Cégep de Rimouski

Amqui, QC


SEREX assists companies working in the field of forest products processing. It has chosen to develop its expertise in the fields of wood processing, sustainable chemistry, eco-construction and biomass energy in order to meet the needs of its clients.

For more than 20 years, SEREX has offered incomparable access to specialized and cutting-edge know-how to meet the industry's needs in the valorization of lignocellulosic fibres and wood. The SEREX team is composed of researchers, engineers, technicians and teachers who combine expertise and experience. Each of our professionals works in specific fields of expertise in order to offer a service adapted to the needs of our customers.

Our experts aim to provide answers to industrial issues and offer companies innovative technological solutions and know-how to help them meet the challenges of tomorrow.

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SEREX Patrick Dallain

Patrick Dallain
Director General


25 Rue Armand-Sinclair, Amqui, QC G5J 1K34

Services offered in: English and French

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  1. Processes and transformation of wood material and its co-products
  2. Chemical bioproducts from forest biomass
  3. Biomass energy and thermochemical conversion (pyrolysis)
  4. Performance testing of wood and associated materials
  5. Bio-sourced building materials
  6. Building envelope monitoring and testing
  7. Indoor air and environmental quality of buildings
  8. Technical and commercial services
  9. Training
  10. Dissemination of technology

Previous Research Projects:

  • Wood processing: Our experts develop new biological, biochemical and thermomechanical approaches to improve the properties and performance of wood products and their use. The materials used, as well as the products developed, are tested and characterized.
  • Sustainable chemistry: Our work is mainly oriented towards the development of technologies for extracting, separating and chemically modifying wood components in order to design bioproducts that can replace those derived from petroleum (biofuel, biofuel, biosourced membranes, etc.), while being efficient and with a low environmental footprint.
  • ├ëcoconstruction: We develop high-performance, innovative wood-based materials with a low environmental footprint, taking into account their mechanical and energy performance.
  • Biomass energy: We are able to cover all aspects of the value chain of wood fiber energy products, from packaging, characterization, processes and energy performance of lignocellulosic biomass to the analysis of air emissions.

Fields of projects:

  • Wood Characterization
  • Characterization of lignocellulosic biomass
  • Wood modification
  • Manufacture of panels and composite materials
  • Resins and adhesives
  • Drying of wood
  • Wood treatment
  • Valorization of the forest biomass


  1. Agriculture
  2. Chemicals and Plastics
  3. Clean Technology
  4. Construction
  5. Energy
  6. Forestry
  7. Natural Resources


Equipment Function

"Eco-construction" platform

Thermal properties analyzer (Transient Plane Source / TPS) Thermal capacity, diffusivity, effusivity, thermal inertia
Thermal conductivity device (R factor)
Portable device for measuring the indoor air quality of a building (VOCs, CO, CO2, O3, HCHO, PM2.5, PM10)
Acoustic cabin
Sensors intended for monitoring the building envelope Temperature, humidity, relative humidity, heat flow
Temperature and humidity controlled rooms
Bi-climatic chamber to evaluate the performance of a 1 mx 1 m wall section (coming soon)
Impedance tubes for measuring acoustic absorption and transmission coefficients of materials

"Biomass energy" platform

Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)
Elemental analyzer (CHNS / O)
Flash point measuring device (closed cup)
Portable flue gas measuring device (TESTO)
Wood combustion test bench and lignocellulosic biomass (wood and pellet stove)
Calorimetric bomb
Gas chromatography with flame ionization and thermal conductivity detectors (GC / FID-TCD, flue gas, pyrolysis and gasification analyzes)
Laboratory granulator
Stirred pressurized reactor (hydroliquefaction and hydrocarbonization of biomass)
Karl Fisher titrator
Worm pyrolysis laboratory unit (Auger type) Production of pyrolytic oils and biochars

"Sustainable chemistry" platform

Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)
Thermomechanical analysis (TMA)
Apparatus for determining freezing time
Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
Flash & preparative chromatography Chemical separation and purification
Ion chromatography Analysis of sugars and cations / anions
Gas chromatography coupled to a mass spectrometer (GC / MS)
Synthetic microwave reactor
Laboratory atomizer dryer Powdering solutions by spraying
UV-visible spectrophotometry
Automated System Extraction - ASE®
Automated Bonding Evaluation System (ABES) qualification system
Qualification system for polymer foams Evaluation of training / expansion parameters
Brookfield Viscometer

"Wood processing" platform

Mechanical testing devices (10 kN and 50 kN)
Cone calorimeter Burning behavior of materials
Pressure treatment cylinders for wood treatment (preservation and fireproofing)
Accelerated aging chamber Simulation of indoor or outdoor UV exposure
Microorganism incubator Assessment of durability against rot and mold
Dieffenbacher panel press with steam injection and automated control (maximum dimensions 800 mm x 800 mm and maximum working pressures of 4000 kN)
Palle sprayer / gluing machine for wood particles and adhesives / waxes / additives
Conventional 16ft container type dryer
Measurement systems for physical surface properties (hydrophobicity / hydrophilicity, roughness)
IPATES system Evaluation of the mechanical properties of adhesives during curing
Ultrasound imaging system - Detection of manufacturing or other defects (knots, local glue failure in a particle board, etc.)
2 foot tunnel Flame Spread Assessment
Conduction heat treatment unit Wood drying and roasting