2021

October 2021 

  • On Oct 18, Dr. Dhar gave an invited seminar at the Department of Chemical Engineering of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia.
  • Qi was awarded the Rick George Graduate Leadership Scholarship in Engineering. Congratulations, Qi!

September 2021 

  • Basem was awarded the Donald R Stanley Graduate Scholarship in Environmental (Civil) Engineering for the third year in a row. Congratulations, Basem!
  • Calvin’s review article on food waste valorization with microbial electrochemical technologies has been accepted for publication in Bioresource Technology. Congratulations, Calvin!

  • We welcome three new members, Monisha Alam (Ph.D. Student), Parisa Niknejad (M.Sc. Student), and Kaitlin Hillier (M.Eng Student), this Fall.

August 2021 

  • Dr. Meshref’s paper has been accepted for publication in Data in Brief. This article reports detailed principal component analysis (PCA) of experimental data from a study on low-temperature thermal hydrolysis of sludge prior to anaerobic digestion. Congratulations, Dr. Meshref!
  • Raj’s article on the effects of different mixing conditions on anaerobic digesters amended with conductive additives has been accepted for publication in Bioresource Technology. Raj was a visiting Ph.D. student (2019-2020) from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. Congratulations, Raj!

July 2021 

  • Calvin’s review article on paper-based microbial fuel cell biosensors has been accepted for publication in Biosensors and Bioelectronics. Congratulations, Calvin!

June 2021 

  • Wafa successfully defended his M.Sc. thesis on advancing the high-solids anaerobic digestion process for the organic fraction of municipal solid waste. Congratulations, Wafa!

May 2021 

  • Wafa’s article on optimizing the high-solids anaerobic digestion process for the organic fraction of municipal solid waste has been accepted for publication in Bioresource Technology. Congratulations, Wafa!

  • Seyed’s paper on low-temperature thermal hydrolysis process for enhancing sludge anaerobic digestion in wastewater treatment plant with sludge anaerobic digestion has been accepted for publication in Chemical Engineering Journal. Congratulations, Seyed!

April 2021 

  • Calvin received Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship-Doctoral (CGS D), the most prestigious graduate scholarship from NSERC. As a successful candidate in the competition, he also received a top-up award, the President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction, from the FGSR. Congratulations on these well-deserved scholarships, Calvin!
  • Calvin’s mini-review article on applications of 3D printing for microbial electrochemical technologies has been accepted for publication in Frontiers in Energy Research. Congratulations, Calvin!

  • Wafa’s paper on the application of conductive additives on high-solids anaerobic digestion has been accepted for publication in Process Safety and Environmental Protection. Congratulations, Wafa!

March 2021 

  • Dr. Dhar has been selected as one of the three recipients of UofA’s Petro-Canada Emerging Innovator Award-2021. This award is given annually (sponsored by Suncor Energy Inc.) through an internal competition among early-career researchers from four faculties (Business, ALES, Engineering, Science) across campus. Dr. Dhar sincerely acknowledges his current and former lab members, industry partners, funding agencies, academic collaborators, and thanks UofA’s civil and environmental engineering department leadership and internal award nomination committee for their tremendous support.
  • Basem’s article has been accepted for publication in Scientific Reports. This paper presents a comprehensive characterization and discusses the significance of extracellular polymeric substances, reactive oxygen species, and extracellular electron transfer in methanogenic biocathode in microbial electrolysis cell-assisted anaerobic digestion. Congratulations, Basem!

  • Raj’s article on high-rate blackwater anaerobic digestion under septic tank conditions with the amendment of biosolids-derived biochar has been accepted for publication in Bioresource Technology. Raj was a visiting student from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. Congratulations, Raj!

  • Qi’s article on blackwater treatment with microbial electrolysis cells has been accepted for publication in Science of the Total Environment. Congratulations, Qi!

  • Nesma’s manuscript on the lime treatment of oil sands tailing has been accepted for publication in Science of the Total Environment. Congratulations, Nesma! 
  • Calvin’s review article on microbial electrochemical cell-based biosensors for recalcitrant environmental contaminants monitoring has been accepted for publication in Chemical Engineering Journal. Congratulations, Calvin!

  • Calvin has been selected to receive the Alberta Innovates Graduate Student Scholarship. Congregations, Calvin!

February 2021 

  • Seyed’s review article on the impact of (nano)microplastics on anaerobic digestion has been accepted for publication in Bioresource Technology. Congratulations, Seyed!

  • Basem has been selected for a 2021 Graduate Student Teaching Award (GSTA) for his outstanding performance as a teaching assistant in Fall 2020. This year only seven students across campus have been selected for this award. Congratulations, Basem!

January 2021 

  • Mayank’s article on greywater treatment has been accepted for publication in Processes journal. Congratulations, Mayank!

  • Our article on the fate of disposable face masks in high-solids anaerobic digestion has been accepted for publication in Case Studies in Chemical and Environmental Engineering Journal. This interesting project was collaboratively done by Felipe, Mayank, Wafa, and Seyed. Congratulations Team!