Mitacs Postdoctoral Fellow at Western Maple Bio Resources Inc. (WMB)
Dr. Sadra Souzanchi received his Ph.D. degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from University of Western Ontario (Western University), Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR) under supervision of Dr. Charles Xu in 2016. He completed his M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in Chemical Engineering at Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) in 2008 and Iran University of Science and Technology in 2005, respectively. Prior to beginning of his Ph.D. studies, Sadra worked as a Chemical Process Engineer in various fields and industries including oil /gas, pharmaceutical/biotechnology and water/wastewater for more than 6 years and demonstrated strong scientific/theoretical and technical/practical knowledge and hands-on experience and expertise in designing, operating and managing of various chemical processes and projects. During his Ph.D. studies, Sadra developed a novel process and reactor for cost-effective production of 5-hydroxymethyl furfural (5-HMF), which is a versatile intermediate or platform chemical and precursor for liquid bio-fuels and high-value biomass-based chemicals and polymeric materials, at a high yield from simple sugars and sugar syrups derived from starch or cellulosic biomass in a bi-phasic continuous-flow reactor using inexpensive heterogeneous catalysts. A PCT patent was filed based on his Ph.D. research.