Rafael Santos

Assistant Professor PEng PhD College of Engineering and Physical Sciences School of Engineering Guelph, Ontario santosr@uoguelph.ca

Bio/Research

Before joining the University of Guelph, Prof. Rafael Santos spent three years at Sheridan College where he worked as a Professor in Applied Chemical and Environmental Sciences. He is a registered Professional Engineer of Ontario, with degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toront...

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Bio/Research

Before joining the University of Guelph, Prof. Rafael Santos spent three years at Sheridan College where he worked as a Professor in Applied Chemical and Environmental Sciences. He is a registered Professional Engineer of Ontario, with degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto (BASc and MASc) and the KU Leuven (PhD).

Santos's main research expertise is in the areas of water and solid waste treatment, environmental remediation, applied mineralogy and geochemistry, and carbon dioxide sequestration. He has been working on transforming waste materials into valuable products and into carbon sinks. His aim is to reduce the environmental impact of industrial activities while contributing to the sustainable development of society. Some examples of his work include turning steelmaking slags into paper fillers, turning incineration ashes into adsorbents, and turning carbon dioxide into building material. He is also interested in developing new reactor technologies and processing routes that consume less energy, use less hazardous substances, and are safer to operate. Santos has experimented with the use of ultrasound to speed up reactions, with tubular reactors to better control product properties, and with hot-stage reactions to take advantage of energy that is normally wasted. Santos is looking to apply his skills and expertise to new areas of research relevant to Guelph and Southern Ontario, including sustainable agriculture, the food industry, and preservation of water resources.


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Media Relations

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l.hunt@exec.uoguelph.ca
519-824-4120 ext. 53338

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Media Relations

Lori Bona Hunt
l.hunt@exec.uoguelph.ca
519-824-4120 ext. 53338

Deirdre Healey
healeyd@uoguelph.ca
519-824-4120 ext. 56581

Hannah James
hjames@uoguelph.ca
519-824-4120 ext. 56982

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