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We are pleased to introduce you Mr. Sylvain Mercier as our new analytical chemist specialized in natural product chemistry. During the past two years, Sylvain has been working as a formulation chemist in Les Produits Sanitaires Lépine where he developed new household, industrial and institutional soaps and cleaners.

Recipient of a research grant of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) in 2009, this distinction gave him the chance to make his first steps in a chemistry research laboratory during his bachelor by working on the extraction of new bioactive molecules from a black spruce bark extract (Picea mariana). He also worked in the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) Forest Research laboratory as a research assistant for some of the most influential scientists in the domain of forest plant biology.

In 2013, Sylvain have graduated from UQAC with a Master in natural product chemistry. During his master, he had the opportunity to work on the extraction and caracterisation of new molecules found in balsam fir oleoresin (Canada balsam). His work has allowed him to collaborate by writting two scientific articles published in Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry1 and in Organic Letters2. Sylvain is also involved in the next generation of scientists by participating at a thematic weeks on chemistry for young people from 12 to 15 years old and by being judge for local and regional Expo-Sciences.

Originally from St-Félicien (Quebec, Canada), Sylvain is honored that a company like Phytochemia believes in his talent and gave him the opportunity to develop his full potential in his native region: “Wishing to be close to nature and live near my family, Phytochemia allows me to improve myself in an exceptional environment”.

Don’t hesitate to contact him for any questions, it will be a pleasure for him to answer to all of your interrogations.



(1)     Lavoie, S. et al. Lanostane- and cycloartane-type triterpenoids from Abies balsamea oleoresin. Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 9, 1333–1339 (2013).

(2)     Lavoie, S. et al. Abibalsamins A and B, Two New Tetraterpenoids from Abies balsamea Oleoresin. Org. Lett. 14, 1504–1507 (2012).

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