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Welcome New Faculty Members

Ariel ChanAriel Chan, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream Ariel Chan comes to us from the University of Waterloo’s Department of Chemical Engineering where she has been a lecturer for the past five years, as well as the Associate Director of their Nanotechology Engineering Program for the past three years. She brings extensive teaching experience in lecturing, laboratory instruction/design and supervision of design projects along with significant industrial experience. Chan obtained her Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from Queens University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario. During her graduate studies, she worked with Genecor Inc (now Dupont Bioscience) and she also did a Postdoctoral Fellowship with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. She has ten refereed journal papers published or in review covering areas that include encapsulation of bioactive molecules for various applications and experiential learning. Her current research interests include process safety education and industrial scale-up simulation.

Nikolai DeMartiniNikolai DeMartini, Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor Nikolai DeMartini is joining us from Åbo Akademi University in Turku Finland where he worked in the Chemical Engineering Department's Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry. For the past eight years, DeMartini has been doing industrially applied research in the area of thermal conversion of biomass and wastes. The focus has been on the fate and behavior of inorganics and their role in emissions, conversion kinetics and corrosion. The research covered thermal conversion temperatures from torrefaction to high temperature combustion and gasification. DeMartini had the good fortune to interact with many companies, both suppliers and end users, which lead to new and interesting questions as well as the opportunity to see research applied. Prior to working at Åbo Akademi University, he worked at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology (now the Renewable Bioproducts Institute) at Georgia Institute of Technology. At IPST his research was focused on the crystallization of salts in liquid streams in the chemical recovery cycle of kraft pulp mills. DeMartini's research in our Department will broadly focus on the role and fate of inorganics in the industrial processing of woody biomass.

Ning YanNing Yan, Professor

Professor Ning Yan specializes in forest biomaterials science focusing on developing sustainable biomass-derived novel materials and chemicals. She holds an Endowed Chair in Value Added Wood and Composite in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto. Professor Yan has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal publications, seven patent and patent applications, and two book chapters. She has won numerous prestigious awards including the Ontario Early Researcher Award, Connaught Innovation Award, and NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplements Award. Professor Yan is an Associate Director of the Pulp and Paper Centre and a founding member of the Centre for Bio-composites and Biomaterials Processing at the University of Toronto. She joined the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor in 2001 and has been a Professional Engineer in Ontario since 2003.


July 7, 2017

Volume 34, Issue 22

In this issue:



Alum named Member of Order of Canada


bert wasmundBert Wasmund (ChemE PhD 6T6) has been named a Member of the Order of Canada, one of 99 extraordinary Canadians to receive one of the nation’s highest civilian honours. Wasmund, a world-renowned leader in metallurgical plant engineering and design has served the Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry and the Faculty with distinction for more than 25 years. As a generous philanthropist, Wasmund continues to support his alma mater through research initiatives and scholarships. Wasmund has also enabled many research partnerships between Hatch, a Canadian firm serving the global mining and metallurgical industry, and U of T, including the Hatch Industrial Research Chair in Electromagnetic Processing of Materials. Wasmund was inducted into the Engineering Hall of Distinction in 2006. Read full story.


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