Alumni

AHMED CHEHBOUNI

Ahmed Chehbouni acquired his master degree in Chemical Engineering from Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Génie Chimique (Toulouse, France) in 1985 and his Ph. D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal in 1994. He earned a certificate in the International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) from the Carleton University (Ottawa, CANADA) in 2014. He has been a Professor in Chemical Engineering at the Cadi Ayyad University since 1985. He has taught chemical engineering, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and environment protection courses. Professor Chehbouni has published more than twenty articles in various scientific journals in the area of environment, energy and water. Also, he has published several articles in the newspapers on civil society and development issues, many of which have been related to the evaluation aspects. In addition, he is the founder and the president of the Tensift Regional Center of Development (CDRT), a non-for-profit NGO, acknowledged as a public utility organization.  He has more than twenty years experience as a trainer and project manager. He is member of serval international organisations, including the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS), the European Network of Cities for Social Economy (REVES), and the Moroccan Evaluation Association.


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GREGORY S. PATIENCE

Gregory Patience is a professor of Chemical Engineering at Polytechnique Montreal. Prior to joining academia in 2004, he was at DuPont in the USA, Spain and Switzerland for 14 years. He has published two books – Experimental Methods and Instrumentation for Chemical Engineers and Communicate Science Papers, Presentations and Poster Effectively – and filed 13 patent applications, 80 scientific articles and 100 conference presentation. His research interests include catalysis, fluidization, and process development.

Prior to joining Polytechnique Montreal in 2004, Gregory Patience lead research programs at E.I. du Pont de Nemours starting in 1990. He was responsible for commercializing fluidized bed catalyst and process development at the Experimental Station in Wilmington, DE. In 1996 he joined the commercial team to start up the 100 $m Circulating Fluidized Bed process to convert n-butane to maleic anhydride over vanadium pyrophosphate in Asturias, Spain. In 2000, he moved to the commercial side of the Lycra® business in Technical Marketing and Development. He leads the Fibre’s Textile Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland in 2003.


Rahmat RAHMAT SOTUDEH

Rahmat Sotudeh-Gharebagh is currently a Full Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Tehran (P. O. Box 11155–4563, Iran; Fax: +98-21-6646-1024; email: sotudeh@ut.ac.ir). He has taught process modeling and simulation, transport phenomena and fluidization courses for over 17 years. His research interests include computer-aided process design and simulation, and fluidization. He holds a B.Eng. degree in chemical engineering from Iran’s Sharif University of Technology, plus a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Fluidization from Canada’s Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal. He has been a Visiting Professor at Qatar University. Professor Sotudeh has more than 250 publications in major international journals and conferences, plus 4 books and 3 book chapters. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Chemical Product and Process Modeling (http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cppm) published by Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Germany and winner of University of Tehran’s International Award, 2015. He is also the Iran National Elite Foundation (INEF-Allameh) distinguished Professor, 2015.


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Navid Mostoufi is currently a Full Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Tehran (P. O. Box 11155–4563, Iran; Fax: +98-21-6646-1024; email: mostoufi@ut.ac.ir). He has taught advanced mathematics and fluid mechanics courses for over 16 years. His research interests include process modeling, simulation and optimization, and fluidization. He holds a B.Eng. and M.Sc. degree in chemical engineering from Iran’s University of Tehran, plus a Ph.D. in Fluidization from Canada’s Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal. He has been a Visiting Professor at METU, Turkey. Professor Mostoufi has more than 270 publications in major international journals and conferences, plus 5 books and 4 book chapters. He is the co-author of the textbook “Numerical Methods for Chemical Engineers with MATLAB Applications”, published by Prentice Hall PTR in 1999. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Chemical Product and Process Modeling (http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/cppm) published by Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Germany and winner of University of Tehran’s International Award, 2015. He is also the University of Tehan’s distinguished researcher, 2013.


aminAMIN ESMAEILI

Amin Esmaeili received both his B.Sc. (2007) and M.Sc. (2009) degrees in Chemical Engineering, University of Tehran, Iran. During his M.Sc. program, he focused on his area of interest that includes multiphase systems, fluidized beds, catalytic reactors and liquid-liquid extraction columns. Regarding his strong desire to learn more knowledge, he decided to pursue his education towards Ph.D.

