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Biotechnologies and pharmaceutical processes

This work is conducted by the Biotechnologies and Pharmaceutical Processes (Bio-P2) research unit.

Research fields

  • Biotechnology
  • Metabolic engineering
  • Bioprocess control
  • Protein-protein interactions
  • Biomolecular processing and purification

Composition of the research team

  • 4 professors
  • 2 research associates
  • 10 graduate students and 1 post-doctoral fellow

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Biotechnological remediation

esearch into biotechnological remediation development is conducted by the Industrial Chair in Site Remediation and Management, recognized as a university centre of reference in the field of site preservation and remediation. Research is aimed at further increasing the environmental performance of large corporations and public-sector organizations.

Research fields

  • Topic 1: Environmental analysis of remediation actions and optimization of environmental and economic models (9 projects)
  • Topic 2: The future and impacts of contaminants (7 projects)
  • Topic 3: Software tools development (3 projects)

Composition of the research team

  • 3 professors/researchers
  • 4 post-doctoral researchers
  • 11 graduate students
  • 2 research associates
  • 3 outside collaborators

Life cycle of products, processes and services

Research on life cycle analysis (LCA) and life cycle management (LCM) of products, processes and services is conducted by the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur le cycle de vie des produits, procédés et services (Interuniversity Research Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services – CIRAIG), with an eye to supporting sustainable development efforts by industries and governments. The Centre was originally founded by professors from École Polytechnique de Montréal, the School of Industrial Design at the Université de Montréal Faculty of Environmental Design, and HEC Montréal.

Research fields (partial list)

  • LCA for corporations and governments
  • Eco-design of products
  • Development of environmental and social eco-indicators
  • Definition of criteria for eco-labels
  • Economic modelling (life cycle cost analysis)
  • Development of management tools based on the life cycle approach
  • Development of methodologies associated with the life cycle approach

Composition of the research team

  • 5 professors/researchers
  • 4 post-doctoral researchers
  • 16 graduate students
  • 8 research associates

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Process integration in the pulp & paper industry

Research on process integration for the pulp and paper industry is conducted by the NSERC Chair in Environmental Design Engineering..

Research fields

Development of a business-model approach for the pulp & paper industries, incorporating process, cost and environmental data. This business model for mills will enable supply of relevant data necessary for the subsequent development of decision-support tools, for both operations and design.

Composition of the research team

  • 3 professors
  • 1 administrator
  • 15 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows

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Industrial flow processes

The Centre de recherche technologique en ingénierie des écoulements de milieux complexes (Research Centre in Industrial Flow Processes – URPEI) is École Polytechnique de Montréal’s centre for technological research in complex fluid flows.

Research fields

  • Research fields
  • Fluid media
  • Fundamental research
  • Unconventional mixing processes 
  • Polymerization reactors and chemical reactors 
  • CFD for mixing processes
  • Emulsification processes and applications to the petroleum industry 
  • CO2 capture via hydrate formation 
  • Non-continuous media 
  • Granular mixing and pharmaceutical applications 
  • Granular flows and pulp & paper applications 
  • Fundamental research in modelling 
  • Granulation processes

Composition of the research team

  • 2 professors 
  • 6 research associates 
  • 20 graduate students and 3 post-doctoral fellows
  • 2 secretaries 
  • 5 outside collaborators

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