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Research interests

The Photochemical Surface Engineering Laboratory (PhotoSEL) conducts research in the following fields:

  • Photochemical surface engineering and functionalization;
  • Bridging the gap between small scale nanofabrication and large scale nanomanufacturing;
  • Gas phase treatment methods (PICVD, chemical reactions, plasma);
  • Nanoparticle stabilization, to prevent and reverse agglomeration;
  • Identification of low-cost nanoparticle sources;
  • Health and safety aspects of nanomaterials;
  • Valorization of domestic and industrial waste streams;
  • Biocompatibility of materials destined for implantation.

Our platform technology presented by Univalor:

Expertise type(s) (NSERC subjects)
  • 2002 Materials processing/fabrication
  • 2004 Polymers and coatings
  • 2006 Biomaterials
  • 2007 Composites
  • 3402 Surface and interfacial chemistry
  • 2010 Thin films/interfaces


Recent publications
Journal article
Girard, M., Vidal, D., Bertrand, F., Tavares, J.R. & Heuzey, M.-C. (2021). Evidence-based guidelines for the ultrasonic dispersion of cellulose nanocrystals. Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, 71, 11 pages. Retrieved from
Journal article
Torres Castillo, C.S., Bruel, C. & Tavares, J.R. (2020). Chemical affinity and dispersibility of boron nitride nanotubes. Nanoscale Advances, 2(6), 2497-2506. Retrieved from
Journal article
Bernard, G., Rompre, P., Tavares, J.R. & Montpetit, A. (2020). Colorimetric and spectrophotometric measurements of orthodontic thermoplastic aligners exposed to various staining sources and cleaning methods. Head & Face Medicine, 16(1), 11 pages. Retrieved from
Journal article
Nasri Lari, H., Chaouki, J. & Tavares, J.R. (2020). Continuous aerosol photopolymerization to coat de-agglomerated nanoparticles. Chemical Engineering Journal, 390, 12 pages. Retrieved from


Associate Professor (2011-...)

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Polytechnique Montréal

Industrial postdoctoral fellowship (2010-2011)

  • Product Development Scientist
  • PyroGenesis Canada Inc.
  • Publications:
    • Tavares J., Rao L., Derboghossian C., Carabin P., Kaldas A., Chevalier P., Holcroft G. (2011), Large-Scale Plasma Waste Gasification, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 39, 11, 2908-2909 (special issue - Images in Plasma Science)
    • Tavares J., Carabin P. (PyroGenesis Canada Inc.) Method to maximize energy recovery in waste-to-energy processes, US Patent US9447705, PCT/CA2012/000233

Ph.D. (2006-2010)

  • Chemical Engineering
  • McGill University
  • Under Prof. Sylvain Coulombe
  • Publications :
    • Tavares J., Coulombe S. (2011), Dual plasma synthesis and characterization of a stable copper-ethylene glycol nanofluid, Powder Technology 210, 132–142
    • Tavares J., Coulombe S., Meunier J.-L. (2009), Synthesis of cubic-structured monocrystalline titanium nitride nanoparticles by means of a dual plasma process, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 42, 102001
    • Tavares J., Shahryari A., Harvey J., Coulombe S., Omanovic S. (2009) Corrosion behaviour and fibrinogen adsorptive interaction of SS316L surfaces covered with ethylene glycol plasma polymer-coated Ti nanoparticles, Surface and Coatings Technology, 203, 2278-2287
    • Vandsburger L., Swanson E.J., Tavares J., Coulombe S, Meunier J.-L. (2009), Stabilized aqueous dispersion of multi-walled carbon nanotubes obtained by RF glow discharge treatment, Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 11, 7, 1817-1822
    • Tavares J., Swanson E.J., Coulombe S. (2008) Plasma synthesis of coated metal nanoparticles with surface properties tailored for dispersion, Plasma Processes and Polymers, 5, 759-769
    • Swanson E.J., Tavares J., Coulombe S. (2008) Improved dual-plasma process for the synthesis of coated or functionalized metal nanoparticles, IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 36, 4, 886-887 (special issue - Images in Plasma Science) 

Bachelor's (2002-2005)

  • Chemical Engineering
  • McGill University



  • GCH8271 Conception et synthèse des procédés (process design)
  • GCH8272 Projet de conception et analyse d'impact (design project)
  • GCH8729 Déchets solides et énergie résiduelle (waste and energy management)

Supervision at Polytechnique


  • Post-doctoral fellowship (2)

    • Legrand, Ulrich. Nanomaterials for atmospheric water harvesting.
    • Hosseinirad, Somayeh. Development of green binders for additive manufacturing.
  • Ph.D. (7)

    • Chen, Gaowen. Continuous synthesis of photo-initiator compounds.
    • Jahromi, Allen. Induction welding of high-performance thermoplastics.
    • Brassard, David. Welding of composite materials.
    • Bruel, Charles. Assessing CNC dispersion.
    • Girard, Mélanie. Dispersion of modified CNC.
    • Nasri Lari, Hamed. Controllable Break up of Agglomeration: Towards stable nanoparticles.
    • Torres Castillo, Cristina Sofia. Nano-additives for elastomers.
  • Master (thesis) (8)

    • Aufoujal, Alessio. Nanostructure atmospheric water capture device.
    • Bernard, Gabrielle. Wearing of orthodontic aligners.
    • Knoch, Simon. Biobased polymer exclusion nets.
    • Goffin, Alice. Thermomechanical behaviour of binders used in additive manufacturing.
    • Yanez Sanchez, Sergio Ivan. Development of green binders used in additive manufacturing.
    • Schlachter, David. Penetration of binders in a powder bed.
    • Ouette, Jeanne. Continuous synthesis of nanomaterials for water capture.
    • Pille, Ann. Functionalized hydrogels for water decontamination.


  • Ph.D. Thesis (6)

    • Brassard, D. (2020). Développement d'un nanocomposite conducteur pour le soudage par résistance des composites thermoplastiques (Ph.D. Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Bruel, C. (2020). On the Role of Chemical Affinity on the Dispersion, Self-Assembly, and Interfacial Behavior of Colloidal Cellulose Nanocrystals (Ph.D. Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Nasri Lari, H. (2020). Continuous In-line De-agglomeration and Coating of Nanoparticles (Ph.D. Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Sabri, F. (2019). Novel Reversible “Sticky” Particles Grafted With Gelling Polysaccharides to Control the Stability of Pickering Emulsions (Ph.D. Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Hosseininasab, S. (2018). Syngas/Photo-Initiated Chemical Vapor Deposition to Modify Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (Ph.D. Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Farhanian, D. (2017). Controlled Functionalization of Surfaces Through Syngas Photo-Initiated Chemical Vapor Depostion (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from
  • Master's Thesis (7)

    • Aufoujal, A. (2020). Physical and Chemical Approaches for Water Micro-Droplet Capture (Master's Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Knoch, S. (2020). Sur la modification du PLA en vue de son application pour filet d’exclusion (Master's Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Zakeri, B. (2017). Tailoring the Surface Charge of Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNC) Using a Polycation (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from
    • 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
    • Labonté, V. (2016). Déposition d'un revêtement organique par voie photochimique sur des particules employées dans le contrôle qualité des médicaments injectables (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Talwar, B.S. (2015). Investigation of the Effect of Mixing Methods and Chemical Treatments on the Conductivity of the CNT/PLA Based Composites (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from
    • Dorval Dion, C.A. (2013). Déposition photochimique du gaz de synthèse (CO et H2) pour la fonctionnalisation en surface à conditions ambiantes (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from

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