Matthieu Girard earned both a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a master's degree in civil engineering from Université Laval. He also completed a doctoral degree in chemical engineering at Université de Sherbrooke, where he worked on the simultaneous biofiltration of methane and swine slurry. Matthieu has been a researcher at IRDA since the summer of 2011. His research focuses on the influence of agricultural practices on air quality, as well as on the sampling and analysis of gas and odour compounds, and the design and operation of biological treatment systems for airborne emissions.
Matthieu Girard’s research has helped provide solutions to reduce the risk of spreading infectious diseases as well as odours in agriculture.
Stored pig manure is a major source of greenhouse gases. The main objective of this project was to demonstrate the long-term performance of a biofilter.
IRDA and CRIUCPQ have been working on developing an air treatment unit to reduce pig farm emissions.
The objective of the project was to demonstrate that next generation hog barn design (slatted floors over 2/3 or more of the area) generate less odor.
To provide information on the fertilizing value and environmental impact of spreading pig manure at different times, the project compared the effect of mineral fertilizer in early fall, late fall, and in the spring.
This project will draw recommendations to reduce fugitive emissions through technical means or agricultural practices.
Development of optimized cleaning methods that are readily measurable with an effective real-time indicator.
Scientific article • Matthieu GirardPilote J., V. Létourneau, M. Girard et C. Duchaine. 2019. Quantification of airborne dust, endotoxins, human pathogens and antibiotic and metal resistance genes in Eastern Canadian swine confinement buildings. Aerobiologia. (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10453-019-09562-6. Pilote J., V. Létourneau, M. Girard et C. Duchaine. 2019. Quantification of airborne dust, endotoxins, human pathogens and antibiotic and metal resistance genes in Eastern Canadian swine confinement buildings. Aerobiologia. (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10453-019-09562-6. Download Download