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Esteban Chornet
MSW- EnerKem,
Montreal, QC Canada
Agricultural Waste Utilization Systems
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
4:00 - 4:30 pm


Abstract: Research in cutting-edge fields as the biofuel production requires a synergetic interaction between the academia and the industry. This approach has permitted a strong and prolific collaboration between the company Enerkem and the Université de Sherbrooke in their quest for the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass.
Biography
photo of Esteban Chornet
Esteban Chornet is co-founder of Enerkem. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from ETSIIB in Barcelona, Catalunya (Spain) and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania (USA). From 1970 to 2007 he was Professor of Chemical Engineering at Université de Sherbrooke, located in Sherbrooke, Québec (Canada), where he taught the fundamentals of the discipline and conducted advanced research in the biomass, energy, and environmental sectors. From 1993-2003, Mr. Chornet was also a Principal Research Engineer with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in Colorado (USA).

At Université de Sherbrooke, where he co-holds, since 2007, the Industrial Research Chair in 2nd Generation Biofuels. Dr. Chornet has supervised 74 graduate thesis (among them18 Ph. Ds) from which over 200 refereed publications are available in the scientific and engineering literature. Dr. Chornet received the 1984 Steacie Fellowship Award from the Government of Canada and was a 2004 laureate of the Prix Lionel Boulet, which is the highest technology prize awarded every year by the Government of Quebec. Dr. Chornet is a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Canada's Academy of Sciences as a Fellow from the Academy of Sciences. As Chief of Technology Officer of Enerkem, he provides vision, direction, mentoring, innovation, catalytic reaction engineering expertise and process integration.