Although most of my career has been spend at universities (Toronto, Zaragoza, Montpellier, Alberta) or research institutes (Montpellier, Mainz), I have industrial experience in the steel industry (Essar Steel Algoma, Dofasco), the ceramics industry (Quality Hermetics, Toronto) and the polymer industry (Tremco Manufacturing, Toronto).
During my time as a graduate student and subsequently professor, I have taught a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. Most of these courses are related to materials science, ceramics, thermodynamics, electrochemistry or extractive metallurgy.
Early work in ceramics focused on electrical and transport properties of ionic or mixed conductors. Applications focused on in situ sensors during pyrometallurgical processing especially both intermittent and continuous determination of dissolved oxygen in liquid steel, and gas sensors (O2, CO2, SO2, NOx) for stack and combustion gases. In recent years fuel cells became the main application.
Research has also been carried out on secondary recovery of non-ferrous metals. Patents were issued for recovery of vanadium and nickel from oil sands fly ash, lead from scrap auto batteries and silver from photographic materials. The latter was commercialized in several countries. In an effort to develop a generalized approach to treating industrial waste, transformational roasting was studied whereby roasting with additives was used in an effort to either liberate valuable metals for subsequent leaching or sequester toxic ones. To date, this has been applied to oil sands fly ash, zinc ferrite residues, electric arc furnace steelmaking dust and copper- nickel-arsenic sulphide waste.