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Research interests and affiliations

Research interests

Development of the Neutron Activation Analysis (NAA) methodfor samples of a priori unknown composition by implementing simultaneous and iterative correction of gamma-attenuation and thermal and epithermal neutron self-shielding

  • NAA applied to exotic materials, catalysts, fuel cells and rare earth elements
  • Laboratory Information Management System for NAA
  • Radioactive tracers
  • Software for gamma ray spectrometry and k0 NAA method for stable flux reactors
Expertise type(s) (NSERC subjects)
  • 2401 Reactor design and operation
  • 2402 Radioactive materials
  • 3102 Nuclear physics
  • 3108 Experimental methods and instrumentation


Recent publications
Journal article
Chavez-Gomez, P., Pelzmann, T., Hall, D.R., Chilian, C., Laberge Lebel, L. & Robert, É. (2022). Carbon fiber damage evolution under flame attack and the role of impurities. Fire and Materials, 15 pages. Retrieved from
Journal article
Mathew, F., Chilian, C., Montgomery, L. & Kildea, J. (2021). Development of a passive gold-foil Nested Neutron Spectrometer to validate the active current-mode He-3 measurements in a high neutron fluence rate radiotherapy environment. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, 985, 7 pages. Retrieved from
Journal article
Ngapo, T.M., Champagne, C., Chilian, C., Dugan, M.E.R., Gariepy, S., Vahmani, P. & Bilodeau, P. (2021). Pemmican, an endurance food: Past and present. Meat Science, 178, 11 pages. Retrieved from
Journal article
Koclas, C., Muftuoglu, A., Teyssedou, A. & Chilian, C. (2019). A commissioning rod assembly for the Jamaican SLOWPOKE-2 nuclear reactor. Review of Scientific Instruments, 90(6), 9 pages. Retrieved from


ENE6110: Nuclear Engineering Laboratory

Supervision at Polytechnique


  • Master's Thesis (2)

    • Abdollahi Neisiani, M. (2017). Quantifyng Rare Earth Element Content in High Concentrated Samples by ko-NAA (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Raouafi, H. (2012). Étude numérique de l'autoprotection spatiale dans des échantillons fortement absorbants irradiés dans le réacteur SLOWPOKE (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from