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Pascale Champagne

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Title: Professor
Office: 206 Ellis Hall

Dr. Pascale Champagne, P.Eng., D.WRE

Canada Research Chair in Bioresources Engineering

Department of Civil Engineering &
Department of Chemical Engineering
58 University Avenue
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario K7M 9H7
(613)533-3053 (Office)
(613)533-2128 (Fax)


2013 Profile

Research Interests

Enhancing the value and sustainability of our natural and renewable resources has important societal, economic and environmental impacts. The key to ensuring a sustainable future requires the integration of a resource management approach for the valorization of residual streams and environmentally sound processes in the production of energy, fuels and bioproducts from natural and renewable materials. Scientific and technical progress in this field is increasingly dependent on the development and application of more environmentally sustainable processes; recovery, reuse and valorization of waste streams; and the discovery of innovative routes in the extraction and synthesis of bio-based products. The integration of lower environmental impact technologies and green chemistry is paramount to establishing a future supply of green and sustainable bio-based energy, fuel materials and chemical products, as well as a better management of liquid and solid waste streams. The challenge is clear – develop technologies that will be both efficient and effective over a long lifetime that will be compatible with the natural environment.

Dr. Pascale Champagne’s research focuses on the development of alternate water and waste management strategies and environmentally sustainable approaches with a focus on integrated bioresource management. Her research activities are interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary and have commonality with the fields of environmental and chemical engineering, biology and green chemistry; hence, she collaborates and has evolved synergistic relationships with a number of researchers in these fields to develop new integrated bioresource management practices, to introduce alternate aqueous and solid waste management approaches, and to create unique opportunities for the bioenergy and bioproducts sectors.

Major research themes include:

  • Developing novel processes for CO2 sequestration, bioenergy recovery and bio-oil extraction from microalgae integrating environmentally sustainable approaches;
  • Identifying and enhancing the role of algae in the treatment of municipal, industrial and agricultural wastewaters as part of low-energy, low carbon footprint systems;
  • Optimizing passive wastewater treatment systems as low energy technologies for Canadian climate applications;
  • Enhancing the conversion of biomass residuals for the recovery of bioenergy, biofuels and higher value bioproducts;
  • Modifying and synthesizing biomass-derived hybrid copolymers using natural polymers (biopolymers) for wastewater treatment application.

Click here to see the article about Dr. Champagne's research "Waste is Not a Dirty Word"


Dr. Champagne holds undergraduate degrees in Biology (McGill, 1990) and Water Resources Engineering (Guelph, 1993) and MASc (1996) and PhD (2001) degrees in Environmental Engineering from Carleton University. She was a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carleton University (1998-2005), joined the Department of Civil Engineering at Queen’s in 2005 and has been cross-appointed to the Department of Chemical Engineering since 2006.