François Perreault

Ph.D. Environmental Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, 2012
M.S. Chemistry, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, 2008
B.S. Biological Sciences, Université de Montréal, Canada, 2006


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François arrived in the research team of Pr. Menachem Elimelech in November 2012 on a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) post-doctoral fellowship. He is currently working on biofouling prevention using antimicrobial nanomaterials.

His research interests include environmental toxicology, nanotoxicology and water quality. François obtained his Bachelor degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Montreal and his Master degree in Biochemistry at the University of Quebec in Montreal. His Master research focused on the ecotoxicology of metals in aquatic environment. He investigated the toxic effects of metals on algal biochemical processes and evaluated the use of photosynthetic indicators as biomarkers of metal toxicity in photosynthetic organisms.

François then completed his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences working in the emerging field of nanotoxicology. His thesis focused on the toxicity of metal nanoparticles in aquatic photosynthetic organisms. His research aimed to understand the role of particle solubilisation into free metal ions and surface modification of nanoparticles in the toxicity induced by nanoparticles. During his Ph.D., he received numerous awards including the NSERC postgraduate scholarship, the 2011 Excellence Award in environmental sciences of the Chapitre Saint-Laurent and the 2012 Francine Beaudoin-Denizeau excellence award for researchers bridging the fields of toxicology and biochemistry. He received his Ph.D. in August 2012 at the University of Quebec in Montreal.

At Yale, François is interested in using the unique toxicological properties of nanomaterials to solve environmental problems. His research within the Elimelech research group is focused on the use of nanomaterials as antimicrobial agents for the prevention of biofouling in membrane systems.

A nature lover, François enjoys spending his free time hiking, camping and fishing. His love of natural environment is what drives him to pursue research in environmental sciences, where he hopes to participate in providing a better understanding of the environmental impacts of human activities and to find new approaches to reduce this impact.