OLEOTEK

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

A research and technology transfer centre supporting businesses in their innovation projects in green or renewable chemistry, chemical process scale-up and oleochemistry.

Area(s) of Expertise

Helps businesses innovate in the areas of renewable or green chemistry, process scale-up and oleochemistry. 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 & testing
  • Technology & 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 (renewable and fossil)
  • 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 lab

Equipment

Test and analysis

Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)

 

Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)

 

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

 

Automatic and Brookfield viscometers

 

Penetrometer

 

Rancimat oxidativestability tester

 

Flashpoint tester

 

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy

 

Carbon Residue

Laboratory

Rotating Pressure Vessel Oxidation Test (RPVOT)

 

Rotary evaporator with 20-litre capacity

 

Kugelrohr and Falling film distillers

Pilot plant

Chemical reactors (5 to 800 L) including Double planetary mixer (700 L)

 

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)

Title

URL

Video – Chemical Process Scale-Up

https://youtu.be/dAIB3prpRlc

Video – Research Chair on Renewable Resins

https://youtu.be/_ZQFgA0w1fw