François Rouillard

R&D Chemist


  • Biofuels
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Extractive Chemistry
  • Lubricants and Lubricating Greases
  • Functional Fluids


  • Master’s degree in Endocrinology Physiology (M.Sc.) 2004 – Université Laval
  • Bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry (B.Sc.) 1999 – Université de Sherbrooke


Mr. Rouillard has been with Kemitek since September 2008 as R&D chemist. Prior to this, and apart from his graduate studies in Medicinal and Synthetic Chemistry, he worked in the industry for 2 years. Mr. Rouillard’s expertise can be resumed as follows:

  • Organic synthesis in solutions and on solid support
  • Development of analysis methods
  • Personnel management in the pharmaceutical field
  • Professor of general and environmental chemistry
  • Project management and applied chemistry researcher in the following fields :
    • Development of greases and lubricants
    • Tribology
    • Biofuels
    • Other functionnal products with emphasis of the principles of green chemistry
  • Funding applications


  • Development of a technological platform for applications in lubricants (technical fluids) (OLEOTEK, 2012-2016) – NSERC funding (Innovation Enhancement Grant)
  • Development of a biodiesel process from crude animal fat – NSERC funding (Engage grant)
  • Development of additives for technical fluids such as biolubricants (OLEOTEK, 2008-2011) – MDEIE funding (SQRI program)
  • Development of a prototype of insulating oil for an electrical transformer that can be used in nordic conditions (OLEOTEK, 2008-2011) – MAPAQ funding
  • Reduction of residual ash content of used motor oil (OLEOTEK, 2008-2011)
  • Realization of various consultation mandates as consultant in the field of biodiesel and lubricant formulation

Speaking Engagements:   

  • Synthèse de nouveaux composés biosourcés : les doubles estolides pourraient-ils servir en tant que fluide fonctionnel biodégradable?” ARC conference (79th ACFAS annual conference), Sherbrooke, Canada, 2011
  • “Double-estolides: New Compounds of Interest for Renewable Lubricants”, STLE 66th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Atlanta, United States, 2011


  • Member of the Ordre des Chimistes du Québec (OCQ)


  • Tetrahedron 54 (1998) 1529-1562
    Michel Couturier, François Rouillard, Pierre Deslongchamps.  “Studies Directed Towards the Total Synthesis of Aldosterone and Naturally Occurring Analogues. A   Unified Approach Using the Transannular Diels-Alder Reaction.”
  • European Journal of Organic Chemistry 14 (2008), 2446-2453
    “Chemical Synthesis of (S)-Spiro-(estradiol-17,2′-[1,4] oxazinan)-6′-One Derivatives Bearing Two Levels of Molecular Diversity.” François Rouillard, Jenny Roy, Donald Poirier.
  • The Open Enzyme Inhibition Journal (2008),  61-71
    “Chemical Synthesis, 17 β-HSD Type 1 Inhibitory Activity and Assessment of In Vitro and In Vivo Estrogenic Activities of a Series of Estradiol Derivatives.” François Rouillard, Julie Lefebvre, Michelle-Audrey Fournier and Donald Poirier.