Peer Learning, Student Leadership, Gas Hydrates, Energy Generation and Use
Instructor I
CHBE 427
McGill University, Montreal, 2016, Ph.D. Chemical Engineering
McGill University, Montreal, 2011, B.Eng. Chemical Engineering (Environmental Engineering minor)
Research Interests

My pedagogical interests include peer-learning and leadership development. I aim to facilitate classroom environments where students are developing their knowledge and skills through interactions with peers and the instructor. These interactions should spark discussion and curiosity and push students to continually grow their knowledge and skills. I am also very interested in supporting student-led projects that develop leadership both inside and outside of the curriculum including design teams, research and entrepreneurship.

My scientific research has focused on a variety of energy-related fields including gas hydrates, photocatalysis and biohydrogen production. I have specifically focused on the thermodynamics and kinetics of crystallizing systems (such as gas hydrates) for their use in industrial processes.


Verrett, J., & Servio, P. (2016). Reaction rate constant of CO2—tetra-nbutylammounium bromide semi-clathrate formation. Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering (under review).

Verrett, J., Renault-Crispo, J. S., & Servio, P. (2015). Phase equilibria, solubility and modeling study of CO2/CH4+tetra-n-butylammonium bromide aqueous semi-clathrate systems. Fluid Phase Equilibria, 388, 160-168.

Posteraro, D., Verrett, J., Maric, M., & Servio, P. (2015). New insights into the effect of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) concentration on methane hydrate growth. 1. Growth rate. Chemical Engineering Science, 126, 99-105.

Wei, Z., Kowalska, E. K., Verrett, J., Colbeau, C., Remita, H., & Ohtani, B. (2015). Morphology-dependent photocatalytic activity of octahedral anatase particles prepared by ultrasonication-hydrothermal reaction of titanates. Nanoscale, 7, 12392-12404.

Verrett, J., Kietzig, A.-M., & Orjuela-Laverde, M. (2015). I flipped my tutorials: a case study of implementing active learning strategies in engineering. Proceedings of the CEEA 2015 6th Annual Conference, Hamilton, Canada.

Jitrwung, R., Verrett, J., & Yargeau, V. (2013). Optimization of selected salts concentration for improved biohydrogen production from biodiesel-based glycerol using Enterobacter aerogenes. Renewable Energy, 50(0), 222-226.

Verrett, J., & Servio, P. (2012). Evaluating surfactants and their effect on methane mole fraction during hydrate growth. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 51(40), 13144-13149.

Verrett, J., Posteraro, D., & Servio, P. (2012). Surfactant effects on methane solubility and mole fraction during hydrate growth. Chemical Engineering Science, 84, 80-84.

For further publications, visit my Google Scholar Profile


CHBE 241 Material and Energy Balances