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Research interests
  • Catalysis
  • Transient redox kinetics
  • Gas-solids fluidization
  • Chemicals derived from biomass
  • Biomass valorization
  • Reactor design and scale-up
  • Circulating and turbulent fluidized beds
  • Process economics and experience curves
  • Catalysts synthesis
  • Extraction of essential oils to fight malaria
  • Mass production and global gas flaring reduction (GGFR)
  • Glucose to speciality chemicals - cathode materials (LiFePO4)
Expertise type(s) (NSERC subjects)
  • 1800 CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
  • 1801 Reaction fundamentals and reactor design
  • 1804 Heat transfer
  • 1807 Combustion
  • 2203 Modelling, simulation
  • 2301 Petroleum-based and fossil fuels
  • 3606 Kinetics and mechanisms of reactions
  • 3607 Catalysis

Publications

Recent publications
Journal article
Bindes, M.M.M., Terra, N.M., Patience, G.S., Boffito, D.C., Cardoso, V.L. & Reis, M.H.M. (2020). Asymmetric Al2O3 and PES/Al2O3 hollow fiber membranes for green tea extract clarification. Journal of Food Engineering, 277. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2019.109889
Journal article
Patience, G.S. & Boffito, D.C. (2020). Distributed production: Scale‐up vs experience. Journal of Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, 2(2). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1002/amp2.10039
Journal article
Bakker, M.G., Fowler, B., Bowman, M.K. & Patience, G.S. (2020). Experimental methods in chemical engineering: Electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy-EPR/ESR. Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 98(8), 1668-1681. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1002/cjce.23784
Journal article
Guerrero-Perez, M.O. & Patience, G.S. (2020). Experimental methods in chemical engineering: Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 98(1), 25-33. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1002/cjce.23664

Biography

Gregory Patience holds a Canada Research Chair and is Professor of Chemical Engineering at Polytechnique Montreal. He published a book on experimental methods, which is now the subject of a series of several dozen articles in The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, and his 2nd book – Communicate Science Papers, Presentations and Poster Effectively – Elsevier nominated as one of the top 10 reference texts every graduate student should have.  This book was also the basis of two dozen articles on writing and ethics in the same journal. His article on ethics and authorship has been viewed over 20 000 times in 2019 during the first after it was published in 2019 (Intellectual contributions meriting authorship: Survey results from the top cited authors across all science categories:https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0198117). Nature News featured it in 2018 (Who gets credit? Survey digs into the thorny question of authorship: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05280-0).

Hisr laboratory has integrated mechano-chemical techniques to decrease the processing times to produce powders. He introduced ultrasonic probes into media mills with 2 mm zirconia beads. He also have spray drying capability from the bench scale (150 mm in diameter) to the semi-works scale (800 mm in diameter, with a drying capacity of 10 kg h-1).  Much of the equipement was purchased from an Automotive Partnership grant to produce LiFePO4 batteries. He develops catalytic processes to convert bio-substrates to value added chemicals and fuels:  One application is to atomize poorly volatile compounds – fructose, glucose, HMF, DFF, vegetable oil, glucose, lignin – into fluidized beds operating above 150 oC. Currently he has two industrial collaborations to treat end of life polymers and programs in flow chemistry for peroxides and another project on cannabis.

Prof. Patience started his career at DuPont in 1990 after completing his PhD at Polytechnique Montreal.  He resided in Wilmington, DE (USA) until 1996, then moved to Asturias, Spain for 4 years, followed by another 4-year sejour in Geneva Switzerland before returning to Canada in 1994. He completed a B.Sc and M.Sc. at the University of Calgary.

