Our mission is to identify the problems associated with atmospheric icing and the wettability of surfaces in order to develop realistic anti-icing methods based on various research and experimentation that meet the needs of industries.

We provide high quality professional services to companies. We have the necessary expertise and state-of-the-art infrastructure in electrical equipment, chemical analysis, and surface characterization and surface engineering. We also have atmospheric icing simulators, laboratory scale compression molding systems and a wide range of coating application tools.

At LaRGIS, we are always happy to welcome graduate and motivated students from all over the world who wish to join our research group.


In November 2003, the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi (UQAC) inaugurated its new Icing Research Department. This department is the result of the investment of the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (FCI), the Government of Quebec, the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi (UQAC) and Hydro-Quebec. All of these four entities have joined forces to coordinate their research activities on atmospheric icing within the University of Québec in Chicoutimi (UQAC).

As a unit of the Industrial Chair on Atmospheric Icing of Electrical Equipment (CIGELE) and well equipped with its wind tunnel, atmospheric plasma jet system, contact angle goniometer, AFM, XPS, SEM, QUV, etc. , our laboratory focused on icing phenomena and surface engineering methods to cooperate with industries to prevent and mitigate the adverse consequences of icing.