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INALCO 2023 | International Aluminium Conference

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 REGAL and AluQuébec invite you to the 15th Edition of the International Aluminum Conference – INALCO 2023, from October 11 to 13, 2023 at the Québec City Convention Centre.

INALCO 2023 will bring together R&D professionals, industrial sales and marketing managers, quality control managers, academics, researchers and other leaders in the aluminum industry. The three-day conference features a variety of sessions presenting recent research results from around the world in the field of aluminum construction. Approximately 90 papers and presentations from experts from many countries are expected (Algeria, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, United Kingdom, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, etc.).

The conference is organized in parallel with the 20th REGAL Student Day where REGAL students will present their research on aluminum.

The abstract submission period is now open. For more details:

Visitez le site web de l’événement 

Second Summer School UL_NTNU

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The 2nd Summer School on Research in Aluminum Production took place from October 7 to 10 at Laval University. The Laval members of the Norwegian-Canadian Partnership in Research and Education in Primary Production of Aluminum partnership were proud to receive a delegation of 13 students and researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). They were received by the Norwegian side in August 2018. You can read the news on this subject by clicking on the following link.

On the program of this second Summer School: first, a whole day where students and researchers from both institutions presented the latest advances in their research projects. The second and third day of the Summer School were paired with the REGAL 2019 Student Day. The Norwegian participants were able to attend 5 training courses offered by experts in the field of aluminum, 6 REGAL student conferences and a poster session. The last day was reserved for a visit to the Alcoa smelter, located in Deschambault.

About the Norwegian-Canadian Partnership in Research and Education in Primary Production of Aluminum partnership

The Norwegian-Canadian partnership involves a team of researchers, students and postdoctoral fellows from the Laval University, as well as the equivalent of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). In order to allow students from both sides of the Atlantic to benefit from the expertise developed by each of the institutions involved, different exchanges and courses are planned, as well as summer schools.

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REGAL Students Day 2019

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REGAL Students Day 2019

The 16th edition of REGAL Students’ Day (JER) took place on October 8th and 9th at Laval University.

First of all, the Aluminum Research Centre – REGAL wishes to thank its generous sponsors, without whom the event could not be held in the current scale. In recent years, the JER has grown at a blistering speed, becoming an increasingly popular event on the aluminum scene! Thanks to AAC, AluQuébec | CeAl, Alcoa, Alouette, Quebec Metallurgy Center (CMQ), CRITM, CQRDA, Elysis, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Hatch, Metra Aluminum, Rio Tinto and ICSOBA.

The first day of activities was organized in partnership with AluQuébec and consisted of a 5-part training program, where more than 130 people benefited from the knowledge of various experts in the aluminum field. The latter came from academic and industrial spheres: Prof. Raynald Gauvin (McGill University), Pr. Carl Duchesne (Laval University), Prof. Geir Ringen (Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)), Prof. Laszlo Kiss (UQAC) and Dr. Nick Parson (RioTinto).

The next day, 190 participants were present to hear our graduate students highlight their research: 6 shared their knowledge through a conference and 62 others did so in the form of a scientific poster. In recognition of excellence, the JER Poster Contest allowed 14 students to receive an award of excellence, all given on behalf of one of the event’s sponsors. It is important to highlight the participation of 32 evaluators, without whom the excellence of the students could not have been recognized.

In addition, the participants were invited to networking events where student / researcher / industry exchanges were put forward.

Finally, it is essential to highlight the presence of a delegation from NTNU, where 13 students / professors were able to realize the wealth of research done by members of REGAL. It should be noted that the day before the JER was held the Summer School organized as part of the Norwegian-Canadian Partnership in Research and Education in Primary Production of Aluminum partnership (CaNAl).

Best Conference Award 2019: Asem Hussein (UL)

JER 2019 Poster Awards: Emma Sue Reichert (McGill), Ali Elashery (UQAC), Justin Plante (UL), Mohammad Kavand (UL), Daniel Rodrigues (UL), Redouane Farid (UQAC), Goril Jahrsengene (NTNU), An Fu (McGill), Satish Kumar Tumulu (McGill), Nicolas Wawrzyniak (Poly), Asem Hussein (UL), Bénédicte Robitaille (Poly) and Eileen Espiritu (McGill).

