Dr. Philip K. Chan
Areas of Academic Interest
Computer simulation of phase separation in polymer systems
Computer simulation of liquid crystalline materials
Computer simulation of complex fluids
It is possible to land your dream job. Case in point, Philip Chan. Early in his life, Chan knew what he liked: chemistry and engineering. He was also intrigued by teaching. “I was lucky to have some really great teachers and professors,” he says. “I was amazed by the way they taught and I wanted to do the same.”
Having excellent teachers set a high bar, one Chan aims to reach every day. “With my grad students I try to give them what my supervisor gave to me: mentorship.” Chan watches over his MEng, MASc and PhD students to make sure they’re on the right track, introduces them to journals and resources, searches for bugs in their computer programs, and acts as a sounding board for their ideas.
For his undergraduates, Chan is always making adjustments to his methods. To impart complex engineering principles to his students, he’s a big fan of showing video clips and including examples from real life, such as why the shower curtain blows in when the hot water comes on. “If you want the answer,” he says, smiling, “you’ll have to take my class.”
“My career is the perfect combination of my three passions: engineering, chemistry and teaching.”
- M. Tabatabaieyazdi, P.K. Chan and J. Wu, “A Computational Study of Long Range Surface-Directed Phase Separation in Polymer Blends under a Temperature Gradient”, Computational Materials Science, 111, 387-394 (2016).
- M. Tabatabaieyazdi, P.K. Chan and J. Wu, “A Computational Study of Multiple Surface-Directed Phase Separation in Polymer Blends under a Temperature Gradient”, Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 23, 075004 (2015).
- M. Tabatabaieyazdi, P.K. Chan and J. Wu, “A Computational Study of Short-Range Surface-Directed Phase Separation in Polymer Blends under a Linear Temperature Gradient”, Chemical Engineering Science, 137, 884-895 (2015).
- S. Ghafoori, M. Mehrvar and P.K. Chan, “Photoreactor Scale-up for Degradation of Aqueous Poly(vinyl alcohol) using UV/H2O2 Process”, Chemical Engineering Journal, 245, 133-142 (2014).
- S. Ghafoori, M. Mehrvar and P.K. Chan, “Photo-assisted Fenton-like Degradation of Aqueous Poly(acrylic acid): From Mechanistic Kinetic Model to CFD Modeling”, Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 91, 2617-2629 (2013).
- Complex Fluids Modeling & Simulation Group