Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, 2021
  • B.S., Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2016
Licenses & Certifications
  • Professional Engineer, Illinois, #062075487
  • 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operation and Emergency Response Certification (HAZWOPER)
  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI)
Professional Honors
  • Chemical Engineering Citation Award, Purdue University, 2023
  • Prof. K.C. Chao and Jiun Chao Graduate Education Endowment Grant, Purdue University, 2020
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (Heat and Mass Transfer), Purdue University, 2018
  • Ross Fellowship, Purdue University, 2016–2017
  • Melby Scholarship, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2015
  • Gensler Scholarship, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2015
  • Eugene and Patricia Kreger Herscher Scholarship, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2014 & 2015
  • Engineering Great People Scholarship, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2014
Professional Affiliations
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
  • • Session Chair – Midwest Regional Conference 2022, Catalysis and Reaction Enginering
  • • Session Chair – Spring AIChE 2022, Fuels and Petrochemical Division, Catalysis Session
  • • Session Chair – Midwest Regional Conference 2023, Catalysis and Reaction Enginering
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)

Dr. Lardinois focuses on applying the fundamentals of chemical engineering, chemistry, and material science to investigations and analyses of safety incidents involving chemical processes, fires, explosions, and consumer products.

He has expertise involving formulations and characteristics of materials with propensities to self-heat and spontaneously combust, especially fiber materials, doped carbon, and adsorbent beds. Additionally, Dr. Lardinois has investigated hazardous waste treatment incidents concerning metal powders/fines and unknown chemical releases or chemistries. He also supports consumer product testing efforts for product recall investigations, corrective action plan development, incident recreation, and determination of fire risk. Dr. Lardinois has extensive experience with heterogeneous catalyst formulation, characterization, kinetics, and stability/deactivation for various applications, such as pollution control technologies for NOx abatement in diesel and stoichiometric engine exhaust and hydrocarbon upgrading.

Dr. Lardinois received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin — Madison, where he researched the upgrading of biomass derived feed stocks to value-added chemicals. After a summer sojourn to the Technical University of Vienna in Austria, Dr. Lardinois started his Ph.D. studies at Purdue University. His dissertation focused on the influence of zeolite material properties and external gas conditions on the thermodynamics and kinetics of metal structural interconversion for the abatement of NOx pollution from automotive engine exhaust. Throughout his Ph.D. studies, Dr. Lardinois worked with many advanced catalyst/material characterization instruments and frequently consulted with automotive companies.