Phillip YK Choi, PhD

Associate Chair/Undergraduate, Faculty of Engineering - Chemical and Materials Engineering Dept


Associate Chair/Undergraduate, Faculty of Engineering - Chemical and Materials Engineering Dept
(780) 492-9018
12-243 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211-116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



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


CH E 689 - Polymer Properties

Polymerization, molar mass distributions, polymer analytical techniques, solution and blend thermodynamics, physical and chemical properties of polymers, lattice models, rubber thermodynamics, polymer processing, fluid flow and heat transfer in melt processing, special polymer project. Prerequisite: consent of Instructor. Not open to students with credit in MAT E 467 or CH E 539.

Winter Term 2021
CME 482 - Fundamentals of Polymers

Polymerization, molecular weight distribution, molecular weight measurement techniques, isomerism and conformation, rubber elasticity, glass transition, amorphous and crystalline states, crystallization and melting, tensile property, polymer melts and rheology, polymer solutions and blends. May include a tour to a local polymer manufacturer. Prerequisites: STAT 235, CH E 312 and (CH E 343 or MAT E 301 or 340).

Winter Term 2021

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