I am an undergraduate student in chemical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal. Throughout my first year of studies, I developed an interest in materials science, thermodynamics and programming. This summer, my goal is to simulate a process for the production of niobium from niobium concentrate and to simultaneously optimize the thermodynamic databases in Factsage by using the Calphad approach.
Anya Bouarab | LinkedIn
Juan Ricardo Castillo Sánchez | LinkedIn
Ricardo first came as an exchange student to the École Polytechnique de Montréal in 2018 through the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP Scholarship) granted by the Government of Canada. He then returned in August 2019 to start his master’s degree in the Dept. of Chemical Engineering. His research focuses on classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations for aluminum alloys around their melting temperatures to determine the mechanisms of nucleation during solidification.
Laura Pressi | LinkedIn
I am a Chemical Engineer, graduated in Brazil. At present, I am a M.Sc. A. student at Polytechnique, I have been working on a research project about the effect of impurities on mechanical behavior of stainless steel for applications to large-size components, such as hydraulic turbines. Previously, I had worked for 6 years in a large company specialized in energy where I could acquire professional experience in industry.
Minh Duc Vo
I am a M.Sc. A student in Materials Engineering at the CRCT, having completed my Bachelor in Chemical Engineering at the Polytechnique. The core of my project is to improve the existing thermodynamic database for aluminum alloys. The main objective is a more accurate description of the impacts of various impurities, such as Cr, Ni and V, on phase formation during heat treatment and recycling of commercial aluminum alloys.
My master project is to improve the thermodynamic database of Al-Si-Fe-Mn- (Cr-Ni-V) alloy. To do this, the CALPHAD method, supplemented by the modified quasi-chemical model, will be used.
Paul Lafaye (Ph.D.) | LinkedIn
I am a postdoctoral researcher in applied physics. My research project consists in designing thermodynamic modelling of aluminum alloys using new and various Density Functional Theory calculations, finite-temperature calculations and Thermogravimetric Analysis, Differential Thermal Analysis and Differential Scanning Calorimetry experiments. Previously, I did a Ph.D. in material science at the Atomic Energy Commission in France. My thesis work consisted in designing a new thermodynamic database for Zirconium alloys using Density Functional Theory calculations for ordered compounds, Special Quasirandom Structure calculations for solid solutions and new experiments as input data for the Calphad (CAlculation of PHAse Diagram) approach.
I’m a bachelor’s degree student in chemical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal. I am passionate about optimizing metallurgical processes. Indeed, I come from a mainly mining region within the Democratic Republic of Congo. For this reason, I joined the CRCT through the UPIR grant to work on the quantification of recyclability of metal alloys.
My project aims to determine the energy requirement of many processes involving recycling of Aluminum alloys, based on states processes conditions. The modeling of the different processes is done using the Factsage software. This project is a major importance as it will significantly reduce the energy consumption to produce a metal compared to traditional metallurgical processes. In addition, it will allow the development of recyclability indices for several metals.
Elizabeth Labonté | LinkedIn
I’m an undergraduate student in chemical engineering and I aspire to have a positive impact on the environment in the industry I’ll be working in. My job this summer is to tie chemical thermodynamics theoretical concepts to the industry’s actual reality in an educational context. The goal is to help students from École Polytechnique Montréal to assimilate and associate nebulous concepts from their chemical thermodynamics course with technologies and processes they are most likely to encounter during their journey towards becoming chemical engineers.
Francis Lebreux Desilets | LinkedIn
Undergrad student in process engineering at Polytechnique Montreal. I have worked in the past with Pr. Harvey as both an Intern at CRCT and a teaching assistant for the undergrad thermochemistry class. I am very exited to currently be working with the CRCT and one of its partners in developping new recycling processes using thermodynamics. Remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Iman Bouara | LinkedIn
I’m a second year chemical engineering student at Polytechnique Montreal. I’m interested in energy processes, programming and simulation. My project with CRCT is working on the simulation of metal recycling processes, and studying their energy index for specific thermo-physical properties. This project will consider the importance of circular economy, as well as reducing evironmental impacts
Jeanne Marchand | LinkedIn
During my first year of bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering I have learn essential notions in thermodynamics, materials science, mathematics and eco-design. Since I enjoyed these learnings, I wanted to improve my knowledge through research. My project will help establishing an energetic processing index for metals and alloys by focusing on nickel superalloys and the calculation of the index.
Sarah Myriam Touré | LinkedIn
I am a second-year student in Chemical engineering at Polytechnique Montreal. I am really interested in metallurgy, process optimization and cosmetics. All I aim for is to gain a maximum of experience and broaden my horizon concerning the engineering world. Here, at CRCT, I have the opportunity to work on a new kind of project. I study the reduction of hematite pellets through the MIDREX process using H2 and CO. The project ultimate goal is actually to go towards H2-MIDREX process.
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Zineb Squalli Houssaini | LinkedIn
I am currently a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering student at Polytechnique Montreal. Thermodynamics and metallurgical processes have always fascinated me and that is why I joined the CRCT through an internship opportunity.
The first objective of my project is to study the different recycling processes of copper found electronic waste and their energy demands using the Factsage software. The second is to explore the methods of extraction and recycling of rare earth elements.