Dr. Sylvain Coulombe is our New Scientist of the Week!

Who’s ready for the next International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry, ISPC 23? This popular for plasma scientists biannual conference will take place at McGill University in Montréal, Canada, from July 30th to August 4th, 2017. The conference is chaired by our new Scientist of the Week, Dr. Sylvain Coulombe along with his co-chair Dr. Luc Stafford.

Sylvain’s research activities cover a wide range of topics, from the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of carbon nanotubes to the design of atmospheric pressure glow discharge torches. It is a great honor to host his interview next week and I hope that you are as excited as I am to learn the things he will share with the followers of The Science and Engineering Cafe.

Here is Dr. Coulombe’s biographical sketch.


Daphne Pappas


Professor Sylvain Coulombe, McGill University, Canada

Professor Sylvain Coulombe, McGill University, Canada


Dr. Sylvain Coulombe is Full Professor and Department Chair of Chemical Engineering at McGill University. He is a registered Engineering Physicist and received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from McGill University in 1997. From 1997 to 2001, he was a Senior Research Scientist with GE Global Research. He returned to McGill in 2001 and held the Canada Research Chair – Tier II in Non-Thermal Plasma Processing from 2002 to 2012. Since 2015, he is a Gerald Hatch Faculty Fellow and focuses his R&D activities on Plasma Processes for Energy Engineering and Material Circularity. Specifically, he develops plasma processes for the synthesis of nanocatalysts, nanofluids and supercapacitors, plasma-assisted combustion, plasma-catalytic reforming, and for resource recovery from waste. He is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference contributions, and co-inventor of eight patents. He is an Editorial Board member of the Plasma Processes & Polymers journal and a Board Member of the International Plasma Chemistry Society. He is the Chair of the upcoming ISPC23 that will take place in Montréal in 2017. In 2010, he received the prestigious McGill University Carrie M. Derick Award for his outstanding contribution to graduate teaching and supervision. His current teaching activities include Resource Recovery from Waste, Plasma Engineering, and the coordination of the Capstone Design Projects.

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