NSERC Presents 2 Minutes With Daniel Marceau

NSERC Presents 2 Minutes With Daniel Marceau


My name is Daniel Marceau.
I am a full professor in the Department of Applied Science at the University
of Quebec at Chicoutimi and director of CURAL, the university’s
centre for research on aluminum. The research activities
that CURAL carries out in partnership with Rio Tinto Alcan have
the primary objective of improving existing technologies and
fostering the development of new technologies, the
development of new alloys, so as to
promote the use of aluminum and thus make Rio Tinto
Alcan more competitive internationally, while complying
with the regulations on health and safety and also on
the environment. This partnership dates all the
way back to the early 1980s, with the initiation of a first project
on modelling the baking of carbon anodes with
Professor Rung Tien Bui. Professor André Charette very
soon joined the team, and then a few talented
researchers were–took places on the team to produce in fact the
first research group here, the GRIPS, around which everything
grew. Over the years, numerous research chairs,
NSERC projects, CRDs, NSERC industrial scholarships
have supported, in partnership with Rio Tinto Alcan,
our research activities; first with the Bauxite
and Alumina Group, and then carbon technologies,
research on the Hall-Héroult process,
research chairs on aluminum transformation
and metallurgy and friction stir welding. Globally, the impact of the
research activities at CURAL has been to establish
a centre of excellence in the field of research on
aluminum in Canada and this centre is also recognized
worldwide, because of the very high level
of expertise of the various researchers who work at
this research centre. Regionally here, the centre
has enabled us to build ties with many small and
medium-sized enterprises, some equipment manufacturers
and also to produce highly qualified personnel.
A number of master’s students, doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows
have been produced since the start of this partnership and even
now, I will mention in particular that
at CURAL, about 40 graduate students are
involved in research activities with Rio Tinto Alcan. Which represents very close to
half of the students enrolled in the graduate program in the Department
of Applied Science.

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