Nathan Hordy

At the Franz Josef Glacier in NZ

At the Franz Josef Glacier in NZ

Supervisor: Sylvain Coulombe

Collaborators: Larissa Jorge, Mark McArthur

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Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at McGill University (2011-2014)
Title: Plasma Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes Suspensions for Direct Absorption Solar Thermal Energy Systems”

M. Eng. in Chemical Engineering from McGill University (2009-2011)                                    Title: “Direct growth of carbon nanotubes from stainless steel grids and plasma functionalization for poly(vinyl alcohol) composite production”

B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University (2005-2009)


Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University (2014-Present)
Focus: Scale-Up of Nanostructured Electrocatalyst and Nanofluid Synthesis 

My work utilizes the unique properties of nanomaterials as a tool in attacking some of the major issues of our generation. As we are facing complex problems, we must look for innovative and multidisciplinary solutions. My current research involves the scale-up of current lab scale processes for commercialization. The primary goal is the inexpensive production of carbon nanotube electrocatalysts and nanofluids for optical heating in medical applications. 


International Patent application (PCT): Coulombe S, Meunier J-L, Hordy N, Jorge L, Vandsburger L, Roche P, “Nanofluid with nanoparticle-decorated multiwall carbon nanotubes and method of preparation thereof”, PCT/CA2014/050276, 17/03/2014.


Hordy N, Aristizabal F, Coulombe S. “Volumetric Optical Heating of Carbon Nanotube Nanofluids”. Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer. 2015; 88:133-137

Hordy N
, Meunier J-L, Coulombe S. “Thermal Stability of Plasma Generated Oxygenated Functionalities on Carbon Nanotube”. Article in Press: Plasma Process. Pol. 2015 

McArthur MA, Hordy N, Coulombe S, Omanovic S. “A binder-free multi-walled carbon nanotube electrode containing oxygen functionalities for electrochemical capacitors”. Electrochem. Acta. 2015; 162:245-253

Hordy N, Rabilloud D, Meunier J-L, Coulombe S. “High Temperature and Long-Term Stability of Carbon Nanotube Nanofluids for Direct Absorption Solar Thermal Collectors”. Solar Energy. 2014; 2014; 105:82-90

Hordy N, Mendoza-Gonzalez N-Y, Coulombe S, Meunier J-L. “The Effect of Carbon Input on the Morphology and Attachment of Carbon Nanotubes Grown Directly from Stainless Steel”. Carbon. 2013; 63:348-57

Hordy N, Coulombe S, Meunier J-L. “Plasma Functionalization of Carbon Nanotubes for the Synthesis of Stable Aqueous Nanofluids and Poly(vinyl alcohol) Nanocomposites”. Plasma Process. Polym. 2013;10:110-18


Hordy N, Coulombe S, Meunier J-L., “Plasma Generated Functionalities on Carbon nanotubes: The effect of Plasma Processing Conditions and Thermal Stability ”. Gordon Research Conference. Providence, USA; July 2014. 

Hordy N, Meunier J-L, Coulombe S. “High Temperature Stability of Plasma Functionalized Carbon Nanotube Nanofluids for Direct Solar Thermal Absorption”. International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry. Cairns, Australia; August 2013. 
Best Paper Award