A3MD Co-Principal Investigator
University of Toronto

Prof. Dave Sinton


2003 – Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto
2000 – M.Eng. Mechanical Engineering, McGill University
1998 – B.A.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto

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 the University of Toronto, MEng from McGill University and his PhD from the 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 Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He serves on the advisory board of the journal Lab on a Chip.

Selected Publications

Enhanced multi-carbon alcohol electroproduction from CO via modulated hydrogen adsorption

Authors: Li, J., Xu, A., Li, F., Wang, Ziyun, Zou, C., Gabardo, C.M., Wang, Y., Ozden, A., Xu, Y., Nam, D.-H., Lum, Y., Wicks, J., Chen, B., Wang, Zhiqiang, Chen, J., Wen, Y., Zhuang, T., Luo, M., Du, X., Sham, T.-K., Zhang, B., Sargent, E.H., Sinton, D
Journal/DOI: Nature Communications, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-17499-5

Year: 2020

Constraining CO coverage on copper promotes high-efficiency ethylene electroproduction

Authors: Li, J., Wang, Z., McCallum, C., Xu, Y., Li, F., Wang, Y., Gabardo, C.M., Dinh, C.-T., Zhuang, T.-T., Wang, L., Howe, J.Y., Ren, Y., Sargent, E.H., and Sinton, D

Journal/DOI: Nature Catalysis, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41929-019-0380-x

Year: 2019

Accelerating fluid development on a chip for renewable energy

Authors: Zhong, J., Soni, V., Saber, S., Riordon, J., Schwarz, B., Toews, M., Sinton, D
Volume/Number: Energy Fuels, https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.energyfuels.0c01776
Year: 2020