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.

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

  1. Aug. 2, 2022Tire recycling company treads lightly to contribute to a circular economy
    Sam Visaisouk and Costas Tzoganakis

     Sam Visaisouk and Costas Tzoganakis

    Have you ever wondered what happens to your old vehicle tires after you have a flat or buy a new set? Every year over 1 billion end-of-life tires are generated globally. Nearly half of them are burned for their energy value which contributes to the creation of greenhouse gases.

  2. July 28, 2022Velocity Concept 5K winner solves hair care issue at the root
    Adanna Amechi holding $5,000 cheque

  3. July 25, 2022Lessons learned: undergraduate student contributes to green energy research
    XiaoYu Wu and Rithu Muthalathu
    Rithu Muthalathu gained a lot more than insight into the subject at hand when he recently took part in his first academic research study exploring ammonia as a green energy carrier.

    A chemical engineering fourth-year undergradu

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  1. Aug. 8, 2022MASc Oral Exam| Improved Slow Feature Analysis for Process Monitoring

    You are invited to attend Hussein Saafan's MASc oral exam, where he will discuss his research into Improved Slow Feature Analysis for Process Monitoring.

  2. Aug. 10, 2022Ph.D. Defense|Ionic liquid/surfactant mixtures as multi-functional electrolytes for graphene-based supercapacitors, by Sima Lashkari

    You are welcome to join the department as Sima Lashkari defends her Ph.D. thesis, which explores a newly discovered approach which utilizes non-ionic surfactants to deliver non-surface active, hydrophobic ILs to the surface of dispersed graphene oxide (GO) and rGO. When these IL decorated sheets are cast as electrodes, the adsorbed layer is expected to define the electrolyte-filled pore space, potentially maximizing the electrode capacitance.

  3. Aug. 11, 2022Graduate Seminar| Novel water treatment processes catalyzed by Pt-loaded activated carbons, by Youri Gendel

    The Chemical Engineering Department is hosting a special graduate lecture on Novel water treatment processes catalyzed by Pt-loaded activated carbons.

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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