Curriculum Vitae

 

Hossein Nikakhtari, PhD
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering (Biotechnology)


Hossein Nikakhtari

nikakhtari@sut.ac.ir

 

 

Profile______________________________________________________________

 

·            Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering

·            Two years of post-doctoral Canadian research and teaching experience

·            Expertise in environmental biotechnology and bioengineering

·            Experienced in bioenergy and biofules

·            Experienced in pilot plant and research laboratory setting

·            Active community volunteer

 

Education___________________________________________________________

 

Ph. D., Chemical Engineering Biotechnology                                                                       2006

 

University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

·            Thesis: Bioremediation of Industrial Air Pollutants

·            G.P.A.: 87.6/100

 

M.Sc., Chemical Engineering                                                                                                1993

 

Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

·            Thesis: Research on Aerosols and Particle Distribution in Air

·            G.P.A.: 15.45/20, Rank: 2/7

 

B.Sc., Chemical Engineering                                                                                                 1989

 

Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

·            Thesis: Evaluation and Design of Freon Production Unit

·            G.P.A.: 15.94/20, Rank: 11/135

 

Research Interests____________________________________________________

 

Environmental Engineering; Green Energy and Biofuels; Biotechnology and Bioengineering; Water, Soil, and Air Pollution; Petrochemical processes; Modeling; Mass and Heat Transfer

 


 

Professional Activities_________________________________________________

 

Research Projects Undertaken as Main Researcher

 

·            Bioremediation of petroleum hydrocarbons from contaminated soil for an industrial site

·            Ammonia removal from drinking water for Toxicology Centre, University of Saskatchewan

·            Study and Modeling of Oxygen and Volatile Organic Chemical Mass Transfer in Bioreactors, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan

·            Bioremediation of Industrial Air Pollutants, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan

 

Professional Employment

 

Postdoctoral Fellow                                                                                                2006 – present

 

Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK       

·            Taught courses in the Department of Chemical Engineering for 2nd and 3rd year students:

o       Fluid Mechanics II for two separate terms (Two-phase flows, Pumps,

Physical separations, and Fluidization)

o       Math Methods I (statistics and modeling)

o       Undergraduate Laboratory III (Control of a surge tank, cooling tower,

chemical reactors, gas absorption, solid leaching)

·            Conducted research in bioremediation of soil hydrocarbon pollutants (as above)

 

Lab Teaching Assistant

 

Undergraduate Laboratory II, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK                   2003 – 2004

Unit Operations Laboratory, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran        1990 – 1992

 

Instructor and Research Scientist                                                                            1993 – 2002

 

Department of Chemical Engineering, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz, Iran

·            Courses taught:  Mass Transfer, Unit Operations, Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, The Economics of Plant Design, and Unit Operations Lab

·            Typical Research Projects:

o       Regeneration of Hydrocracking Process Catalysts in the

Tabriz Petroleum Refinery

o       Recovery of Chromium from Leather Scraps

o       Optimization of Tri-calcium Phosphate Production

o       Automatic Dehydration of Apricots

 

Invited Instructor                                                                                                       1997 1998

 

Mohageg Ardebili University, Ardebil, Iran

·            Courses taught: Mathematics in Chemical Engineering, The Economics of Plant Design

 

Lab Supervisor                                                                                                           1994 – 2002

 

Unit Operations Laboratory, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz, Iran

 

Associate Manager                                                                                                   1993 – 1996

 

Department of Public Relations, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz, Iran

·            Organized conferences, exhibitions, ceremonies, invitations, and receptions

 


 

Industry Employment

Consultant to Industry                                                                                               1991 – 1993

 

Iranian Chemical Industry Research Centre, Tehran, Iran                                              

·            Participated as the lone Chemical Engineer Member of Kharazmi Award Winning

Design Project:  The Design And Installation Of An Insulation Production Plant

for the  Parchin Co., Tehran, Iran

·            Optimization of PVC Sheet Production, Tehran Production Complex (Manufacturer

of PVC products), Tehran, Iran

 

Team Leader                                                                                                              1989 – 1991

 

Iranian Chemical Industry Research Centre, Tehran, Iran                                              

·            Economic Evaluation and Basic Design of a Photocopier Toner Plant

·            Economic Evaluation and Basic Design of a Cellulose Acetate Plant

 

Research Engineer                                                                                         July – August 1991

 

Iranian Pasteurized Milk Company, Tehran, Iran

·            Designed whey-based lactose production line      

 

Project Engineer                                                                                                        1987 – 1989

 

Iranian Chemical Industry Research Centre, Tehran, Iran                                              

·            Created Software Package for Shortcut Design of Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers

·            Economic Evaluation of A Pencil Lead Production Plant

 

Undergraduate Summer Internships

 

·            National Iranian Oil Company, Tehran Petroleum Refinery, Tehran, Iran               1988

          (Hydrogen Production Plant)

·            National Iranian Oil Company, Tabriz Petroleum Refinery, Tabriz, Iran                 1987

          (Water Treatment Unit)

 

Laboratory Set-up

·            Research Laboratory

  Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz, Iran

  Ordered different kind of lab research equipment, installed it, and supervised its usage.

