Gilles Arsenault

Gilles Arsenault

Local Contact Information

Title: Adjunct Research Professor
Office: ChB 122


Past Affiliation:

ARLANXEO, Manager in various position

Wellington Laboratories, Synthetic Manager

Research Division:



B.Sc Honours (Chemistry) Mount Allison University, New Brunswick, Canada
Ph.D. Distinction (Organic Chemistry) Guelph University, Ontario, Canada


  • Quality Excellence Award on initiating chemistry training courses for technicians: 2000
  • Quality Excellence Award: 1997
  • Best Paper Award at ACS Rubber Division Meeting in Chicago: 1994
  • Miles President’s Achievement Bronze Award for a new implemented commercial process: 1994


I am a retired Scientist from ARLANXEO, and led research in multiple areas, including: cationic and emulsion polymerization, post modification and hydrogenation of polymers, use of ion exchange resins for precious metal recovery, new analytical techniques for the analysis of polymers, etc.

I am interested in collaborating with faculty members with whom I can share my expertise in polymer, analytical and organic chemistry. My broad industrial experience can provide insight and assistance to faculty in developing plans for industrial partnerships.


  • 18 Patents – selected examples:

    • Initiator system for cationic polymerization of olefins. G.Arsenault, K.Hazin, D.Gates – U.S.Patent Number 11,168,100 – Nov 9, 2021
    • Highly pure halogenated rubbers. G.Arsenault, D.Thompson, C.Lund - U.S.Patent Number 10,703,865- Dec 22, 2014
    • Diluent for the production of butyl rubber. S.J.Teertstra, G.Arsenault. U.S.Patent Number 10,556,977 - Apr 30, 2015
    • Sulfur-free, zinc-free cure system for halobutyl and halogen containing polymers. P.Nguyen, G.Arsenault - U.S.Patent Number 10,040,873 – Dec 19, 2013
    • Hydrofluorinated olefins (hfo's) as diluents for butyl rubber production. P.Nguyen, J.Watson, G.Arsenault - U.S.Patent Number 9,714,304 – Apr 28, 2015
    • Polymers of isobutene from renewable sources. G.J.E.Davidson, G.Arsenault, T.Foellinger, R.-I.Schenkel, K.Kulbaba, J.L.Watson - U.S.Patent Number 9,126,877- Sep 30, 2011
    • Process For Removing Rhodium-containing Catalyst Residue from Hydrogenated Nitrile Rubber. Polysar Rubber Corporation.  G.Bradford, G.J.Arsenault and A.J.Marshall.  U.S.Patent Number 4,985,540 , January 15, 1991

     48 Refereed publications – selected examples:

    • Separation and fluorine nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopic analysis of individual branched isomers present in technical perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS). G.Arsenault*, B.Chittim, J.Gu, A.McAlees, R.McCrindle and V.Robertson. 2008. Chemosphere, 73, S53-59.
    • The three-dimensional structural characterization of hexachlorocyclopentenyl-dibromocyclooctane (HCDBCO). N.Riddell, G.Arsenault*, A.Lough, A.McAlees, R.McCrindle, J.Meissner and V.Robertson. 2008. Chemosphere, 73, 479-483.
    • Analysis of perfluoroalkyl anion fragmentation pathways for perfluoroalkyl carboxylates and sulfonates during LCMS: evidence for fluorine migration prior to secondary and tertiary fragmentation. G.Arsenault*, B.Chittim, A.McAlees, R.McCrindle and N.Riddell. 2007. Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom., 21, 3803-3814.
    • Theoretical studies of the conformations and 19F NMR spectra of linear and a branched perfluorooctanesulfonamide. P.Liu, J.D.Goddard, G.Arsenault*, J.Gu, A.McAlees, R.McCrindle and V.Robertson. 2007. Chemosphere, 69, 1213-1220.
    • In Search of Hydrogenated Nitrile Butadiene Rubber (HNBR) With Improved Performance at Low Temperature. J.Arsenault*, T.Brown and I.R.Jobe. 1995. Kautchuk Gummi Kunstoffe 48, 418-422.