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Professor Dave Sinton, Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto

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Monday, October 15, 2018 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Microfluidics and Nanofluidics for Energy and the Environment

Energy and the environment constitute the world’s most large-scale fluids challenges.  The world's smallest fluids technologies have important roles to play in informing energy technologies, predicting environmental impacts, and in facilitating the conversion of CO2.  I’ll outline these three areas and provide examples in: (i) screening growth conditions for photosynthetic microorganisms, and quantifying multistressor environmental impacts on organisms and model ecosystems; (ii) analyzing micro- and nano-confined fluids to improve the economic and environmental performance of current oil and gas operations; and (iii) transporting products and reactants for efficient electrocatalytic conversion of CO2-to-products.

David Sinton is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Microfluidics and Energy at the University of Toronto. He is currently an NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellow, before which he was the Associate Chair of Research in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, as well as the Interim Vice-Dean of research in the Faculty of Applied Science. He is a co-founder and the CTO of Interface Fluidics Ltd, a start-up focused on improving the environmental and economic performance of current energy operations. The Sinton group’s research involves the study and application of small scale fluid mechanics (microfluidics, nanofluidics, and optofluidics) for use in energy systems and analysis.  He serves on the Advisory Board of the journal Lab-on-a-Chip.
He became a Fellow of the CSME in 2012, a Fellow of the ASME in 2013, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2015, the University of Toronto McLean Senior Fellow in 2013, an NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellow in 2016, a member of the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada in 2015, and a Fellow of the AAAS in 2018 for “distinguished contributions to the field of mechanical engineering, particularly in developing microfluidic methods for applications in energy and the environment.

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