A close collaboration between different disciplines here at the University of Borås is a unique opportunity to conduct interdisciplinary research. The research team in biotechnology have taken advantage of this opportunity in the form of several research and development projects. 

 biotechnology as a tool for solving environmental problems

The biotechnology research group February, 2014

Back row from left: Päivi Ylitervo, doctoral student, Hamidreza Barghi, doctoral student, Kristina Laurila, Research Engineer, Tomas Brandberg, Senior Lecturer, Alex Osagie, doctoral student, Mostafa Jabbari, Kamran Rousta, doctoral student, Elisabeth Feuk Lagerstedt, Senior Lecturer, Patrik Lennartsson, Senior Lecturer, Johan Westman, doctoral student, Jorge Ferreira, doctoral student, Jhosane Pagés Díaz, doctoral student, Ramkumar Nair, doctoral student, Karthik Rajendran, doctoral student.

Front row from left: Regina Jijoho Patinvoh, doctoral student, Hendrawati Wibowo, doctoral student, Rachma Wikandari, Mofoluwake Ishola, doctoral student, Prof. Mohammad Taherzadeh, Maryam Mohseni Kabir, doctoral student, Supansa Youngsukkasem, Postdoctoral, Solmaz Aslanzadeh, doctoral student,  Ilona Sárvári Horváth, Senior Lecturer.
Photo: Solveig Klug

Seniors (former)

  1. Tomas Brandberg (Assistant Prof., 2011-2014)
  2. Elisabeth Feuk-Lagerstedt (Assistant Prof., 2004-2015)

Postdocs/researchers (former and currents)

  1. Witold Pietrzak (2019-)
  2. Taner Sar (2020-)
  3. Swarnima Agnihotri Kumar (2015-2018)
  4. Pedro Ferreira (2018-2019)
  5. Jorge F. Ferreira (2016-2018)
  6. Regina Jijoho Patinvoh (2018)
  7. Ahmad Rahimpour (2016-2017)
  8. Marisa Soares Borges (2014-2015)
  9. Päivi Ylitervo (2014)
  10. Supansa Youngsukkasem (2013-2015)
  11. Ho Ky Quang Minh (2010-2012)
  12. Keikhosro Karimi (2008-2010)

Graduated PhDs

  1. Ria MillatiEthanol production from lignocellulosic materials: Potential of continuous cultivation, immobilization and zygomycetes fungi. Chalmers Univ. of Technol. (Jun. 2005)
  2. Keikhosro KarimiEthanol production from rice straw, Isfahan Univ. of Tech., Iran (Sep. 2005)
  3. Ronny PurwadiDevelopment of a continuous cultivation process for fermentation of dilute-acid hydrolyzates. University of Borås/ Chalmers Univ. of Technol. (Sep. 2006)
  4. Farid TalebniaEthanol Production from Cellulosic Biomass by Encapsulated Saccharomyces cerevisiae. University of Borås/ Chalmers Univ. of Tech., Sweden (Apr. 2008)
  5. Mohammad PourbafraniCitrus Waste Biorefinery: Process Development, Simulation and Economic Analysis; University of Borås (May 2010)
  6. Akram ZamaniSuperabsorbent polymers from the cell wall of zygomycetes fungi, University of Borås (Oct. 2010)
  7. Azam JeihanipourWaste Textiles Bioprocessing to Ethanol and Biogas, University of Borås (May 2011)
  8. Patrik LennartssonZygomycetes and cellulose residuals: hydrolysis, cultivation and applications, University of Borås (Feb. 2012)
  9. Gergely ForgacsBiogas Production from Citrus Wastes and Chicken Feather: Pretreatment and Co-digestion, University of Borås (Jun. 2012)
  10. Supansa YoungsukkasemRapid biogas production by methane-producing bacteria encased in polymeric membranes, University of Borås/ Asian Inst of Tech., Thailand (Dec. 2012)
  11. Anna TeghammarBiogas Production from Lignocelluloses: Pretreatment, Substrate Characterization, Co-digestion and Economic Evaluation; University of Borås (May 2013)
  12. IsroiImprovement of digestibility and structural changes of oil palm empty fruit bunches by Pleurotus floridanus and phosphoric acid pretreatment, Chalmers Univ. of Technol./Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia (Sep. 2013)
  13. Johan WestmanEthanol production from lignocellulose using high local cell density yeast cultures: Investigations of flocculating and encapsulated Saccharomyces cerevisiae; University of Borås/ Chalmers Univ. of Tech., (Feb. 2014)
  14. Solmaz AslanzadehPretreatment of cellulosic waste and high-rate biogas production, University of Borås (Feb. 2014)
  15. Hamidreza BarghiFunctionalization of Synthetic Polymers for Membrane Bioreactors; University of Borås (Feb. 2014)
  16. Päivi YlitervoConcepts for improving ethanol productivity from lignocellulosic materials: Encapsulated yeast and membrane bioreactors: Ethanol production from lignocellulosic materials using encapsulated yeast; University of Borås (April 2014)
  17. Mofoluwake Ishola: Novel application of membrane bioreactors in lignocellulosic ethanol production : simultaneous saccharification, filtration and fermentation (SSFF), University of Borås (October 2014)
  18. Rachma WikandariEffect of fruit flavors on anaerobic digestion: Inhibitions and solutions, University of Borås (Nov. 2014)
  19. Maryam Mohseni KabirBioprocessing of Recalcitrant Substrates for Biogas Production, University of Borås (Oc. 2015)
  20. Julius AkinbomiFermentative hydrogen and methane productions using membrane bioreactors, University of Borås (Oct. 2015)
  21. Karthik RajendranIndustrial Bioprocess Developments for Biogas and Ethanol Production, University of Borås (Nov. 2015)
  22. Jorge F. FerreiraIntegration of filamentous fungi in ethanol dry-mill biorefinery, University of Borås (Nov. 2015)
  23. Jhosane Pages DiazBiogas from Slaughterhouse Waste: Mixture interactions in co-digestion, University of Borås (Dec. 2015)
  24. Ramkumar B. NairIntegration of first-and second-generation bioethanol processes using edible filamentous fungus Neurospora intermedia, University of Borås (Oct. 2017)
  25. Regina Jijoho Patinvoh: Biological pretreatment and dry digestion processes for biogas production (Dec. 2017)
  26. Osagie Alex OsadolorDesign and development of a novel textile bioreactor: Ethanol and Biogas production as case studies, University of Borås (Apr. 2018)
  27. Pedro Ferreira de Souza FilhoFungi-based biorefinery model for food industry waste: Progress toward a circular economy, University of Borås (Sep. 2018)
  28. Veronika BátoriFruit wastes to biomaterials: Development of biofilms and3D objects in a circular economy system, University of Borås (Feb. 2019)
  29. Amir Mahboobi: Immersed membrane bioreactors for lignocellulosic bioethanol production, University of Borås (Nov. 2019)
  30. Konstantinos Chandolias: Enhanced methane and hydrogen production in reverse membrane bioreactors via syngas fermentation, University of Borås (Nov. 2019)
  31. Mostafa Jabbari: Material development of a textile bioreactor: All polyamide composite for the construction of bioreactors, University of Borås (Jan. 2020)

