Center for Chemical Process Studies of Quebec

Collège de Maisonneuve

The CEPROCQ’s mission is to foster the expansion and competitiveness of SMEs working in the fields of green chemical processes, bioeconomics and sustainable development. Thanks to its researchers’ expertise and pre‑commercial and pilot-scale research facilities, it supports companies in helping them convert their innovative ideas into economically viable solutions.

The Centre d’études des procédés chimiques du Québec (CÉPROCQ) addresses specialized research mandates on various subjects such as, bioprocess design, valorization of biomass and scaling up of processes (pilot projects, pre commercial). It also offers tailor-made training activities in the workplace. Conducting business with the CÉPROCQ means engaging in a relationship of trust with a team that will work with you so that you can achieve your strategic objectives while maximizing your time and money.


6220, rue Sherbrooke Est Montréal H1N 1C1 514 255-4444

General Expertises

  • Agri-food and bio-food sectors
  • Bioproducts
  • Biotechnology
  • Cellulosic products
  • Chemistry and green chemistry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Environment
  • Environmental technologies
  • Industrial waste
  • Materials and advanced materials
  • Open innovation
  • Renewable energies
  • Sustainable development
  • Waters

Specific expertises

  • Catalytic process development
  • Development and scaling-up of extraction and/or recovery processes (biomasses, water, leachates)
  • Process simulation and techno economic evaluation
  • Supercritical extractions
    • Development
    • Production of pre-commercial batches
    • Scaling

Areas of intervention

  • Agri-food and bio-food sectors
  • Bioproducts
  • Cellulosic products
  • Chemical industry
  • Chemistry and green chemistry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Environmental technologies
  • Industrial waste
  • Polymers
  • Renewable energies
  • Sustainable development

Examples of applications

  • Activation and functionalization of biochar in filtering agent and catalyst
  • Concentration of carotenoid oil by supercritical fractionation
  • Degradation of organic matter contained in industrial effluents by advanced oxidation
  • Development of bioactive extracts from the agroforestry resource. Industrial research chair in agroforestry extractives
  • Development, optimization and simulation of an innovative wood pyrolysis process
  • Extraction by membrane contactor of metals contained in leachates
  • Innovative process of supercritical micronization
  • Innovative process for extraction and recovery of ammonia in agricultural, industrial and mining effluents
  • Integrated valuation of macroalgae: oil, bioactive extracts
  • Supercritical removal of pesticides on food matrices


Pilot-scale equipment

  • Advanced oxidation treatment processes
  • Continuous centrifug
  • Controlled instant expansion (DIC)
  • Distillation system
  • Filter press
  • Pilot liquid-liquid and liquid-solid extraction systems
  • Rotary evaporator (20 liters)
  • Spray Dryer
  • Supercritical CO2 extraction systems: 4- and 50-liter reactors, fractionation column
  • Supercritical micronizer

Other equipment

  • Supercritical laboratory units: 500 ml and one-liter reactors
  • MS-MS HPLC with quadrupole-flight time detector (Q-TOF)
  • GC-MS and GC-MS-MS
  • FTIR, UV-visible, COT
  • Membrane contactors
  • Microwave reactor
  • Ultrasonic probes
  • Fermenters of different volumes
  • Front filtration units

Simulation and process design software

  • Aspen Plus
  • Multiphase COMSOL
  • SolidWorks