Therefore, he started his Ph.D. program at the Chemical Engineering Department of Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. During his Ph.D. studies (2010-2015), he worked in the field of multiphase reactors and his Ph.D. thesis was specifically on the investigation of the hydrodynamics of bubble column reactor operating with non-Newtonian liquids. Currently, he is a postdoctoral fellow under the TOTAL industrial chair on the investigation and modeling of multiphase reactors operating at high-pressure and high-temperature conditions.


JABER SHABANIAN

Jaber Shabanian was born in Babol (Iran) 1984. He gained his B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering, Petrochemical Engineering, from Isfahan University of Technology in 2006. He then received his M.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering, Process Modeling, Simulation and Control, in Sharif University of Technology in 2009. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from Polytechnique Montreal in Chemical Engineering, Fluidization Engineering in 2015. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Chemical Engineering Department, Polytechnique Montreal working on hydrodynamics of gas-solid fluidized beds at elevated pressures and temperatures.


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MAJID RASOULI

Majid Rasouli is a postdoctoral fellow and currently works in a prestigious joint project that involves with industrial (Johnson Matthey and CanmetMATERIALS) and academic (Polytechnique Montreal, Universite de Montreal and Western University) partners. This project is funded by Automotive Partnership Canada and aims at mass production of economic-high quality lithium ion batteries for automotive applications. Majid is supervising several PhD students. He is also responsible of a hydrodynamic study lab, which benefits from unique, advanced and sophisticated characterization techniques such as RPT, MRPT, Fiber optic, etc.

Majid received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnique Montreal. He has over 10 years of experience as a specialist in chemical engineering and research scientist in several projects including process development, simulation, deployment and implementation of new technology, mixing, fluidization, multi-phase reactor design, particle tracking, carbon coating, encapsulation of nanoparticles and polymerization. Majid is an expert in developing new processes and providing solutions for multidisciplinary problems.


sherifSHERIF FARAG

Farag received his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada, in 2013. He gained his MSc degree in Physics Engineering from University of Ain Shams and his BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Helwan, Egypt. Farag is a creative professional with many years of Multidisciplinary research & development experience in the fields of renewable energy, biomass processing, waste management and valorization, thermal and catalytic chemical reactions, pulp and paper, techno-economic analysis, and the design, development and optimization of multiphase processes under extreme conditions.

During the last few years, Farag has collaborated with several industrial organizations: TOTAL American Services, Inc. to investigate and model the hydrodynamics and catalytic reactions of multiphase processes, under extreme conditions, towards the design, scale-up, and optimization of different chemical processes. Lignoworks Natural Sciences and the Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Strategic Network to create technology platforms for novel materials and chemicals based on lignin, which benefits traditional paper mills by diversifying their product lines and also addresses the serious challenges faced by the Canadian forest industry. FPinnovations, Quebec, Canada, to use kraft lignin microwave-pyrolysis oil as a substitute in phenol formaldehyde resins and adhesives. KENGTEK Engineering Services and Pyrowave Inc., Canada, to develop a novel process for the distributed microwave pyrolysis of domestic waste. Farag also has collaborated with several academic institutions, e.g., Queen’s University, University of Western Ontario, and University of Ottawa in the fields of biomass and waste valorization, and using bio-oil to synthesize commercially viable products.


mohammadMOHAMMAD LATIFI

Dr. Mohammad Latifi has been working as a postdoc and then a research associate and project manager at professor Jamal Chaouki’s group. In addition to the research, he has been teaching the graduate course of “design of gas-solid reactors/fluidized bed reactors”, and he has been advising graduate students.

