Professor, Chemistry

Research interests: nanostructures and porous materials, catalysis and separation


After undergraduate education in chemistry at University of Nantes (France) in 1984, Professor Eric Prouzet received an engineer's diploma from the National School of Industrial Ceramics of Limoges in 1986 and a PhD in material chemistry at the University of Nantes in 1988. He worked in solid stage chemistry and sol-gel processes dealing with materials for energy and electrochromism. He was tenured in 1998 at the University of Montpellier and he is a Senior Scientist at the French National Research Agency at French National Center for Scientific Research (C.N.R.S.) since 2005. He is Associate Professor in chemistry and nanotechnologies at the University of Waterloo since 2006.

Three main domains of interest structure his current activity:

  • Innovation: Academic research has four outcomes: knowledge, expertise, discovery, and invention. We tend to claim that "innovation" is any discovery or invention because they share novelty. As a researcher and startup founder, he is working on applying the best innovation path for scientists, illustrate it via seminars and education programs, combining both creative and critical thinking. Also use the most modern methods in the management of innovation to some specific projects: the capture of flue gas and bioconversion of CO2 via the Clear Skyline Project, Intelligence and Management of Information via iMi. Inc., and more specific projects in material chemistry.
  • Education: This is the time of the "Gig Economy" when companies are offering fewer jobs but are looking for more skills. We need to find better ways to allow more people to access knowledge and expertise, especially when they cannot even access high education institutions. He is creating online courses and training programs, and designing and building specialized content specially adapted to online teaching. It includes a method to create a multilingual approach automatically, to adjust our education/training structures to the challenges opened by World globalization, and the need for delivering affordable tailor-made teaching and training to those who need it, wherever they are.
  • Information: Is it our main challenge to produce more information or to be able to retrieve and use what we have already created? All current search engines can rapidly find thousands of documents within seconds, but we do nothing with them usually because there are too many. Since we are not looking for papers but information, he has developed a new type of search engine (US & Canada patented) based on a brand new paradigm in information searching: no more keywords, metadata, boolean logic, etc.).


  • PhD, Material Chemistry, University of Nantes, France, 1988

  • Diploma, Engineer, National School of Industrial Ceramics of Limoges, 1986

  • BSc, Chemistry, University of Nantes, France, 1984

 Eric Prouzet

University of Waterloo