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Majid successfully defend his PhD thesis!!

Majid Jahanmiri, he successfully defended his PhD thesis, titled “Use of a baffle to enhance distribution of a liquid sprayed into a gas-solid fluidized bed.


Congratulations Majid!!

Dominic Pjontek has been awarded an NSERC-CRD grant!

ICFAR professor DOMINIC PJONTEK has been awarded an NSERC-CRD grant for the project "Cyclone fouling in fluid Cokers: model development and adsorption experiments", with Syncrude Canada Ltd.


Congratulations Dominic!!

ICFAR will host: The Waste-to-Resources Innovation Research and Development Program: Fostering a Circular Economy

ICFAR will host: The Waste-to-Resources Innovation Research and Development Program: Fostering a Circular Economy”, with over 80 people representing industry, academia and government attending.  This event, being held on March 16, 2017 at West Have Golf & Country Club, is being funded through the NSERC Connect program, with additional financial support from the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).   A circular economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which we keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover residual products and waste materials at the end of each service life, add value and re-introduce them into the economic circle. A circular economy aims at zero-waste and maximum efficiencies.  The overall meeting objective include the identification of R&D o...

December 13, 2016 - ICFAR welcomes the Minister of Research, Innovation and Science to a well-attended meeting, Conversion of Biomass and Residues into Marketable Products, at West Haven Golf & Country Club.

From ORF Success to Launch of Waste to Resource SuccessorIn 2009, thanks to the generous support from the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science (at that time, MRI), the Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR), a research facility associated with Western University, opened its doors.  ICFAR is a facility that bridges university bench-top research with large-scale industrial applications.  We bring together experts from academia, government and industry to collectively accelerate innovation, in an effort to enhance Ontario and Canada’s efforts towards a profitable and sustainable future. One of ICFAR’s earlier initiatives was the Ontario Research Fund (ORF) project, Conversion of Forestry Biomass and Residues into Marketable Products.  After 5 years, this project concluded in December 2016.  We were proud to showcase the ORF and ...

ICFAR congratulates one of its faculty members, Dr. Jason Gerhard, for winning the Award for Excellence in Teaching

The recipient of this year’s Faculty Award: R. Mohan Mathur Award for Excellence in Teaching.The R. Mohan Mathur Award for Excellence in Teaching is presented annually to an outstanding Western Engineering faculty member to recognize his or her exceptional contributions to University teaching and the promotion of academic excellence amongst our students.  I am pleased to announce that the selection committee has chosen Dr. Jason Gerhard, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, as this year’s recipient.Dr. Jason Gerhard has been a faculty member at Western since 2007 and has made significant contributions to the Departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering.   As a dedicated teacher he is continually revising his course design to be engaging, interactive and up-to-the-moment relevant for all his students.  His courses always ...