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Biography of Dr. François CARDARELLI

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Professional Experience

2010 - Present     ELECTROCHEM TECHNOLOGIES & MATERIALS INC (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
                          President & Owner
                          (1) Industrial Electrochemistry - Electrochemical Processes - Electrode Materials - Electroremediation - Corrosion
                          (2) Recycling Processes - Electrowinning of Iron and Iron-rich alloys from Mining Residues - Metallurgical Effluents & Industrial Wastes
                          (3) Extractive Metallurgy of Vanadium, Niobium and Tantalum - Electrometallurgy - Hydrometallurgy - Pyrometallurgy
                          (4) High Temperature Materials - Molten Salts - Pyrochemistry - Sulfation Acid Baking - Salt Roasting - Alkaline Roasting - Refractory Metals & Alloys
                          (5) Radioactivity (NORM, TENORM) in Mining & Metallurgy - Recycling Rare Earths from Fluorescent Lamps - Separation by Ion Exchange (IX)
                          (6) Metallurgy of Strategic Metals: Lithium, Cesium, Vanadium, Niobium (Columbium), Tantalum, Chromium, Tungsten (Wolfram), and Rare Earths (Lanthanides)

2008 - 2010         5N PLUS Inc. (St Laurent, Quebec, Canada)
                          Recycling Manager
                          (1) Recycling processes for the photovoltaic (PV) solar modules based on thin-film technologies (CdTe)
                          (2) Recycling of production wastes and by-products from the electronic and solar industries
                          (3) Hydrometallurgical processes for the recovery of cadmium, copper, tin, selenium, and tellurium from industrial and mining wastes
                          (4) Geological exploration and mining prospection of new ore deposits
worldwide for the sourcing of tellurium-rich ores and tailings
                          (5) In-house scientific and technical support for various hydrometallurgical and pyrometallurgical processes

2007 - 2008         MATERIALS & ELECTROCHEMICAL RESEARCH (MER) Corporation (Tucson, Arizona, United States)

Principal Electrochemist, Materials
(1) Electrowinning of titanium metal powder from composite anodes using the MER Process
                          (2) Design and scale-up of molten salt electrolyzers for the production of titanium metal and titanium alloys
Synthesis of titanium alloys powder by various metallothermic processes
                          (4) Electrochemistry of titanium in molten metal chlorides
                          (5) Design and installation of auxiliary equipments (vacuum evaporation retort, chlorine gas scrubber, lithium brines recovery)

2000 - 2007         RIO TINTO Iron & Titanium, Inc. (QIT-Fer & Titane, Inc.) (Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, Canada)

                          Principal Chemist, Materials
(1) Electrowinning of titanium metal from titania-rich slags in molten salts
                          (2) Electrochemical recovery of metallic iron and vanadium from metallurgical wastes and mining residues in aqueous chloride solutions
                          (3) Benchmarking of refractories for ironmaking and steelmaking
(alumina-carbon bricks, castables)
                          (4) Mineralogy and chemistry of titanium slags and titania-rich feedstocks
                          (5) Radioactivity of titanium-rich feedstocks  (NORM, TENORM)               

1997 – 2000        AVESTOR Corp. (formerly ARGOTECH Productions, Inc.) (Boucherville, Quebec, Canada)
                          Industrial Electrochemist and Materials Expert
                          (1) Developed a process for recovering lithium and vanadium values from spent lithium metal batteries
                          (2) Sourcing and characterization of strategic raw materials (lithium metal, vanadium pentoxide, polymer)
                          (3) Scientific and technical support to the processing of lithium metal ultra-thin film anodes
                          (4) Metallurgy and processing of lithium metal
                          Battery Product Leader
                          In charge of lithium polymer batteries for electric vehicles (EV), down hole drilling and telecommunications
                          Product Development Specialist
                          Defined technical specifications for lithium polymer batteries to meet customers requirements

1996 – 1997        Registered Professional Consultant (Toulouse, France)
                          (1) Inert anode for electrowinning aluminum from cryolite melts (e.g., metals and alloys, advanced ceramics, cermets)
                          (2) Tantalum-coated biological implants prepared by electrodeposition in molten salts
                          (3) Management of radioactivity in rare earths concentrates (monazite, bastnaesite, xenotime, loparite)
                          (4) Corrosion resistant materials to molten caustic akali-metals hydroxides (e.g., NaOH, KOH)

1993 – 1996        University Paul Sabatier -
Laboratory of Chemical Engineering (Sponsored by EDF) (Toulouse, France)
                          Research Scientist
                          (1) Developed new base metals for preparing industrial dimensionally stable anodes
                          (2) Designed and constructed two high temperature furnaces for carrying electrolysis in molten salts

1992 – 1993        Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) -
Laboratory of Marine Biogeochemistry (Paris, France)
                          Design Engineer                               
                          Designed, built and tested electrochemical sensors for monitoring pollution in natural water

1990 – 1992        Universtité Pierre et Marie Curie -
Laboratory of Electrochemistry (Paris, France)
                          Designed, built and used a nuclear scintillating detector for tracing radiolabelled compounds

1986 – 1990        All study expenses financed through various part-time jobs for examples:
                          Teacher in Mathematics (89–90) / Supervisor of School childrens (86–89)

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Academic Background [top]

1996       Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering (Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse 3)
              Electrochemistry of tantalum in molten salts and preparation of electrode materials for oxygen evolution in acidic media

1992       Postgraduate Degree (DEA) in Electrochemistry (
Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6)
              Electrokinetics / Electrodics / Electroanalysis / Electrochemical Engineering / Industrial Electrochemistry /Corrosion / Batteries / Fuel Cells

1991       M.Sc. (Maîtrise) in Physical Chemistry (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6)
              Electrochemistry & Chemistry of Materials / Photochemistry & Radiochemistry / Catalysis & Interfacial Chemistry

1990       B.Sc. (Licence) in Physical Chemistry (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6)
              Quantum Physics / Electrochemistry / Crystallography / Thermochemistry & Statistical Thermodynamics / Chemical Kinetics / Atomic & Molecular Spectroscopies

1989       5 credits of the DEST in Nuclear Sciences & Technologies  (Conservatoire National des Art et Métiers, Paris)
              Radiations, Radionuclides & their Industrial Applications / Nuclear Power Reactors Technology
              Nuclear Physics & Spectrometry / Radiochemistry & Radiation Chemistry / Detection of Radiations & Nuclear Spectrometry

1987       Associate Degree (DEUG B) in Geophysics & Geology (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6)
              Mineralogy / Petrography / Geochemistry / Geophysics / Stratigraphy / Tectonics / Paleontology / Zoology & Botanics
              Mathematics & Statistics / Physics / Inorganic Chemistry / Organic Chemistry / Analytical Chemistry / Computer Science

1985       Baccalaureate C (Maths, Physics & Chemistry) (CNED, Versailles, France)

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Professional Societies [top]

American Chemical Society (ACS)

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC)

The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS)

Mineralogical Society of America (MSA)

Ordre des Chimistes du Québec (OCQ)

Société Chimique de France (SCF)

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