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Bioengineering


The Department has a longstanding strength in bioengineering, which includes a number of sub-areas such as biomaterials and bioseparation. For a description of cutting-edge research activities in this area, please visit the web pages of the faculty members involved in this field (see below). We also offer an undergraduate degree specialization in this area:

 Bioengineering Program

This program is another unique 5 year program offered leading to the degree Bachelor of engineering and Biosciences. It combines the core chemical engineering undergraduate curriculum with courses from the life sciences (biology, human anatomy and physiology, biochemistry of macromolecules, cellular and molecular biology) as well as specific courses (bioreactors and bioseparations) related to bioengineering.

To learn more about the undergraduate programs, visit the pages below.

Bioengineering (B.Eng.Biosciences Co-op Optional)

Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (B.Eng.BME. Co-op Optional)

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Dr. Carlos Filipe

Chair of the Department

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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Dr. Raja Ghosh

Professor

bioseparation using ultrafiltration; bioseparation using membrane chromatography; biomimetic membranes

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Dr. Todd Hoare

Professor

nanotechnology, interfacial engineering, biomaterials engineering, polymer science, pharmaceutical science, drug delivery, tissue engineering, agriculture

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Dr. Zeinab Hosseinidoust

Associate Professor

Phage-built and phage functionalized material, surfaces, and biointerfaces; In vitro an in vivo phage therapy models; Phage aerosolization; Bioaerosol research for PPE design and airborne transmission

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Dr. Kim Jones

Associate Professor

Intersections of gender and other dimensions of identity in navigating engineering spaces; inclusive teamwork; engineering outreach; mentorship; host responses to biomaterials

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Dr. David Latulippe

Associate Professor

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

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Dr. Vince Leung

Assistant Professor

Molecular biology, phage antimicrobials, vaccines, thermostabilization strategies

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Dr. Heather Sheardown

Professor

biomaterials, tissue engineering, mathematical modeling of physiologic processes, ophthalmic drug delivery.

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Related Courses

Code Title Instructor Outline Info
CHEM ENG 3BK3Undergraduate / Technical Elective Bio-reaction Engineering
CHEM ENG 3BM3Undergraduate / Technical Elective Bioseparations Engineering
CHEM ENG 4T03/6T03Undergraduate / Graduate / Technical Elective Applications of Chemical Engineering in Medicine

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Polymer Materials and Manufacturing


The Department is renowned for its research in polymer science and engineering, which includes the study and design of polymers for bio applications, as well as polymer manufacture. For a description of exciting research activities in this area, please visit the web pages of the faculty members involved in this field (see below). We also offer an undergraduate degree specialization stream in Polymer Materials and Manufacturing (PMM):

Polymer Materials and Manufacturing stream

Polymer Materials and Manufacturing (PMM) provides knowledge and skills to enable engineers to address manufacturing problems and processes. The recommended courses recognized that manufacturing engineering is an interdisciplinary team- based problem solving activity and so courses from Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical engineering supplement and enrich the existing Chemical Engineering curriculum.

Required courses: ChE 3Q03ChE 4B03, ChE 4H03ChE 4L02 (PMM laboratories completed), and ChE 4X03. Other courses may be substituted with permission of the Department Chair. Students in the Management or Society program are required to also take Engineer 2O03 (or MATLS 1M03).

Recommended technical electives courses: Mechanical Engineering 3C03, Materials engineering 3M03 and 4P03

Students who complete the required courses and the technical electives, within the overall annual credit requirements, will be eligible to have a transcript notation denoting the completion of the elective stream.

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Dr. Charles de Lannoy

Associate Professor

Separation Processes for water, wastewater, mining, and aerosols, electrochemical separations and reactions, polymer nanocomposite materials, membrane technology, active/reactive thin films, environmental catalysis, solutions to surface fouling/biofouling, environmental sensors, co-creating environmental technologies and strategies with First Nations communities

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Dr. Raja Ghosh

Professor

bioseparation using ultrafiltration; bioseparation using membrane chromatography; biomimetic membranes

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Dr. Todd Hoare

Professor

nanotechnology, interfacial engineering, biomaterials engineering, polymer science, pharmaceutical science, drug delivery, tissue engineering, agriculture

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Dr. Robert Pelton

Professor

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

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Dr. Heather Sheardown

Professor

biomaterials, tissue engineering, mathematical modeling of physiologic processes, ophthalmic drug delivery.

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Dr. Michael Thompson

Professor

Particle and polymer processing, manufacturing.

