Chemical and Environmental Sciences


The School of Applied Chemical and Environmental Sciences offers education in chemistry, chemical engineering and environmental engineering, and prepares graduates for exciting careers or further study in these areas.

Chemists solve problems in the laboratory; chemical engineers solve them in the chemical and environmental industries. One of the hallmarks of the Chemical and Environmental Sciences programs at Sheridan is a strong emphasis on hands-on laboratory work. Our labs include state-of-the-art equipment for chemical analysis and a large set of pilot plants that model industrial operations for environmental control and chemical production applications.

The Chemical Engineering Technology and Chemical Engineering Technology – Environmental programs have a strong engineering focus on complex, industrial-scale processes which distinguishes the program at Sheridan from programs at other colleges. This strong engineering focus combined with laboratory skills provides graduates with a wide range of career options in the chemical and environmental industries. An optional co-op component provides up to three paid work terms in both technology programs.

The Environmental Control post-graduate certificate program offers an opportunity for graduates of science and engineering programs to reorient their previous education towards careers in the environmental industry. Students enjoy the benefits of working on a project directly with an industry partner and an optional co-op component provides a paid work term.


Dr Ewa Iwanek leads multinational, multi-institutional NSERC-funded research project

Dr Ewa Iwanek, a professor in the School of Applied Chemical and Environmental Sciences, had the remarkable experience of working with scientists from across the globe on her recent catalyst research project. Working with ceria catalyst specialist Leonarda Liotta, from Italy, and two former colleagues from Poland, Ewa realized her dream of working with renowned catalyst specialists, producing a truly multinational, multi-institutional research paper.

As part of Dr Iwanek's NSERC Engage grant, she worked with specialists and Industrial partner, DCL International, to synthesize supports for noble metal catalytic systems. Dr Iwanek's research team, including four Sheridan research assistants, explored methods that can be used to better assess and engineer suitable catalysts for modern exhaust purification systems that meet Canadian emission standards.

DCL is an important Industry leader; their mission statement "preserving and improving the environment we live in" is not only a cornerstone of their business, but a goal of the Applied Chemical and Environmental Sciences professor.

The research article has just been published in the journal "Catalysts".

Faculty Contacts

Dave Wackerlin
Associate Dean
Ext. 5062
Office: B425

Valerie Hughes
Academic Portfolio Administrator
Ext. 8036
Office: B104

Julia Sestito
Program Support Specialist
Ext. 5304
Office: B104

Diana Wati
Chemical Labs Manager
Ext. 5723

Faculty Coordinators

Pauline Dykes
Program Coordinator
Environmental Control
Office: B104

Michael Dancziger
Academic Advisor
Chemical and Environmental programs
Office: B104

Terry Davison
Program Coordinator
Technology Fundamentals
Office: B104