Founded in 2003, RECAT Technologies Inc. is a University of Western Ontario (UWO) affiliated spin-off, specializing in the development and commercialization of innovative Reactor Engineering and Catalytic [RECAT] Technologies. RECAT's founder and president, Dr. Hugo de Lasa is a distinguished researcher and engineer whose contributions to the field of chemical engineering has gained him international recognition.
Dr. de Lasa is the founder of the Chemical Reactor Engineering Centre , which is a research centre specializing in pollution prevention and pollution control research. CREC has conducted business with over 40 companies and governmental organizations, located throughout some 20 countries around the world. Dr. de Lasa is also co-founder and editor of the International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering. Dr. de Lasa holds numerous patents including that of the CREC Riser Simulator for the development of next generation catalysts and environmentally friendly gasolines, that of the CREC-Optiprobes for novel chemical reactor development, that of the Pseudoadiabatic Catalytic Reactor for friendly fuels and more recently that of the Photo-CREC Reactors for the elimination of pollutants in air and water.