 

Teaching

GCH2560 - Experimental methods and instrumentation

GCH3110 - Chemical reaction engineering

GCH8271 - Process design

GCH8272 - Project design and environmental impact

GCH6201 - Catalysis and applied kinetics

GCH6902 - Gas-soild reactor design

CAP7110 - Writing science effectively

Supervision at Polytechnique

COMPLETED

  • Ph.D. Thesis (13)

    • Ma, Z. (2019). Partial Oxidation of Methane to Syngas Over Noble Metal Catalysts Supported by Fecralloy Fibre (Ph.D. Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/3815/
    • Rigamonti, M.G. (2019). Spray Drying LiFePO4 Nanoparticle Suspensions and Scale-Up (Ph.D. Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/3883/
    • Carnevali, D. (2018). Catalytic Design for Fructose Conversion to Speciality Chemicals (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/3265/
    • Darabi Mahboub, M.J. (2018). Keggin-type catalysts partially oxidize 2-methyl-1,3- propanediol to methacrylic acid in a micro-fluidized bed reactor (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/3088/
    • Li, H. (2018). Wet Media Mill of Lithium Iron Phosphate (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/3735/
    • Perreault, P. (2016). Modélisation cinétique de la réduction de minerais par le monoxyde de carbone utilisés dans le procédé de combustion en boucle chimique (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/2109/
    • Dalil, M. (2015). Dehydration of Glycerol to Acrolein in Fluidized Bed Reactor (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/1989/
    • Lotfi, S. (2015). Catalytic Upgrading of Softwood Kraft Lignin to Value Added Chemicals (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/1964/
    • Aghabararnejad, M. (2014). Chemical Looping Gasification of Biomass (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/1507
    • Chiron, F.-X. (2012). Production d'hydrogène en boucle chimique (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/964
    • Shekari, A. (2011). N-Butane Partial Oxidation to Maleic Anhydride : Experimental and Kinetic Studies Under Transient Conditions (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/653
    • Laviolette, J.-P. (2010). Réactions homogènes en phase gazeuse dans les lits fluidisés (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/340
    • Kaarsholm, M. (2009). Methanol-to-olefins in a fluidized bed : experimental and modelling study (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal).
  • Master's Thesis (11)

    • Pombert, O. (2018). Synthèse de catalyseurs de cobalt et de magnésium supportés sur du nitrure de bore pour l'oxydation partielle du méthane (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/3766/
    • Louyot, P. (2017). Synthèse de catalyseur de Fischer-Tropsch assistée par ultrasons (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/2924/
    • Bérard, A. (2016). Modification de la surface des filets d'exclusion utilisés dans la production biologique de pommes dans l'est du Canada (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/2108/
    • Bruel, C. (2016). Thermodynamique et stabilité des films de platine pour l'hydrogénation de CO2 dans un réacteur à oxyde solide (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/2222/
    • Asiedu-Boateng, P. (2015). Attrition Resistance of CaO-CuO-Cem Powder for CO2 Capture in Calcium Looping Processes (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/1734/
    • Cardona, M. (2014). Caractérisation des propriétés du bitume oxydé afin d'évaluer ses risques d'ignition (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/1449
    • Ghaznavi , T. (2014). Conversion of D-Xylose to Carboxylic Acids in a Capillary Fluidized Bed (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/1444
    • Farrie, Y. (2011). Conversion catalytique de la glycérine en acroléine dans un lit fluidisé (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/593/
    • Perreault, P. (2010). Utilisation de minéraux en tant que porteurs d'oxygène potentiels dans le procédé de combustion en boucle chimique (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/376/
    • Keraron, M. (2009). Conversion du méthanol en oléfines sur SAPO-34 : modélisation cinétique et design de réacteur (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/158/
    • Godefroy, A. (2008). Étude de la régénération de catalyseurs redox pour une application en lit fluidisé circulant (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal).

News about Gregory Patience

NEWS | September 14, 2018
Chemical engineering research from Polytechnique Montréal published by the « Chemical Society Reviews » journal | Read
NEWS | June 14, 2018
Practices of granting authorship: «Nature» takes an interest in the work of two Polytechnique Montréal professors | Read
NEWS | December 14, 2017
Polytechnique Montréal awarded $2.4 million grant for three chairs as part of the Canada Research Chairs Program | Read

Press review about Gregory Patience

May 29, 2018, Nature, Des chercheurs européens inventent l'avion résistant au givre Mention de Gregory Patience, professeur titulaire au Département de génie chimique de Polytechnique Montréal.
February 2, 2018, Scientific Reports, Sustainable manufacture of insect repellents derived from Nepeta cataria Une étude sur le paludisme réalisée par Gregory Patience et Daria Camilla Boffito, professeurs au Département de génie chimique à Polytechnique Montréal, et leurs collaborateurs Federico Galli et Nicolas A. Patience.