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Peter L Douglas

Associate Dean of Engineering (Undergraduate Studies) & Professor of Chemical Engineering

Contact InformationPeter L Douglas

Phone: 519-888-4567 x32913,519-888-4792
Location: E6 3010,E2 1776D

Biography Summary

Peter Douglas is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He was previously the Director of the University of Waterloo United Arab Emirates Campus in Dubai from 2009 to 2013. Professor Douglas has also previously held other administrative positions at the university including Associate Chair of Chemical Engineering (Graduate Studies), Associate Dean of Engineering (Computing), and the Associate Dean of Engineering (Graduate Studies). Additionally, Professor Douglas is the founding member of the Green Energy Research Institute (GERI) at UWaterloo.

His primary research area of interest is in the development and application of PSE technology to industrial processes. Other research areas of Professor Douglas’s include process modelling, simulation, control and optimization. He is currently working on simulation and optimization issues related to the mitigation and capture of carbon dioxide from large scale emitters.

Professor Douglas has also consulted on a world-wide basis for many clients including DuPont, Shell, IBM, Goodyear, Alcan, CANMET, the Government of Canada, and the Government of Thailand. He has worked in Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, the UAE and the US. Additionally, he is a co-inventor of the Dryer Master online measurement and control systems for the food processing industry; such systems are finding widespread use in Canada, USA, Europe and Asia.

In addition to his research work, Professor Douglas has co-authored more than 200 related research publications and has supervised more than 80 postgraduate students.

Research Interests

  • Process Systems Engineering (PSE)
  • Carbon Capture And Storage (CCS)
  • Process Simulation
  • Optimisation And Control
  • Energy Planning
  • Kyoto Accord
  • Climate Change
  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Capture Storage And Mitigation Technologies
  • Automatic Moisture Control And Post Harvest Grain Technology
  • Development And Application Of PSE Technology
  • National Science And Technology Development Agency Of Thailand (NSTDA)


  • 1980, Doctorate, Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo
  • 1976, Master's, Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo
  • 1974, Bachelor's, Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo


  • CHE 483 - Group Design Project
    • Taught in 2015
  • CHE 499 - Elective Research Project
    • Taught in 2015
  • CHE 516 - Energy Systems Engineering
    • Taught in 2015, 2017
  • CHE 420 - Introduction to Process Control
    • Taught in 2016
  • CHE 725 - Research Topics in Analysis of Chemical Processes
    • Taught in 2018

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Alie, C., Elkamel, A., Douglas, P.L. and Croiset, E., Reduced-order modelling of flexible CCS and assessment using short-term resource scheduling approach, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 48, 2016, 253 - 274
  • Ahmadi, Lena and Croiset, Eric and Elkamel, Ali and Douglas, Peter L and Entchev, Evgueniy and Abdul-Wahab, Sabah A and Yazdanpanah, Pedram, Effect of socio-economic factors on EV/HEV/PHEV adoption rate in Ontario, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 98, 2015, 93 - 104
  • Ahmed, Sajjad and Elsholkami, Mohamed and Elkamel, Ali and Du, Juan and Ydstie, Erik B and Douglas, Peter L, New technology integration approach for energy planning with carbon emission considerations, Energy Conversion and Management, 95, 2015, 170 - 180
  • Ahmadi, Lena and Elkamel, Ali and Abdul-Wahab, Sabah A and Pan, Michael and Croiset, Eric and Douglas, Peter L and Entchev, Evgueniy, Multi-period optimization model for electricity generation planning considering plug-in hybrid electric vehicle penetration, Energies, 8(5), 2015, 3978 - 4002
  • Alie, Colin and Elkamel, Ali and Croiset, Eric and Douglas, Peter L, Using short-term resource scheduling for assessing effectiveness of CCS within electricity generation subsector, AIChE Journal, 61(12), 2015, 4210 - 4234
  • Chansomwong, Atchariya and Zanganeh, KE and Shafeen, A and Douglas, PL and Croiset, E and Ricardez-Sandoval, LA, Dynamic modelling of a CO2 capture and purification unit for an oxy-coal-fired power plant, International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, 22, 2014, 111 - 122
  • Nittaya, Thanita and Douglas, Peter L and Croiset, Eric and Ricardez-Sandoval, Luis A, Dynamic modelling and controllability studies of a commercial-scale MEA absorption processes for CO2 capture from coal-fired power plants, Energy Procedia, 63, 2014, 1595 - 1600