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Here you find information about the research conducted by the university’s 31 professors, 172 senior lecturers, 171 lecturers, and 67 doctoral students (April 2020).

Mohammad Taherzadeh

Mohammad Taherzadeh


Department of Resource Recovery and Building Technology

Phone: 033-4355908

Mobile: 0707-171032

E-mail: mohammad.taherzadeh@hb.se

Room number: D816

Signature: MJT

My research activity was started with basic experiments in chemistry in our garage when I was a high school student. However, I didn't have any real research activity, until being the second-year student at the university in chemical engineering. I parallel with my education in BSc, MSc and when I was lecturer afterward, I was involved in several consulting and research projects in the field of chemical engineering for about 7 years. In this period, I became familiar with biotechnology and decided to continue my PhD in this field, which was carried out in 1995-1999.

My Ph.D. work was on conversion of lignocellulosic materials to ethanol, where I focused on fermentation part. While graduated in 1999, I got a position as assistant professor at Chalmers University of Technology, which officially ended in 2004, although we still have a close collaboration. In this period, I worked part time at Lund University of Technology, and then Isfahan University of Technology. At Chalmers and Lund, I continued working on lignocellulosic ethanol, while In Isfahan, I developed both education and research in Biotechnology. Then, I moved to Borås in 2004, where the ethanol was continued as expected, but I enhanced my group with research on conversion of waste materials to several products such as ethanol, biogas, hydrogen, feeds and superabsorbents.

My vision is that “waste” is a “resource”, but our knowledge has not been developed enough to convert it to product, so we don’t use it and it remains waste that we want to get rid of it. If we look as molecules and atoms of any wastes, we should be able to find out many methods and many valuable products to use the wastes and products. This is the basic concept of “Swedish Centre for Resource Recovery”!

Schematics for my research

Education and academic promotions

  • 1989     B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, IRAN
  • 1991     M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, IRAN
  • 1999     Ph.D. in Bioscience, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
  • 2001     Associate Professor, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
  • 2004     Professor, University of Borås, Borås, Sweden

More information about the work of me and my research group, please visit www.taherzadeh.se

Finished Research Projects



  • 1988-1991     Deputy director of Jahad Daneshgahi, Isfahan Univ. of Tech., Iran
  • 1992-1994     Lecturer at Chemical Engineering Department, Isfahan Univ. of Tech., Iran
  • 1999-2001     Assistant professor at Dept. of Chemical Engineering II, Lund Univ. of Tech., Lund, Sweden
  • 1999-2002     Assistant professor at Dept. of Chemical Reaction Engineering, Chalmers Univ. of Tech., Göteborg, Sweden
  • 2001-2004     Assistant professor at Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Isfahan Univ. of Tech., Isfahan, Iran
  • 2002-2004     Associate professor at Dept. of Chemical Reaction Engineering, Chalmers Univ. of Tech., Göteborg, Sweden
  • 2004-     Professor in Bioprocess Technology, University of Borås, Borås, Sweden
  • 2010-     Chairman of Resource Recovery, University of Borås, Borås, Sweden
  • 2013-2015     Chairman of “Chemical engineering, biotechnology and environmental engineering” panel of Swedish Research Council, Sweden
  • 2015-     Associate Editor, Bioresource Technology, Elsevier

Waste Biorefinery Read the blog

PhD thesis: Biogas or hydrogen from wood and plastics?

Biogas production from food wastes, sludge, or agricultural residuals is easy to produce.

PhD thesis: Membrane bioreactors for ethanol production

Membrane bioreactors (#MBR) are used so far mainly for wastewater treatment, where the reactors are fed with very diluted wastewater.

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An outlook: Exporting knowledge to meet the challenges of the world

Mohammad Taherzadeh, Professor of Resource Recovery at the University of Borås takes an outlook out in the world regarding the research area resource recovery.