Dr. Lope G. Tabil
Dr. Tabil is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. His areas of research are in biomass processing, bioprocess engineering, value-added bioengineering, storage and drying of crops, forage process engineering, feed processing and postharvest handling of crops. For instance, transforming flax straw into biocomposite or pulse starch into bioplastics are a few of his research projects. Dr. Tabil, in collaboration with Dr. Cree of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, aims at extending the growing season of farmers in northern latitude by supplying agricultural crop residues for combined heat and power generation. Dr. Tabil participates in Activity 2 of the Biomass Canada Cluster.
Dr. Duncan Cree
Dr. Cree is an Assistant Professor in the department of mechanical engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. His research focuses on finding novel sustainable materials such as natural fibre/bio-resin composites and optimization of chemical treatments of fibre to improve fibre/matrix adhesion. He also studies the oil sorption properties of natural fibre waste for use as alternative sorbents for oil spill cleanup. Dr. Cree, in collaboration with Dr. Tabil, aims at extending the growing season of farmers in northern latitude by supplying agricultural crop residues for combined heat and power generation. Dr. Cree participates in Activity 2 of Biomass Canada Cluster.
Dr. Charles Xu
Dr. Xu is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the Western University in Canada. His laboratory specializes in thermochemical and catalytic conversion process of bioproducts, including the transformation of forestry residues, starch or agricultural residues into bio-based chemicals and materials such as various resins, foams and adhesives. Dr. Xu aims at developing an innovative zero-waste technology for valorization of wet greenhouse waste, farm manures and agro-forestry residues. Dr. Xu participates in Activity 3 of Biomass Canada Cluster.
Dr. Ajay Dalai
Dr. Dalai is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Bioenergy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing at the University of Saskatchewan. His Catalysis and Chemical Reaction Engineering Laboratories (CCREL) specializes in heterogeneous catalysis, sustainable biofuels and bio-chemicals production, petroleum processing, hydrotreatment, pollution control, nanotechnology, gasification, Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, and novel materials production and characterization. Dr. Dalai aims at unravelling the potential of thermochemical conversion (pyrolysis, torrefaction and gasification) of Canadian agricultural biomass such as canola meal, canola hull and oat hull into high energy products along with biochar. Dr. Dalai participates in Activities 4 and 9 of Biomass Canada Cluster.
Dr. Animesh Dutta
Dr. Dutta is a professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph. His Bio-Renewable Innovation Lab (BRIL) developed expertise in thermochemical conversion of agricultural residues, biomass and wastes into products that can be used as fuel, industrial materials and energy. Currently, Dr. Dutta aims at developing biocarbon, activated carbon, biomethane, and biofertilizer from wet biomass using a hybrid thermochemical and biochemical approach. Dr. Dutta partcipates in Activity 5 of Biomass Canada Cluster.
Dr. Kevin Vessey
Dr. Vessey is a professor in the Department of Biology at Saint-Mary’s University. His research program specializes on beneficial plant-microbes interactions and the optimization of crops as biofuel feedstocks. Dr. Vessey’s BioMass Canada research aims to determine yield potential and optimum production strategies of four biomass crops on marginal lands in Nova Scotia. Additionally, Dr. Vessey, in collaboration with Drs. Lu and Tian, is researching the production of promising genotypes sorghum as biomass crops on marginal land. Dr. Vessey participates in Activities 6 and 7 of Biomass Canada Cluster.
Dr. Lining Tian
Dr. Tian is a research scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in London, Ontario. His work focuses on plant molecular biology and biotechnology. Dr. Tian, in collaboration with Dr. J. Lu and Dr. K. Vessey, is interested in developing a production system of sorghum, more specifically selecting promising genotypes or hybrids, which are most suitable to grow on marginal lands in Canada while achieving high biomass yields. Dr. Tian participates in Activity 7 of Biomass Canada Cluster.
Dr. Julia Lu
Dr. Lu is a professor in the department of chemistry and biology at Ryerson University in Toronto. Her work focuses on analytical chemistry and the development, evaluation and validation of novel techniques to quantify different toxins in various environmental systems. Dr. Lu, in collaboration with Drs. Tian and Vessey, is also involved in developing a low-cost and high production system for sorghum biomass on marginal lands. Dr. Lu participates in Activity 7 of Biomass Canada Cluster.
Dr. Donald Smith
Dr. Smith is a Distinguished James McGill Professor in the Plant Science Department of McGill University in Montreal. His laboratory focuses on plant-microbe signaling and the development of biological products to enhance plant production. Additionally, Dr. Smith works on purpose-grown biomass crops such as switchgrass, Miscanthus and Spartina pectinate. Dr. Smith aims at finding new biological products to enhance growth of biomass crop or to increase residue biomass of food crop. Dr. Smith participates in Activity 8 of Biomass Canada Cluster.
Dr. Shahabaddine Sokhansanj
Dr. Sokhansanj is a professor in the faculty of chemical and biological engineering at the university of British Columbia. His laboratory researches on least cost preprocesses to convert low value residues to high value feeedstock for biorefinery. The research group addresses challenges in biomass variability, drying and densification, and logistics. In addition to solving the nascent bio-industry challenges, the group prepares highly qualified graduate engineers and scientists in support of a thriving bioeconomy in BC and Canada. Dr. Sokhansanj participates in Activity 12 of Biomass Canada Cluster.