Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC has an established worldwide reputation for its accredited undergraduate programs, innovative research and the quality of its graduates and faculty. 

The Department offers programs leading to the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), Master of Science (M.Sc.), Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in a number of areas of specialization within chemical and biological engineering.  The Department is actively engaged in applied research in chemical and biological engineering, supported in part by external funding of about $6 million a year.

Master's Students
Doctoral Students
Graduate Degrees Awarded

Research Supervisors

Name Research Interests
Baldwin, Susan Bioprocess engineering, bioremediation, biomedical reaction modelling
Berlinguette, Curtis Combinatorial Chemistry; CO2 conversion and utilization; clean energy; advanced solar cells; electrochromic windows; dynamic windows; hydrogen fuels production; catalysis; robotics and automation; machine learning / artificial intelligence
Bi, Xiaotao Chemical engineering; Biomass and Bioenergy; Electrostatics of Powders; Fluidization; Fuel Cells Water Management; Green Engineering; Industrial Symbiosis; Life Cycle Analysis; Multiphase Chemical Reactors; Particle technology
Cao, Yankai Chemical engineering; optimization; Artificial Intelligence; Renewable energy systems; Process Control
Cranston, Emily Nanoparticle synthesis, properties and applications; Bio-based materials and nanocellulose; Atomic force microscopy (forces, adhesion, friction, imaging); Colloid and interface science; Polymer chemistry; Cellulose nanocrystals; Bioproducts; Foams, emulsions, aerogels
Ellis, Naoko Chemical engineering; Chemical Processes; CO2 capture and utilization; Interdisciplinary teaching and learning; multiphase systems; thermochemical conversion of biomass
Englezos, Petros Carbon capture engineering
Feng, James Chemical engineering; Mathematics and statistics; Biophysics; Complex fluids; Fluid mechanics; Mathematical biology
Foster, Johan Chemical engineering; 3D Printing; Biomaterials; Biomedical Devices; Bioproducts; Cellulose Nanomaterials; Fibers; Polymers
Frostad, John Chemical engineering; Food sciences (including food engineering); Emulsions; Physics of Soft Matter; Agricultural Sprays; Food Physics; Interfacial Rheology; Novel Instrumentation; Foams; Fluid mechanics
Gopaluni, Bhushan Modelling and experiment design, identification for control
Gyenge, Elod Lajos Electrochemical engineering, fuel cells, batteries, electrodes
Hatzikiriakos, Savvas Polymer melt and suspension rheology, food rheology, polymer melt processing, superhydrophobicity, surface science, winter sports expert, ski/skate performance and snow/ice friction.
Haynes, Charles Protein purification, recombinant proteins, molecular thermodynamics, biocompatible polymers
Hill, Jane
Lau, Anthony K Environmental engineering, waste-to-resource recycling, composting, odor control, biohydrogen energy
Martinez, Mark Chemical engineering; Complex fluids; Flow visualization; Fluid mechanics
Mohseni, Madjid Chemical engineering; Water quality engineering; Drinking Water; Chemical Pollutants; Used Water; Clean Technologies; Advanced oxidation; Drinking water quality and treatment; Electrochemical water treatment processes; UV based water purification and treatment; Water re-use
Piret, James Biomedical engineering, regenerative medicine Cell-based therapies have the potential to provide improved treatments for major diseases such as cancer and diabetes
Rahmani, Mona Multiphase and Density Stratified Fluid Mechanics, Fiber Suspensions, Renewable Energy, Hydrodynamic Instability, Mixing
Rojas, Orlando Nanopolysaccharides (based on cellulose, chitin, starches and others); Bacterial nanocelluloses; Cellulose derivatives; Lignins, colloidal lignins, nanolignins and their uses; Renewable biopolymers (hemicelluloses, proteins, chitin and chitosan, alginates and others); Multiphase systems (emulsions, foams, dispersed systems), gels, aerogels; Films, filaments and hybrid materials; Nanocomposites; Bioactive systems; Fiber processing; Pulp and paper
Smith, Kevin Catalysis, biofuels
Srebnik, Simcha Chemical engineering; Bioinspired engineering and biomimetic design; Carbon nanotubes; Developing models for interfacial polymerization membraned; Diffusion in nanostructured materials; Functional materials; Hierarchical modeling; Mechanical properties of polymers melts and polymer networks; Molecular simulation of polymers and composite materials; Molecular simulations; Optimization of protein-imprinted polymers; Polymers and biopolymers; Protein folding and stability; Statistical thermodynamics of polymers and biopolymers; Understanding polymer-carbon nanotube interactions
Taghipour, Fariborz Artificial Photosynthetic Systems, UV Photoreactors, Modeling of Chemical and Biochemical Reactors, Computational Fluid Dynamics
Trajano, Heather Chemical engineering; Biomass (Energy); Wood; Pulp and paper; Biochemicals; Biomass extractives recovery and utilization; Biorefining; catalysis; Hemicellulose; Kinetics; Pretreatment
Upham, David Chester Chemical engineering; Energy Transformation and Energy Using; catalysis; Energy; Greenhouse gas mitigation
Wachs, Anthony Fluidization and fluid mechanics; Process control and simulation in chemical engineering; Numerical computation; Fluid mechanics; Particle-laden flows; Non Newtonian flows; Heat and mass transfer; Numerical simulation; High performance computing; Multi-scale modelling
Wilkinson, David Chemical engineering; Electrochemistry; carbon dioxide conversion; clean and sustainable energy and water; Electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, electrochemical power sources, advanced electrolysis,; hydrogen production and storage; solar fuels; waste water and drinking water treatment
Yadav, Vikramaditya Chemical engineering; Genomics; Medical and biomedical engineering; Bioactive Molecules; Biocatalysis; Bioinformatics; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Biomass (Energy); Biomaterials; Bioprocess engineering; Bioremediation; Biotechnology; drug delivery; Drug discovery & development; Medical biotechnology; Metabolic engineering; Structural Tissue Engineering / Biomaterials; Synthetic biology; Technoeconomics; Tissue Engineering; Vaccines


Arman Hejazi

Master of Applied Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering (MASc)

Cecilia Wang

Master of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering (MSc)

Hooman Rezaei

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)

Jasna Jankovic

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)

Lee Rippon

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)

Karl Zimmermann

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)

Eric Lees

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)

Bingxin Zhou

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)



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