Open Positions


Prospective Postdoctoral Fellows

Researchers who are experienced in experimental and numerical combustion, optical diagnostics, spectroscopy, fluid mechanics, or aerosol material synthesis and are interested in post-doctoral work should contact Professor Thomson directly and also review appropriate NSERC supplements for post-doctoral researchers and SGS Postdoctoral Research Awards.


Prospective Ph.D or M.A.Sc. students.

A wide range of research projects is possible for students with NSERC, OGS, OGSST or similar graduate scholarships. Graduate students with such scholarships should contact Professor Thomson to discuss research possibilities in his areas of research. Prospective international Ph.D students are encouraged to apply for  the Ontario Trillium Scholarship (OTS) program and NSERC Vanier Scolarship.

For students in need of full funding (i.e. graduate research assistanceship), the following projects are available. Graduate students are also encouraged to review SGS scholarship and Awards:

  • (Not available for 2017) Numerical studies of particulate formation and oxidation in flames. New regulations are limiting particulate emissions from engines. Engine manufacturers need validated models that can predict mass and size of particulate pollution emissions. However,  a detailed fundamental understanding of particulate formation and oxidation is still missing. This multiphysics study involves most thermo-fluids processes (fluid flow, heat transfer, diffusion, reactions, phase transfer, etc). Detailed numerical modeling using our in-house code is used. High performance commuting facilities are available.

 

  • (Not available for 2017) Experimental studies of particulate formation and oxidation in flames. New regulations are limiting particulate emissions from engines. Engine manufacturers need validated models that can predict mass and size of particulate pollution emissions. Experimental studies are need to explore the highly complex particulate formation and oxidation processes. In addition, experimental data is essential for validating models. Experimental studies with new laser diagnostics (laser induced incandescence, laser scattering, line of sight attenuation) form an important part of this project.

 

  •     (Not available for 2017) Experimental and numerical study of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) formation in flames. There has been renewed interest in particulate formation due to new particulate emission regulation on vehicles (EURO 6) and aircraft (ICAO). In particular, the new regulations are beginning to limit the number concentration of particles in addition to mass concentration. Soot nucleation processes play an important role in determining the number concentration of soot particles. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) play an important role in these soot nucleation processes however little data exists to verify their concentrations in flames. The objectives of this project is the measure PAH concentration in flames, validate and improve current models for number of important fuels.

Prospective graduate students are encouraged to carefully read admission requirements for each graduate program. More information about graduate funding in the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is included here.


Prospective M.Eng students.

  • Fluid (CFD) Modeling of a Wood Burning Heater: For more details please click here.

M.Eng. students should contact Prof. Thomson to discuss possible projects.
Unfortunately, graduate research assistanceship funding is not available for M.Eng. projects.


Undergraduate summer research positions.

  • Reducing particulate air pollution from wood heaters: A large Ontario based company needs to significantly reduce particulate air pollutant emissions from its wood fueled heaters to meet upcoming regulations. This experimental study will modify the fluid flow, heat transfer and catalyst to meet the regulations and understand the underlying processes that effect the pollutant emissions.
    Category: MEC, EngSci,
    Supervisor: Professor Murray Thomson thomson@mie.utoronto.ca
  • Designing burners for biomass derived pyrolysis oil: Canadian companies are producing pyrolysis oil from waste biomass. This can be used to replace fuel oil. However a better understanding is needed of the combustion of pyrolysis oil in burners. This is an experimental study.
    Category: MEC, EngSci,
    Supervisor: Professor Murray Thomson thomson@mie.utoronto.ca

 

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