Dr. Mohammad Latifi has been working as a postdoc and then a research associate and project manager at professor Jamal Chaouki’s group. In addition to the research, he has been teaching the graduate course of “design of gas-solid reactors/fluidized bed reactors”, and he has been advising graduate students.
His primary research interests lay in process engineering, particularly, in reaction engineering, powders technology and material engineering. He has been the lead researcher in a wide range of industrial projects such as upgrading the conventional and renewable energy resources (thermal and catalytic cracking, steam/dry reforming, co-combustion, gasification and pyrolysis), carbon capture, mineral processing and coating of the nano powders. Such projects were related to major industries such as oil, gas and petrochemicals, power plants, biorefinery/bioenergy, waste/residue valorization, syngas, mining and metallurgy, and rechargeable lithium ion batteries.
Having worked in Industry and academia, he gained tremendous theoretical and practical experience in bench-scale and pilot-scale process development, design of fluidized bed reactors, hydrodynamic studies, kinetics, catalysis, materials characterization and analytical methods on gas, liquid and solids.
Dr. Mohammad Latifi is the designer of two novel fluidized bed micro reactors: Jiggle Bed Reactor (JBR) and Induction Heating Fluidized Bed Reactor (IHFBR).
Farag received his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada, in 2013. He gained his MSc degree in Physics Engineering from University of Ain Shams and his BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Helwan, Egypt. Farag is a creative professional with many years of Multidisciplinary research & development experience in the fields of renewable energy, biomass processing, waste management and valorization, thermal and catalytic chemical reactions, pulp and paper, techno-economic analysis, and the design, development and optimization of multiphase processes under extreme conditions.
During the last few years, Farag has collaborated with several industrial organizations: TOTAL American Services, Inc. to investigate and model the hydrodynamics and catalytic reactions of multiphase processes, under extreme conditions, towards the design, scale-up, and optimization of different chemical processes. Lignoworks Natural Sciences and the Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Strategic Network to create technology platforms for novel materials and chemicals based on lignin, which benefits traditional paper mills by diversifying their product lines and also addresses the serious challenges faced by the Canadian forest industry. FPinnovations, Quebec, Canada, to use kraft lignin microwave-pyrolysis oil as a substitute in phenol formaldehyde resins and adhesives. KENGTEK Engineering Services and Pyrowave Inc., Canada, to develop a novel process for the distributed microwave pyrolysis of domestic waste. Farag also has collaborated with several academic institutions, e.g., Queen’s University, University of Western Ontario, and University of Ottawa in the fields of biomass and waste valorization, and using bio-oil to synthesize commercially viable products.