Theme and Symposia


Engineering for a Healthy and Sustainable Planet

Organizing Committee:

Congress Chair: Charles Jia, University of Toronto
Technical Program Co-Chair: Ramin Farnood, University of Toronto
Technical Program Co-Chair: Farhad Ein-Mozaffari, Ryerson University

Honourary Symposia

Biomedical Engineering & Human Health in Honour of Michael V. Sefton

Milica Radisic, 
University of Toronto
Molly Shoichet, University of Toronto
Steve Waldman, Ryerson University
Chris Yip, University of Toronto

Fate and Transport of Pollutants in the Environment in Honour of Don MacKay

This symposium is celebrating the career of Don Mackay, who for more than 50 years has made numerous invaluable contributions to understanding and quantifying the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment. Starting with early oil spill research to more recent efforts related to advanced chemical property prediction, his work has had, and continues to have, enormous impact on the field of environmental chemistry and engineering. 

Very much the engineer, Don Mackay is not content to make important, academically recognised contributions, but has devoted ingenuity, time and tireless effort to see his work used by professional environmental practitioners and applied in the environmental policy arena. He is driven by the belief that the astute application of scientific knowledge by academics, industry and governments will allow humanity to enjoy the many potential benefits of chemicals while minimising the potential detriment to humans and their environment.

For this symposium, we welcome contributions to the many areas of enquiry within which Don Mackay has made seminal contribution, including (i) understanding and quantifying the air-surface exchange of organic contaminants, (ii) developing and applying fugacity-based environmental fate and transport models, (iii) understanding and quantifying the accumulation of organic chemicals in organisms, and (iv) application of environmental modeling in environmental regulation and policy. Beyond this, we also appreciate receiving submission of contributions that more generally rely on the application of chemical engineering principles and approaches to solving the environmental challenges of the present, including climate change, and air and water quality.

Arthur Chan, 
University of Toronto
Charles Jia, University of Toronto
Frank Wania, University of Toronto

Lignocellulosic Biorefinery and Bioproducts in Honour of David Goring

This symposium brings together leading researchers in the area of lignocellulosic valorization research and development. Topics cover recent advances in conversion and utilization of cellulose, hemi-cellulose, lignin, and extractives to biochemicals, bioenergy, and biomaterials/nano-cellulose from forest and agro resources and residues. Submissions related to both fundamental as well as applied and industrial research in the area of lignocellulosic biomass conversion are welcome. Topics including:

- Bio-based products from lignocellulosics
- Bio-based chemicals from lignocellulosics
- Bio-based materials, biocomposites, and polymers
- Biomass pretreatment technologies
- Biomass fractionation technologies
- Thermochemical and catalytic conversion 
- Biorefinery process design, integration and optimization
- Bioenergy and biofuel
- Environmental aspects of biorefineries

Ning YanUniversity of Toronto
Niko De MartiniUniversity of Toronto 
Kecheng LiWestern Michigan University
Cláudio Mudadu Silva, Universidade Federal de Viçosa
Ramin FarnoodUniversity of Toronto 
Chunlin Xu, Kemira

International Symposia:

Industrial Biocatalysis: Harnessing the power of genomics

The symposium will highlight the latest advancements in biocatalysis with a focus towards translating knowledge gained in to industrial applications for sustainable manufacturing and chemical synthesis. Expected presentation topics include bioproducts, biofuels, recyclable biopolymers, biochemical intermediates, nutraceuticals, bioremediation, environmental microbiology, microbial biochemistry, metabolic engineering, structural biology, waste reduction and remediation, and green technologies.

Ingrid Avanzi,
 Universidade Federal de São Paulo
Sue Baldwin, University of British Columbia 
Sean Caffrey, University of Toronto
Elizabeth Edwards, University of Toronto
Tedd Konya, University of Toronto
Krishna Mahadevan, University of Toronto
Emma Master, University of Toronto
Claudio Nascimento, Universidade de São Paulo
Elen Perpetuo, Universidade de São Paulo 

Keynote Speakers:
Eduardo Agosin, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Adalberto Noyola Robles, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Kurt Faber, Karl Franzens Universität Graz

Global Development and Food Engineering 

Yu-Ling Cheng,
University of Toronto
Savia Gavazza, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Clean Energy and Greenhouse Gas Technologies

This symposium is focused on advanced technologies and developments that address challenges related to greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation as well as clean electrochemical, mechanical or thermal energy storage and conversion. The content of submitted papers can cover different scopes, including: new materials and production; development of devices, processes and systems; application and management; and efficiency, economic, sustainability, and policy. Specific topics to be discussed will include but not limited to:

