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Solmaz
Tabtabaei

Contact

Office: 
LK Downing Hall, Room 2015
Phone: 
(202) 806-6626
Email: 
solmaz.tabtabaei@howard.edu

Faculty Details

Rank: 
Assistant Professor
Education: 

PhD, 2014: Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
MSc, 2007: Chemical Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
BSc, 2004: Chemical Engineering, Azad University, Science and Research branch, Tehran, Iran

Specialty: 

Separation and Purification Processes, Catalysis and Reaction Engineering, Sustainable Fuels and Chemicals from Renewable Resources, Food Process Engineering

Research: 

Expanding our energy supply sources with less environmental impacts requires creating more sustainable and secure energy systems. Our research activities are mostly focused on developing novel catalytic processes for the sustainable production of advanced biofuels and biochemical from biomass resources. We use experimental and theoretical approaches to understand the fundamental processes governing biomass conversion. Our goal is also to develop environmentally clean bio-separation technologies for concurrent recovery of high-quality food and biofuel from plant-based materials with the aim of addressing major issues in sustainable energy, human nutrition, and the environment.

Graduate Students Opportunities (Master’s Level):

I am looking for self-motivated students at master’s level. The ideal candidates are expected to conduct both experimental and computational research related to the development and optimization of green bio-separation technologies for processing and characterization of pharmaceutical powders as well as seeds and grains. Other available research projects are related to the production of advanced biofuels from underutilized biomass resources through novel catalytic processes.

A preferred candidate is expected to meet the following criteria:
1) Earned Bachelor degree in chemical engineering;
2) Graduate school admission criteria of Howard University;
3) Expertise in heat & mass transfer, and fluid flow concepts;
4) Excellent communication skills, both written and oral;
5) Proven ability to work as part of a team;
6) Excellent organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills;
7) Experience in mathematical/CFD modelling is an asset.

If you are interested in working in our group, please send your CV, transcripts, and representative publications (if applicable) to Dr. Solmaz Tabtabaei in one email at solmaz.tabtabaei@howard.edu.

Subjects Taught: 

Fluid Mechanics
Heat Transfer

Detailed Information

About Me: 

Dr. Solmaz Tabtabaei received her PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto (Canada). There she conducted experimental and theoretical work to develop a new and sustainable process that simultaneously produces biodiesel and food-grade protein isolates from an underutilized feedstock. She has been granted the “Global Engineering Leaders Award” from the University of Toronto based on her publication records, remarkable research and extracurricular accomplishments during her PhD studies. In November 2014, Solmaz received MITACS Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship and moved to the University of Waterloo (Canada), where she began her work in developing solvent-free tribo-electrostatic bioseparation approach for production of plant protein concentrates as well as carbohydrate-rich biomass for biofuels. Dr. Tabtabaei has published her work in well-known journals and presented at several conferences including Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) and American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS), where she has won the 2013 Industrial Oil Products Division Student Award.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions:

2017 Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, Office of the Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Howard University;
2016 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship – Canadian Federal Award;
2015 Life Catalyst Student Award, Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto;
2015 Global Engineering Leaders Award, Engineering Grads to Watch, University of Toronto;
2014 MITACS Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship – Canadian Provincial Award;
2013 Industrial Oil Products Division Student Award, American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS);
2013 Toronto Section Award, Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST);
2012 Wallberg Research Fellowship Award, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Awards, University of Toronto;
2012 John Brown Award, Centre for the Environment (CFE), University of Toronto.

Publications:

1. Tabtabaei, S., M. Vitelli, A.R. Rajabzadeh, and R.L. Legge (2017). “Analysis of Protein Enrichment during Single- and Multi-Stage Tribo-Electrostatic Bioseparation Processes for Dry Fractionation of Legume Flour.” Separation and Purification Technology, 176: 48-58. DOI 10.1016/j.seppur.2016.11.050

2. Tabtabaei, S., B. Hijar, B.K. Chen, and L.L. Diosady (2017). “Functional Properties of Protein Isolates Produced by Aqueous Extraction of De-hulled Yellow Mustard.” Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society, 94: 149-160. DOI 10.1007/s11746-016-2922-6

3. Tabtabaei, S., M. Jafari, A.R. Rajabzadeh, and R.L. Legge (2016). “Development and Optimization of a Triboelectrification Bioseparation Process for Dry Fractionation of Legume Flours.” Separation and Purification Technology, 163:48-58. doi: 10.1016/j.seppur.2016.02.035

4. Tabtabaei, S., M. Jafari, A.R. Rajabzadeh, and R.L. Legge (2016). “Solvent-free Production of Protein-enriched Fractions from Navy Bean Flour using Triboelectrification-based Approach.” Journal of Food Engineering, 174: 21-28. doi:10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2015.11.010

5. Jafari, M., A.R. Rajabzadeh, S. Tabtabaei, F. Marsolais, and R.L. Legge (2016). “Physicochemical Characterization of a Navy Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) Protein Fraction Produced using a Solvent-Free Method.” Food Chemistry, 208: 35-41. doi:10.1016/j.foodchem.2016.03.102

