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Respect for the environment must be at the core of all engineering decisions in the future.

Our Environment has limited resources

How to deal with climate change, waste, sustainable food, land management and safeguard water supplies are real and pressing challenges to the global environment.

Water is essential for life. We use it to drink, produce our food and to keep us clean and healthy. Yet, it is often a wasted resource. Demand for a limited amount of water continues to grow. Pollution threatens supplies.

McMaster engineers are working with governments and industries around the globe to safeguard humanities access to clean water and air while protecting the environment, all while working closely with industry interest to find solutions that are both environmentally friendly and cost effective for deployment.

Challenges: Safe drinking, climate change, reusing wastewater, improved water testing, sustainability, pollution

 

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green energy conversion; semicontinuous systems; process design; modeling; simulation and optimization

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Sustainable nanocomposites; Surface forces and interfacial engineering; biopolymers and thin films (primarily focused on nanocellulose materials)

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Dr. Charles de Lannoy

Assistant Professor

Functional surfaces and thin films, polymer nanocomposite materials, active membranes for desalination, water and wastewater treatment, fouling, membranes for gas separation, CO2 capture, nanosorbents

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Ion exchange process, Advanced oxidation process, Biological water/wastewater treatment, Detection of microplastic in water samples

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We create engineering solutions for a healthier society: thermal stabilization of vaccines, enzymes, antibodies, and phage; application of functional nucleic acids for biosensing including the development of materials able to detect pathogenic bacteria.

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Assistant Professor

Electrochemistry; Catalysis; Nanomaterials; Energy Conversion and Storage; Sustainable Energy Technologies; Fuel Cells; Solar Fuels; Artificial Photosynthesis.

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Associate Professor

nanotechnology, interfacial engineering, biomaterials engineering, polymer science, pharmaceutical science

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Deterministic global optimization, batch and semi-batch systems, sensitivity analysis and optimization for discrete/continuous systems

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Dr. David Latulippe

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separation processes for water/wastewater treatment, biopartitioning and purification, microscale processing for high-throughput studies,unit operation modeling and optimization

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Process simulation, life-cycle analyses, system optimization, process control, Solid-Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs), carbon capture

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polymer colloids, water soluble polymers, interfacial engineering, flocculation, adhesion, cellulose, and pulp and paper technology

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Polymer reaction engineering and materials, polymer synthesis and characterization, polymerization modeling, digitalization of polymerization processes, precision production of polymers, industrial big data, process trouble shooting, smart polymers, polymer biomaterials, polymer microelectronics, surface modification and interfacial engineering

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