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Chemical Engineering

Louise Meunier

Tel: (613) 533-6000 x 78048
Fax: (613) 533-6637
Email: louise.meunier@queensu.ca
Office: Dupuis Hall 305



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Dr. Meunier’s research focuses on the toxicity of contaminants in soils and mine tailings, and on environmental and human health risks associated with exposure to inorganic contaminants. She looks forward to working in collaboration with members of the department, as well as with Queen’s faculty involved in various aspects of interdisciplinary environmental engineering research.  

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Bioaccessibility of inorganic contaminants;
  • Toxicity of contaminants in soils and mine tailings;
  • Computational fluid modelling and transport of contaminants in the human digestive system; Environmental and human health risk assessments.

RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • Bioaccessibility Method Development for Emerging Inorganic Contaminants and Nanoparticles
  • Fluid Dynamics Model of Colloids and Suspended Particles in In-Vitro Gastrointestinal Test
  • Absorption of Contaminants through Artificial Porous Media Mimicking Intestinal Epithelium
  • Modelling of Nanoparticle Absorption and Transport in the Human Digestive System
  • Comparing the Effectiveness of Virtual and In-Class Teaching Strategies

EDUCATION

2011           Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), Kingston, ON;
(Physico-Chemical Parameters Influencing the Bioaccessibility of Arsenic from Tailings and Soils)

1995           M.A.Sc. Mechanical Engineering (Aerospace Propulsion), RMC, Kingston, ON;
(Computational Study of the Porous Catalytic Surface in a Turboreactor Combustion Chamber)

1989           B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering, RMC, Kingston, ON;

1984           Lauréat II (Piano, education and interpretation), École Vincent D’Indy, Montreal, QC.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2011-2016  Consulting Engineer / Adjunct Assistant Professor / Expert Reviewer
(Self-Employed; Royal Military College of Canada; Queen’s University; Ontario Centers of Excellence)

2011-2012  Project Manager – Pilot Operations / Post-Doctoral Research Scientist
Kingston Process Metallurgy, Kingston, ON

2004-2011 Ph.D. Candidate / Research Assistant / Assistant Professor
Royal Military College of Canada; Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

2002-2004 Director of Engineering / Aerospace Engineering Design and Production Flight Commander
Major, Engineering Support, Trenton, ON

2001-2002 Fleet Maintenance and Quality Assurance Officer
Captain, Tactical Helicopter Headquarters, Kingston, ON

1993-2001 Research Engineer / Assistant Professor / Squadron Commander
Captain, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, ON

1990-1993 Aerospace Systems Engineer and Project Manager
New Shipborne and New Search and Rescue Helicopter Project, Ottawa, ON

Awards & Publications

SELECTED SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

2012-13      Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) – Industrial Research and Development Fellowship (IRDF) (Innovations in Metallurgy)

2007-10      NSERC Post-Graduate Scholarship (PGS D) 2007-2010.

2010           Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation – Claudette-MacKay-Lassonde Scholarship.

2008           Air and Waste Management Association – Ontario Section Centennial Prize.

2008           Metals in the Human Environment – Poster Award.

2006-07      Defence Research Development Canada – Scholarship.

2005           Canadian Council of Professional Engineers – Manulife Award.

2005-06      Queen’s University Graduate Award.

2004          First Canadian Air Division Commander’s Commendation – Leadership.

2004          Engineering Squadron Commanding Officer’s Commendation – Leadership.

1996          Canadian Forces Decoration – Medal for Efficient Service.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Meunier L, Koch I, Reimer KJ. Effects of organic matter and ageing on arsenic bioaccessibility. Environ. Poll. 2011; 159:2530-6. (Refereed journal).

Meunier L, Koch I, Reimer KJ. Effects of dissolution kinetics on the bioaccessibility of arsenic in soils and tailings. Chemosphere. 2011; 84:1378-85. (Refereed journal).

Meunier L, Koch I, Reimer KJ. Effects of particle size on arsenic bioaccessibility in gold mine tailings of Nova Scotia. Sci. Total Environ. 2011; 409:2233-43. (Refereed journal).

Meunier L, Walker SW, Wragg J, Parsons MB, Koch I, Jamieson HE, Reimer KJ. Effects of soil composition and mineralogy on the bioaccessibility of arsenic from tailings and soil in gold mine districts of Nova Scotia. Enviro. Sci. Technol. 2010; 44:2667-74. (Refereed journal).

Meunier L, Wragg J, Koch I, Reimer KJ. Method variables affecting the bioaccessibility of arsenic in soil. J. Environ. Sci. Health, Part A. 2010; 45:517-26. (Refereed journal).

Meunier L, Koch I, Reimer KJ. Bioaccessibility of Arsenic from Tailings and Soils of the Gold Mine Districts in Nova Scotia, Canada. Report of the Environmental Sciences Group, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, ON, Canada. RMC-CCE-ES-09-02, February 2009. (Technical report).

Meunier L, Lord-Hoyle M, Koch I, Reimer KJ. The Effect of a Glycine Buffer in Estimating the Bioaccessibility of Arsenic from Soils. Metals in the Human Environment (MITHE) Annual Symposium, Gatineau, QC, Canada, 20-21 January 2009. (Conference poster).

