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Frank Gu

Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry / University of Toronto / Scientific leadership team member, Acceleration Consortium

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Frank Gu is a Professor and an NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair in Nanotechnology Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Gu received his BSc from Trent University, Ph.D. from Queen’s University, and postdoctoral training from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School. Before joining the University of Toronto in July 2018, Dr. Gu was an Associate Professor and held a Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Gu has established a frontier research program in Nanotechnology Engineering, with important advances in medical and life science applications. Dr. Gu has trained over 150 undergraduate and postgraduate researchers, and he authored and co-authored over 200 journal and conference publications. His research has brought tangible impacts on his field and industry, including mucoadhesive materials for the treatment of Dry Eye Disease, and photocatalytic water treatment technologies for the Canadian energy sector.

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  • Nanotechnologies for medicinal and environmental applications
  • Engineering
  • Water treatment
  • Environmental remediation


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