The Chemical Engineering Department occupies one wing of the John Hodgins
Engineering Building. It contains offices, workshops, laboratories and
space, serviced research laboratories, and a large-scale unit operations
used for both research projects and undergraduate teaching labs.
The Faculty of Engineering and the University have invested over $4 million
complete renovation of the physical infracstructure of the Department.
completed in the summer of 2002, involved the renovation of the polymer
engineering labs to provide new laboratories to support the polymer
research of Drs. Zhu and Thompson, new undergraduate laboratories and
chemical storage facilities. Phase II involves the renovation of the heating
ventilation systems of the entire northeast wing of the John Hodgins Engineering
Building, the creation of six new laboratories to support the bioengineering
initiative, as well as the creation of twenty percent more office space
for the projected
increase in the number of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and
staff. Other renovations are occurring in collaboration with the Department
engineering to support collaborations in the environmental engineering
Dr. Carlos Filipe. We look forward to the next two years with additional
the areas of process monitoring and statistics, bioengineering and environmental
The Process Control Laboratory within the Department of Chemical Engineering
own VAX 3500 cluster. The polymer processing group (CAPPA-D) has several
workstations for their modeling work. In addition, many researchers in
the department use
personal computers for much of their computing and word processing needs
as well as
data acquisition. The McMaster Nuclear Reactor, located adjacent to the
Building provides services for nuclear engineering studies, e.g. gamma
reactions and radioactive tracers. The Institute for Materials is equipped
instruments for characterizing solids and surfaces that are available
research. Numerous pilot scale reactors are available for polymerization
control studies. Some of the excellent research facilities at the McMaster
are being utilized by the groups doing research in biomedical engineering.
An important aspect of our research effort is the extent of the interaction
members both within the department and with other departments. Many graduate
are co-supervised by two professors, equipment is often shared and there
are many joint
publications and jointly held grants. As well, the department has considerable
with various industries and universities all over the world. Companies
materials, expertise and often are involved in performing experiments
that cannot be
done at McMaster.
Over the past years, two research groups have acquired large amounts
equipment and have become internationally prominent. The Process Control
organized the McMaster Advanced Control Consortium (MACC) to build on
the strength of the
software and expertise related to the computer control of chemical processes.
Institute for Polymer Production Technology (MIPPT) was founded by the
department in 1982
and has attracted support from government and industry. MIPPT has extensive
for the study of polymerization reactions of industrial interest.
The McMaster Centre for Pulp and Paper Technology has recently started
due to substantial
support from the federal network of excellence grant and support from
The modeling of polymer processing operations is done in collaboration
with industry in the
Centre for Advanced Polymer Processing and Design (CAPPA-D).