First doctorate in resource recovery ready for dissertation

−This is a landmark for the research area resource recovery and will lead to a new and exciting development for the University of Borås. It shows that we have a very well-functioning research and training in this field, explains Tomas Wahnström, director of studies for the PhD study programme.

−We are extremely proud that we have a solid and strong environment to offer our graduate students, adds Peter Axelberg, Dean of the School of Engineering.

Solmaz Aslanzadeh has done research on how to increase the efficiency of the anaerobic digestion of recalcitrant materials as well as reduce the time for the anaerobic digestion process, resulting in faster production of biogas.

First graduate student

At the time Solmaz Aslanzadeh completed the Master's studies in 2010, the University of Borås had not yet received postgraduate education rights in resource recovery. Solmaz Aslanzadeh was employed as an industrial funded PhD by the local energy producing company Borås Energi och Miljö AB that wanted help to streamline the production of biogas from waste. The following year the University of Borås was awarded postgraduate education rights in the area of ​​resource recovery and Solmaz Aslanzadeh entered as the first PhD student in this field.

Solmaz Aslanzadeh

From: Borås
Degrees: B. Sc. in Chemical Engineering, Chalmers University in 2009, M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering - Applied Biotechnology , 2011, University of Borås
Postgraduate studies: Industrial PhD at the University of Borås by Borås Energi och Miljö AB, in 2010. PhD studies in resource recovery at the University of Borås in 2011-2014.

Title of the thesis: Pretreatment of cellulosic waste and high rate of biogas production
Supervisor: Professor Mohammad Taherzadeh, University of Borås

The defense will take place on 27 February at the University of Borås.

Text: Solveig Klug
Photo: Henrik Bengtsson