Cégep de Thetford, Thetford Mines, Québec
What the facility does

Helps businesses innovate in the areas of green chemistry and process scale-up.

Areas of expertise

A research and technology transfer centre and a Canadian Technology Access Centre (TAC) supporting businesses in their innovation projects in green chemistry and chemical process scale-up. The facility works with businesses to support them in developing more environmentally friendly industrial products and processes.

Research services
  • Technical assistance (consultation, comparative analysis of technologies, tests and analysis)
  • Venture capital referrals
  • Commercialization referrals
  • Marketing advisory services referrals
  • Business mentorship referrals
  • Market analysis
  • Sample analysis and testing
  • Technology and workflow consultation
  • Technology development
  • Product testing
  • Field trials / Simulation
  • Technology evaluation / validation
  • Concept ideation and design review
  • Literature reviews
  • IP protection facilitation
  • Project management
  • Regulatory guidance
  • Early-stage business development
  • Production of pre-commercial batches
  • Scientific report writing
Sectors of application
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Chemical industries
  • Clean technology
  • Construction (including building, civil engineering, specialty trades)
  • Energy
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Forestry and forest-based industries
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Mining, minerals and metals
  • Ocean industries
  • Professional and technical services (including legal services, architecture, engineering)
Specialized labEquipment
Test and analysisDifferential scanning calorimetry (DSC) system
 Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) system
 Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS), Gas Chromatography with direct injection (COG-GC-FID) and Liquid Chromatograph with Mass Spectrometer (LC-MS)
 Infrared spectrophotometer (FTIR)
 UV-visible spectrophotometer
 Friction measurement system (Four Balls Wear tester)
 Cloud point – flow point analyzer
 Automatic and Brookfield viscometers
 Rancimat oxidativestability tester
 Flashpoint tester
 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy system
 Carbon residue tester
LaboratoryPARR pressurized reactor (2L)
 Particle visualization system
 Reaction calorimeter
 Rotating Pressure Vessel Oxidation Test (RPVOT) equipment
 Rotary evaporator with 20-litre capacity
 Kugelrohr and Falling film distillers
Pilot plantChemical reactors (5 to 800 L) including Double planetary mixer (700 L)
 FLOW-CHEM reactor
 Fractionation pilot
 Filter press, automatic discharge filter, Nutsche vertical pressure filter, Filter bag and Vertical pressure leaf filter (110 L)
 Wiped-film evaporator (40 kg/h)
Video – Chemical Process Scale-Up