Our evaluators: François Audet (Solutions Fonderie), Kristian Etienne Einarsrud (NTNU), Alexandre Lavoie (CQRDA), Sofiene Amira (CQRDA), Julien Lauzon-Gauthier (Alcoa), Jayson Tessier (Alcoa), Marie-Hélène Martin (Alcoa), Guillaume D’Amours (CNRC), Lukas Dion (RioTinto), Daniel Richard (Hatch), Donald Picard (UL), Louis Gosselin (UL), Carl Blais (UL), Carl Duchesne (UL), Hicham Chaouki (UL), Zhan Zhang (UQAC), Khaled Ragab (UQAC), Kun Liu (UQAC), Guillaume Bonneau (UQAC), Emad Elgallad (UQAC), Mohsen K. Keshavarz (McGill), Raynald Gauvin (McGill), Étienne Pessard (Poly), Vincent Demers (ÉTS), Mohammad Jahazi (ÉTS), Nicolas Giguère (CMQ), Alexandre Bois-Brochu (CMQ), David Levasseur (CMQ), Mohammed El Amraoui (SOVAR), Julie Lévesque (CMQ), Ahmed Maslouhi (Université de Sherbrooke) and Florence Paray (McGill).

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Photos: Christian Desjardins & Valérie Goulet-Beaulieu

Visit of Norsk Hydro

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On February 11th and 12th, the Aluminium Research Centre – REGAL hosted representatives from Norsk Hydro, a Norwegian multinational operating throughout the aluminum value chain. Their visit was part of a tour organized by the Ministry of the Economy and Innovation, with the objective of putting them in contact with various organizations in Quebec related to aluminum.

Mr. Johannes Aalbu, Vice-President and Head of Technology Development, and Mr. Hans Erik Vatne, Chief Technology Officer, were received at two REGAL institutions. On the one hand, at the Quebec Metallurgy Center, the discussions between the parties focused on the development of alloys and additive manufacturing. On the other hand, during their passage at Laval University, they had the opportunity to hear a presentation on how REGAL works and on the research done in connection with aluminum used in infrastructures (bridges).

Exchanges with various international actors related to the aluminum field is a priority for the Aluminium Research Center – REGAL. Indeed, creating links with these stakeholders is an important action for the centre, which helps to increase its influence and consequently, to consolidate the position of Quebec on the international aluminum scene, which is one of the objectives of the Québec’s Aluminium Development Strategy.

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REGAL welcomes Norwegian trainees

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The Aluminium Research Centre – REGAL is pleased to welcome two Norwegian trainees under the framework of the Norwegian-Canadian Partnership in Research and Education on Primary Production of Aluminium (CaNAl) which is concretely a collaboration between REGAL and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). 

Mrs Lene Jensberg Hansen, MSc student, is visiting the laboratory of Pr. Houshang Alamdari and is working on the rheological characterization of the anode paste, used in manufacturing of carbon anodes for aluminium industry. 

Mr Trond Brandvik, PhD student, is visiting the laboratory of Pr. Louis Gosselin and is working on a project consisting to building a model of a refractory wall, containing the experimental knowledge of densification and describing the refractory behavior during thermal cycling of carbon anodes. 

The latter joint the REGAL-Laval troops for a period of 4 months while the Canado-Norwegian partnership will last 3 years. During the period, other exchanges are on the program to allow students on each side of the Atlantic to benefit from the expertise developed in REGAL and NTNU. In this regard, a summer school has already been held on the Norwegian side in August 2018 and it is expected that the second will be held at Laval University on next October 7 and 8.

Canada-Norway Partnership

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From 8 to 10 August 2018 had the first edition of the Summer School on Research in Aluminuim Production in Trondheim, Norway. This summer school was organized as part of the Norwegian-Canadian Partnership Project on Research and Education in the Primary Production of Aluminium. This event is the beginning of a large collaboration between Canadian and Norwegian researchers working on topics related to the aluminuim industry.

