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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Plasma Engineer by training, Circular Engineer in the making, cycling enthusiast.

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

Expertise for Consulting
Plasma science and engineering, plasma reactor and process design, resource recovery from waste, laser ablation, plasma diagnostics, process control and instrumentation, heat and mass transfer, nanoparticle synthesis, heterogeneous nanostructured coatings, nanofluids, electrical discharge light sources.

Senior Member, IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (IEEE NPSS)
Board of Directors of the International Plasma Chemistry Society (IPCS)
International Advisory Board of Plasma Processes & Polymers
Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, Génie physique, OIQ #128770
Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC)
Regroupement stratégique FRQNT Plasma-Québec

Awards and Recognitions
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

Current Teaching Responsibilities
CHEE301 Resource Recovery from Waste – Undergraduate Tech. Comp. (Next time: Winter 2017)
CHEE456/457 Design Project I & II

Public Presentations
Plasma Processes for Resource Recovery & Energy Applications, University of British Colombia (February 2016)

Main Research Interests
Plasma-assisted synthesis of nanomaterials for energy applications
  • Synthesis, characterization and applications of stable nanofluids
  • MWCNT-supported metal nanoparticle catalysts
  • Supercapacitors
Plasmas for electrical-to-chemical energy conversion
  • Plasma-assisted combustion (PAC)
  • CH4/CO2 reforming
  • Nanosecond pulser development
Plasmas and liquids
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Plasma-aerosol interactions
Thermal plasma processing
  • Electric arc furnace (EAF)
  • Resource (material & energy) recovery from waste
  • High-speed signal analysis/imaging
  • Application of machine learning (artificial intelligence) to arcing control
Research & Development Collaborators
Prof. Jeffrey Bergthorson, Alternative Fuels Laboratory, Mechanical Engineering, McGill
Mr. Pierre Carabin, Director of Engineering, PyroGenesis Canada Inc
Prof. Jan Kopyscinski, Chemical Engineering, McGill
Prof. Sasha Omanovic, Electrochemistry and Corrosion Lab, Chemical Engineering, McGill
Prof. Phillip Servio, Chemical Engineering, McGill

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