Information for

Welcome to Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo

Part of Canada's largest engineering school, the department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo is home to more than 1200 students, faculty and staff, with thousands of alumni worldwide.

At Waterloo, we have one of Canada’s largest undergraduate programs in chemical engineering, and the impact on industry shows. An estimated 10% of working chemical engineers graduated here!

Our collaborative and interdisciplinary research benefits from many faculty cross-appointments in Science and Engineering. And, with the recent opening of the department’s new home, Engineering 6, students and faculty have access to a truly state-of-the-art facility, complete with an in-house water treatment plant and 115,000 square feet of new research labs and teaching space.

  1. Mar. 7, 2017Department "3 Minute Thesis" competition winners announcedWinners for the Three Minute Thesis

    Congratulations to the graduate students in Chemical Engineering for winning in the 3 minute Thesis on Thursday, February 16, 2017. 

  2. Feb. 9, 2017Prof. Ricardez-Sandoval's career highlighted in Mexican national newspaperProf. Ricardez-Sandoval

    Prof. Ricardez-Sandoval's career was featured in a national Mexican newspaper REFORMA. The original Spanish-language version of the article can be found here, with an English translation as follows:

  3. Jan. 17, 2017Graduate student Laura Edmonds receives the Murray Moo-Young scholarship

    The 2016-2017 Murray Moo-Young Biotechnology Scholarship has been awarded to Laura Edmonds, a graduate student in Prof. Evelyn Yim's research group. The Murray Moo-Young Biotechnology Scholarship was established in 1982 with a donation by Distinguished Professor Emeritus Murray Moo-Young to encourage research of bioprocessing strategies in industrial biomanufacturing and environmental bioremediation.

Read all news
  1. Mar. 27, 2017Seminar - “Polysaccharide Hydrogels for Soft Tissue Regeneration”, by Catherine Le Visage, Research Director and Deputy Director, School of Dental Surgery, University of Nantes, France

    ABSTRACT:   The Regenerative Medicine and Skeleton laboratory (INSERM U1229, Nantes, France) has developed an injectable and self-hardening silated-HydroxyPropylMethyl Cellulose (Si-HPMC) hydrogel. In this talk, we will go through our recent approaches using Si-HPMC hydrogels as a drug and/or cell carrier in the context of degenerative diseases. Intervertebral disc (IVD) disease is a major cause of low back pain and a low-invasive approach for intradiscal delivery of therapeutics is of particular interest.

  2. Mar. 29, 2017Notice of PhD Oral Defence "Utilizing 'Power-to-Gas' Technology for Storing Energy and to Optimize the Synergy Between Environmental Obligations and Economical Requirements" by Kamal Al Rafea
  3. Mar. 30, 2017Notice of PhD Oral Defence - "Multiscale Modeling in Mathematical Programming: Application of Clusterning" - Falah Alhameli
All upcoming events

Meet our people

David Simakov

Assistant Professor

Professor Simakov’s research focuses on advanced heterogeneous catalysis and reactor design for sustainable reaction engineering, including conversion of greenhouse gases into renewable synthetic fuels.

Similarly to the way plants use photosynthesis to convert sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into their food, synthetic molecules can be generated from carbon dioxide and water using renewable energy. Our research group uses state-of-the-art catalysis and advanced reactor design to develop processes for generation of synthetic fuels and platform chemicals from greenhouse gases using wind, solar and other renewable sources of energy. The ultimate goal is to develop sustainable technologies that will decrease our dependence on fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
  • MSc, Chemical Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
  • Diploma, Far Eastern State University of Humanities, Khabarovsk, Russia

Research Interests

Our group uses chemical reaction engineering to design sustainable processes for converting greenhouse gases into renewable synthetic fuels and platform chemicals. We develop novel catalytic systems based on emerging materials and design highly efficient reactors using modeling tools and experiments. Our current research projects are listed below:

  • Emerging catalytic materials for CO2 activation
  • Nano-structured catalysts for thermo-catalytic conversion of CO2
  • Reactor design for CO2 conversion into renewable natural gas and methanol
  • System design for production of renewable synthetic fuels from biogas 


Selected References

Journal publications

S.A.M. Said, M. Waseeuddin & D.S.A. Simakov. A review on solar reforming systems. Renew. Sust. Energ. Rev. 59, 149‐159 (2016).

S.A.M. Said, D.S.A. Simakov, M. Waseeuddin & Y. Román‐Leshkov. Solar molten salt heated membrane reformer for natural gas upgrading and hydrogen generation: A CFD model. Sol. Energy 124, 163‐176 (2016).

S.A.M. Said, D.S.A. Simakov, E.M.A. Mokheimer, M.A. Habib, S. Ahmed, M. Waseeuddin & Y. Román‐Leshkov. Computational fluid dynamics study of hydrogen generation by low temperature methane reforming in a membrane reactor. Int. J. Hydrogen Energy. 40, 3158–3169 (2015).

D.S.A. Simakov, H.Y. Luo & Y. Román‐Leshkov. Ultra‐low loading Ru/g‐Al2O3: a highly active and stable catalyst for low temperature solar thermal reforming of methane. Appl. Catal. B: Environ. 169, 540–549 (2015).

D.S.A. Simakov, M.M. Wright, S. Ahmed, E.M.A. Mokheimer & Y. Román‐Leshkov. Solar thermal reforming of natural gas: a review on chemistry, catalysis and system design. Catal. Sci. Technol. 5, 1991‐2016 (2015).

D.S.A. Simakov & M. Sheintuch. Model‐based optimization of hydrogen generation by methane steam reforming in autothermal packed‐bed membrane reformer. AIChE J. 57, 525‐541 (2011).

Book chapters

M. Sheintuch & D.S.A. Simakov. Alkanes dehydrogenation. In Membrane Reactors for Hydrogen Production Processes (Springer‐Verlag London Ltd 2011).


S. Gottesfeld, D. Dekel, Z. Gottesfeld & D.S.A. Simakov. Alkaline membrane fuel cells and apparatus and methods for supplying water thereto. US Patent 8,257,872 (2012).

S. Gottesfeld, D. Dekel & D.S.A. Simakov. Catalyst coated membrane and catalyst film/layer for alkaline membrane fuel cells and methods of making same. US Patent 8,304,368 (2012).

D.S.A. Simakov & M. Sheintuch. Hydrogen production by an autothermal heat exchanger packed‐bed membrane gas reformer. US Patent App. 13/387,841 (2010).


MASc and PhD positions are available in the areas of advanced catalysis and reactor design for thermocatalytic conversion of CO2 into synthetic fuels. The project is funded by NSERC and WISE.

University of Waterloo