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Hassan Chadjaa

Hassan Chadjaa

Centre national en électrochimie et en technologies environnementales (CNETE)
Collège Shawinigan

Chair Title

NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Bioprocess and Fermentation Technology

Chair Program

Industrial Research Chair for Colleges


Research Chairholder since 2012


The objectives of the Chair are focussed on two main areas: the production of biomolecules of commercial interest using fermentation technologies and the purification of biomolecules produced by industrial bioprocesses. These two areas bring together several Quebec firms and make it possible to increase technological innovation and development capacity with the aim of commercializing a competitive and profitable range of biomolecules and bioproducts.

Given the highly competitive nature of the technology innovation environment, the Chair provides important support to its partners by increasing technology transfer efforts aimed at commercialization. The associated activities are designed to support Canadian partner firms in the development of a complete biomolecule or bioproduct production and/or purification platform. The partners benefit from a substantial reduction in risks associated with technology transfer and, more importantly, from a reduction in the time required to get the innovations developed by the Chair to market. This will increase Canada's competitiveness in North American and world markets in the field of bioprocess and fermentation technology. The concentration of unique expertise in the province will be a magnet for companies from the Mauricie region and from the rest of Quebec and Canada. The City of Shawinigan and the Mauricie region are in the midst of an economic restructuring and are increasingly focussing on the development of biotechnology SMEs in order to create and bring together high-level jobs and to develop specific expertise in the field. The Chair is a catalyst for this new dynamic for regional firms. The three initial partners are BioAmber, Innu-Science Canada and Agrosphère. BioAmber converts renewable raw materials to chemical products that are alternatives to petroleum-based products. Innu-Science Canada is a biotechnology firm that specializes in the field of high-performance professional cleaning products. Agrosphère is involved in the production of cellulosic bioethanol.

Dr. Hassan Chadjaa is the scientific coordinator and researcher in the Industrial Bioprocess Division of Shawinigan College's technology transfer centre, called the Centre National en Électrochimie et en Technologies Environnementales (CNETE). Recognized for his expertise in the field, he has participated in over 50 R&D projects focussed on the development of fermentation technology for the production of biomolecules and bioproducts of commercial value, the development of technology for the purification of these biomolecules and bioproducts using membrane filtration techniques and the conversion of harmful biomass (cellulose wastes, biological sludge, food wastes, etc.).


  • BioAmber Inc.
  • Innu-Science Canada Inc.
  • Agrosphère

Contact Information

Centre national en électrochimie et en technologies environnementales (CNETE)
Collège Shawinigan
CNETE inc.
P.O. Box 610
G9N 6V8

Tel.: 819-539-8508, ext. 105
Fax: 819-819-539-88

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