(May 11 " Thunder Bay, ON)
Lakehead University is proud to announce its newest Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Bioenergy and Biorefining " Dr. Sudip Rakshit.
This research scientist excels at transforming both commonplace and unusual materials into potential sources of bioenergy.
Dr. Rui Wang presents Dr. Sudip Rakshit with a letter from the Prime Minister of Canada welcoming him to Lakehead University
Dr. Rakshit will join the Chemical Engineering Department as the CRC in Bioenergy and Biorefining. He is one of only 12 new CRCs appointed in Ontario.
He is developing innovative methods to convert renewable biomass such as wood and agriculture products into biofuels and renewable chemicals. This makes Dr. Rakshit a perfect fit, as Lakehead continues to harness forest biomass through the Biorefining Research Institute (BRI).
Dr. Rakshit receives a special Canada Research Chair pin
President Brian Stevenson is very pleased to welcome a research scientist of Dr. Rakshit's calibre to Lakehead's world class team. "His biofuel research will advance the growth of the international bioenergy sector and will help strengthen Northwestern Ontario's emerging bioeconomy," Dr. Stevenson says.
Dr. Rakshit comes to Lakehead from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok, Thailand where he was the Vice-President of Research. After seven years in administration, he wanted to re-immerse himself in sustainable energy and biofuel research.
His prior work focused on agricultural residue like rice straw, wheat straw, and sugar cane bagasse " the leftovers of the harvesting process. He also specializes in converting cellulose, the most prevalent organic chemical on earth, to alcohol. Cellulose is found in materials like wood and doesn't displace food crops, making it a target of bioenergy research around the world.
Being unafraid to take fresh approaches to developing bioenergy is one of Dr. Rakshit's strengths as a researcher " even cows and their meditative ruminations (think cud) inspire new ideas.
His method for breaking down cellulose by extracting genetic material from the rumen (the first division of the stomach) of herbivores like cows is a case in point.
Dr. Rakshit is excited about the prospect of working with his University colleagues and regional industry partners to put Northwestern Ontario at the forefront of bioenergy research and the emerging bioeconomy.
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