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Phillip YK Choi, PhD



Chemical and Materials Engineering

About Me

Phillip Choi is Professor of the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta and is a registered professional engineer in the province of Alberta and a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada. Prof. Choi is also an active consultant to various multinational organizations on issues related to polymer products development and polymer failure analysis. He received his BASc (1988) in chemical engineering from the University of British Columbia and his MASc (1992) and PhD (1995) from the University of Waterloo. During the period of 1990 - 1995, he was a visiting scientist at Xerox Research Centre of Canada. His current research interests lie in the areas of design/development of synthetic and bio-based polymers for applications involving controlled release of small molecules and of solvent extraction of oil sands, respectively. He has authoured and co-authoured 3 book chapters, 110 referred journal publications and 1 US patent. He is also a coauthor of a textbook entitled "The Elements of Polymer Science and Engineering," 3rd edition (2013) published by Elsevier. Prof. Choi was named the McCalla Professorship in 2007 and won the Faculty of Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2008 at the University of Alberta recognizing his dedication to undergraduate education. He received a National Young Innovator Award from Petro Canada Inc. in 2001 and an international IUPAC Travel Award in 2002, respectively, recognizing his work on polymer research.


The long-term objective of my research program is on the design/development of sustainable materials used for various chemical engineering applications. To do so, we study structure-property relationships of such materials using molecular simulation methods and carry out the corresponding experimental work on preparing and characterizing them. Research activities encompass areas such as design of polyethylene with difference branching characteristics, design of block copolymers used in nanoscopic drug delivery systems and in polymer solar cells and chemical conversion of waste proteins into plastics and adhesives. 

Keywords: Biopolymers, Controlled Release, Cross linking of Proteins, Diffusion in Polymers, Molecular Dynamics Simulation, Polymer Interfaces, Polymer Solution Thermodynamics, Renewable Energy, Rotational Isomeric State, Sustainability