David Bressler, Ph.D,


Full Professor,
Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences

Dr. David Bressler is a Full Professor appointed within the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences where he studies the conversion of biomass to valuable materials and chemicals. Dr. Bressler earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Cell Biotechnology from the University of Alberta.

His general area of research is the industrial application of chemical, thermal, and biological systems for the conversion of biomass into higher value materials, chemicals, and value-added commodities. The program is very applied and is resourced through numerous partnerships with leading enzyme companies as well as agricultural, chemical and forestry industries. He is the holder of several patents and patent applications in the areas of renewable biofuels and in the production of renewable biomaterials.

Dr. Bressler is also the inventor and technology founder behind Forge Hydrocarbons, a novel thermochemical lipid-to-hydrocarbon based technology company, with internationally awarded patents, that has commenced building commercial facilities in Sombra Ontario with expected completion fall 2018.

He is named to Canada’s Clean 50 for 2017, being named one of the top 50 people in clean tech in Canada. He is the 2012 recipient of BioAlberta’s Scientific Achievement and Innovation Award, which recognizes an individual for a breakthrough innovation with commercial application. He is also the recipient of the 2011 ASTech – Dow Agriscience Innovation in Agricultural Science. His areas of expertise are Biomaterials, Fermentation, Pyrolysis, Biotechnology, Biorefining, Biofuels, and Platform Chemicals.