Welcome to Biorefining and Remediation Laboratory at Dalhousie

The goal of Biorefining and Remediation Laboratory is to mitigate the environmental impact by innovating in refining of renewable resources and remediation process development.

  

Integrated Biorefinery

 

The goal of this research is to develop sustainable processes by employing the concept of integrated biorefinery and circular economy. Our current work is focused on an integratd system for anaerobic digestion of thin stillage produced in corn-bioethanol plant and microalgae cultivation for nutrient recycling and bioenergy production. In this work, we particularly target the water-energy nexus area as the center of implementing innovation. Our recent initiative is focused on processing lignocellulosic biomass for the production of value-added chemicals within the concept of biorefinery.

 

Sayedin, F., Kermanshahi pour A., He, S., 2018, Anaerobic digestion of thin stillage in a novel Anaerobic Baffled Reactor, Journal of Waste Management, 78, 541–552.

 

Sayedin, F., Kermanshahi pour A., He, S., 2019, Evaluating the potential of a novel anaerobic baffled reactor for anaerobic digestion of thin stillage: Effect of organic loading rate, hydraulic retention time and recycle ratio, Journal of Renewable Energy,135, 975–983.

 

Recovery of Natural Products

 

The aim of this research is to develop novel and benign processes with reduced environmental impacts for the recovery and purification of bioactive molecules from various sources such as microalgae, berry, sea cucumber and fish oil. The use of supercritical fluids for extraction is one of our main focus area in this research.

 

Jiao, G. and Kermanshahi pour A., 2018, Extraction of anthocyanins from haskap berry pulp using supercritical carbon dioxide: Influence of co-solvent composition and pretreatment, LWT Food Science and Technology. 98, 237-244.

 

Kermanshahi pour A., MacEachern LM, Mirmehrabi M, 2017, A novel process for preparation of fatty acid oil mixture in solid form, Food Chemistry. 229, 50-56.

 

 

 

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    Faculty of Engineering