Advanced Separation Technologies- BC-376

Preferred Disciplines: One Post Doc and One PhD in Physical Chemistry/Chemical Engineering
Project length:  2 years for each position
Desired start date: Summer 2018
Location: 12920 Mitchell Rd. Richmond BC
No. of Positions: 1
Preferences:  Language : English
Company: NA


About Company:

The company is part of a group of companies vertically integrated to provide clients with a unique technology development and commercialization ecosystem in the industrial area of chemical, petrochemical, and clean-tech processes and technologies. The company brings together a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers to support clients’ goals to move processes and technologies from bench scale to pilot plant scale. The company specializes in making process improvements that result in reduced emissions and improved efficiencies in industries such as pulp and paper, waste water, oil and gas, mining, mono-nitrobenzene, carbon capture and conversion and electrochemical processes.

The company’s technology commercialization and innovation center is a custom-built facility focused on supporting pilot plant operations and technology development. Our facility features 40,000 ft2 of technology innovation space including analytical room, machine shop, office space and 2,500 ft2 of wet laboratory space. A total of 28,000 ft2 of pilot plant space is available and separated into an indoor area featuring 30 ft. high ceilings, and an outdoor raised and fenced area. The facility is operated by a multidisciplinary team of professionals, including scientists and engineers, ready to support clients’ technology development efforts and pilot plant operations.

Project Description:

This project is to investigate various 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 interfacial phenomena impact of these existing technologies and applying surface engineering concept to known industrial challenges.

Background and required skills

Research Objectives/Sub-Objectives:

  • Literature review of current state of art for solid/liquid and liquid/liquid separation technologies and involved interfacial phenomena
  • 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
  • Prepare journals and papers
  • Present at conferences


  • As above and to be discussed in detail

Expertise and Skills Needed:

  • PhD or Post Doc in Physical Chemistry/Chemical Engineering
  • Strong theoretical background in interfacial phenomena
  • Literature survey
  • Technical writing
  • Experimental setup
  • Data acquisition and analysis
  • Strong presentation 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 or directly to Amin Aziznia : aaziznia(a)