B.Sc. (Trent), PhD (Queen’s), Postdoc (MIT-Harvard)
NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair in Nanotechnology Engineering

Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto


Phone: (416) 978-8518
Fax: (416) 978-8605
Email: F.Gu@utoronto.ca

Research Areas

  • Nanomaterials engineering: synthesis of polymeric, metallic and semiconductor materials and their applications in photonics, healthcare and environment.
  • Biomedical engineering: development of mucoadhesive drug delivery systems and biosensors for pathogen detection and identification.
  • Environmental protection: understanding materials and structures for photo-oxidation and antioxidation and their applications in water treatment applications

Consulting Activity

Technical advice on the treatment of impacted-water from resource extraction and power generation, and the engineering of advanced materials for healthcare applications.


Frank Gu is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto, and he holds an NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair in Nanotechnology Engineering. 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. Professor Gu has over 15 years of experience in nanotechnology, drug delivery, and environmental remediation. He has established a frontier research program in Nanotechnology Engineering, with important advances in medical and life science applications. Leading-edge projects have produced new materials and tools for targeted drug delivery, pathogen detection, and water treatment. His research has brought tangible impacts on his field and industry, including mucoadhesive materials for the treatment of Dry Eye Disease that has led to the creation of MyX Therapeutics, and photocatalytic water treatment technologies that created H2nanO Inc; both are Canadian companies. Professor Gu has over 200 peer-reviewed publications and conference proceedings.

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