Prof. Chartrand obtained his Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from Polytechnique Montréal in 2001. He is professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Polytechnique Montreal teaching thermodynamics, mineral processing and pyrometallurgical processes in the chemical engineering and metallurgical engineering programs since 2003. He became full professor in June 2015. He is the Canadian Research Chair (Tier 1) in Computational Thermodynamics for High Temperature Sustainable Processes. Prof. Chartrand is Principal Investigator, since 2004, in a continuous series of NSERC-CRD Projects forming with Alcoa, Constellium, Hydro Aluminium and Rio Tinto Aluminum a Consortium nicknamed “A Virtual Laboratory for the Aluminum Industry”.
Professor Chartrand authored and co-authored more than 110 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds 2 patents.
For his work in the modelling of thermodynamic properties and phase equilibria in primary aluminium production Prof. Chartrand received the Grand Prix Alcan 2007 from the Académie des Sciences de l’Institut de France (French Academy of Science).
He is co-director of the Centre for Research in Computational Thermochemistry (CRCT) at Polytechnique Montreal, and a co-developer of the FactSage Thermochemical Software Package for which he received the NSERC 2013 Synergy Award for Innovation (Leo Derykx Award) with Profs C.W. Bale (Poly), A.D. Pelton (Poly) and I-H. Jung (McGill).