Welcome to Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo

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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.


Join us virtually November 28 for the sixth annual, student-run Waterloo Nanotechnology Conference.


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.

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

  1. Nov. 13, 2020NTU ranks UWaterloo ChE number one in Canada, again

    The University of Waterloo’s Department of Chemical Engineering ranks first in Canada in the latest National Taiwan University Ranking, which measures universities’ research output and impact.

    This is the eighth consecutive year in which our department has been ranked first among all of the chemical engineering departments in Canada, an honour it has held for 9 of the 11 years that NTU has ranked the top 300 universities in 10 subjects.

  2. Nov. 10, 2020Aiping Yu awarded NSERC’s Steacie Memorial Fellowship

    The Department of Chemical Engineering’s Aiping Yu has been awarded a prestigious 2020 E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship.

    Each year, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) recognizes six highly promising early-stage researchers in the natural sciences and engineering with an E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship, in recognition of their efforts and to enhance their research capacity so that they can become leaders in their field and inspire others.

  3. Nov. 6, 2020Professor Tam awarded $800,000 in support for COVID project

    Professor Michael Tam has been awarded $800,000 in federal funding to develop compostable personal protective equipment (PPE) and antimicrobial coatings to help fight COVID-19.

    He hopes to produce face masks and other PPE from natural rather than synthetic materials, and develop coatings and sprays to protect PPE and high-touch surfaces from contamination by the virus.

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  1. Dec. 3, 2020Webinar | A Hybrid Material that Reversibly Switches Between Two Stable Solid States, by Fut (Kuo) Yang, Aleksander Cholewinski, and Boxin Zhao

    The Department of Chemical Engineeirng welcomes you to hear Professor Boxin Zhao and his former students, PhD graduates Fut (Kuo) Yang and Aleksander Cholewinski, discuss their innovation: a hybrid material composed of a polymer impregnated with a supercooled salt solution, termed sal-gel, that assumes two distinct but stable solid states under the same range of temperatures and pressure.

  2. Dec. 4, 2020National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
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    Canada changed forever on December 6, 1989 when 14 young women were murdered in a gender-based act of violence at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. 
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  3. Jan. 13 to 14, 2021Undergraduate Admissions Webinar Series: Admissions tips & tricks

    Future undergraduate engineering students are invited to join us for an admissions-focused webinar that will focus on the admissions process and cover topics like how to apply, tips for your Admissions Information Form (AIF) and more!

    Our panellists will include our Director/Associate Director of Admissions as well as current students who successfully went through the process themselves.

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