Ramin R. Farnood

B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc. (Sharif), Ph.D. (Toronto)
Principal InvestigatorFarnood Research GroupRoom: WB362 | Tel.: 416-946-7525  | Email: ramin.farnood@utoronto.ca

Research Interests

Bio-based materials and bioenergy

Developing novel products that utilize the forest biomass as a renewable, biodegradable, and recyclable raw material with a near-zero carbon footprint is the key towards a sustainable bio-economy. Such green products will have a significant life-cycle advantage over fossil fuel-based products. The focus of our research is two folds: 1- advanced materials that are based on wood fibres, and 2- energy from forest biomass as well as solid wastes.

Environmental Engineering

With the rapid reduction of clean water resources, wastewater treatment for reuse is growing rapidly in many industrial and developing countries. The focus of our research is to develop advanced high-rate technologies to remove chemical and microbial contamination of wastewater, including membrane separation, filtration, ultraviolet disinfection, and advanced oxidation.

Micro-structure Characterization

The focus of this research program is to develop experimental techniques and mathematical models to examine the structure of materials at microscale and investigate the relationship between structure and properties.

Recent Publications

Behzadnasab, M., Esfandeh, M., Mirabedini, S.M., Farnood, R.R., Preparation, Optimization and Characterization of Linseed Oil-filled Urea-Formaldehyde Microcapsules and Their Effect on Mechanical and Self-healing Properties of an Epoxy-based Coating. Colloids Surf A.  457 (2014) 16–26

Fobel, R., Kirby, A.E., Ng, A.H.C., Farnood, R. and Wheeler, A.R., Paper Microfluidics Goes Digital.  Adv. Mater. (2014), 26(18), 2838–2843, May 2014

Wu, T.; Farnood, R.; O’Kelly, K., Chen, B., Mechanical behavior of transparent nanofibrillar cellulose-chitosan nanocomposite films in dry and wet conditions. J. Mech. Behav. Biomed. Mater. 32 (2014), 279-286

Azimi, Y., Allen, D.G., Farnood, R. R., Enhancing Disinfection by Advanced Oxidation under UV Irradiation in Polyphosphate-containing Wastewater Flocs.   Water Res. 54 (2014), 179-187

Azadi, P., Foroughi, H., Dai, T., Azadi, F., Farnood, R., An Integrated Hydrolysis-Reforming Process for the Production of Hydrogen from Wet Biomass Feedstocks.  Fuel 117(2014), 1223-1230

Du, Y., Wu, T., Yan, N., Kortschot, M.T., Farnood, R., Fabrication and Characterization of Fully Biodegradable Natural Fibre-reinforced Poly(lactic acid) Composites. Compos. Part B-Eng. 56(1) 717-723 (2014)

Azadi, P., Inderwildi, O. Farnood, R., King, D., Liquid Fuels, Hydrogen, and Chemicals from Lignin:  A Critical Review.  Renew. Sust. Energ. Rev. 21 , 506-523 (2013)