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Welcome to my home page. I have been a researcher at Hydro-Québec Research Institute (IREQ) for the past six years. I have a bachelors degree in physics engineering along with a masters degree in material sciences. My specialty is materials characterization.

Hydro-Québec is the nationalized electric utility company in Québec (Canada). The main goal of the research institute is to provide scientific support to the company. I work in the Materials Characterization Laboratory which specializes in the microstructural characterization of materials. The laboratory's main fields of expertise are sample preparation, microscopy, x-ray spectrometry and image analysis. Feel free to consult the Laboratory's flyer for more information on our equipment and services (html / pdf).

My main field of work is quantitative microstructural characterization. I have spent most of my time working on the characterization of lithium polymer batteries used in automotive and telecommunication applications. I have concentrated my efforts on the design of automation tools for SEM imaging along with the creation of image analysis algorithms for microstructural characterization of battery materials.

I have over twelve years of practical experience in image analysis and have participated in the design of multiple image analysis procedures. I am a recurring lecturers at the Advanced Techniques in Microscopy for Materials Characterization workshop given each year at McGill University. I have written my own image analysis software that is freely available at

  • Image Analysis Workshop (html / pdf) (intro chapter only)
      given as part of:
        SEM Workshop (Hydro-Québec Research Institute 2001),
        SEM course (École Polytechnique de Montréal 2002),
        Advanced Techniques in Microscopy for Materials Characterization (McGill University 2004, 2005, 2006),
        Light Microscopy and the Processing of Electron and Light Microscopy Images (Microscopical Society of Canada 2005).

  • Quantitative Film Thickness Measurement Using Scintillator/Photomultiplier Backscattered Electron Detectors. Possible or Not? (Microscopy & Microanalysis 2005). (html / pdf)

  • Image Analysis Techniques Overview (Microscopical Society of Canada 2004) (html / pdf).

  • Extraction of Quantitative Data from Lithium Polymer Battery Micrographs (Microscopy & Microanalysis 2002) (html / pdf).

  • Comparison of Partly Revealed Anisotropic Microstructures Using Grid Intercept as Applied to Zirconium Pressure Tubes (Microscopy & Microanalysis 2002) (html / pdf).


  • Microscopical Society of Canada,
  • ASTM International (Committee E04.14 Quantitative Metallography)

Contact Info:

Postal address:
Hydro-Québec Research Institute
1800 boul. Lionel-Boulet
Varennes, Qc (Canada)
J3X 1S1
Phone: (450) 652-8648