Using green chemistry to develop replacements for petroleum-based products, including rustproofing and waterproofing
Developed organic rust-proofing oil
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Cégep de Thetford, Boulevard Frontenac Ouest, Thetford Mines, QC, Canada
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Introduce your team
I am Alain Tremblay. I’m the scientific director at OLEOTEC, a technology access center in the technology transfer center in green chemistry, renewable chemistry and chemical process scale-up. Affiliated with Thetford College in Thetford Mines, Quebec. Our research team of 14 people is composed of chemists, engineers, technicians, research professionals, students and professor researchers.
Describe your research
Our team focuses on the development of chemical product and processes using the principle of green chemistry with the objectives of reducing the negative impacts of chemistry in general. For example we try to reduce residue productions, we try to use the least toxic products available, we favor renewable feedstocks instead of using fossil feedstocks like petroleum-based products.
We also favor biodegradable or recyclable products to consider the life cycle of the product and also there’s a big focus on safety for the process itself, for the production staff and the environment and the population in general.
Explain its significance
Our research in green chemistry is especially relevant for companies that we serve because we apply fundamental knowledge that is developed by us but also especially by other actors like universities and research institutes.
We create economic activities and economic benefits for these companies and all of society with a specific focus on environment impact and health benefits for the population in general. A few examples of projects we’ve done in the field of green chemistry we have replaced petroleum-based products with bio-based products in waterproofing membranes for roofs.
We also developed a bio-based rustproofing oil for vehicles that is bio-degradable so when it leaks in the environment it biodegrades and we also develop bio-based plastics to be used in manufacturing passenger railcars.