Skule Lunch & Learn: Drinking Water and Health – Should we be Concerned About Microplastics?

Did you know that the Drinking Water Research Group (DWRG) at the University of Toronto has received funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), as well as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to investigate microplastics in Canadian drinking water? Efforts by the DWRG over the past three years have […]

Skule Lunch & Learn Presents: BOLD INNOVATIONS: Engineering Research Highlights

This special event will be featured as part of the Skule Lunch & Learn Series and will showcase the innovative and progressive research currently underway at the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. With professors from different departments sharing their expertise and research, this event will be an exciting display of the diversity of research […]

Skule Lunch & Learn Presents: An Experimentalist’s View on Trusting AI and Its BFF (Data)

Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is now a part of the standard physical scientist's tool kit, and it is regularly used to discover exciting new materials and processes. But A.I.'s are famously fickle, susceptible to data set bias and imbalance, subject to information leakage during training, and reliant on its human to evaluate its performance. Join us […]

Skule Lunch & Learn Presents: The Future of High-Rise Housing: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption in Existing Residential Towers

High-rise residential buildings are the fastest-growing form of housing in urban regions globally. These buildings already contribute significantly to carbon emissions globally, and they face serious performance challenges with our dramatically changing climate. From transmission of airborne containments to uneven ventilation and summertime overheating, various performance issues continue to plague this building type. Join us […]

Skule Lunch & Learn “Recycling Electronic Waste: The Extraction, Processing, and Recycling of Rare Earth Elements”


This event has passed. There is a significant global push towards recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) to enable the circular economy. Conventional recycling processes rely on pyrometallurgy or hydrometallurgy. These techniques not only are reagent intensive and often require large consumption of strong acids and organic solvents, but they also produce secondary streams […]