Research and infrastructure

A Valuable Synergy

The vitality of the clean technology sector in Sherbrooke is evidenced by the many businesses that work in different areas, but also by a very innovative and diversified research sector.  Sherbrooke’s clean technology infrastructure is showcased by its many groups, research centres and chairs, such as the Chaire de recherche industrielle sur l’éthanol cellulosique (Industrial Research Chair on Cellulosic Ethanol) and the Chaire SAQ en valorisation du verre dans les matériaux (SAQ Chair for the recovery of glass in materials).



A large number of players, including Université de Sherbrooke researchers and the business world have mobilized themselves to stimulate the development of the energy sector. From energy efficiency to producing solar energy or specific nanotechnology applications for the benefit of LED, the know-how of Sherbrookers is remarkable at a global level.

Research Overview


Bio-industries and green chemistry

Sherbrooke is renowned for its competencies in environmental bio-industry, as evidenced by the existence of an ACCORD cluster (regional development) in this sector.  Today, the development of biofuels from algae, waste, vegetable oils or bio-sourced products, such as bio-plastics and biodegradable disinfectants, is growing thanks to close partnerships between research and innovating businesses.

Research Overview


Residual material recovery

Waste recovery is a major challenge in Québec. This concern is reflected by research in Sherbrooke, for example by the recovery of mixed glass in concrete and collaboration with municipal affairs, notably via Valoris.

Research Overview


Water and soil treatment

Sherbrooke has a vast expertise in water and soil treatment. Research teams are multidisciplinary in nature, which promotes technological innovation. Among research areas, we find land rehabilitation, water treatment by biological and electrochemical means, and the restoration of aquatic environments.

Research Overview


Sustainable transportation and construction

New requirements relative to the reduction of the carbon footprint greatly influence the sustainable transportation and construction sector. Interdisciplinary research by Sherbrooke researchers enables the creation of new generations of material and high performance mechanical systems, more durable and tougher.

In the sector of transportation powered by electricity, Université de Sherbrooke researchers are working, among other things, on the development and improvement of a hybrid-electric recreational vehicle, a two-seat electric vehicle, an electrical propulsion system for bicycles and industrial electric vehicles.

Research Overview


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