His primary research interests lay in process engineering, particularly, in reaction engineering, powders technology and material engineering. He has been the lead researcher in a wide range of industrial projects such as upgrading the conventional and renewable energy resources (thermal and catalytic cracking, steam/dry reforming, co-combustion, gasification and pyrolysis), carbon capture, mineral processing and coating of the nano powders. Such projects were related to major industries such as oil, gas and petrochemicals, power plants, biorefinery/bioenergy, waste/residue valorization, syngas, mining and metallurgy, and rechargeable lithium ion batteries.

Having worked in Industry and academia, he gained tremendous theoretical and practical experience in bench-scale and pilot-scale process development, design of fluidized bed reactors, hydrodynamic studies, kinetics, catalysis, materials characterization and analytical methods on gas, liquid and solids.

Dr. Mohammad Latifi is the designer of two novel fluidized bed micro reactors: Jiggle Bed Reactor (JBR) and Induction Heating Fluidized Bed Reactor (IHFBR).


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PIERRE SAURIOL

I’ve been introduced to fluidization research as an undergrad research assistant since 1995. Under the wing of Rahmat Sotudeh, then PhD student in Prof Chaouki’s group, I learned and worked on many aspects of high temperature fluidized bed: hydrodynamics, simple modeling and experimental methods. This led to a year-long internship in Dupont Experimental Station as part of the team that supported a maleic anhydride production CFB reactor, where I was introduced to many aspects of industrial research.

My PhD mostly focussed on the measurement and characterization of the gas jets (penetration lengths) in fluidized beds using fibre optic probe, but I also made it a priority to learn about the group’s measurement techniques suitable for gas-solid systems (e.g. RPT, radiotracers). This work led to correlations for the prediction of the characteristic jet lengths (Lmin, Lmax and Lb) for upward and downward gas jets in gas-solid fluidized bed.

I worked at UBC (project with Ballard Power Systems) on water management of PEM fuel cells, developing and using a sensitive water balance apparatus to determine the net diffusion of water on laboratory sized mimicking cells the local distribution of larger cells.

I worked with FPInnovations as part of a team promoting a stepwise approach for the introduction of gasifiers in the pulp and paper industry towards a biorefinery. The work involved making calculations to show member companies the impact of fossil fuel displacement by syngas in lime kilns; preparing literature reviews of syngas cleanup and conditioning, and synthesis pathways to value added chemicals.

As post doc, I worked closely with A. Rakid and J. Shabanian on the co-combustion of ReEF™ and coal in a BFB to displace CO2 emissions while mitigating criteria air contaminant emissions. The work led to a sorbent composition mapping to predict conditions susceptible to defluidization.

I currently work as project manager on the piloting of a melt synthesis approach to prepare LiFePO4/C for Li-based batteries. The project involves around 30 individuals (students, PDFs, RAs, professors, and scientists) from 5 organizations (Polytechnique de Montréal, Université de Montréal, Western University, CanmetMATERIALS, and Johnson Matthey) and is supported as part of the Automotive Partnership Canada program. The main objective is reducing the cost of LiFePO4/C to make it a viable option as a cathode material for vehicular applications.


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MILAD AGHABARARNEJAD

Milad Aghabararnejad obtained his bachelor and master in chemical engineering from University of Tehran (Tehran, Iran), in 2007 and 2009. He graduated as doctorate in chemical engineering from Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal in 2014 under supervisory of Prof. Chaouki and Patience. In his PhD project he advanced the chemical looping technology for gasification of biomass by using Co3O4 as a source of oxygen.

After completing his PhD, Milad accepted a position as development engineer at Terragon Environmental Technology (Montreal, Canada) where he leads a team of engineers in the development of a small scale gasifier (1 t/d) for treatment of solid/liquid waste. Dr. Aghabararnejad has 9 referred publications (journal and conference) and he is a member of Order des ingénieur du Quebec.


