David Bressler

Associate Dean STEM Research and Professor, University of Alberta

Role: Scientist

Site: CDL-Rockies

Streams: AgriFood, Energy

Dr. David Bressler is the Associate Dean Research and a Full Professor appointed within the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences where he studies the conversion of biomass to valuable materials and chemicals. His general area of research is the industrial application of chemical, thermal, and biological systems for the conversion of biomass into higher value materials, chemicals, and value-added commodities. His research program is unique in that it utilizes a multidisciplinary approach combining industrial microbiology, biotechnology, and analytical chemistry with previous experience in engineering and high temperature free radical chemistries. The program is very applied and is resourced through numerous partnerships with leading enzyme companies as well as agricultural, chemical and forestry industries. He is the holder of several patents and patent applications in the areas of renewable biofuels and in the production of renewable biomaterials.

Dr. Bressler is also the inventor and technology founder behind Forge Hydrocarbons, a novel thermochemical lipid-to-hydrocarbon based technology company, with internationally awarded patents, that has commenced building commercial facilities in Sombra Ontario with expected completion 2022.

Dr Bressler was named to Canada’s Clean 50 for 2017 being named one of the top 50 people in clean tech in Canada.