Doctor Marten Ternan
Doctor Marten Ternan
Adjunct Professor

Ph.D. (McGill)
B.A.Sc. (U.B.C.)

CBY A-217
613 562-5800 ext. 2822


After receiving a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering (U.B.C.), I worked in Imperial Oil’s Engineering Division on the process design of a hydrodesulphurization reactor and a distillation column. This equipment was built in the Sarnia refinery.

After receiving a PhD degree in chemical engineering (McGill), I worked at Inco’s Process Research Stations on the development of the pressure-carbonylation process for nickel refining. A full-scale plant was built in Sudbury.

At the Canadian federal government’s CANMET laboratories, I was one of two inventors of the first patent for the CANMET hydrocracking process. A 5000 Bbl/day plant was built in a Montreal refinery.

I spent two years with H-Power, a start-up fuel cell company. During that time, (5 kW) alpha research-systems were shipped to clients. They converted LPG (propane) to hydrogen and then to electricity.

For the past several years I have divided my time between EnPross Inc. and the University of Ottawa.

I have 80 publications in refereed journals and have had 8 patents granted.

Research interests

  • Catalysts
  • Reactors
  • Fuel Cells