Welcome to Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo

As part of Canada's largest engineering school and most innovative university, the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo is home to more than 1,200 students, faculty and staff, and has thousands of alumni worldwide.

In addition to offering undergraduate and graduate programs in chemical engineering, the Department provides academic expertise and support to Waterloo's multidisciplinary nanotechnology and biomedical engineering programs.

The department's interdisciplinary research culture, engaging teaching practices and state-of-the-art facilities create a vibrant learning environment where students are empowered to solve the problems our world faces.

Capstone Design Projects

Participation in Capstone Design Projects synthesizes theory learned in class, lab work, and real-world experience from co-op programs. Students are able to create design projects in areas that interest them. Capstone Design projects often lead to the creation of a marketable product and entrepreneurial opportunities for the graduating students.

Chemical Engineering MASc student takes first place in the 2023 GRADflix Showcase

Competition at the 2023 GRADFlix Showcase was stiff with 25 finalists vying for a big win. Chemical Engineering MASc student Andrew Stella won first place and the People’s Choice award yesterday in the 2022 GRADflix competition. Congratulations Andrew! Check out his winning video below.

Find out more by exploring the programs, research and news stories on this site.

  1. Feb. 2, 2023Polymer expert turns waste into biodegradable materials to create a circular economy
    Professor Tizazu Mekonnen

    Professor Tizazu Mekonnen

     Professor Tizazu Mekonnen recently shared his expertise in creating biodegradable polymers in a CTV news report on CTK Bio Canada. CTK Bio Canada is a company whose mission is to create bioplastics with waste by-products to combat climate change.

  2. Jan. 31, 2023NSERC CREATE funded 2D-MATURE welcomes their first cohort of graduate trainees
    Ahmed Shahin,Tong Wang, Ryan Zameroni, Casey Dudding,Keenan Black-Araujo, Emily Yip, Michael Pope, Teri Siu, Jixi Zhang, Jun Wan

    Ahmed Shahin,Tong Wang, Ryan Zamperoni, Casey Dudding, Keenan Black-Araujo, Emily Yip, Michael Pope, Teri Siu, Jixi Zhang, Jun Wang, Poojitha Durgamhanti

  3. Jan. 27, 2023January 27th the World marks International Holocaust Day
    burning candle and wording International Holocaust Day

    January 27th is International Holocaust Day.  Seventy-seven years ago, today the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp was liberated. More than a million people’s lives were taken at that camp alone.

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  1. Feb. 16, 2023February Graduate Studies Seminar Series

    Join us to learn more about the exciting research being conducted by masters students in the Chemical Engineering department. 

  2. Mar. 15, 2023PhD Defense| Polymeric Gas Sensing Materials for Detection of Toxic Analytes

    Bhoomi Mavani will be doing her PhD defense on Wednesday, March 15, 2023. This is a closed session. Her thesis Proposal Title is Polymeric Gas Sensing Materials for Detection of Toxic Analytes.


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Meet our people

Luis Ricardez-Sandoval

Luis Ricardez-Sandoval

University Research Chair in Multiscale Modelling and Process Systems. Tier II, Associate Professor