·            Unit Operations Pilot Plant Laboratory

   Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz, Iran

   Supervised building and preparation of laboratory room, determined specifications

   and ordered lab equipment from the manufacturer, supervised installation, and start-up.

   (Equipment included tray and packed distillation columns, liquid-liquid and solid-liquid extraction units, two stage evaporator, film evaporator, rotary drier)

 


 

Training_____________________________________________________________

 

Speech Craft                                                                                                                          2005

 

MBS Toastmasters Club, Club # 6883, Saskatoon, SK

 

Introduction to University Teaching (two semesters)                                                2004 – 2005

 

College of Graduate Studies, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

 

Course in Professional Communications (3 Credits)                                               Summer 2004

 

College of Graduate Studies, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

·            Special emphasis on proposal and journal article writing strategies

 

Leadership Workshop                                                                                              October 2004

 

International Students Office, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

·            Focus on Group Dynamics, Conflict Resolution, and Organizational Relationships

 

Laboratory Safety and Biosafety Courses                                                     May and July 2003

 

Department of Health, Safety, and Environment, University of Saskatchewan

 

Workshop in University Teaching Techniques                                                         August 2001

 

Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz, Iran

 

Academic Awards____________________________________________________

 

Graduate Scholarships Award                                                                                               2005

University of Saskatchewan

 

President’s Fund in Support of Study-Related Activities                          2003, 2004, and 2005

University of Saskatchewan                                                    

 

Overseas Ph.D. Study Award                                                                                                2002

Iranian Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology

 

Graduate Study Award                                                                                                          1989

Iranian Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology

 

Professional Memberships_____________________________________________

 

Member of APEGS (Association of Professional Engineers of Saskatchewan)          2008 present

Member of EWB (Engineers Without Borders)                                                        2004 present

Member of CIC (The Chemical Institute of Canada)                                                2003 present

 

Journal Reviewer_____________________________________________________

 

Reviewer for the following journals:

     Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology

     Journal of Hazardous Materials

     Bioremediation Journal

     Process Safety and Environmental Protection

 

Volunteer Activities___________________________________________________

 

Board Member and Treasurer of SCIP                                                                                2007

     Saskatchewan Capacity of Internationally Trained Professionals, Saskatoon, SK

 

Organizer – Indoor and Outdoor Soccer                                                                               2007

     Adult and youth soccer team, Saskatoon, SK

 

President of IGSA                                                                                                      2003 2004

Iranian Graduate Students Association, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK


 

 Publications and Presentations_________________________________________

 

Papers in Refereed Journals

·            Nikakhtari, H., Pardeep K., Song, W., Nemati, M., and Hill, G. A. “Scale up of diesel oil biodegradation in a baffled roller bioreactor.” Chemospherer, submitted (2009).

·            Nikakhtari, H., Pardeep K., Nemati, M., and Hill, G. A. “Physical and Biological treatment of Oil-contaminated Soil in a Baffled Roller Bioreactor,” Biorem. J., accepted (2009).

·            Pardeep, K., Nikakhtari, H., Nemati, M., and Hill, G. A. “Oxidation of Phenol in a Bioremediation Medium using Fenton’s Reagent, Par 1: Central Composite Rotatable Design Approach,” Environ. Sci. Technol., submitted (2008).

·            Nikakhtari, H., Pardeep K., Nemati, M., and Hill, G. A. “Biodegradation of Diesel Oil in a Baffled Roller Bioreactor,” J. Chem. Technol. Biotechnol., 84, 525-532 (2009).

·            Nikakhtari, H., Pardeep K., Nemati, M., and Hill, G. A. “Mass Transfer and Bioremediation of Aromatics from NAPL in aBaffled Roller Bioreactor,” Process Saf. Environ. Prot., 86, 252-258 (2008).

·            Nikakhtari, H., and Hill, G. A. “Continuous Toluene Vapor Remediation in a Continuous Packed Bed Loop Bioreactor,” Environ. Prog., 27, 234-241 (2008).

·            Nikakhtari, H., and Hill, G. A. “Closure Effects on Oxygen Transfer and Aerobic Growth in Shake Flasks,” Biotechnol. Bioeng., 95, 15-21 (2006).

·            Nikakhtari, H., and Hill, G. A. “Continuous Bioremediation of Phenol Polluted Air in an External Loop Airlift Bioreactor with a Packed Bed,” J. Chem. Technol. Biotechnol., 81, 1029-1038 (2006).

