E. J. Acosta

B.Sc. (Universidad del Zulia – Venezuela), M.A.Sc., Ph.D. (University of Oklahoma).
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry

D. G. Allen      

B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc.(Tor), Ph.D. ( Waterloo ), P.Eng.,
Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry,
University of Toronto

G. Azimi

B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. (Sharif University of Technology), Ph.D. (Toronto), P.Eng, Post-doc (MIT).
Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto

T. P. Bender

B.Sc., Ph.D. (Carleton).
Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto



Many of CERCL’s consultants are internationally recognized researchers who are considered to be leaders in their fields. They maintain active research groups with Master’s and Ph.D. students, Post Doctoral Fellows and other technical staff. They attend international conferences regularly to stay abreast of the latest developments in their fields. They teach classes in Chemical Engineering fundamentals and various application areas.

The links below can help narrow your search for the consultant that can best suit your project:

All Consultants

Expert Witnesses




Although we have consultants with expertise in virtually all areas of chemical engineering, we do have particular strength in the following subdisciplines:

Advanced Inorganic Molecular Systems
Biomolecular and Biomedical Engineering
Bioprocess Engineering
Environmental Science and Engineering
Materials Science
Pulp and Paper
Surface and Interface Engineering
Sustainable Development


CERCL’s consultants are generally able to use the extensive facilities in the University of Toronto on a fee-for-service basis. The University, with 50,000 students and thousands of laboratories, has a wide variety of both common and highly specialized facilities, many of which are not available elsewhere.

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About Us

CERCL (Chemical Engineering Research Consultants Ltd.) has been providing expertise to industry, government, and the legal and insurance professions for more than 40 years. The firm was founded in 1963 by the professoriate of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto as a means of providing access for the public to the extensive expertise in the Department. Today, CERCL consists of approximately 25 Professors of Chemical Engineering, who consult in their various areas of specialization. Most of CERCL’s consultants are recognized internationally for their research and expertise. For a complete list of our consultants and their areas of interest, please see our Consultants list.

Our consultants have an interest in a variety of disciplines of Chemical Engineering, Applied Chemistry, and Materials Science. For a breakdown of the general areas of currently available through CERCL, please see our Expertise page.

Our consultants are available to provide general technical assistance to industry, expert opinions for the legal and insurance professions, and filing and audit assistance for Canadian SR&ED tax claims. In addition the specialized and extensive Facilities of the University of Toronto can be accessed on a fee for service basis. For more information on the various types of services that we offer, please see our Activities page.