Scientific competencies:Applied mineralogy and geochemistry, Industrial waste management
Benzaazoua obtained his ‘Geosciences and Environment’ Ph.D. in 1996 at, University of Lorraine Nancy (France. Then, he joined the University of Quebec (UQAT) in 1996 beneficiating from a postdoctoral fellow. He became professor in 1997 and held a Canada Research Chair (CRC 2003 – 2011) in Mine waste integrated management. In 2009 he co-chaired an International Research Chair funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) jointly with the CRC program with the collaboration of UCA Marrakech University (Morocco). Since his UQAT appointment, he worked on large number of government funded and industry sponsored projects dealing with mineralogy and geochemistry for mine and industrial pollution control, waste management stabilization and valorization, mine site rehabilitation and mineral/waste processing. He is also since 2008 member of the CRIB (Research center on concrete infrastructures). He published more than 160 journal papers and (co-)supervised more than 70 students at the Master and PhD levels.