Industrial Bioproduct LabWestern Engineering

Current Group Members

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Dr. Chunbao (Charles) Xu

Professor, Director of IBL

 

cxu6@uwo.ca

 

PI

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Dr. Zhongshun (Sean) Yuan

Research Associate

 

zyuan25@uwo.ca

 

Bio-based polymers and green chemical technologies

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Fang (Flora) Cao

Research Technician

 

fcao3@uwo.ca

 

Various projects

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 Dr. Laleh Nazari

Postdoctoral associate

 

lnazari@uwo.ca:

 Utilization of wastewater sludge for energy

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Dr. Sadra Souzanchi

MITACS-WMB postdoctoral fellow

 

ssouzanc@uwo.ca

 

Catalytic conversion of lower alcohols to higher alcohols

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Dr. Kasanneni Tirumala Venkateswara Rao

Postdoctoral fellow

 

venkatiict.kasanneni@gmail.com

 

Catalytic conversion of carbohydrates and cellulosic biomass into HMF and FDCA

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Dr. Liying (Sarah) Qi

Postdoctoral fellow

 

qiliying168@163.com

 

Crop residue valorization for bio-based materials

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Dr. Xianbin Ai

Visiting scholar

 

axbjxas@163.com

 

 

Hydrothermal liquefaction of waste plastics and wastewater sludge for energy recovery, recovery activated carbon from waste PCBs 

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Dr. Xiaohui Li

Visiting scholar

 

lixiaohui211121@163.com

 

Recovery valuable metals from waste PCBs and floatation separation of valuable polymers from waste plastics 

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Milad Nahavandi

PhD student09/2017-09/2021

mnahavan@uwo.ca

 

Production of high-value chemicals from glucose

 

 

Olufemi Popoola

PhD student

09/2016-09/2020 

opopool@uwo.ca

 

Production of bio-based epoxy resins from lignin

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Luana Dessbesell

PhD student

09/2015-09/2019 

ldessbes@lakeheadu.ca

 

Techno-economic Analysis and Supply Chain Design for a Forest Biorefinery to Produce Value-added Bioproducts from Lignin and Forestry Residues

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Hongwei (Lilly) Li

CSC-funded joint training PhD student

2015-2017 

lihongweinvahai@163.com

 

Production of bio-based PU foams using lignin for packaging materials and hydroponic growing medium 

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Yulin (Tracy) Hu

PhD student

05/2015-05/2018 

yhu268@uwo.ca

 

HTL of microalgae

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Zaid K Ahmad

PhD student

09/2014-09/2018 

zahmad7@uwo.ca

 

Optimization of lignin precipitation process (Lignoforce)

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Hooman Paysepar

PhD student

09/2014-05/2018 

hpaysepa@uwo.ca

 

 

Catalytic pyrolysis of lignin for phenolic chemicals and fuels

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Soheil Hajirahimkhan

PhD student

09/2014-05/2018 

shajirah@uwo.ca

 

UV-curable and fire-retarding coatings from lignin

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Heng Zhang

CSC-funded joint training PhD student

09/2017-09/2019 

hzhan777@uwo.ca

 

 

Catalytic hydrogenolysis of bio-glycerol for propylene glycol (PG)

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Zening Cheng

CSC-funded joint training PhD student

09/2017-09/2018

zcheng62@uwo.ca

 

Hydrogen production by supercritical water gasification

 

 

Mohamed Kaddour

PhD student, joint supervision

09/2017-08/2021

mkaddou@uwo.ca

 

Production of aromatic/phenolic chemiclas from lignin via catalytic hydroprocessing

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HemKanta Sharma

MSc student, co-supervised

09/2016-09/2018 

hsharma3@lakeheadu.ca

 

 

Bio-conversion of sugars and cellulose to chemicals  

 

Tianqi Liang

MEng student

2017-2018 

tankileung94@gmail.com

 

Dilute-acid hydrolysis of crop residue for sugar production