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Esteban Chornet

Cofounder and Director Emeritus

Esteban Chornet, a pivotal figure as Enerkem's Cofounder and Director Emeritus, has been instrumental in shaping the company's trajectory. His visionary leadership, mentorship, and profound engineering expertise in catalytic reactions and process integration have had a transformative influence. Mr. Chornet led the groundbreaking team that developed the company's proprietary technology in the early 2000s, laying the foundation for Enerkem's remarkable strides in sustainable chemistry.

Beyond Enerkem, Mr. Chornet enjoyed a distinguished academic career, teaching chemical engineering at the University of Sherbrooke for nearly four decades. His research spanned biomass, energy, and the environment. He also served as a Principal Research Engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the USA. His impact extends to scholarly circles, with over 200 peer-reviewed papers and articles published in esteemed scientific and engineering publications. 

His career has earned him numerous recognitions, including Professor Emeritus at the University of Sherbrooke, the 1984 Steacie Fellowship Award, the 2004 Prix Lionel Boulet, and the 2013 Don Klass Award for Excellence in Thermochemical Conversion Science. He is a Fellow of prestigious organizations, including the Chemical Institute of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society of Canada's Academy of Sciences.

Mr. Chornet also plays a pivotal role as a member of the American Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee, shaping research efforts in bio-based fuels, products, and power.

His educational journey began with a degree in Industrial Engineering from ETSIIB in Barcelona, Spain, and culminated in a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University in the USA.

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