Departmental Research

Chemical Engineering Research
Chemical Engineering research at McMaster builds new advances and better understanding of pulp dewatering, on-off membranes and metallocene catalysts for making polymers. The three major research areas are polymer production technology, control of chemical processes, and pulp and paper technology. Other active areas include environmental engineering, water purification, fluid mechanics, biomedical research, liquid extraction, membrane separation processes, surface phenomenona and process design.

Civil Engineering Research
Civil Engineering Research encompasses Environmental Engineering / Water Resources, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural and Earthquake Engineering, and Transportation

Computing and Software Research
Research in CAS focuses on software engineering, theory of non-sequential system, parallel and distributed computing, artificial intelligence, complexity, design and analysis of algorithms, and combinatorial computing.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Research
One finds that  will find that research interests within the ECE department span the range of frequencies from 0 Hertz (direct current) to Giga Hertz (microwave and above) and above. Active research is carried out in the such fields as electrical machines, power systems, RF and microwave circuits, DSP multiprocessor systems, impulse radar, semi-conductor device modelling, electromagnetic theory, solid state converters, photonic networks, and virtual reality simulation.

Engineering Physics Research
The optoelectronics programme is concerned with research involving the fabrication, processing and characterization of state-of-the-art heterojunction lasers, detectors and electronic devices for optical fibre communication and optical data processing. A complete set of experimental facilities is available for crystal growth molecular bean epitaxy, plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition, device processing technologies, and device characterization.

Materials Science and Engineering Research
MSE Research at McMaster is comprised of ceramics and glass, composites, corrosion and surface properties, electrical properties, iron and steel making, materials processing, mechanical behaviour, phase transformations, polymers, recycling/re-use of Materials, and thin films.

McMaster School of Biomedical Engineering
Drawing on the formidable research productivity and impact of the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Engineering, students in the Graduate Program will work and be trained as true interdisciplinarians within six specialized research areas.

McMaster School of Computational Engineering and Science
The School’s research activities cover a broad spectrum of multidisciplinary areas, and are organized into three major themes: Computational Physical Sciences, Computational Optimization, Design and Control, Computational Biosciences.

Mechanical Engineering Research
Research in Mechanical Engineering focuses on manufacturing, automation, robotics, theoretical mechanics, heat transfer, two phase flow, nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics, solid and surface modelling, manufacturing engineering, CAD/CAM, and energy systems modelling.