Associate Professor; William Dawson Scholar
Co-Director, Integrated Food and Bioprocessing Masters (non thesis) Program (IFB)
BEng, MEng (Laval)
Dr. Marie-Josée Dumont 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. Her research targets the synthesis of high value specialty chemicals and responsive materials to accelerate the development of a strong bioeconomy. For example, her research group is currently focusing on the conversion of non-edible feedstocks into furanic compounds. These compounds have a broad spectrum of applications for the production of fuels, solvents, pharmaceuticals, and biobased 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.
Awards and Recognitions
2018 - Young Engineer of the Year Award, Northeast Agricultural and Biological Engineering Society
2017 - Young Engineer of the Year Award, Canadian Society for Bioengineering
Co-director of the integrated Food and Bioprocessing Masters (non-thesis) Program (IFB)
Member, Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ)
Member, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
Member, Research Center for High Performance Polymer and Composite Systems (CREPEC)
Member, Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChe)
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.
- Bio-renewable chemicals and smart polymers derived from non-edible biomass
- Synthesis and characterization of bio-based hydrogels for water and soil remediation
- Synthesis of bio-based fillers for the tire industry