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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
Khandal, D., Riedl, B., Tavares, J.R., Carreau, P.J. & Heuzey, M.-C. (2019). Tailoring cellulose nanocrystals rheological behavior in aqueous suspensions through surface functionalization with polyethyleneimine. Physics of Fluids, 31(2), 17 pages. Retrieved from
Journal article
Bruel, C., Tavares, J.R., Carreau, P.J. & Heuzey, M.-C. (2019). The structural amphiphilicity of cellulose nanocrystals characterized from their cohesion parameters. Carbohydrate Polymers, 205, 184-191. Retrieved from
Journal article
Kasparek, E., Thiry, D., Tavares, J.R., Wertheimer, M.R., Snyders, R. & Girard-Lauriault, P.-L. (2018). Growth mechanisms of sulfur-rich plasma polymers: Binary gas mixtures versus single precursor. Plasma Processes and Polymers, 15(7), 11 pages. Retrieved from
Conference paper
Sabri, F., Berthomier, K., Fradette, L., Tavares, J.R. & Virgilio, N. (2018). Improving the separation of Pickering emultion constituents by using alginate-grafted particles [Poster]. Presented at the 16th Conference of the International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists, Rotterdam, Pays-Bas.


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



  • GCH4125 Conception et synthèse des procédés (process design)
  • GCH4160 Projet de conception et analyse d'impact (design project)
  • GCH6908 Séminaires (graduate seminars)
  • GCH8729 Déchets solides et énergie résiduelle (waste and energy management)

Supervision at Polytechnique


  • Ph.D. (8)

    • Brassard, David. Welding of composite materials.
    • Bruel, Charles. Assessing CNC dispersion.
    • Girard, Mélanie. Dispersion of modified CNC.
    • Hosseininasab, Ehsan. Biocompatibility of functionalized carbon nanotubes.
    • Kasparek, Evelyne. Thiol-terminated surfaces by VUV and plasma surface modification.
    • Nasri Lari, Hamed. Controllable Break up of Agglomeration: Towards stable nanoparticles.
    • Sabri, Faezeh. To Use Particles with Reactive Complementary Surface Chemistries as a New Appraoch to Destabilize Highly Viscous Solid-Stabilized Emulsion Systems.
    • Torres Castillo, Cristina Sofia. Nano-additives for elastomers.
  • Master (thesis) (3)

    • Aufoujal, Alessio. Nanostructure atmospheric water capture device.
    • Bernard, Gabrielle. Wearing of orthodontic aligners.
    • Knoch, Simon. Biobased polymer exclusion nets.


  • Ph.D. Thesis (1)

    • 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 (5)

    • 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