6. Tabtabaei, S., D.G.B. Boocock, and L.L. Diosady (2015). “Biodiesel Production from Mustard Emulsion by a Combined Destabilization/Adsorption Process.” Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society, 92(8): 1205-1217

7. Tabtabaei, S., D.G.B. Boocock, and L.L. Diosady (2014). “Biodiesel Feedstock from Emulsions Produced by Aqueous Processing of Yellow Mustard.” Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society, 91(7): 1269-1282

8. Tabtabaei, S., V.M. Ataya Pulido and L.L. Diosady (2013). “Destabilization of Yellow Mustard Emulsion using Organic Solvents.” Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society, 90(5): 707-716

9. Tabtabaei, S. and L.L. Diosady (2013). “Aqueous and Enzymatic Extraction Processes for the Production of Food-grade Proteins and Industrial Oil from Dehulled Yellow Mustard Flour.” Food Research International, 52(2): 547–556

10. Tabtabaei, S. and L.L. Diosady (2012). “The Isolation of Yellow Mustard Oil using Water and Cyclic Ethers.” Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society, 89(5): 935-945

Refereed Proceedings and Presentations:

1. Konakbayeva, D.*, S. Tabtabaei (2017). Protein Enrichment of Oat Flour via Dry Electrostatic Separation. Howard University Research Week, Washington, DC, USA

2. Tabtabaei, S.*, A.R. Rajabzadeh, and R.L. Legge (2017). Sustainable Fractionation of Plant derived Proteins with Pneumatic Tribo-electrostatic Separation. AIChE Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, USA

3. Brutus, M.* and S. Tabtabaei (2017). Chemical-free Electrostatic Separation as a Dry Approach for Enrichment of plant proteins. AIChE Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, USA

4. Tabtabaei, S.*, A.R. Rajabzadeh, and R.L. Legge (2017). Concurrent Production of Plant Protein- and Carbohydrate-enriched Fractions by a Dry Triboelectrification-based Approach. 254th ACS National Meeting, Washington, DC, USA

5. Tabtabaei, S.* (2017). Electrostatic Separation as a Sustainable Approach for Dry Fractionation of Agricultural Flours. Howard University Research Week, Washington, DC, USA

6. Tabtabaei, S.* and L.L. Diosady (2016). Development of an Integrated Process for Sustainable Production of Biodiesel and Plant Protein Isolates from Underutilized Feedstock. AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, USA

7. Tabtabaei, S.*, M. Jafari, A.R. Rajabzadeh, and R.L. Legge (2016). Development of a Sustainable Tribo-Electrostatic Separation Approach for Dry Fractionation of Legume Flours. AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, USA

8. Tabtabaei, S.* and L.L. Diosady (2014). Aqueous Extraction of Yellow Mustard Flour Coupled with Biodiesel Production. 17th IUFoST World Congress of Food Science and Technology & Expo (Sustainability Session), Montreal, Quebec, Canada

9. Tabtabaei, S.* and L.L. Diosady (2014). Aqueous Processing of Yellow Mustard Flour (poster). IFT14 Annual Meeting and Food Expo, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

10. Tabtabaei, S.* and L.L. Diosady (2014). Standard Biodiesel from Mustard Emulsion by a Combined Solvent Extraction/Adsorption process (poster). 105th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, San Antonio, Texas, USA

11. Tabtabaei, S.*, D.G.B. Boocock and L.L. Diosady (2013). Adsorptive Drying of Oil-Solvent Miscella by 4A Molecular Sieves for the Preparation of High-Purity Methyl Esters. 104th AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
(Awarded the 2013 Industrial Oil Products Division Student Award)

12. Tabtabaei, S.* and L.L. Diosady (2012). Production of Biodiesel from Yellow Mustard Emulsion. 103rd AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, Long Beach, California, USA

13. Tabtabaei, S.* and L.L. Diosady (2012). Aqueous and Enzymatic Extraction Processes for the Production of Food-Grade Proteins and Industrial Oil from Dehulled Yellow Mustard Flour (poster). CIFST, Niagra Falls, Ontario, Canada

14. Tabtabaei, S.* and L.L. Diosady (2011). Destabilization of the Emulsion Produced during Aqueous Extraction of Dehulled Yellow Mustard Flour using Organic Solvents. 102nd AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

15. Tabtabaei, S.* and L.L. Diosady (2011). Factors Minimizing Emulsion Stability during Aqueous Extraction of Dehulled Yellow Mustard Flour. CSChE, London, Ontario, Canada

16. Sanaee, S.*, S. Fatemi and S. Tabtabaei (2006). Optimization of the Kinetic Parameters of the Five Lump Kinetic Model for Catalytic Cracking of the Gasoil. 11th Iranian Chemical Engineering Congress, Tehran, Iran

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