Areas of Research Specialization for Graduate Studies
Biomaterials and Biochemical Engineering
A common theme in these areas is the application of biology, biophysics and biochemistry principles to the solution of the practical engineering problems. Research interests of this group focus on the bio-separation, bio-remediation, bio-pharmaceuticals, bio-polymers, bio-sensors, bio-reactor design, tissue engineering, materials for biomedical applications, and drug delivery.
Environmental and Green Engineering
Research in this cluster focuses on the development of physical, chemical, and biological processes that control, reduce, and prevent pollution in the environment (air, water and soil). Researchers are working on emerging green products and process engineering to design sustainable and safe chemical processes, which integrate new environmentally friendly chemical routes and technical innovation to achieve green process development. Research activities in this area include green energy from agriwaste and hydrogen production by water splitting, biofuel cells, bio-refinery, solar powered degradation of air and water pollutants, green solvents and materials development, and chemical and biological wastewater treatment.
Group members include: Amarjeet Bassi, Franco Berruti, Cedric Briens, Paul Charpentier, Hugo deLasa, Jose Herrera, Dimitre Karamanev,George Nakhla, Anand Prakash, Ajay Ray, Mita Ray, Lars Rehmann, Chunbao (Charles) Xu and Jesse Zhu.
Particle Technologies and Fluidization
Particle synthesis, handling and processing play a major role in a variety of industries, including: chemicals, food, coal combustion plants, pharmaceuticals, mining and minerals processing, oil, and petrochemicals. Fundamental and applied research is conducted in fluidization (gas-solid, liquid-solid, multi-phase, circulating fluidized bed), industrial crystallization, coating, drying and high shear granulation.
Macromolecular and Materials Engineering
Research in this cluster focuses on the production, manipulation, characterization and application of advanced materials. Fundamental research is carried out into controlling polymer and nanostructures using various synthesis and advanced characterization techniques. Multiple applications such as functional biomaterials, light weight composites and materials needed in alternative energy application are investigated in this cluster. Processing and testing is carried out in various scales ensuring industrial relevance.
Group members include: Paul Charpentier, Jose Herrera, Beth Gillies, Andrew Hrymak, Argyrios Margaritis, Kibret Mequanint, Arghya Paul, Lars Rehmann, Sohrab Rohani, Amin Rizkalla, Jin Zhang, and Jesse Zhu.
Reaction and Process Systems Engineering
Deals with chemically reactive systems of engineering significance and provides intellectual leadership in complex design and operational issues faced by process industries. Our underlying approach focuses on the development of new catalytic materials and innovative reactor design for multiphase and multifunctional reactors. Moreover, our research goals is based on developing and advancing systematic modeling and solution methods for the optimization and advanced control of multi-scale process systems, ranging from molecular level to the enterprise level.
Water and Energy
Research in this cluster focuses on the connection of water and energy. Current technologies for the production and recovery of energy carriers requires large quantities of water (bitumen extraction, hydrolytic fracturing, biofuel production), while increasing industrial pollution and increasingly stringent regulatory requirements result in more energy intensive water treatment technologies. Some of the high-rate wastewater treatment technologies such as photocatalysis and ferrates; bio-solids & odor; combined sewer overflow treatment; water Reuse; microbiology & ecotoxicity.