David Sinton


Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Canada Research Chair in Microfluidics and Energy
Academic Director, Climate Positive Energy

Email: dave.sinton@utoronto.ca
Tel: 416-978-1623
Office: MC226
Research Group: Sinton Lab – Fluidics & Energy

Research Area


Research Interests

Energy; environment; fluid mechanics; microfluidics; nanofluidics; carbon management; CO2-to-products; renewable fuels.


David Sinton is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Microfluidics and Energy. He was the Associate Chair of Research in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, as well as the Interim Vice-Dean of Research in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Dr. Sinton was an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) at the University of Victoria, and a Visiting Associate Professor at Cornell University. He received a BASc from University of Toronto, MEng from McGill University and PhD from University of Toronto.

The Sinton Lab develops fluid systems for applications in energy and analysis. The group is application-driven and is currently developing fluid systems to produce renewable fuels from CO2, to develop energy efficient industrial working fluids, and to quantify the environmental impacts of future climate conditions. The group previously developed a library of industrial fluid testing systems to improve chemical performance in the energy industry, now commercialized through the startup Interface Fluidics Ltd.

Dr. Sinton was selected to be an NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellow in 2016. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a recent University of Toronto McLean Senior Fellow. He serves on the advisory board of the journal Lab on a Chip.

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