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Dr. Li Xi

Associate Professor

computing in chemical engineering; polymers; fluid mechanics; rheology; molecular simulation; computational fluid dynamics; process modeling

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Dr. Shiping Zhu

Professor Emeritus

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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Related Courses

Code Title Instructor Outline Info
CHEM ENG 4B03/6B03Undergraduate / Graduate / Technical Elective Polymer Reaction Engineering
CHEM ENG 4H03Undergraduate / Technical Elective Big Data Methods and Modeling in Chemical and Materials Engineering
CHEM ENG 4L03Undergraduate Advanced Laboratory Skills
Sessional: Darko Ljubic
CHEM ENG 4X03/6X03Undergraduate / Graduate / Technical Elective Polymer Processing
CHEM ENG 724Graduate Materials Characterization by Electron/Ion Microscopy [FALL 2022]

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Process Systems Engineering


Process Systems Engineering (PSE) provides knowledge and skills that enable engineers to analyze integrated processes using mathematical methods and computer tools. PSE analysis is based on engineering fundamentals and seeks to design and operate systems that achieve desired steady-state and dynamic behaviours, including safety, consistent product quality and high profit. Technologies associated with PSE include process dynamics and control, mathematical modeling, optimization, artificial intelligence and machine learning.  Please visit the web pages of the associated faculty members (see below) for a description of leading-edge research we are conducting in this area, as well as collaboration with industry through the McMaster Advanced Control Consortium (MACC).  We also offer an undergraduate degree specialization stream in PSE:

 Process Systems Engineering stream

Required courses: ChE 4H03ChE 4E03ChE 4G03, and ChE 4L02 (PSE laboratories completed). Other courses may be substituted with permission of the Department Chair.

Recommended technical electives outside ChE: Electrical Engineering 4CL4, Mechanical Engineering 4H03, Engineering Physics 3W04

Students who complete the required courses and the technical electives, within the overall annual credit requirements, will be eligible to have a transcript notation denoting the completion of the elective stream.

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Dr. Thomas Adams

Professor

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

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Dr. Kamil Khan

Assistant Professor

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

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Dr. Vladimir Mahalec

Professor

Optimization of plant operations (production planning, scheduling, real-time optimization) and associated supply chains. Integration of planning, scheduling, RTO, and control. Reduction of GHG emissions by design and operation of cross-sector integrated energy systems. AI methods for anomaly detection. Development of hybrid models for monitoring, control, and optimization.

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Dr. Prashant Mhaskar

Professor

process control, nonlinear Lyapunov-based and model predictive control, fault-tolerant control, control of hybrid systems

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Dr. Jake Nease

Associate Chair (Undergraduate)

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

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Dr. Christopher Swartz

Professor

operations optimization, integration of design and control, mathematical modeling, scheduling and supply chain optimization

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Dr. Philip Wood

Professor Emeritus

experimental and computational fluid mechanics, heat transfer.

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Dr. Li Xi

Associate Professor

computing in chemical engineering; polymers; fluid mechanics; rheology; molecular simulation; computational fluid dynamics; process modeling

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Related Courses

Code Title Instructor Outline Info
CHEM ENG 4E03/6E03Undergraduate / Graduate / Technical Elective Digital Computer Process Control
CHEM ENG 4G03Undergraduate / Technical Elective Optimization in Chemical Engineering
CHEM ENG 4H03Undergraduate / Technical Elective Big Data Methods and Modeling in Chemical and Materials Engineering
CHEM ENG 4L03Undergraduate Advanced Laboratory Skills
Sessional: Darko Ljubic

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Water-Energy Technologies


Water-Energy Technologies (WET) provides knowledge and skills to enable engineers to address issues related to water and energy provision in our lifetimes, and beyond (sustainability), as well as at the intersection of water and energy. For a description of exciting research activities in this area, please visit the web pages of the faculty members involved in this field (see below). We also offer an undergraduate degree specialization stream in WET:

 Water-Energy Technologies stream

Required courses:ChE 4A03 ChE 4M03ChE 4L02 (WET laboratories completed), and one of ENGINEER 4V04 or CIVENG 4V04. Other courses may be substituted with permission of the Department Chair.

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Dr. Thomas Adams

Professor

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

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Dr. Charles de Lannoy

Associate Professor

Separation Processes for water, wastewater, mining, and aerosols, electrochemical separations and reactions, polymer nanocomposite materials, membrane technology, active/reactive thin films, environmental catalysis, solutions to surface fouling/biofouling, environmental sensors, co-creating environmental technologies and strategies with First Nations communities

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Dr. Shelir Ebrahimi

Assistant Professor

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

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Dr. David Latulippe

Associate Professor

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

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Dr. Robert Pelton

Professor

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

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Dr. Drew Higgins

Assistant Professor

Electrochemistry; Catalysis; Nanomaterials; Energy Conversion and Storage; Sustainable Energy Technologies; Fuel Cells; Electrosynthesis; Electrolyzers; Batteries; Supercapacitors; In situ/operando materials characterization.

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Related Courses

Code Title Instructor Outline Info
CHEM ENG 4L03Undergraduate Advanced Laboratory Skills
Sessional: Darko Ljubic
CHEM ENG 4M03Undergraduate / Technical Elective Separation Processes
CHEM ENG 704 Graduate Current Topics in Chemical Engineering

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