Chemical Engineering | Graduate Studies | UNB

Chemical Engineering

  • Degree Offered: MScE, MEng & PhD
  • Application Deadline: Open
  • Study Options: Coursework, Thesis
  • Length: 1 Year (MEng) | 2 Years (MScE) | 4 Years (PhD) Years
  • Entry Terms: Fall, Winter

UNB's faculty of engineering's chemical engineering department offers students the opportunity to work with innovative faculty members who have diverse expertise and research interests. With society's increasing focus on research and innovation now is a great time to consider adding to your undergraduate education.

Our students have access to labs and research centres within the Chemical Engineering department for example:  in the Materials Surface Characterization Laboratory, Limerick Pulp and  Paper, Nanotechnology, UNB Hydroprocessing Laboratory, Oil Recovery Laboratory, Polymer Laboratory.

Research areas

  • Nuclear
  • Oil and gas
  • Recirculation aquaculture systems
  • Pulp and paper
  • Adsorption and gas separation
  • Polymers
  • Nanotechnology
  • Engineering design education 

Current faculty research

Feel free to view the faculty directory for more information regarding our faculty members.

  • Nuclear: Focusing on the study of the behaviour of materials in supercritical water Dr. William Cook’s research lab is conducting some of the essential research and development required to make the supercritical water reactor a technical viable product.
  • Oil and Gas: Dr Laura Romero-Zeron's recent research projects have included: the production of clean transportation fuels; enhancement of diesel quality, development of new processes to produce biodiesel/green diesel from bio-resources; and value-added products from petro-/bio-resources.
  • Recirculation Aquaculture Systems: Dr. Michel Couturier’s research team is focussing their research on the development of improved design methodologies for rotary drum filters and scale-up of triple-drain tanks as Aquaculture industries strive to reduce costs
  • Pulp and Paper:  Dr. Yonghao Ni is working towards improvements in the pulping and bleaching process, and focusing research on high-yield pulp properties
  • Adsorption: Dr. Mladen Eić's recent research work has been used to determine diffusivities in gas mixtures as well as composite materials, such as bimodal materials. 
  • Polymers: The polymer research team and Dr. Hunining Xiao have been conducting research on various projects related to the polymers as functional polymers. They work on antimicrobial polymers, strength additives and nanoparticles for value-added paper products. 
  • Nanotechnology: Dr. Filipe Chibante has significant experience in the research and commercialization of nanomaterials. The work conducted centres around several key areas including carbon and natural nanomaterials production, nanocomposites engineering, nanoelectronics and nanofluidics. 
  • Engineering and design education: This research aims to develop methodologies which will produce engineering graduate who are recognized by employers for their design abilities. It provides you with the opportunity to work under the guidance of practicing design engineers and to be an engine for the economy by working on industry-sponsored projects. 

Application requirements

  1. Applicants interested in research (thesis) can indicate their research interests on the application. 
  2. Applicants from Canada or United States should hold an undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA 3.0 (B or 70%). International applicants must have a GPA Canadian equivalent to 90% or higher.  Applicants to the PhD program normally hold a Masters degree from an accredited university. 
  3. Applicants are required to submit a complete application, including three references and a one-page statement describing their research interests.
  4. International Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to submit language scores. Minimum TOEFL score of 580, and a TWE score of 5.0 (computer based scores would be 237 and 5.0 or greater and Internet score of 94, writing and speaking minimum 22). IELTS (minimum score of band 7); MELAB (minimum score of 85); or CanTest (minimum score of band 4.5). International applicants should have a Canadian GPA equivalent of 90% or higher.

Contact us

For more information, contact Dr. Brian Lowry, Director of Graduate Studies, or Sylvia Demerson, Program Secretary.

Office: Head Hall, Rm. D39

Phone: 1-506-453-4520 

Related: Faculty of Engineering

               Chemical Engineering Information Sheet