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Chemical and Chemical & Biological engineers create and develop processes to change raw materials into the products that society depends on; food, chemicals, fuels, energy, metals, pharmaceuticals, paper, plastics, and personal care products. Chemical and process engineers help to manage natural resources, protect the environment, control health and safety procedures, and recycle materials, while developing and managing the processes which make the products we use.
The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering was established in 1999 at UBC, and reflects the growing need for engineers in the fields of biotechnology, biomedical and bio-resource engineering. At present there are 24 full-time faculty in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, together with a support staff of 17.
We have established a world-class reputation in several areas of chemical engineering science including fluid-solids contacting, pulp and paper engineering, heat exchanger fouling and, more recently, biotechnology.
The Department is actively engaged in applied research, CHBE faculty-led research provides innovative and sustainable solutions to pressing local and global challenges to industry and society.
Solutions to the above challenges are inextricably linked to our understanding of complex chemical and biological systems.
Chemical and Biological Engineering is modern day alchemy. Biotechnology especially, is the modern day equivalent of turning lead into gold. For me, the idea of turning basic elements and building blocks into valuable products, especially those that can save human lives is fascinating and a great source of passion for me.
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Overall score requirement: 90
Overall score requirement: 6.5
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|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$1,698.56||$2,984.09|
|Tuition per year|
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||$3,200.00 (-)|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$969.17 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $17,242.00 (check cost calculator)|
Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options, including merit-based (i.e. based on your academic performance) and need-based (i.e. based on your financial situation) opportunities.
Applicants who are interested in catalysis research with a focus on programs addressing waste generation, environmental compatibility, energy efficiency, and alternative energy sources may consider the SusSyn program that provides additional funding and professional development opportunities. Applicants who are interested in the production, preparation, and application of nuclear isotopes for science and medicine may consider the IsoSiM program.
All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2018 or later will be provided with a funding package of at least $18,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships. Please note that many graduate programs provide funding packages that are substantially greater than $18,000 per year. Please check with your prospective graduate program for specific details of the funding provided to its PhD students.
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106 students graduated between 2005 and 2013: 1 graduate is seeking employment; 1 is in a non-salaried situation; for 8 we have no data (based on research conducted between Feb-May 2016). For the remaining 96 graduates:
These statistics show data for the Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD). Data are separated for each degree program combination. You may view data for other degree options in the respective program profile.
This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.
|2020||What's the best way to utilize the limited biomass resources to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions? Dr. Wang investigated the environmental impacts, economic viability, and policy implications of producing bio-energy from the available resources in British Columbia. His work provides insight into a cost-effective transition to a sustainable future.|
|2020||Dr. Putra developed a process for bio-fuel production using renewable carbon from woody biomass and hydrogen from glycerol and water. He showed that gasoline-like compounds can be obtained in a single process. His findings will contribute to the development of sustainable and scalable bio-refineries.|
|2020||Direct Air Capture is a radical technology which removes carbon dioxide from the air for sequestration or utilization. Dr. Campbell's research provides a new understanding of the reactions involved in this technology and explores alternative reaction pathways with lower temperatures, which enables a more cost-effective removal of CO2 from the air.|
|2020||Dr. Salvatore designed and fabricated a reactor to convert waste carbon dioxide to carbon-based fuels at high efficiencies. Her research has furthered the development of cost-competitive energy storage technologies which are critical to enabling a renewable energy economy.|
|2020||Polyelectrolyte hydrogels are materials that combine electrical properties of solid materials, like in our iPhones, with flexibility of organic materials. Dr. Triandafilidi studied the behaviour of electronic devices made of gel to find a way to improve their characteristics to be used in robotics and prosthetics as artificial skin.|
|2020||Dr. Moore investigated the causes of catalyst breakdown in renewable energy systems and strategies to improve catalyst lifetime. He found that dissolution of iridium catalysts is connected to durability in hydrogen fuel cells and that lead stabilizes tin in CO2 electroreduction. This research is crucial to strategies for mitigating climate change.|
|2020||Dr. Ghiasisis studied the conversion of biomass and bio waste material into fuel. He investigated the methods and mechanism of mass and energy densification. He has contributed to the design, optimization and operation of pilot scale steam explosion and torrefaction systems that produce environmentally friendly bio-coal as replacement to coal and fossil fuels.|
|2020||Dr. Oveisi Fordiie analyzed the complexity of industrial gasification systems. He describes an industrial gasification system where solid woody biomass is converted to non-condensable gases. His research will help to reduce uncertainties in utilizing urban biomass feedstock for a full scale bioenergy facility.|
|2020||Dr. Han studied how organic and inorganic water solutes affect the formation of nitrite, a byproduct in water treatment that is harmful to human health. Her research will impact the application of Vacuum-UV, a UV-based advanced oxidation process, for treating micropollutants in water, and will act as a guide to control the formation of nitrite.|
|2020||Dr. Nkansah-Boadu studied the treatment of selenium-contaminated coal mine-affected water using microbial consortia from mine-affected sediments. He discovered novel selenium-reducing bacteria and selenium removal pathways. His findings contribute knowledge for designing systems for remediating selenium-contaminated mine waters.|
Chemical and Biological Engineering provides innovative and sustainable solutions to pressing local and global challenges to industry and society, with faculty being engaged in the following broad areas:
I chose to pursue my PhD at UBC because of the excellent faculty within the department of chemical and biological engineering (CHBE) and their expertise in energy research, catalysis, and electrochemistry. I also recognized the importance of collaborating with industry and saw an opportunity to...
UBC provides a World-class education with leading faculty and research facilities. For a graduate program, it is important to have a reputation of creating important and impactful research because I wanted to know that my efforts will be going towards a project which will result in making positive...
UBC is the perfect place for me to pursue my doctoral studies because of its renowned faculty in water treatment, as well as its state-of-the-art Environmental Engineering facilities. My supervisor, Dr. Mohseni also works closely with IC-IMPACTS to resolve water treatment issues across India and...