Graduated Licentiates

  1. Robert KjellstrandHydraulic behaviour in an activated sludge tank: from tracer test through hydraulic modelling to full-scale implementation, University of Borås/ Chalmers Univ. of Tech., Sweden (Licentiate (½Ph.D.) 2006)

Visiting Ph.D. students in Borås

  1. Hendarawi: Treatment of ethanol process stillage with bio-coagulant Moringa Oleifera, Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia), 2014
  2. Soltana Fellahi: Keratinase gene isolation from feather chicken degrading-bacterium, University of Mostaganem (Tunisia), 2014
  3. Witold Pietrzak: Ethanol production by ascomycetes fungi, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Science (Poland), 2014-2015
  4. Sindor Pardayev: Biogas production from wastes, Samarknad Agricultural Institute (Uzbekistan), 2014-2016
  5. Mohsen Asadollahzadeh: Cultivation of zygomycetes fungi on sulfite liquor, Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (Iran): 2014-2015
  6. Behzad Satari: Production of oil, chitosan and pectin from citrus wastes using zygomycetes fungi, Isfahan University of Technology (Iran): 2014-2015
  7. Mushafau Adebayo Oke: Pretreatment of lignocelluloses for production of cellulase using Bacillus, University of Malaya (Malaysia): 2015
  8. Forough Momayez: Dry digestion of lignocellulosic wastes, Isfahan University of Technology (Iran), 2017
  9. Zohre Shahryari: Production of enzymes by filamentous fungi, University of Kerman (Iran), 2017-2018
  10. Bernhard Lecker: Membrane bioreactors and biogas, University of Hohenheim (Germany), 2017
  11. Sajjad Karimi: Fungi production as fish feed, Isfahan University of Technology (Iran), 2017-2019
  12. Mojtaba Jokar: Removing of heavy metals using nano-bio exchangers, Isfahan University of Technology (Iran), 2017-2018
  13. Abolfazl Lotfi Aski: Anaerobic digestion of citrus wastes, Islamic Azad University Science and Research Branch (Iran), 2017-2018
  14. Sharareh Harirchi: Ethanol production from lignocelluloses using thermophilic bacteria, University of Isfahan (Iran), 2018-2019
  15. Taner Sar: Fish waste to edible fungi, Gebze Technical University (Turkey), 2018-2019
  16. Kinanthi Mondylaksita: Volatile fatty acids from Palm oil fruit bunches, Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia), 2019
  17. Tugba Sapmaz: Volatile fatty acids from manure, Istanbul Technical University (Turkey), 2018-2019
  18. Moyinoluwa Akintunde: Production of bacterial cellulose, University of Ibadan (Nigeria), 2019
  19. Shilan Elyasi: Membrane bioreactors for contamination removal, Amirkabir University of Technology (Iran), 2019
  20. Umarin Jomnonkhaow: Volatile fatty acids from co-digestion of food waste and anaerobic sludge, Khon Kaen University (Thailand), 2019
  21. Vanessa Elisa Pinheiro: Codigestion of pretreated lignocellulosic materials with bovine manure, Sao Paulo University (Brazil), 2019-2020
  22. Dongmin Yin: Production of volatile fatty acids from chicken manure, China Agricultural University (China), 2019-2020
  23. Najmeh Mousavi: Lignin recovery from softwood, Sari Agricultural Science and Natural Resources University (Iran): 2020



Ongoing research projects

Researchers/University employees