·            Nikakhtari, H., and Hill, G. A. “Volatile Organic Chemical Mass Transfer in an External Loop Airlift Bioreactor with a Packed Bed,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 44, 9299-9306 (2005).

·            Nikakhtari, H., and Hill, G. A. “Hydrodynamic and Oxygen Mass Transfer in an External Loop Airlift Bioreactor with a Packed Bed,” Biochem. Eng. J., 27, 138-145 (2005).

·            Nikakhtari, H., and Hill, G. A. “Enhanced Oxygen Mass Transfer in an External Loop Airlift Bioreactor Using a Packed Bed,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 44, 1067-1072 (2005).

·            Nikakhtari, H., and Hill, G. A. “Modelling Oxygen Transfer and Aerobic Growth in Shake Flasks and Well-Mixed Bioreactors,” Can. J. Chem. Eng., 83, 493-499 (2005).

 

Under Submission

·            US patent, Nikakhtari, H., An aeration and sampling device for rotary bioreactors at high loadings.

·            Nikakhtari, H., Song, W., Nemati, M., and Hill, G. A. “Oxygen Mass Transfer in the roller bioreactors.”

·            Pardeep, K., Nikakhtari, H., Nemati, M., and Hill, G. A. “Oxidation of Phenol in a Bioremediation Medium using Fenton’s Reagent, Par 2: Reaction Mechanism.”

 

Conference Presentations with Peer Reviewers and Proceedings

·            Nikakhtari, H., Pardeep K., Nemati, M., and Hill, G. A. “Scale up study of diesel oil biodegradation in a baffled roller bioreactor,” 8th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, Montreal, Canada, 2009, accepted.

·            Nikakhtari, H., and Hill, G. A. “Continuous Bioremediation of Phenol Polluted Air in an External Loop Airlift Bioreactor with a Packed Bed,” Congress on Biotechniques for Air Pollution Control, La Coruna, Spain, 2005.

·            Hagigi, M., Khodiov, A., Nikakhtari, H. “Regeneration of Hydro Cracking Process Catalysts in the Tabriz Petroleum Refinery,” Sixth Conference on Iranian Chemical Engineering, Isfahan Univ. of Tech., Iran, 2001.

·            Nikakhtari, H., Seiedov, F., Mirsaiedi, S. R., Hosseinnejad, A. “Recovery of Chromium from Leather Scraps,” Sixth Conference on Iranian Chemical Engineering, Isfahan Univ. of Tech., Iran, 2001.

·            Nikakhtari, H., Khodiov, A., Faraji, S. “Optimization of Tri Calcium Phosphate Production,” Sixth Conference on Iranian Chemical Engineering, Isfahan Univ. of Tech., Iran, 2001.

·            Nikakhtari, H., “Submicron Particles (Aerosol) Distribution in Air,” Forth Specialized Conference on Environmental Contaminators, Gilan Univ., Iran, 2001.

·            Nikakhtari, H., Ebrahimi, S. “Automatic Dehydration of Apricots,” First Conference on Industry, Agriculture, and Development, Isfahan Univ., Iran, 1997.

·            Nikakhtari, H., “Production of Lactose from Whey,” Second Conference on Iranian Chemical Engineering, Tehran, Iran, 1996.

 

Conference Presentations

·            Nikakhtari, H., Pardeep K., Nemati, M., and Hill, G. A. “Bioremediation of Diesel Oil in a Rotary Baffled Bioreactor,” 58th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Ottawa, Canada, 2008.

·            Nikakhtari, H., Pardeep K., Nemati, M., and Hill, G. A. “Mass Transfer and Bioremediation of Aromatics from NAPL in aBaffled Roller Bioreactor,” 57th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Edmonton, Canada, 2007.

·            Nikakhtari, H., Pardeep K., Nemati, M., and Hill, G. A. “Physical remediation of heavy hydrocarbon contaminated soil,” 57th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Edmonton, Canada, 2007.

·            Nikakhtari, H., and Hill, G. A. “Capture and bioremediation of toluene from contaminated air in a novel packed bed ELAB,” 56th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Sherbrooke, Canada, 2006.

·            Nikakhtari, H., and Hill, G. A. “Volatile Organic Chemical mass transfer in an External Loop Airlift Bioreactor with a Packed Bed,” 55th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Toronto, Canada, 2005.

·            Nikakhtari, H., and Hill, G. A. “Capture and bioremediation of pollutant volatile organic chemicals in a novel bioreactor,” 55th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Toronto, Canada, 2005.

·            Nikakhtari, H., and Hill, G. A. “Mass Transfer in an External Loop Airlift Bioreactor with a Packed Bed,” 54th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Calgary, Canada, 2004.

·            Nikakhtari, H., Chaplin, G., Vaughan, B., Welford, E., Adebanjo, A., Hill, G. A. “Mass Transfer in a Packed Bed ELAB,” 53rd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Hamilton, Canada, 2003.