Prof. Sylvain Coulombe, ing., Ph.D.

Professor & Department Chair
Gerald Hatch Faculty Fellow
Plasma Process
ing Laboratory – PPL
Department of Chemical Engineering
McGill University
3610 University Street
Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3A 0C5
(+1) 514 398 5213

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B.Sc. Physics (1991), Université de Sherbrooke
M.Sc.A. Chemical Engineering (1994), Université de Sherbrooke
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (1998), McGill University
Examens de l’OIQ – Génie physique (2003-2007)
Back in the days at CRTP…

Teaching Responsibilities
CHEE301 Resource Recovery from Waste – Undergraduate Tech. Comp.
CHEE401 Energy Systems Engineering – Core Undergraduate
CHEE456/457 Design Project I & II

Main Research Theme: Plasma Processing / Electrification of Chemical Processes
  • Novel plasma sources
  • Electrical-to-chemical energy conversion processes
  • Advanced material synthesis
  • Resource recovery and valorization
Application Sectors
Renewable electricity-to-chemical energy conversion
   Reforming of CH4

   Plasma-assisted combustion
Advanced materials for energy harvesting, conversion and storage
   Electrocatalysts for gas conversion
   Energetic materials
   Nanofluids for volumetric absorption and enhanced transport properties 
   Material circularity (close-loop, sustainable material use)
Medicine and Environment
  Plasma-activated water for cancer treatment and pollutant degradation
  Plasma-liquid interactions for resource recovery

Editorial Activities
Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing, Editorial Board
Plasma Processes & PolymersInternational Advisory Board
Plasma Research Express, Editorial Board
Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, Advisory Panel

IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (IEEE NPSS), Senior Member
International Plasma Chemistry Society (IPCS), Board of Directors, Vice-President (2018-2019)
Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
, Génie physique, OIQ #128770
Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC)

Awards and Recognitions
NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement Award (2017-2020)
Outstanding Reviewer Award 2016 for J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys.

Gerald Hatch Faculty Fellow (2015-2018)
Carrie M. Derick Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching & Supervision, McGill University (2010)
Canada Research Chair, Government of Canada (2002-2012)
Dean’s List of Honors, Ph.D., McGill University (1998)

Employment History
07/2013-Now: Full Professor
09/2012-06/2018: Department Chair
06/2007-06/2013: Associate Professor
09/2001-05/2007: Assistant Professor
10/1997 to 08/2001: Senior Research Scientist, GE Global Research

Personal Interests
Cycling and bicycle mechanics
Maps, cycle touring and hiking
Indigenous art