Marie-Josée Dumont

Assistant Professor

Co-Director, Integrated Food and Bioprocessing Masters (non thesis) Program (IFB)
Undergraduate Advisor, Bioresource Engineering

T: 514-398-7776  | marie-josee [dot] dumont [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) |  Macdonald-Stewart Building, MS1-025

Degrees

BEng, MEng (Laval)
PhD (Alta)

Short Bio

Dr. Marie-Josée Dumont is Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioresource Engineering at the Macdonald Campus of McGill University. She obtained a PhD in Bioresource and Food Engineering from the University of Alberta, a Master degree in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor degree in Food Engineering from Université Laval.

One of her research focuses is to target high value specialty chemicals in order to accelerate the development of a strong bioeconomy. For example, her research group is currently focusing on the study of microwave-assisted organic synthesis of platform molecules HMF like hydroxymethylfurfural and levulinic using starchy feedstock. These molecules are further transformed into bio-based polymers.  Another research focus is to synthesize bio-based hydrogels, aerogels and cryogels. These polymers are highly cross-linked macromolecules which can undergo a change in volume (swelling/shrinkage) based on changes in environmental conditions, such as temperature, pH, ionic strength and the nature of the solvent. They are recognized for their hygienic applications (e.g. diapers) but are also used for tissue engineering, drug delivery and micro-fluidic control.

Active Affiliations

Co-director of the integrated Food and Bioprocessing Masters (non-thesis) Program (IFB)
Member, Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Member, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Member, Research Center for High Performance Polymer and Composite Systems

Research Interests

Dr. Dumont`s research interests are related to the valorisation of agricultural feedstocks that are considered as industrial feedstocks or agricultural wastes. More specifically, she is interested in their characterisation in order to identify the potential of these materials. Further to the characterisation, their transformation into bio-based chemicals and materials for commodity and specialized applications are targeted. These materials are to be transformed into (but not limited to) polymers, surfactant, bio-based fuels, and platform chemicals. Dr. Dumont is seeking students in the fields of bioresource engineering, bio-transformation, polymer science, organic and organometallic chemistry, and related fields.

Current Research

  • Organic synthesis of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural and levulinic acid from starches and subsequent transformation to bio-based materials

  • Synthesis and characterization of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) from cellulosic feedstock

  • Synthesis and characterization of bio-based hydrogels, aerogels and cryogels

Courses

BREE 205 Engineering Design 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


BREE 216 Bioresource Eng. Materials 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


BREE 522 Bio-Based Polymers 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer


BREE 530 Fermentation Engineering 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Publications

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