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

of Chemical Engineering
Associate Vice-Principal, Innovation and Partnerships
McGill University
3610 University Street
Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3A 0C5
(+1) 514 398 5213

Google Scholar
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)

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

Main Research Themes
  • Plasma sources and processes for gas conversion, liquid treatment and advanced material synthesis
  • Engineering for the Circular Economy
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

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
McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative / MSSI

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
09/2018-08/2023: Associate Vice-Principal, Innovation and Partnerships
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