Advanced Separation Technologies - BC-434

Preferred Disciplines: Chemical Engineering with a strong understanding in Physical Chemistry (PhD or Post-Doc)
Project length: 2 years
Approx. start date: May 2019
Location: Richmond, BC
No. of Positions: 1
Preferences: 1 – 2 year PhD student or Post Doc
Company: Anonymous

About Company:

The partner is a privately-held Vancouver company specializing in developing innovative chemical processes from concept to commercialization. The partner brings expertise across multiple industrial chemical sectors, with a proven record in the scale-up and design of novel chemical processes. The partner is engaged in the clean tech sector, pulp and paper, oil and gas, mining and waste water industries.  Pilot plant projects at the facility are diverse in nature; including novel technologies such as carbon capture and conversion processes, conversion of biomass to biofuels, and other novel chemical processes that make a direct impact on the operations of natural resource processing.  

Summary of Project:

This project is to investigate chemical and mechanical methods of solid/liquid and liquid/liquid separation technologies. There are currently various available mechanical and chemical separation technologies. However, there is a gap in understanding the theoretical capabilities of these existing technologies and applying them to known industrial challenges. The Chemical Engineer will be integrated to one of our clean tech projects which requires a better understanding of liquid/liquid and solid/liquid separation phenomena. The intern will initially be working on a project related to the remediation of minerals tailings; in addition to other known industrial challenges in the oil and gas and pulp and paper sectors. The candidate will be responsible for designing various scales of experiments and analysing the results using statistical, analytical and material characterisation methods.    

Research Objectives/Sub-Objectives:

  • Literature review of current state of art for solid/liquid and liquid/liquid separation technologies.
  • Identify two to four technologies that are worth developing a further understanding of the theoretical technical capabilities.
  • Present these findings to Senior Process Engineers to identify industrial application areas of interest.
  • Develop experimental setups of the identified technologies and acquire data to support or modify current theory.
  • Adopt the experimental setups to investigate specific industrial challenges.
  • Efficiently develop and conduct R&D programs as a team member.
  • Operate lab scale pilot plants.
  • Prepare journals and papers.
  • Present at conferences.


    • As above

    Expertise and Skills Needed:

    • PhD or Post Doc Chemical Engineering
    • Strong theoretical background (Physical Chemistry)
    • Strong fundamental understanding of process equipment
    • Strong understanding of statistical, analytical, and material characterization methods
    • Experience in reading, understanding and creating PFD’s and P&ID’s.
    • Literature survey
    • Technical writing
    • Experimental setup
    • Data acquisition and analysis
    • Strong presentation skills
    • Ability to work independently, as a team and within the project scope
    • Excellent organization, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills

    For more info or to apply to this applied research position, please

    1. Check your eligibility and find more information about open projects.
    2. Interested students need to get the approval from their supervisor and send their CV along with a link to their supervisor’s university webpage by applying through the webform