ALCERECO Inc. was formed by a group of partners with extensive backgrounds in advanced materials innovation, new product development and commercialization. We have connections to global value chains for both supply and applications. Our combined experience includes management positions in large chemicals and light metal companies, industrial research in metal and mining technology, successful new product commercialization, and designing and building new processing facilities.
Mark Gallerneault, PEng, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons)
Director of Technology
ALCERECO Founding Partner Dr. Mark Gallerneault is a distinguished scientist, engineer, named inventor, patent holder, lecturer, and an internationally recognized authority on metals solidification, materials processing, metal matrix composites, and the mathematical modelling of heat and fluid flow in metal systems.
A NATO Science Fellowship at Oxford University and Post Doctoral Fellowship at Queen’s University are among Dr. Gallerneault’s numerous academic awards. Credited with some 75 external publications, he holds or shares 10 U.S. patents and many more international patents, and more than 50 invention records related to his 30-plus years of experience in the light metals industry. Currently an adjunct researcher in the Department of Materials and Metallurgy at Queen’s University, Dr. Gallerneault has also lectured at numerous universities worldwide on topics such as computational modelling, solidification, the physical metallurgy of aluminum, recycling, automotive materials, and strip casting.
Andrew Howells, MSc (Distinction), BSc (Hons)
Manager, Business Development
ALCERECO’s Business Development Manager, Andrew Howells, brings more than 25 years of technical experience in aluminum R&D specializing in product innovation and development, and manufacturing process optimization. A named inventor and multiple patent holder, Mr. Howells earned his BSc in Applied Chemistry at Leicester Polytechnic, and his MSc in Advanced Materials Technology at Surrey University. Until his appointment to ALCERECO, he provided technical consulting services to suppliers, manufacturers and buyers of custom-rolled aluminum products. The bulk of Mr. Howells’ career, however, was spent with Alcan and its spinout rolled products company, Novelis, in the U.K., Switzerland, Luxembourg and Canada.
Rob Evans, P.Eng. Ph.D.
Engineering Process Manager
ALCERECO’s Engineering Process Manager, Dr. Rob Evans, has more than 20 years of experience in aluminum processing R&D with a focus on process optimization and an understanding of process steps required to achieve satisfactory final material properties. Dr. Evans completed his undergraduate (B.A.Sc..H) and graduate (M.Sc. & Ph.D.) degrees at Queen’s University, and spent 15 years with Alcan and its subsequent spinoff, Novelis. During this time Dr. Evans was involved in product and process development in areas ranging from extrusion alloys to can and automotive sheet products. Dr. Evans’ principle expertise is in understanding methods for improvement of material quality, both dimensional and visible, through the full spectrum of an integrated rolling facility. While with Novelis he led the development of systems for vibration control in rolling, novel systems for ironing rolls, and in-situ and online monitoring of both mill health and product surface quality. Between his time with Novelis and his appointment to ALCERECO he has been consulting with suppliers and manufacturers of various flat-rolled products. He has worked with over 25 different facilities on 4 continents dealing with issues at the shop floor up to executive levels.
Florina Truica-Marasescu, Ph.D., PEng., M.Sc.
Senior Scientist, Surface Science Group
Dr. Florina Truica-Marasescu is ALCERECO’s Senior Scientist and Technical Project Leader. With 17 years experience in academic research and R&D in the fields of surface science/chemistry, surface and interface engineering, nanotechnologies, material and analytical sciences, and plasma and radiation-assisted physico-chemical processes, she is also a junior member of Quebec’s Order of Engineers.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from University of Bucharest, Dr. Truica-Marasescu earned her M.Sc. degree in Material Surface Sciences at École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Industries de Strasbourg. And upon her award of the prestigious “Bourse d’excellence” (Excellence Scholarship) by the Government of Quebec, she earned her Ph.D. at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal.
Dr. Truica-Marasescu is the author or co-author of more than 17 papers published in peer-reviewed journals; another 22 published papers in conference proceedings; and, is the recipient of several best contributions/presentations awards at various international conferences. A Technical Reviewer for several international journals (Plasma Processes and Polymers, Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, and Thin Solid Films) she is a Freelance Technical Editor for Plasma Processes and Polymers journal (WILEY-VCH, Germany).
Prior to joining ALCERECO, Dr. Truica-Marasescu was an R&D Scientist and Project Leader at Novelis’ Global Technology Centre in Kingston, Ontario, focused on R&D projects centred on developing new and radical, or improving existing products and manufacturing processes. Her life-long passion is the development of environmentally friendly, cost-effective and easy-to-implement processing technologies for the surface and interface engineering of conventional materials using unconventional vapour-phase chemistry.