Biorefining and Remediation Laboratory Members

Principal Investigator


Azadeh Kermanshahi pour, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, Department of Process Engineering and Applied, Dalhousie University


e-mail: azadeh.kermanshahipour@Dal.Ca

Tel: 902-494-6076

Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science, Dalhousie University, F220, PO 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada B3H 4R2


Prior to joining Dalhousie University in 2013, I was an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale University. I did my graduate studies at McGill and Western and BSc at Ferdowsi University in Chemical Engineering. Throughout my academic and industrial career, I was involved in a variety of diverse projects including microalgae biorefining, identification of biodegradation pathways of chemicals, development of biodegradable plasticizers and bioremediation of contaminated groundwater. I also served as a research associate at Western University and as process engineer in a wastewater treatment company in Tehran. My research interests lie in the development of sustainable processes for production of specialty and commodity chemicals from renewable resources and remediation process development to control the environmental impact of organic contaminants.



Current members



Farid Sayedin, PhD student (co-supervised by Dr. Sophia He)


Prior to strating his PhD studies at Dalhousie University, Farid Sayedin was technical manager of laboratories of Sharif Energy Research Institute affiliated with Sharif University of Technology. He earned his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from University of Tehran and M.Sc. in Energy System Engineering from Sharif University of Technology. He was involved in various industrial projects including energy and environmental management in oil and gas industry, optimization of treatment technologies in petrochemical plants and process development for conversion of municipal solid waste into energy. His research interests are integration of waste remediation and biofuel production, bioenergy and biorefinery, fuel cell technologies and intelligent optimization algorithms.


Daniel Gerrior, MSc student


Daniel Gerrior received his BSc in Chemistry in 2015 at St Francis Xavier University, where he took part in research in inorganic and physical chemistry. He then went to Cape Breton University where he completed his degree in Petroleum Engineering Technology, after which he worked in industry for two years at Yava Technologies, an environmental mining and research company.


Lauren MacEachern, PhD student


Lauren MacEachern received her BSc in Physics and Applied Mathematics from Memorial University in 2012. She then completed an MSc in Physics at Dalhousie University in 2014 with a focus on silicon containing negative electrode materials for Li-ion batteries. She then pursued a career at Solid State Pharma in Halifax, focusing on polymorphism and crystallization of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). Lauren’s research focuses on crystallization of APIs using supercritical fluid technology as a means to control particle size and also provide a greener option when compared to common organic solvents.


Past members


Megha Vivek , MEng student, 2018


Saif Aleslam Abh , MEng student, 2018


Guangling Jiao, PhD, Research associate, 2018 (Currently: R&D director at Atlantic Sea Cucumber Ltd)


Pablo Tovar, Globalink Intern, 2017  


Zoe Grabowski, MSc student, 2017 (Currently: Fermentation Scientist at Mara Renewables Corporation)


Adolfo Freitas Terra Silva, Globalink summer intern, 2016  


Violeta Ugalde-Benitez, postdoctoral fellow, 2016


Rufus Alubankudi, research assistant, 2015  


Randa Ataya, co-op student, 2014, 2015, (Currently: Student at College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie)


Saranya Das, Globalink summer intern, 2015 (Currently: Design Engineer at Analog Devices)


Thiago Coelho, summer student, 2015


Jonathan Giranda Marques, summer student, 2014 (Currently: Manufacturing Excellence Analyst,


Unither Pharmaceuticals)



Supported by







    Faculty of Engineering