Paul A. Charpentier

Paul A. Charpentier, PhD
Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
Western University, Canada

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Prof. Paul A. Charpentier is a Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering at the University of Western Ontario. Paul is presently chairing Canada’s National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) on Energy for Strategic Proposals and Network Grants. He has also participated on NSF Panels on Energy. He was the Advisory Board Member for the Emerging Materials Network for MMO for several years and also an Executive Member of Canada’s Macromolecular Science & Engineering (MSED) Advisory Panel. Paul has significant experience in both participating and leading several large grant-funded programs, such as the recent successful $18.9 million CFI and several NSERC (Strategic, I2I, Discovery, Research Tools), Ontario Center of Excellence (Emerging Materials), and OMAFRA alternative energy projects. He has worked for Dow Chemical Canada and 3M Canada and has been involved with large multi-institutional and organizational projects at the National Science Foundation/ Science and Technology Centre/ Kenan Centre for Environmentally Friendly Technologies in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA. Technology developed at NCSU by Charpentier, DeSimone and Roberts was licensed and commercialized by DuPont, who constructed a $300 Million USD plant for producing several million pounds of Teflon and advanced fluorinated polymers/day in scCO2.

Previous research for making polymers with nanocatalysts was commercialized by Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan.In recent work at Western, a start up company in self-cleaning nano coatings is being pursued by Western based on new patented technology.

Recent research awards include Western Faculty Scholar Award, Ontario Premiers Research Excellence Award and Petro Canada’s Young Innovator Award. Charpentier has published almost 200 refereed publications, conference proceedings presentations and 7 US patents.

Research Interest

Prof. Paul A. Charpentier's main area of research is in developing new “green nanotechnologies” for environmentally-friendly and alternative energy applications.

Research Interests:

  • Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials
  • Solar Devices and Catalysts
  • Self-Cleaning Coatings
  • Nanomedicines & Nutraceuticals


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