Jamieson HE, Walker SR, Meunier L, Parsons MB, Koch I, Reimer KJ. The relationship between mineralogy and bioaccessibility in complex arsenic-contaminated materials. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), 5th World Congress, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney Australia, 3-7 August 2008. (Conference proceedings).

Lord-Hoyle M, Meunier L, Koch I, Wragg J, Ollson C, Reimer KJ. Comparison of three published methods on the bioaccessibility of arsenic and iron. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), 5th World Congress, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney Australia, 3-7 August 2008. (Conference poster).

Meunier L, Lord-Hoyle M, Walker SR, Koch I, Wragg J, Jamieson HE, Parsons MB, Reimer KJ. Choosing a robust method to estimate the bioaccessibility of arsenic from contaminated substrates. Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), 5th World Congress, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney Australia, 3-7 August 2008. (Conference poster).

Meunier L, Walker SR, Gordon R, Koch I, Jamieson HE, Parsons MB, Reimer KJ. Mineralogy and Bioaccessibility of Arsenic in Tailings and Soil from Nova Scotia Gold Mines. Advanced Photon Source Advisory Council Review of Environmental, Geo- and Planetary Sciences at X-Ray Operations and Research Supported sectors. Argonne, IL, USA, 9-10 July 2008. (Conference poster).

Koch I, Moriarty M, Smith P, Jackson C, Meunier L, Reimer KJ. XAS and microprobe analysis of biological and environmental samples. 14th Biennial National Atomic Spectroscopy Symposium, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, 7-9 July 2008. (Conference proceedings).

Meunier L, Jackson C, Moriarty M. Arsenic in the Environment. Presentation to the Advanced Photon Source X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure Scientific Interest Group, Argonne, IL, USA, 24 June 2008. (Conference proceedings).

Walker SR, Meunier L, Koch I, Jamieson HE, Parsons MB, Reimer KJ. Mineralogy and Bioaccessibility of Arsenic in Mine Tailings and Soil. Geological Association of Canada / Mineralogical Association of Canada Joint Annual Meeting, Quebec City Convention Centre, Quebec City, QC, Canada, 26-28 May 2008. (Conference proceedings).

Meunier L, Walker SR, Koch I, Jamieson HE, Parsons MB, Reimer KJ. Mineralogy and bioaccessibility of arsenic in tailings and soil from Nova Scotia gold mines. Metals in the Human Environment (MITHE) Annual Symposium, Gatineau, QC, Canada, 21-23 January 2008. (Conference poster – Best poster award).

Meunier L. Green Roofs over Ontario. Air and Waste Management Association – Ontario Section. Centennial Awards Presentation, Toronto, ON, Canada, 3 January 2008. (Conference proceedings – Centennial award).

Meunier L, Koch I, Wragg J, Reimer KJ. Contaminants and Soil Composition: Effects on Bioaccessibility. Metals in the Human Environment (MITHE) Annual Symposium, Gatineau, QC, Canada, 24-25 January 2007. (Conference poster).

Meunier L. Bioaccessibility and Mineralogy. Presentation to the Metals in the Human Environment (MITHE) Workshop, Guelph, ON, Canada. 14 August 2006. (Workshop proceedings).

Meunier, L. Various Project Development Plans, Project Implementation Plans, Statements of Capability Deficiency, Standard Repairs Manuals, Common Work Instructions, and Technical Reports produced for the Department of National Defence (1990-2004).

Teaching

CURRENT TEACHING ASSIGNMENT

CHEE 380 Biochemical Engineering

CHEE 361 Engineering Communications, Ethics and Professionalism

CHEE 371 Mitigation of Industrial Pollution

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

(Courses taught at the Royal Military College of Canada, or Queen’s University)

CHEE371 Mitigation of Industrial Pollution (2017)

CHEE330 Heat and Mass Transfer (2011, 2016)

CCF204 Chimie militaire (2016-2017)

GMF333 Métallurgie et matériaux (2015-2016)

CHEE311 Phase and Reaction Equilibrium (2015)

CHEE370 Waste Treatment Processes (2015)

GAF333 Matériaux aérospatiaux (2014-2015)

GCF474 Guerre biologique et chimique (2014)

MEE311 Fluid Mechanics (2013)

CHEE223 Fluid Mechanics (2013)

CCF200 Chimie contemporaine (2011)

CCE485 Environmental Engineering (2010)

GEE267 Engineering Graphics (1996-98)

GMF311 Mécanique des fluides I (1995-98)

GMF313 Mécanique des fluides II (1995-98)

GMF351 Thermodynamique I (1995-1998)

GMF353 Thermodynamique II (1995-1998)

Aircraft Structures Special Course (1996-97)

MEE404 Computer-Aided Design (1997)

MEE/GMF471 Engineering Design (1995-99)

Professional Development (Leadership) (1995-99)

Professional Development (Ethics) (1995-99)

Professional Communications (1995-99)

Thesis/Project supervision