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Orientation and future of Chemical Engineering

Orientation

All our graduate programmes fall into 5 specific orientations:

Biopharmaceutical

Biotechnology. Design and characterization of bioreactors for optimal culture of plant, insect and mammalian cells. Monitoring and control of cell culture. Kinetic and metabolic modeling, Metabolic Flux Analysis (MFA), Metabolic Control Analysis (MCA). Cell engineering and molecular biology. Biosensors. Production of metabolites, recombinant protein and viruses for gene therapy. Bioprocess control. Purification, quality and bioactivity assessments of bioproducts.

Environment and sustainable development

Hazardous waste treatment (solid, liquid & gaz). Physico-chemical, biological and thermal processes. Bioremediation. Risk and impact assessment. Life Cycle Assessment/Management (LCA / LCM). Sustainable development. Eco-design..

Energy and process integration

Process modelling, analysis and simulation. Circuit closure, effluent reduction, waste treatment. Material and energy integration. Data reconciliation, pinch analysis. Process dynamics and control, advanced process control techniques.

Polymers

Polymer activities in the department of Chemical Engineering are part of a scientific cluster, the Research Center for High Performance Polymer and Composite Systems, CREPEC. Our research topics are the following:

Polymer/biopolymer blends and nanoparticles with sophisticated morphologies and interfaces for high performance applications. Rheology of biopolymers, biocomposites, nanocomposites and polysaccharides/protein hybrid systems, emulsions, hydrogels. Processing, morphology, structure interrelationship for polymers. New polymer recycling technologies. Polymers and energetic materials, propellent powders, chemical propulsion and explosives. Active multilayer films and nanofiber structures for functional applications in packaging, biomedical and detection. Interface control of soft materials; materials of high specific surface area including porous hydrogels and polymers, emulsions; high-performance and biomedical applications.

Process

Computer-Aided Design. Kinetics of catalytic processes. Reactor design and modeling. Simulation and Control. Operations related to catalytic powder processes (aerogels, cryogels, fluidized beds). Operation of catalytic circulating and turbulent fluid bed reactors. Gas technology. Solid and hazardous waste incineration. Process design for thermal treatment of solids in fluidized beds. Catalytic combustion.

Future of Chemical Engineering

Problems related to ageing, natural resources and environment are now at the forefront in Western countries. Thanks to their versatile training and know-how, Chemical engineers are becoming key-players to explore innovative concepts and technologies addressing these concerns. Stimulating challenges are thus to come for our future graduated engineers.

Our department in brief

Our department in brief

The department of Chemical engineering is composed of 25 full-time professors and 9 adjunct professors that supervise no less than 120 students involved in research activities (70 Ph.D. and 50 Master students) as well as 20 students enrolled in graduate course programmes.

This makes our engineering department one of the most active in research at École Polytechnique and across Canada.