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), 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…

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

Main Research Theme: Green Plasma Processing
Gas conversion
  • Plasma-assisted combustion
  • Gas conversion (reforming of CH4, NH3 synthesis)
  • Desulfurization
Plasma-mist contactor
  • Reaction-transport processes are plasma-liquid interface
  • Wastewater treatment
Plasma-assisted synthesis of nanomaterials for energy applications
  • Synthesis, characterization and applications of stable nanofluids
  • MWCNT-supported metal nanoparticle electrocatalysts
  • Synthesis of functionalized/coated nanoparticles
Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) processing
  • Fundamental study of interacting arcs and heat/current transfer to electrodes
  • Value-added product synthesis from waste (resource recovery)
Main Plasma Sources
– Homemade nanosecond pulsers
– Plasma-mist contactor
– Pin-to-grid flowing discharges
– Pin-to-pin crossflow discharges
– Low-pressure linear and capacitively-coupled RF (13.56MHz) glow discharges
– Combined pulsed laser ablation – RF(13.56MHz) plasma functionalization sources
– Gliding arc
– 10 kW twin-electrode DC electric arc furnace
– 50 kW radio-frequency inductively-coupled plasma

Editorial Activities
Plasma Processes & PolymersInternational Advisory Board
Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing, Editorial Board

Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED)
Senior Member, IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (IEEE NPSS)
Board of Directors of the International Plasma Chemistry Society (IPCS)
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

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

Research & Development Collaborators
Prof. Jeffrey Bergthorson, Alternative Fuels Laboratory, Mechanical Engineering, McGill
Mr. Pierre Carabin, CTO, PyroGenesis Canada Inc
Prof. Jan Kopyscinski, Catalytic Process Engineering Lab, Chemical Engineering, McGill
Prof. Sasha Omanovic, Electrochemistry and Corrosion Lab, Chemical Engineering, McGill
Prof. Phillip Servio, Gas Hydrate Lab, Chemical Engineering, McGill

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 and nanofluids.

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