Welcome to Chemical Process Optimization, Multiscale Modelling and Process Systems

Welcome to The Chemical Process Optimization, Multiscale Modelling and Process Systems Research Group website! This is a group of self-motivated, hard-working graduate and undergraduate students with multi-disciplinary backgrounds that work together with Professor Ricardez-Sandoval in the development and implementation of theoretical and computational-based tools that are aimed at improving the design and operability of chemical systems, including those that evolve at different time and length scales, and to provide new insight or better understanding of industrially-relevant processes.

In particular, the Research Group pursues the development of novel mathematical tools for the optimal design and control of systems under uncertainty, improvement of operation of traditional and state-of-the-art CO2 capture and gasification technologies for power generation with near-zero emissions, providing insight into the operation and control of multiscale systems under uncertainty, and improving the performance of industrially-relevant process through the application of novel process systems engineering tools.

Models are not perfect; therefore, a key aspect in Professor Ricardez-Sandoval’s research is the implementation of uncertainty analyses to assess process variability under uncertainty. Professor Ricardez-Sandoval strongly believes that model uncertainty is essential for designing efficient mathematical tools that can be realistically applied in practice for process improvement.

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  1. Nov. 7, 2017Professor Ricardez-Sandoval named NSERC Canada Research Chair
    Luis Ricardez-Sandoval

    Professor Ricardez-Sandoval was recently named NSERC Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Multiscale Modelling and Process Systems. Professor Ricardez-Sandoval’s CRC is focused on developing new computational tools that can aid in the design of novel products and systems for emerging applications in the energy and advanced manufacturing sectors through the use of advanced process systems techniques and modelling methods such as multiscale modelling.  

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POSITION OPENING: Postdoctoral fellowship in Computer-Aided Materials Design

The Department of Chemical Engineering (ChE) at the University of Waterloo invites applications from qualified candidates for a 12 month postdoctoral fellowship appointment in Computer-Aided materials design under the supervision of Professors Luis Ricardez-Sandoval and Eric Croiset. There is no deadline to apply to this position and candidates will be evaluated until the position is filled. The selected candidate is expected to start working on the project at their earliest convenience. Interested individuals should send their application to Luis Ricardez-Sandoval (laricard@uwaterloo.ca) and Eric Croiset (ecroiset@uwaterloo.ca). The salary for this position will be similar to that offered by the NSERC postdoctoral fellowship program and commensurable with the background and activities to be developed by the applicant. Only applicants that fit the profile outlined below for this position will be contacted.

The project involves a research collaboration with a multinational industrial partner in the Oil & Gas sector interested to evaluate the performance of new process using microkinetic modelling principles. The candidates for this position must have solid expertise in computer programming, chemical reaction engineering and heterogeneous catalysis, demonstrated expertise in microkinetic modelling of chemical reactions, in particular using Kinetic Monte Carlo methods, and first-principles calculations using off-the-shelf software such as VASP. A Ph.D. degree and evidence of excellence in research are required. Successful applicants are expected to maintain an active program of research in areas closely related to computer-aided materials design. Applications should include a cover letter describing their interest in the position and the candidate’s background in the areas, a curriculum vitae and research statement and at least three reference letters.

The University of Waterloo regards diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to employment equity and accessibility for all employees. As such, we encourage applications from women, Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) peoples, persons with disabilities, members of diverse gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. At Waterloo, you will have the opportunity to work across disciplines and collaborate with an international community of scholars and a diverse student body, situated in a rapidly growing community that has been termed a “hub of innovation”.