Prof. Dr. Ing. Bohumil Volesky

Prof. B. Volesky
 Bohumil Volesky
Professor Emeritus
Chemical Engineering
McGill University

icon Contact Points:

  • Phone: MONTREAL, permanent line: 450-671.7534
  • MONTREAL cell  (functioning periodically): 514-502-5388
                  permanent line (~October-March): 239-592.6920
                 FLORIDA cell (~October-March): 239-595.2833
  • e-mail:
  • Mailing Address: 
BV Sorbex, Inc.   or (NOT preferred) :
471 Berkley Ave.     Department of Chemical EngineeringMcGill University 
ST. LAMBERT, QC     3610 University Street
Canada J4P 3E7     MONTREAL, Canada H3A 2B2

icon Academic Degrees:

  • Ph.D. Biochemical Engineering

  • University of Western Ontario, LONDON, Ontario, Canada, 1971 
  • Ing. (M.Eng.) Mechanical Engineering, Food Engineering

  • Czech Tech University, PRAGUE, Czech Republic, 1962 

icon Visiting Professor:

iconFounder & President:    BV SORBEX, Inc. New technology enterprise
          CONSULTANT       Water Pollution Impacts, Control and Remediation
                                              Water Quality, Fermentation and Applied Biotechnology

icon Experience and Interests

    icon WATER POLLUTION - Impacts, Control and Remediation

     Solid and multidisciplinary background in Chemical Engineering and Sciences (Microbiology, Biochemistry, Ecology), together with years of experience, enables making a contribution in a broad field of Water Pollution. Based on this background are broadly based specialty consultation activities, including:

  • Assessment and behavior of special water bodies such as estuaries, wetlands, rivers and lakes.
  • Detoxification of wastewaters and removal of specific toxic components (organics, inorganics, metals).
  • Feasibility and model studies of water decontamination.
  • Environmental impact and wastewater treatment for large-scale industrial operations such as mining, chemical and metal processing, power generation, etc.
  • Impact assessment of hydrocarbon recovery (e.g. tar sand exploitation, crude oil drilling and recovery).
  • Hydrocarbon processing (refining) and its water pollution impacts.
  • Design, configuration and troubleshooting of water-treatment plants - particularly industrial ones.
  • Physical and chemical wastewater treatment operations and their combinations.
    icon BIOSORPTION of heavy metals and development of new biosorbents:

     My biochemical engineering interests are focused on the area of environmental biotechnology. Our unique discoveries of metal sorbing properties of certain types of biomass open opportunities in the development of new (bio)sorption technology for purification of industrial effluents and metal recovery. Research in this area is interdisciplinary and spans a broad choice of diversified projects from process engineering and optimization to molecular modeling. Activities include project development, research proposal composition including budgetary estimations, project (co-)supervision, piloting and start-up advising.

icon Examples of Biosorption Project Activities :

    icon Development of new biosorption materials:
    • Examining biomass types for metal sorption properties

    •     uptake of toxic metals, precious metals, radionuclides, etc.
    • Study of the biosorption metal-binding mechanisms:

    •     ion exchange studies, chelation, microprecipitation, etc.
    • Mathematical and molecular computer modeling and metal-binding simulation.
    • Processing, pre-treatment and formulation of new biosorbent materials. 
    icon Biosorption process development and optimization:
    • Application of sorption principles in the (metal) biosorption process. 
    • Sorption reactor configuration and performance optimization. 
    • Desorption process with biosorbent regeneration and metal recovery. 
    • Process modeling and simulation, scale-up studies. 
    • Purification of metal-bearing industrial effluents. 
    • Biosorption performance assessment for multi-metal mixtures.

icon  Biochemical Engineering

      FERMENTATION process optimization research activity in the past has eventually evolved into the above activities due to their innovative nature and high relevance. 

iconResearch Group (Some Former Staff & Students & Collaborators)