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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.

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  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
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Meet our people

Evelyn K.F. Yim

Associate Professor

Professor Yim’s work on stem cells, nanofabrication and biomaterials supports the advancement of healthcare technologies to repair, replace or regenerate damaged tissue and organ structures.


BSc, University of Toronto

MASc, University of Toronto

PhD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, USA

Research Interests

  • Modulation of cell behavior with nanotopography

  • Topography-regulation of stem cells lineage commitment and differentiation

  • Differentiation of adult and pluripotent stem cells with nanotopography

  • Fabrication and application of nano-structure for biomedical applications in neural, vascular, and cornea tissue engineering

  • Biomaterial approach to study ex-vivo pluripotent stem cell expansion

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Selected references

  1. Cutiongco MA*, Goh SH*, Aid R, Le Visage C, Low HY, Yim EKF. “Planar and Tubular Patterning of Micro and Nano-topographies on Poly(vinyl alcohol) Hydrogel for Improved Endothelial Cell Responses”. Biomaterials. Accepted. In press
  2. Cutiongco MA, Anderson DEJ, Hinds MT, Yim EKF. “In vitro and ex vivo hemocompatibility of off-the-shelf modified poly(vinyl alcohol) vascular grafts”. Acta Biomaterialia. 25: 97-108. 2015.
  3. Muhammad R, Peh GSL, Adnan K, Law JBK, Mehta JS, Yim EKF. “Micro- and nano-topography to enhance proliferation and sustain functional markers of donor-derived primary human corneal endothelial cells”. Acta Biomaterialia. 19: 138-48. 2015.
  4. Cutiongco MA, Teo KKB, Yim EKF. “Composite scaffolds of interfacial polyelectrolyte fibers for temporally controlled release of biomolecules.”  Journal of Visualized Experiments. 102. 2015.
  5. Ankam S*, Lim CK*, Yim EKF. “Actomyosin contractility plays a role in expression of MAP2 during neuronal differentiation of human embryonic stem cells”. Biomaterials. 47: 20-8. 2015. *co-first authors
  6. Cutiongco MFA, Choo RKT, Shen NJX, Chua BMX, Sju E, Choo AWL, Le Visage C, Yim EKF.  "Composite scaffold of poly(vinyl alcohol) and interfacial polyelectrolyte complexation fibers for controlled biomolecule delivery.” Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology.  doI: 10.3389/fbioe.2015.00003. 2015
  7. Tan KK*, Tann JY*, Sathe SR, Goh SH, Ma DL, Goh EL, Yim EKF. “Enhanced Differentiation of Neural Progenitor Cells into Neurons of the Mesencephalic Dopaminergic Subtype on Topographical Patterns”. Biomaterials. 43: 32-43.  2015. *co-first authors
  8. Li K*, Yamamoto M*, Chan SJ, Chiam MY, Qin W, Wong PTH^, Yim EKF^, Tang BZ, Liu B^. “Organic nanoparticles with aggregation-induced emission for tracking bone marror stromal cells in rat ischemic stroke model.”  Chemical Communications.  50: 15136-15139. 2014. *co-first authors; ^ co-corresponding authors
  9. Muhammad R*, Lim SH*, Goh SH, Law JBK, Saifullah MS, Ho GW, Yim EKF. “Sub-100 nm patterning of TiO2 film for the regulation of endothelial and smooth muscle cell functions”. Biomaterials Science. 2: 1740-1749. 2014. *co-first authors
  10. Cutiongco MFA, Tan MH, Ng MYK, Le Visage C, Yim EKF. “Composite pullulan-dextran polysaccharide scaffold with interfacial polyelectrolyte complexation fibers: platform with enhanced cell interaction and spatial distribution”. Acta Biomaterialia. 10(10):4410-4418. 2014
  11. Chua JS, Chng C-P, Moe AAK, Tann JY, Goh EL, Chiam K-H, Yim EKF. “Extending neurites sense the depth of the underlying topography during neuronal differentiation and contact guidance”. Biomaterials, 35(27):7750-7761. 2014.
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