Dr. Lionel Catalan obtained his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from École Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques in Nancy, France (1989). After moving to Canada, he received his master’s (1990) and Ph.D. (1993) in Chemical Engineering from University of Waterloo, Ontario. Following a postdoctoral fellowship with the Porous Media Research Institute in Waterloo, he worked as a research engineer at the Noranda Technology Centre in Pointe Claire, Quebec between 1994 and 1999 on a variety of projects for the petroleum and mining industries.
Dr. Catalan was appointed as an Assistant Professor to the Department of Chemical Engineering at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1999 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2008. He was named Canada Research Chair in Industrial Waste Management and Site Remediation (2001 – 2011) and served as Chair of the Chemical Engineering department at Lakehead University between 2010 and 2019.
Dr. Catalan’s research has covered a wide range of topics during his career: petroleum production, mine waste management, waste stabilization, soil remediation, wastewater treatment, air pollution control, chemical admixtures for high-strength concrete, kraft pulping, chemical process design and simulation, etc. His current research focusses on 1) hydrogen production by natural gas pyrolysis in molten metals and 2) CO2 utilization for methanol production.
PhD, Chemical Engineering
MASc, Chemical Engineering
- Hydrogen production by natural gas pyrolysis in molten metals
- Carbon dioxide utilization for methanol production
- Modelling and simulation of chemical processes