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 Biomass and Bioenergy; Multiphase Chemical Reactors; Fluidization; Particle technology; Electrostatics of Powders; Life Cycle Analysis; Green Engineering; Industrial Symbiosis; Fuel Cells Water Management
Cao, Yankai Optimization, Control and Operations Research; Solar and Wind Energy; Artificial Intelligence; Large Scale Optimization
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 Processes; CO2 capture and utilization; multiphase systems; thermochemical conversion of biomass; Interdisciplinary teaching and learning
Englezos, Peter Carbon capture engineering; Natural gas hydrates and other clathrates: science, engineering and novel applications; CO2 capture & storage; Novel materials from forest bio-resources, High-value papermaking
Feng, James Jingtao Fluid Mechanics; Complex fluids; Biophysics; Mathematical biology
Foster, Johan Bioproducts; Cellulose Nanomaterials; Polymers; Biomaterials; Biomedical Devices; Fibers; 3D Printing
Frostad, John Nutriceuticals and Functional Foods; Fluid Mechanics; Emulsions; Foams; Functional Foods; Interfacial Rheology; Interfacial Phenomena; Sensory Analysis; Novel Instrumentation; Physics of Soft Matter; See my website:
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
Lim, Choon Jim Biomass and fossil fuels, Spouted bed, Gas-particle system hydrodynamics, heat transfer, Hydrogen production
Martinez, Mark Fluid mechanics; Complex fluids; Flow visualization
Mohseni, Madjid Drinking Water; Chemical Pollutants; Used Water; Clean Technologies; Drinking water quality and treatment; Advanced oxidation; UV based water purification and treatment; Water re-use; Electrochemical water treatment processes
Piret, James Biomedical engineering, regenerative medicine Cell-based therapies have the potential to provide improved treatments for major diseases such as cancer and diabetes
Rojas Gaona, 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 Fossil Fuels; Biomass (Energy); Chemical Processes; Applied catalysis
Srebnik, Simcha Statistical thermodynamics of polymers and biopolymers; Mechanical properties of polymers melts and polymer networks; Protein folding and stability; Functional materials; Hierarchical modeling; Polymers and biopolymers; Molecular simulations; Molecular simulation of polymers and composite materials; Understanding polymer-carbon nanotube interactions; Optimization of protein-imprinted polymers; Diffusion in nanostructured materials; Developing models for interfacial polymerization membraned; Bioinspired engineering and biomimetic design; Carbon nanotubes
Taghipour, Fariborz Clean Technologies; Solar and Wind Energy; Drinking Water; solar fuels; Artificial Photosynthetic Systems; UV Photoreactors; UV-LED Reactors; UV Microplasma; Modeling of Chemical and Biochemical Reactors; Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
Trajano, Heather Biomass (Energy); Wood; Pulp and Paper; Biorefining; Biochemicals; Biomass extractives recovery and utilization; catalysis; Hemicellulose; Pretreatment; Kinetics
Upham, David Chester 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 Electrochemistry, electrocatalysis, electrochemical power sources, advanced electrolysis,; hydrogen production and storage; waste water and drinking water treatment; solar fuels; carbon dioxide conversion; clean and sustainable energy and water
Yadav, Vikramaditya Biotechnology; Bioinformatics; Biomass (Energy); Bioremediation; Bioactive Molecules; Biomaterials; Structural Tissue Engineering / Biomaterials; Biological and Biochemical Mechanisms; Synthetic biology; Metabolic engineering; Biocatalysis; Bioprocess engineering; Medical biotechnology; Tissue Engineering; drug delivery; Drug discovery & development; Technoeconomics; Vaccines


Arman Hejazi

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

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)

Fuhar Dixit

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)