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OMID EBRAHIMPOUR

Omid Ebrahimpour was born in Masjed-Soleiman (Iran), where oil explored in the Middle East for first time. Omid obtained his bachelor and master in chemical engineering from Sharif University (Tehran, Iran), in 2004 and 2007, respectively. He graduated as doctorate in chemical engineering from Polytechnique Montreal in 2013 under supervisory of Prof. Chaouki and Prof. Dubois. In his PhD project, he innovated a new process to fabricate porous SiC ceramics at low sintering temperature with improved mechanical and physical properties using in-situ polymerization and sol-gel techniques.

After completing his PhD, Omid worked as an Industrial postdoctoral at Enerkem working on a pilot research facility to convert municipal solid waste Martials to biofuel. Currently, Dr. Ebrahimpour is working as a research scientist at DuPont in process development group.


MartyMARTY SANDRINE

I have a global scientific background. Indeed, I am graduated in general engineering from the Ecole des Mines de Nantes in France. I also obtained in 2014 a double diploma at the Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal in Canada where I completed a research-based master’s in chemical engineering. I am completing my education by an advanced master in environmental engineering at Mines ParisTech during one year with an apprenticeship training.

As I have a lively interest in environment and renewable energies, I would appreciate the opportunity to broaden my knowledge by working in the field of environmental engineering or renewable energies. In my future, I really would like to work to focus on current environmental issues and to shape a sustainable word.

Now I am working at ENGIE FUTURES ENERGIES in France developing wind turbine projects. It involves prospecting new lands, landowners contacts, municipal officials contacts and studies monitoring for impact assessment.


francoisFRANCOIS PICARD

I am a process engineer with 6 years of experience in consulting engineering and process development (Seneca, Vaperma). I will complete a Ph.D degree in chemical engineering in December 2015 on the remediation of contaminated soils. At Seneca, I participated to various process developments mainly in the metallurgical field. I prepared various technical documents such as R&D reclamations and grant applications. At Polytechnique, I will have published 3 papers and be granted 1 patent.


sajjadSAJJAD HABIBZADEH

Dr. Sajjad Habibzadeh received his PhD degree from the Department of Chemical Engineering, McGill University in 2013. In the same year, he started his post-doctoral fellowship under NSERC/TOTAL industrial chair in hydrodynamic modelling of multiphase processes at extreme conditions and NSERC multisectorial industrial chair in coating and surface engineering (CSE). Over several years working in different research and development institutes, Dr. Habibzadeh has built a decent deal of knowledge and experiences in designing the nano-surface (simple and/or complex) and interface tailored to desired applications. This has been carried out by various treatment (electrochemical modification) and coating (wet/dry) techniques. In addition, he has also developed multiple layer coatings on a surface of interest associated with the respective photochemical/electrochemical/optical activity. Furthermore, synthesis of nanostructured materials, i.e., a wide range of metal oxide nanoparticles such as, TiO2, SiO2, SnO2, IrO2, HfO2, Sm2O3, etc, for various applications, e.g., electro/catalysts, nanofluids and coatings, by different techniques were allocated to his experiences as well.


JocelynJOCELYN DOUCET

Jocelyn Doucet holds a Chemical Engineering Degree and Ph. D. from Ecole Polytechnique (Montreal, 2004 and 2008) where he is also adjunct professor since 2011.

While completing his Ph. D., he founded Kengtek Engineering, a company specialized in process engineering with a strong emphasize on developing and executing the research and development needed to properly scale-up processes to the industrial and commercial level. This is where he developed more than 20 industrial processes and patents for worldwide clients. His entrepreneurial and engineering skills have made him grow the company every year in various sectors by partnering with larger engineering firms and research centres and by successfully solving complex problems in very innovative ways. As a result of his leadership and dedication to work, he was recognized as one of the greatest young entrepreneur in Canada as 2013 finalist of the BDC Young Entrepreneur Award. He also received the Rogers New Technology award for Pyrowave in 2013 and won the local and regional prizes for the most promising young entrepreneur in Science and Technology and Sustainable Energy.

