Milana Trifkovic

Associate Professor

Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Minnesota, 2010-2013

PhD - Chemical & Biochemical Engineering

The University of Western Ontario, 2010

BSc (with distinction) - Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

University of Western Ontario, 2006

Contact information


Office: 403.220.8779

Web presence

The Trifkovic Group


Calgary Centre for Innovative Technology : CCIT 318


Research areas

  • Nanoparticle-stabilized emulsion and emulsion gels
  • Polymer blends and polymer blend nanocomposites
  • Polymer flocculation of tailings systems
  • 4D (3D plus time) imaging of fast dynamic chemical processes
  • Energy systems control and optimization

Research activities

The Trifkovic group investigates optimal design, operation and control of complex, non-linear engineering systems. Trifkovic’s group seeks solutions to these problems through a combination of theoretical and experimental research that enables transforming promising lab concepts into concrete solutions to pressing problems in energy sector.

The group focuses on connecting microstructure and rheology of complex fluids and soft matter as well as in-operando monitoring of electrochemical processes, polymer blend coarsening, and polymer flocculation. We develop new, state-of-the-art methods to probe these systems at an unprecedented level of detail and deepen our understanding of underlying phenomena which govern their bulk properties. 


Milana Trifkovic joined the Department of Chemical and Petroleum engineering at the University of Calgary in April, 2013. Prior to joining the faculty, Milana was an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at University of Minnesota under the joint direction of Profs. Christopher Macosko and Prodromos Daoutidis. She received her PhD in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the Western University under the supervision of Dr. Sohrab Rohani.


Please view my publications on Google Scholar


Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada - Discovery Supplement Accelerator Award (2020)

The Killam Award in Undergraduate Mentorship (2019)

Team Teaching Award - Taylor Institute (2019)

Outstanding Role Model for Women from Academia - Society of Petroleum Engineers (2018)

Award for Excellence in Science and Technology Public Awareness - Alberta Science and Technology Leadership (ASTech) Foundation (2017)

Airbus Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) Diversity Award (2017)

The Schulich School of Engineering - Departmental Teaching Excellence Award  (2015)

Student Union - Teaching Excellence Award (Engineering - Honourable Mention) (2015)