Research Areas

The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering is one of the leading research-intensive departments in North America.

We offer five main specializations in graduate studies, and virtually limitless potential to pursue your research interests. Gain expertise in your chosen area, explore the possibilities in a stimulating environment, and collaborate with partners and leaders who will support your discoveries.

Advanced Materials
Study electronic materials, polymers, metals, ceramics and composites; explore the vital fields of nano, micro, and macrostructures for new materials and their properties. The study, synthesis, and analysis of new materials drives technological innovations in many fields including medicine, energy and novel fuel cells, aerospace and manufacturing.

Process Control & Systems Engineering
Study the science and technology of process automation and optimization. Process control and systems engineering touch every manufacturing and production system imaginable. This field has expanded beyond traditional processes to include areas such as modeling human physiological processes and emerging medical applications.

Nano & Regenerative Medicine
Bring engineering together with the physical and life sciences and explore the structural and functional regeneration of tissue and organs. The interdisciplinary research team achieves practical engineering solutions for innovative and effective medical treatments.

Surface & Interfacial Science
Explore areas such as materials, nano and biotribology, catalyst characterization and development, and biomedical interfacial interaction. Research in these areas has already shown substantial impact in catalyst design, cryo-preservation of tissues for transplantation, and new materials for gas separation.

Energy & Natural Resources
Explore everything from novel fuel cells to heavy oil recovery and clean combustion. Real-world applications of developing research will improve processes, minimize risks, reduce the environmental footprint of operations, and ensure responsible stewardship of energy supplies on a global scale.