge capabilities of Surface Interface Ontario (SI-Ontario) through partnering with the Electron Microscopy Unit of the Materials Science and Engineering Department, OCCAM ensures “one-stop shopping” at the frontiers of materials characterisation while continuing the tradition of serving both academia and industry as a core-resource facility, truly “creating partnerships for innovative research”.


BioZone is a centre for applied bioscience and bioengineering research at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. Its multi-disciplinary team consists of internationally renowned researchers who work at the interface of biology and engineering and share a common vision: to use the most advanced and innovative biotechnology to address some of the world’s most urgent societal needs in energy, environment and health. The centre includes the BioZone Mass Spectrometry Facility, which provides a wide range of analytical services.


The Analytical Laboratory for Environmental Science Research and Training (ANALEST) has been jointly developed by the University of Toronto and the Perkin Elmer Corporation. The Departments of Zoology, Botany, Geography, Geology, and Chemistry in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Departments of Chemical and Applied Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering have all made large contributions to this multiuser instrumentation facility.

ANALEST serves as an instrumentation facility for researchers and courses at UofT and for outside users seeking access to state-of-the-art instrumentation.

Southern Ontario Centre for Atmospheric Aerosol Research (SOCAAR)

This urban aerosol characterization facility includes real-time instruments to investigate the chemistry associated with airborne pollutants.

Centre for Studies in Molecular Imaging 

Applying techniques emerging from innovations in nanotechnology and microelectronics, the Centre for Studies in Molecular Imaging provides unique insights relevant for the development of new materials, understanding cellular processes and membrane dynamics, and the rational design of supramolecular solids, pharmaceuticals, and biomolecules. From controlling crystal growth to characterizing the surface structure and physical properties of films and coatings, and visualizing the interaction of proteins, the real-time molecular-scale imaging capabilities of the CSMI provide a state-of-the-art resource meeting the diverse research and training needs of both the academic and industrial sectors.

Pulp & Paper Centre

The Pulp & Paper Centre houses a number of laboratories with facilities to study the strength and fracture toughness of fibrous materials such as paper and long and short fibre reinforced polymers, the structure and properties of paper, paper surface treatment, paper physics, advanced water and water treatment processes, the behavior of fibres and fillers in shear fields with applications in headbox design, bioprocess engineering with emphasis on the biological treatment of kraft mill effluents, biofiltration of air emissions, linking engineering, microbiology and biofouling, as well as the problems related to kraft recovery boiler fouling and lime kiln modelling.