For a whole week, a group of students, postdoctoral fellows and professors from Laval University’s Aluminum Research Centre (REGAL) participated in a program covering a wide range of topics related to the production of aluminum. On the Norwegian side, professors and students from  the Norvegian University of Science and Technology NTNU, SINTEF researchers and industry representatives attended this summer school.

In the summer school program, various courses were presented by Prof. Tor Grande, Prof. Ann Mari Svensson and other NTNU teachers. Dr. Arne Petter Ratvik and Dr. Egil Skybakmoen shared their research experiences at SINTEF. The participating students presented their respective master’s and PhD research projects and the representatives of Norsk Hydro, Alcoa Mosjøen and Elkem presented the advanced techniques already applied in the plants as well as the needs in terms of developments and the challenges of the future.

This Norwegian-Canadian partnership will last three years. Exchanges are on the agenda throughout this period. Internships are planned to allow students on both sides of the Atlantic to benefit from the expertise developed at REGAL and NTNU. The next edition of the summer school will take place in 2019 and will be organized by REGAL at Laval University.

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Elysis : A world’s first carbon-free primary aluminium smelting process technology to be developed in Canada
Rio Tinto and Alcoa are joining forces in a research and development joint venture located in the Saguenay

Montreal, May 10, 2018 – Rio Tinto and Alcoa, two large Canadian producers based in Quebec and members of the Aluminium Association of Canada, announced the creation of a new joint venture, with the support of the government of Quebec, the government of Canada and the company Apple, aimed at developing and marketing an innovative and revolutionary technology in the aluminium industry. This will, among other things, optimize production and eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of primary aluminium by electrolysis. The only output resulting from this new process will be oxygen.

“Through this alliance and this unprecedented combined effort, Rio Tinto and Alcoa are helping Canada’s aluminium industry to reposition itself as a global leader in low-carbon aluminium production. Combined with the use of hydropower, Canada’s future carbon-free aluminium production will re-define the sustainable production standard, while creating value in a low-carbon world”, said Jean Simard, President and CEO of the AAC.

The Canadian aluminium industry currently produces an average of 2.0 tons of CO2equivalent per metric ton of aluminium, which is already the lowest carbon footprint in the world.

“The financial implication of the federal and Quebec governments demonstrates their commitment to research and development in green technologies and the importance of Canada’s world class aluminium industry in the Quebec and Canadian economy. The research, to be done in the Saguenay region, will also contribute to the maintenance and development of a world-class expertise in Quebec,” added Jean Simard.

The AAC is proud to support its members in their innovation and development projects, and to continue to work for the global reach of the Canadian aluminium industry. 

About the Aluminium Association of Canada 

The Aluminium Association of Canada (AAC) is a non-profit organization representing three Canadian world-class aluminium producers: Alcoa, Alouette, and Rio Tinto operating ten smelters in Canada, nine of which are in Quebec, and employing over 8,000 workers.


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Jean Simard

President and CEO, Aluminium Association of Canada

Phone : 514-288-4842, ext. 225


FRQNT International Internship

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Three students will have the opportunity to realize a international internship via the FRQNT International Internship !

Mr Sooran Noroozi, PhD student at Laval University, under the supervision of Prs. Seyed Mohammad Taghavi and Houshang Alamdari, will archieve a 4-month internship in Germany, under the supervision of Pr. Walter Arne from Fraunhofer ITWM.

Mr Xuande Chen, PhD student at Laval University, under the supervision of Prs. Luca Sorelli and Mario Fafard, will archieve a 6-month in USA, under the supervision of Pr. Cusatis Gianluca from Northwestern University.

Mrs Samaneh Poursaman, MSc student at Laval University, under the supervision of Prs. Mario Fafard and Louis Gosselin, will archieve a 6-month in Germany, under the supervision of Pr. Oleg Illiev from Fraunhofer ITWM.

Congratulations to the 3 recipients !


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