Chemical and Biochemical EngineeringWestern Engineering

Dominic Pjontek

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Ottawa
B.A.Sc. Chemical Engineering, University of Ottawa



The core theme of my research program is the development and optimization of multiphase reactors via experimental studies, process modeling, and scale-up considerations. My research group attempts to overcome the technological barriers delaying next-generation reactors needed to convert renewable raw materials and existing wastes materials into sustainable chemical building blocks and/or energy carriers. We thus apply our expertise in multiphase reactors to:

1. Establish and optimize the reaction pathways for upgrading renewable materials, such as bio-oils,

2. Advance the fundamental understanding of transport phenomena in multiphase reactors based on a combined experimental and modeling scale-up approach,

3. Identify and design innovative sustainable technologies based on the conversion of existing waste streams to value-added products.

Research activities are carried out on the Western University campus (Thompson Engineering Building) and at the Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR), a facility which specializes on the production of fuels and chemicals from alternative resources, heavy oil upgrading, and sustainable technologies. 

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