Khaled Belkacemi

Professor, father, and victim of terror

 Khaled Belkacemi, a professor at Laval University in Quebec, was murdered during the terrorist attack on a Mosque in Quebec  City. He immigrated to Canada from Algeria and is survived by his wife, Safia Hamoudi, also a professor, and their three children.



From the BBC:

Khaled Belkacemi studied chemical engineering in his native Algeria before moving to Canada in the 1980s. He taught food science at Quebec's Laval University and was married to a fellow professor there. His wife was also at the mosque when the shooting occurred during Sunday prayers, but she escaped unhurt.

The head of Laval's food science department, Jean-Claude Dufour, described Mr Belkacemi as "an extraordinary person" who was "always smiling" and "an outstanding teacher who loved his graduate students".

New York Times:

Professor Dufour said that Ms. Hamoudi, who is also a faculty member at Laval, told him after the attack, “We came to Quebec and Canada because we didn’t want to stay in an environment where we have to fight or there is too much danger.” She added, “We never thought it would happen in Quebec,” the 

Chemical and Engineering News:

Belkacemi was a member of the Center for Green Chemistry and Catalysis in Quebec....

“Khaled believed a lot in green chemistry,” says Paul Angers, a professor at the Food Sciences Department. “He developed catalysts to do chemical transformation on molecules of dairy transformation residues, for example. He then modified those molecules into polymers that would be turned into biodegradable plastic....”

Belkacemi’s research focused on the use of heterogeneous catalysis in food chemistry and in the conversion of biomass and food waste. He earned an M.Sc. in chemical engineering from the Université de Sherbrooke in 1986. He went on to earn aPh.D. from the same university in 1990. He also earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education in 1995....

Says Sylvie Turgeon, director of the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods: “All those who knew him will remember him as an eminent researcher, but also as a man of great kindness.”

“He was a cultured and passionate man and very involved within the Faculty,” says Jean-Claude Dufour, dean of the Faculty of Agriculture & Food Sciences at Laval University. “His remarkable contributions will endure despite his sudden passing, which deeply saddens us all.”


Mohamed Labidi, vice-president at the mosque:

“He wouldn’t have hurt anyone. He was so kind and gentle.”


More here.


Projets de recherche actifs en date du 2017-02-01 auxquels le chercheur participe

Projets de recherche terminés entre le 2015-04-01 et le 2017-01-31

  • Caractérisation et l'étude de l'action antioxydante des anthocyanes des bleuets extraits, Subvention, Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec, du 2012-12-07 au 2015-09-01
  • Évaluation de traitements à base d'ultrasons, une alternative verte aux fongicides pour améliorer la qualité sanitaire des semences de blé et d'orge, Subvention, Ministère de l'agriculture, des pêcheries et de l'alimentation, Programme Innov’Action agroalimentaire, du 2014-03-21 au 2016-12-31
  • Extraction et traitement de surface de fibres naturelles de lin par fluide supercritique et approche enzymatique, Partenariat, Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et génie Canada, Programme de subvention d'engagement partenarial (SEP), du 2015-05-01 au 2015-10-31
Khaled Belkacemi
Khaled Belkacemi