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Mandana Ehsanipour

Current Research:

Major: PhD, Bioresource Science and Engineering
Advisor: Renata Bura

The popularity of bioenergy in recent years indicates industrial ushering in a new energy era.  For example, Bioethanol not only provides energy independence, but it also contributes immensely to the enhancement of our environment. It is by far the largest and most immediately available alternative to petroleum and diesel, decreasing the adverse environmental effects and production dependency typical in fossil fuel consumption.
The purpose of my PhD study is to excel as a professional researcher in bioenergy and bioresource sciences. 


MS – Environmental Applied Science and Management, Ryerson University-Toronto, Canada (2010)
Thesis:  “Acid Pre-treatment and Fractionation of Source-Separated Organic (SSO) Waste for Lignocellulosic Saccharification” Link

BS – Applied Chemistry, Khajeh Nasir Toosi (K.N.T) University of Technology, Tehran, Iran (1995)


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Work Experience:

Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada 2006 to 2010

RESEARCH ASSISTANT – Department of Civil Engineering, 2006 to 2010.
Investigated potential of convert­ing a mixture of household organic waste and wood fragments to ethanol. Communicated with US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for requirements and procedures.  Conferred with enzyme producing companies including Novozyme and Genencor.  Set up and conducted analyses using, Spectrophotometer, GC and HPLC.  Proved all hypotheses. 

Key Activities:  Characterized biomass composition for structural carbohydrates, lignin, ash, acetyle, and extrac­tives.  Examined the potential of cellulolytic and saccharolytic bacteria for Consolidated Bioprocessing (CBP) and Simultaneous Saccharification and Co-fermentation (SSCF) systems (Clostridium phytofermentans and Zymomo­nas mobilis 8b).  Tested the effectiveness of various industrial enzyme cocktails (Accellerase 1500, Celluclast 1.5L, Novozyme 188. 

TEACHING ASSISTANT – Water Supply and treatment Lab, Department of Civil Engineering, Fall 2006 and 2007. Supervised laboratory and demonstrated equipment.  Tutored students in theory of experiments.

TEACHING ASSISTANT – Department of Politics and Public Administration, Winter 2007.  Supported Supervising Instructor in delivering “Introduction to Research and Statistics” class. 

Awards and honors

Ryerson Graduate Award (RGA) (2006-2007)

Community Service

Washington Environmental Council (Fall 2011 to present)


Water Environment Federation (WEF)(2007 to present)
Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO) Ryerson University Chapter (2007-2009)