Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He is engaged in world-wide consulting activities, lectures and workshops. The areas of his expertise are in Biochemical Engineering and Industrial Water Pollution Control. He obtained his basic training at the Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic, receiving the Dipl. Ing. degree in 1962. Following more than four years of industrial research and experience, he earned his Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, in 1971. He is the founder and a President of BV SORBEX, Inc., a new-technology venture commercializing the biosorption process for removal and recovery of heavy metals from industrial solutions which he has been pioneering in his research.
He held appointments as a Visiting Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, at the University of Puerto Rico, and his major collaborative research activities include also China, Brazil, Korea and the Czech Republic.
His research interests and expertise are reflected in a recently published book on “Sorption and Biosorption” (2003), an edited volume "Biosorption of Heavy Metals" and in another monograph on "Modeling and Optimization of Fermentation Processes".