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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

Current teaching

ENCS 6021: Engineering Analysis

Past teaching experience

Undergraduate courses taught:
- ENGR 251: Thermodynamics I
- Separation Processes
- Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
- Chemical Engineering Kinetics
- Properties of Gases, Liquids, and Solids

Graduate courses taught:
- ENCH 6011: Advanced Transport Phenomena
- ENCH 6021: Advanced Chemical Thermodynamics
- Principles of Environmental Engineering
- Air Pollution Control Engineering
- Air Dispersion Modeling
- Aquatic Chemistry

- Supervised students for Chemical Process Design



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

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

De Visscher A. (2019). Advanced Lecture Notes in Heat, Mass, andMomentum Transfer. Self-published through Kindle, 559 pp. ISBN 9781711506852.

Selected Journal Publications

De Visscher A. The COVID-19 pandemic: Model-based evaluation of non-pharmaceutical interventions and prognoses. Nonlin. Dynamics 101, 1871-1887 (2020).

De Visscher A. Artificial versus biological intelligence in the cosmos: Clues from a stochastic analysis of the Drake equation. Int. J. Astrobiol. 19, 353-359 (2020).

Parchei Esfahani M., Gates I., DeVisscher A. Kinetic modeling of ozone decomposition and peroxone oxidation of toluene in aqueous phase using ab initio calculations. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. 58, 22934-22941 (2019).

Wu C., De Visscher A., Gates I.D. On naphthenic acids removal from crude oil and oil sands process affected water. Fuel 253, 1229-1246 (2019).

Suess M., De Visscher A. Effect of diffusion limitation and substrate inhibition on steady states of a biofilm reactor treating a single pollutant. J. Air Waste Manage. Assoc. 69, 1107-1115 (2019).

Parchei Esfahani M., Wu C., De Visscher A. Theoretical estimation of the apparent rate constants for ozone decomposition in gas and aqueous phases using ab initio calculations. Can. J. Chem. Eng. 98, 274-280 (2020).

Wu C., De Visscher A., Gates I.D. Comparison of electronic and physicochemical properties between imidazolium-based and pyridinium-based ionic liquids. J. Phys. Chem. B 122, 6771-6780 (2018).

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

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

Asili V., De Visscher A. Modeling methane and ethane photolysis in waste gas: Optimization of reaction networks. Can. J. Chem. Eng. 96, 1673-1683 (2018).

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

Wu C., De Visscher A., Gates I.D. Reactions of hydroxyl radicals 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 by photolysis and photolysis-ozonation: Experiments and modeling. Front. Environ. Eng. 10(6), 10 (2016).

Rahnama K. & De Visscher A. Simplified flare combustion 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 decomposition of animal manure. Nutr. Cycl. Agroecosyst. 100, 53–64 (2014).

Asili V., De Visscher A. Mechanistic model for ultraviolet 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 by thermogravimetric 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 geospatial information system. J. Environ. Informat. 21, 84–92 (2013).

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

De Visscher A., Vanderdeelen J. IUPAC-NIST Solubility 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.,Königsberger E., Churgalov B.R., Tsurumi M. & Ichikuni M. IUPAC-NIST Solubility Data Series. 95. Alkaline earth carbonates in aqueous systems. Part1: 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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