Dr. Bruna Rego de Vasconcelos holds a Chemical Engineering degree from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil) obtained in 2012.
Then, she pursued a PhD in Process and Environmental Engineering at the RAPSODEE research center at the Ecole des Mines d’Albi-Carmaux (France) between 2013 and 2016. Under the direction of Pr. Ange Nzihou and in partnership with PRAYON, a phosphate industry, she worked on catalyst development to synthesis gas production via dry reforming of methane. Over these years, she tested different methods of catalyst preparation and implemented a fixed
bed reactor and various analytical devices for evaluating and understanding the catalysts’ performance.
After her PhD, she did an 8-month post-doc at the Center RAPSODEE on the same theme. Over these years, she was involved in different activities such as teaching, supervision of interns and science vulgarization (Fête de la Science, Nuit Européenne des Chercheurs, Main à la Pâte). She was also involved in the organization of international conferences (WasteEng2014, WasteEng 2016).
Between 2017 and 2019, she worked at the Industrial Research Chair on Cellulosic Ethanol and Biocommodities (CRIEC-B) as a postdoctoral fellow and leader of thermochemical conversions and upgrading of C5 sugars platforms.
Between 2018 and 2019, in parallel to her postdoctoral fellowship, she worked as an R&D Advisor at KrownCORP, which is a Quebec start-up aiming to upgrade plastic waste and OTR tires. Her role was to write funding applications, monitor research projects and design the chemistry and analytical laboratory of the company.
Since July 2019, she joined the Department of Chemical and Biotechnology Engineering at the Université de Sherbrooke. On the same date, she became the Deputy Director of the Biomass Technologies Laboratory. Prof. Rego de Vasconcelos’s research projects focuses on the development of Power-to-X technologies for the production of low-carbon fuels and commodities.