His professional record includes working directly on key technology development with senior executives of large organizations such as Kraft, Danone, Lallemand, Kruger, Shell, Diageo, Total, Leahy Orchards, and several other companies, such as start-ups, in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and energy sectors. He has developed extensive relationships with Universities and Research Centers in Canada, in the USA and Europe. He is an active professional engineer in Quebec (Eng.) and Wisconsin USA (PE) and inactive in Saskatchewan and Alberta (P.Eng).

His young career had led him to developing major breakthroughs, specifically in the field of yeast fermentation, complex continuous and semi-continuous extraction (using refrigerant, flammable solvents and liquefied petroleum gas), food and dairy process design in aseptic conditions, high pressure and high temperature processes and, more recently in waste conversion. He has been involved in several waste to fuel process design involving waste tire, motor oil, biomass and several others. He has 12 published articles in peer-reviewed journals, is the inventor of 8 patents and author of over 25 scientific conferences.


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XIAOTAO BI

Professor at UBC

Fluidization, Reactor Design, Electrostatics, PEM Fuel Cells, Pollution Control, Biomass Processing, Green Engineering

Education

University of British Columbia, 1994, Ph.D.

Tsinghua University, China, 1988, M.A.Sc.

Tsinghua University, China, 1985, B.A.Sc.


ArturoARTURO MACCHI

Professor Macchi completed both his BEng and MASc at Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, after which he attended the University of British Columbia for his PhD.  During his graduate studies he worked on a variety of fundamental and applied multiphase reaction engineering projects, such as the drying of slurries in a spouted bed, the hydrodynamic scaling of a high-pressure foaming three-phase fluidized bed hydroprocessor (LC-FinerSM), and a kinetic study of vanadium phosphorus oxide catalyst employed in the partial oxidation of n-butane to maleic anhydride.

Present research interests continue to be in multiphase reaction engineering with emphasis on fluidized beds: transport phenomena in high pressure multiphase reactors, including micro-channels; the synthesis of gas hydrates in a slurry bubble column; and capture of CO2 from the flue gas of a combustor/gasifier via a dual fluidized bed system using limestone.  Collaborations have been established with CanmetEnergy-Ottawa, McGill University, Syncrude Canada Ltd. and Lonza Inc.


HepingHEPING CUI

Dr. Cui is currently a principal engineer at Covanta, USA. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in chemical engineering from Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Master degree in thermal energy engineering from Huazhong University of Science & Technology, China, and B.Eng. degree in energy engineering from Central South University, China. He previously worked as a senior staff engineer at Honeywell, a research associate at University of British Columbia, and a postdoctoral fellow and research associate at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. His research mainly focuses on waste-to-energy, renewable energy, gasification, fluidized beds, energy efficiency, hydrogen production, multiphase flow measurement, and other process engineering areas.  He is an author of 50+ publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He is also an invited reviewer for more than 20 journals and conferences.


RACHID MABROUK 

Dr. Rachid Mabrouk holds Master in engineering science from Mohammadia Engineering School, Rabat in Morocco, and Ph.D. degree from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada. His Ph.D. research thesis was about gas-solid hydrodynamic of internal circulating fluidized bed reactor. For his research project, he used the non-intrusive technique, a tool developed and built in the research lab. Along his career, he accumulated several years of international experience, in both chemical and gas industries. In 2012, he joined The Linde Group as technical expert, for synthesis gas generation and downstream applications, responsible for scouting and screening new technologies and new businesses. In 2016 he was assigned as HyCO manager for hydrogen and synthesis gas plants within Europe and Middle East regions. Rachid Mabrouk started his endeavour in chemical industry in 2007 as research scientist at DuPont research centre in Kingston, Ontario. Shortly after, he joined Haldor Topsoe, a catalyst and engineering firm based in Copenhagen, Denmark, as research process engineer and later as development engineer. Despite being in industrial environment, Dr. Mabrouk is actively contributing to innovation and development in energy and environmental sectors with innovative ideas and processes.