• GHG mitigation and carbon (C02) capture and storage (CCS)
• Rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries
• Hydrogen (H2) energy technologies
• Fuel cells
• Electrochemical capacitors
• Flywheels
• Compressed air energy storage
• Piezoelectric energy harvesting
• Thermoelectric energy harvesting

Drew Higgins,
Stanford University
Sanaz Ketabi, Electrovaya Inc.
Michael Pope, University of Waterloo
Wan-Yu Tsai, Oak Ridge National Lab
Hadis Zarrin, Ryerson University

Water Resources & Process-Affected Water

Jose Colina-Marquez, Universidad de Cartagena
Amarjeet Bassi, Western University
Mehrab Mehrvar, Ryerson University
Vlad Papangelakis, University of Toronto
Mandeep Rayat, University of Toronto

Lignocellulosic Biorefinery and Bioproducts

Niko De Martini, University of Toronto
Ramin Farnood, University of Toronto
Kecheng Li, Western Michigan University
Claudio Silva, Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV)
Ning Yan, University of Toronto


Technical Sessions:

Advanced Functional Materials

Philip Chan,
 Ryerson University
Mark Kortschot, University of Toronto

Biochemical Engineering 

Juan Asenjo, 
Universidad de Chile
Krishna Mahadevan, University of Toronto
Ginette Turcotte, Ryerson University

Biofuels/Bioenergy - bioenergy, biofuels, biomass conversion, bioprocessing, lignin biodegradation, fermentation ethanol, biobutanol, biodegradation, biological carbon storage, microbial fuel cells, biodiesel, bio-oil
Bioreaction Engineering - bioreactor design/control/optimization, bacterial and cell culture, fermentation, enzymes, biosensors
Microbiology – environmental microbiology, microbial biochemistry, bioremediaion
Computational Biomedical Engineering and Engineered Biological Systems - computational modeling of biomaterials, biosignal processing, modeling of physiological systems, system biology, structural biology, biomechanics, metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, bioinformatics, metabolomics, microbial factories, Biomining, waste reduction and remediation,automation in bioprocess development
Functional Biomaterials - hydrogels, nanogels, ceramics, metals, polymers. hybrid biomaterials, self-healing gels, peptides, glycomaterials, biomimetic membranes (liposomes, polymersomes), recyclable biopolymers
Natural Polymers and Biocomposites - proteins, polysaccharides, polynucleic acid, inorganic biocomposites, green technologies, modelling protein structures to bioprocesses
Medical and Molecular Engineering - vaccine design, cell technologies/ cell therapy, bionanotechnology, genome

Catalysis and Reaction Engineering

Cathy Chin, University of Toronto
Ramdhane Dhib, Ryerson University

Chemical Engineering Fundamentals

Gisele Azimi,
University of Toronto
Henry Cheng, Ryerson University

Chemical Engineering Research in Latin America (held in Portuguese/Spanish)

Jules Thibault, University of Ottawa 

Environmental Engineering

Arthur Chan,
University of Toronto
Baoqiang Liao, Lakehead University
Jenny Wu, Ryerson University 

Engineering & Entrepreneurship

Yuri Lawryshyn,
University of Toronto
Rafik Loutfy, Ryerson University

Energy and Natural Resources

Edgar Acosta,
University of Toronto
Hadis Zarrin, Ryerson University

Micro-fluidics and Nanotechnology

Jesse Greener, Université Laval
Rilla Hwang, Ryerson University
Arun Ramachandran, University of Toronto

Modern Engineering Education

Greg Evans,
University of Toronto
Marnie Jamieson, University of Alberta
Yaser Dahman, Ryerson University

Process Safety Management

Adrian Pierorazio,
Marcello Oliverio, Enbridge Gas Distribution
Graeme Norval, University of Toronto

Systems & Control

Will Cluett,
University of Toronto
Michel Perrier, Polytechnique Montreal
Simant Upreti, Ryerson University
Ana Torres, Universidad de la República Uruguay

Separation and Bioseparation

Huu Doan,
Ryerson University
Claudio Habert, Programa de Engenharia Química - COPPE / UFRJ
Takeshi Matsuura, University of Ottawa
Shahram Tabe, Ontario Ministry of Environment, Toronto

gas-liquid, gas-solid, liquid-liquid and liquid-solid separation in chemical and bio systems.