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Dr. Alex De Visscher

Professor and Chair, Chemical and Materials Engineering

Dr. Alex De Visscher
Office: S-EV 2285 
Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Integrated Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 3488


2001: Ph.D. Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Belgium
1994: Postgraduate Degree Environmental Science and Technology, Ghent University, Belgium
1993: B.Sc./M.Sc. Chemical Engineering, Ghent University, Belgium

Past experience

2014-2016: Associate Head Graduate, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary.
2005-2015: Tier II Canada Research Chair, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Calgary.

Teaching experience



·      De Visscher A. (2013). Air Dispersion Modeling. Foundations and Applications. J. Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ. 634 pp. ISBN978-1-1180-7859-4.

·      De Visscher A. (2013). Lecture Notes in Chemical Engineering Kinetics and Reactor Design. Self-published through CreateSpace, Charleston, SC. 345 pp. ISBN 9781492792642.

Selected Journal Publications

·      Wu C, De Visscher A., Gates I.D. Interactions ofbiodegradable ionic liquids with a model naphthenic acid. Sci. Reports, 8:176(2018).

De Visscher A. Salting Out and Salting In of Benzene inWater: A Consistency Evaluation. Monatsh. Chem. 149, 231–236 (2018).

Asili V., De Visscher A. Modeling methane and ethanephotolysis in waste gas: Optimization of reaction networks. Can. J. Chem. press.

Wu C., De Visscher A., Gates I.D. Molecular interactionsbetween 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate and model naphthenicacids: A DFT study. J. Mol. Liq. 243, 462–471 (2017).

Wu C., De Visscher A., Gates I.D. Reactions of hydroxylradicals with benzoic acid and benzoate. RSC Advances 7, 35776–35783 (2017).

Mahmoudkhani F., Rezaei M., Asili V., Atyabi M.,Vaisman E., Langford C.H., De Visscher A. Benzene degradation in waste gas byphotolysis and photolysis-ozonation: Experiments and modeling. Front. Environ.Eng. 10(6), 10 (2016).

·      Rahnama K. & De Visscher A. Simplified flarecombustion model for flare plume rise calculations. Can. J. Chem. Eng. 94,1249–1261 (2016).

·      Harper L.A., Weaver K.H. & De Visscher A.Dinitrogen and methane gas production during the anaerobic/anoxic decompositionof animal manure. Nutr. Cycl. Agroecosyst. 100, 53–64 (2014).

·      Asili V., De Visscher A. Mechanistic model forultraviolet degradation of H2S and NOx in waste gas. Chem. Eng. J. 244, 597–603(2014).

·      Malekshahian M., De Visscher A., Hill J.M. Anon-equimolar mass transfer model for carbon dioxide gasification studies bythermogravimetric analysis. Fuel Proc. Technol. 124, 1–10 (2014).

·      Fraser S., Marceau D., De Visscher A., Roth S.H.Estimating exposure by loose-coupling an air dispersion model and a geospatialinformation system. J. Environ. Informat. 21, 84–92 (2013).

·      De Visscher A., Conejo M.S. Solubility phenomenarelated to CO2 capture and storage. Pure Appl. Chem. 85, 2051–2058 (2013).

·      De Visscher A., Vanderdeelen J. IUPAC-NISTSolubility Data Series. 95. Alkaline earth carbonates in aqueous systems. Part2: Ca. J. Phys. Chem. Ref. Data 41, 023105 (137pp) (2012).

·      De Visscher A., Vanderdeelen J., KönigsbergerE., Churgalov B.R., Tsurumi M. & Ichikuni M. IUPAC-NIST Solubility DataSeries. 95. Alkaline earth carbonates in aqueous systems. Part 1: Introduction,Be and Mg. J. Phys. Chem. Ref. Data 41, 013105 (67pp) (2012).

·      Haque F., De Visscher A. & Sen A.Biofiltration for BTEX removal. Crit. Rev. Environ. Sci. Technol. 42, 2648–2692(2012).

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