Since its creation in 1895, the Engineering Chemistry program has produced graduates that have a firm grasp of fundamental science as well as the engineering tools that are needed to put this knowledge into practice. Accreditation by the Canadian Society for Chemistry as a chemistry program, and the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board as an engineering program, allows graduates to pursue professional careers in both disciplines – a truly unique benefit of an Engineering Chemistry degree.

The curriculum combines fundamental studies of analytical, electrochemical and organic chemistry with extensive training in engineering sciences such as transport phenomena, thermodynamics and reaction kinetics. This positions Engineering Chemists at the interface between emerging chemistry and engineering design, where innovative solutions for the most challenging problems in the chemical sciences are conceived and developed.


Engineering Chemistry Design


Students of both Engineering Chemistry and Chemical Engineering gain experience in the design of large-scale chemical manufacturing plants. However, the Engineering Chemistry program integrates advanced knowledge of organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and electrochemistry in the design curriculum. This provides Engineering Chemists with a broader spectrum of design capability, focused upon three areas that we call design pillars: Chemical Diagnostics, Process Synthesis, and Electrochemical Energy Systems.

Chemical Diagnostics

Chemical Diagnostics

  • Devices for biomedical and environmental monitoring
  • Forensics and security analyses
  • Microfluidics
Alternative Energy

Alternative Energy

  • Thermodynamics of energy conversion and storage
  • Fuel cells, electrolysers, batteries, photovoltaics, supercapacitors
Process Synthesis

Process Synthesis

  • Pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and polymers
  • Green chemistry for responsible process design