Selma has just over 20 years experience in supercritical fluids. Her work has focused on environmental applications of supercritical fluids, including extraction of hydrocarbons and heavy metals from contaminated soils, extraction of bitumen from oil sands, development of a novel technique to measure solubilities in supercritical fluids and development of a fully continuous process to extract compounds from solid matrices. Additionally, she has collaborated with others on projects investigating the use of supercritical fluids for the extraction of value-added products and nutraceuticals from crops and crop waste materials.
She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta. Both her teaching and research have focused on environmental engineering and environmental chemistry. Although her research has focused mainly on supercritical fluid extraction, she has been the lead researcher and collaborator on many projects related to the management and disposal of oil sands tailings. She is registered as a P.Eng. with APEGA.
Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, University of Guelph
Thesis title: Solubilities in Supercritical Fluids
M.Sc., Environmental Engineering, University of Guelph
Thesis title: The Fate of Immiscible Chemicals in Unsaturated Soil
B.Sc., Chemistry, Université Joseph Fourier (France)