Research Team

The NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass and Waste to Bioindustrial Resources has an extensive, diverse multi-national team working on the industry-driven research projects.  Click on the links below to meet our team members.

List of the NSERC IRC Research Team Members

 NSERC Industrial Research Chair - Franco Berruti, Professor, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, and Director of the Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR), Western University


Chantal Gloor - Research and Partnerships Manager

Tom Johnston - Manufacturing Technologist

Tahereh Sarchami - Research Associate (Analytical Chemistry)

Postdoctoral Scholars

Hanieh Bamdad

Kang Kang

Graduate Students  

Mohamed Aboughaly (MESc candidate, starts May 1, 2021)

Neha Batta (Ph.D. candidate)

Joshua Cullen (MESc candidate)

Islam ElGhamrawy (MESc candidate)

Prachi Jangid (MEng candidate)

Shokooh Karami (MESc candidate)

Heejin Lee (MESc candidate)

Griffin Loebsack (Ph.D. candidate)

Anastasia Maslak (MESc candidate)

Jennifer Ogbeta (MESc candidate)

Nicolas Sarmiento (MESc Candidate)



Western University Academic Collaborators

Naomi Klinghoffer - Assistant Professor, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, Western University

Hugh Henry - Professor, Biology

Lars Rehmann - Professor, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, Western University

Ken Yeung - Professor, Chemistry, Western University

Other Academic Collaborators

Umberto Arena - University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli", Caserta, Italy

David Chiaramonti - Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy

Silvia Fiore - Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy

Cesar Miguel Moreira Valenzuela - Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Luca Rosi - Università degli Studi di Firenze, Florence, Italy

Visiting Academics


Visiting Students

 Stephanos Horvers