Welcome Message from the Chair

Professor Claudiu Gradinaru, Chair, CPSWelcome to the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences (CPS) at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM).  CPS is an interdisciplinary science department which was formed in 2003 through merging four previously separate departments: Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy and Earth Sciences. We offer undergraduate programs in all four areas, including specializations in Biological Chemistry, Biomedical Physics, Astronomical Science and Environmental Geoscience. Our students have access to new, state-of-the-art teaching laboratories and are involved in cutting-edge research projects in our research labs. Student enrolments in CPS courses and programs have grown tremendously, mirroring the doubling in size of the student body at the Mississauga campus over the last decade. Our department is home to 21 full-time faculty, including award-winning educators and researchers, who supervise a total of 70 graduate students and 20 postdocs in the CPS research labs. About 40% of the faculty have been hired in the last 10 years, the result of a recruitment and renewal drive that is still ongoing. If you are interested in pursuing a career in physical sciences or if you are just curious about science in general, we are here to help. For more specific information about the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences at UTM and what we have to offer, please browse our site and contact us.


11/07/2016 - 11:15

This year’s theme at the Lab Liaison’s event, put on by the Research Office, was Earth Sciences and Ecology for a “Dishing the Dirt” session.

23/06/2016 - 13:33

Arctic sea ice is currently declining at an alarming rate. Yet, owing to a lack of observations, we know very little about the long-term evolution of sea-ice prior to the 1970s.

22/06/2016 - 16:07

Henry Halls (Professor Emeritus, Earth Sciences) has just returned from an all expenses paid invitation to the 2016 Sir Arthur Holmes conference at the Geological Society of London in the UK, where he gave a 30-minute keynote address on “Pre

15/06/2016 - 13:31

Zhenfu Zhang, a graduate student with the Gradinaru Lab, has been awarded a  travel grant from the Biophysical Society of Canada.