Cégep de Thetford

OLEOTEK helps businesses innovate in the areas of renewable chemistry, green chemistry and the piloting of processes. We work with businesses to support them in developing more environmentally friendly industrial products.

Environmental technology/biotechnology

Areas of Innovation Expertise

  • Green chemistry
  • Piloting of processes
  • Renewable chemistry
  • Oleochemistry
  • Pre-commercial production
  • Formulation


Point of contact:

David Berthiaume

Executive Director

Office: (418) 338-1318 poste 223

Email: dberthiaume@oleotek.org



Mailing address:

Cégep de Thetford
835, rue Mooney Ouest
Thetford Mines, Québec
G6G 0A5


Technical and Business Services

Technical assistance (consultation, comparative analysis of technologies, tests and analysis)

Venture Capital referrals

Commercialization referrals

Marketing Advisory Services referrals

Business Mentorship referrals

Market analysis

Sample analysis & testing

Technology & workflow consultation

Technology development

Product testing

Field trials/Simulation

Technology evaluation / validation

Concept ideation & design review

Literature reviews

IP Protection facilitation

Project management

Regulatory guidance

Early-Stage Business Development

Production of pre-commercial batches

Scientific report writing

Reverse engineering

Problem solving

Ingredient selection and recommendations

Testing Services

Proof of concept

Scientific and technological monitoring


Applied Research and Development

Design of Experiment

Manufacturing process design and development

Product Design & Development

Provincial and federal grant proposal development

Cost avoidance

Process optimization

Regulatory guidance

Report preparation on R&D results

Laboratory/industrial/pilot scale protoyping

Product Re-design & Improvement

Reverse Engineering

Concept validation

Technology validation and transfer



Connections to co-op placement opportunities

Referral to continuing education services

Design, development, and delivery of customized training

Corporate on-site & in-house training


Technology Diffusion

Networking events

Industry-specific events & symposia

Field site product demonstration

Rental of space & equipment

Open houses – Testing facility & personnel

Presentation of results at conferences

Publishing in Peer Reviewed Literature

Seminars and Workshops

Literature reviews

Technical publications


Inventory of Specialized Equipment

Analytical laboratory:

  • Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
  • Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)
  • GC-MS (Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry)
  • Infrared spectrophotometer (FTIR)
  • UV-visible spectrophotometer
  • Friction measurement system (Four-Ball Wear)
  • Cloud point – flow point
  • Brookfield viscometer
  • Automatic viscometer
  • Penetrometer
  • Rancimat0
  • Automatic titrator
  • Flash point
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy
  • Gas chromatography with direct injection (COC-GC–FID)
  • Carbon Residue

Synthesis laboratory:

  • Rotary evaporator with 20-litre capacity
  • Kugelrohr
  • Doigt distiller
  • Rotovap
  • Reaction vessels
  • Ultrasound probe

Synthesis laboratory:

  • Pilot plant
  • Single-stage wiped-film evaporator
  • Fractionation pilot
  • 20-litre reaction vessel
  • 120-litre reaction vessel
  • 200-litre reaction vessel
  • 400-litre reaction vessel
  • 800-litre reaction vessel
  • Decanting funnel
  • Seed press
  • Press filter
  • Multi-bag filter
  • Vertical pressure leaf filter
  • Automatic mechanical cleaning filter