Of all engineering disciplines, Chemical Engineering is by far the most unique and versatile one, combining both engineering principles and the sciences of chemistry, biology and physics. Chemical engineering is also a dynamic area of study since it overlaps with currently important areas such as biotechnology, biochemical, environmental, food and polymer engineering. These areas make use of new process technologies as well as more traditional unit operations found in chemical engineering such as reactors, dryers, packed beds and distillation towers to develop and manufacture new and innovative products. Moreover, with the advent of accessibility to faster computer technology, process modeling, simulation and control have become an important integral part of Chemical Engineering studies and research.Ryerson University offers Master of Applied Science (MASc), Master of Engineering (MEng) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Chemical Engineering. These programs emphasize graduate studies and research in:
Water/Wastewater and Food Treatment Technologies are fundamental because water and food are two essential ingredients required to support life. Research in this stream has a focus on the use of rotating biological contactors and three-phase fluidized beds in the treatment of industrial and municipal effluents; photo-oxidation and ozone technology applied in treatment of water and wastewater; advanced chemical oxidation and biological processes; immersed membrane systems to treat wastewater; fluid rheology in food processing and technologies; fundamental studies of adsorption and absorption of pollutants on solids and liquids; transport phenomena in environmental systems; and immuno and epifluorescence techniques for detecting microbial contaminants in food. The state of the art analytical lab and different research laboratories support these activities.
The focus points of this research stream are polymer rheology and its application on processing techniques; kinetics of polymerization and its control; nonlinear optical polymers; kinetics of phase transition and phase separation in polymer solutions; liquid crystalline and rod polymers; phase equilibria; interfacial rheology and surface chemistry; emulsion stabilization with colloidal particles; controlled release mass transfer; process simulation and modelling; computer-aided design; optimization of chemical processes; artificial intelligence in process control; particulate systems transport and storage; and mixing of fluids with complex rheology.