Lope G. Tabil

     Lope G. Tabil  Ph.D., P. Eng

    Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Biography

    Dr. Tabil started at the Department of Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering of the University of Saskatchewan as Assistant Professor in August 2000. He was promoted to Associate Professor and granted tenure in 2004. He was promoted to Professor and appointed Head of the department (Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering) in 2008. The Department of Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering was merged with the Department of Chemical Engineering in 2010, where he ceased to be Head upon merger. The department is now known as Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. Prior to this academic position, Dr. Tabil was a Research Engineer with the then Agricultural Value-added Engineering Centre (AVEC) of Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development from October 1997 to July 2000, where we work on a wide range of client-based projects dealing with postharvest technology and value-added processing of agricultural products.

    The areas of research in which he works and maintains interest include bioprocess engineering, value-added engineering and postharvest handling of crops. He has also conducted applied research and development projects related to value-added processing of agricultural products including storage, drying and cooling, and physical properties of agricultural and biological materials. For the past few years, he has been working on projects dealing with the utilization of flax straw as fibre reinforcement for biocomposites, bioplastic development from pulse starch and postharvest treatment for red lentil milling. His current projects include pre-processing and densification of biomass for the biorefinery and conversion of lignocellulosic waste into bioproducts, and many others. Dr. Tabil continues to work and have interest in projects such as agricultural waste and processing byproduct utilization and the processing of agricultural materials into industrial products. 

    Dr. Tabil teaches a first year engineering course in Problem Solving. He also teaches Principles of Food and Bioproduct Engineering and Postharvest Technology.  

    He is a member of the Canadian Society for Bioengineering (CSBE) and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ASABE). He is a Professional Engineer registered in the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

    Publications

    Refereed Journal Publications (past 5 years)

    • Agbovi, H., L. Wilson* and L. Tabil. 2017. Biopolymer flocculants and oat hull biomass to aid the removal of orthophosphate in wastewater treatment. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 56: 37−46. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.6b04092.
    • Agu, O.S., L.G. Tabil* and T. Dumonceaux. 2017. Microwave-assisted alkali pre-treatment, densification and enzymatic saccharification of canola straw and oat hull. Bioengineering 4(25): 1-32. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/bioengineering4020025.
    • Emadi, B., K.L. Iroba and L.G. Tabil*. 2017. Effect of polymer plastic binder on mechanical, storage and combustion characteristics of torrefied and pelletized herbaceous biomass. Applied Energy 198: 312–319. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.12.027.
    • Gao, W., L.G. Tabil*, T. Dumonceaux, S. Espinel Ríos and R. Zhao. 2017. Optimization of biological pretreatment to enhance the quality of wheat straw pellets. Biomass and Bioenergy 97: 77-89. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2016.12.012.
    • Mupondwa, E.*, X. Li, L. Tabil, S. Sokhansanj and P. Adapa. 2017. Status of Canada's lignocellulosic ethanol: Part II: Hydrolysis and fermentation technologies. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 79: 1535–1555.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2016.11.037.
    • Mupondwa, E.*, X. Li, L. Tabil, S. Sokhansanj and P. Adapa. 2017. Status of Canada's lignocellulosic ethanol: Part I: Pretreatment technologies. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 72: 178-190.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2017.01.039.
    • Shrestha, B. L., H.C. Wood, L. Tabil, O.-D. Baik, S. Sokhansanj* and M Asprou. 2017. Microwave permittivity-assisted artificial neural networks for determining moisture content of chopped alfalfa forage. IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Magazine 20(3): 37- 42. https://doi.org/10.1109/MIM.2017.7951691.
    • Soleimani, M., X. Tabil, R. Grewal and L.G. Tabil*. 2017. Carbohydrates as binders in biomass densification for biochemical and thermochemical processes. Fuel 193: 134–141. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2016.12.053.
    • Soleimani, M., L.G. Tabil*, I. Ogoucha and J. Fung. 2017. Interactive influence of biofiber composition and elastomer on physico-mechanical properties of PLA green composites. Journal of Polymers and the Environment http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10924-017-0967-8.
    • Sprenger, C., L.G. Tabil* and M. Soleimani. 2017. Compression and relaxation properties of municipal solid waste refuse-derived fuel fluff. KONA Powder and Particle Journal http://doi.org/10.14356/kona.2018005.
    • Guo, L., L.G. Tabil*, D. Wang and G. Wang. 2016. Influence of moisture content and hammer mill screen size on the physical quality of barley, oat, canola and wheat straw briquettes. Biomass and Bioenergy 94: 201-208. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2016.09.005.
    • Mupondwa, E.*, X. Li, L. Tabil, K. Falk and R. Gugel. 2016. Technoeconomic analysis of camelina oil extraction as feedstock for biojet fuel in the Canadian Prairies. Biomass and Bioenergy 95: 221-234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2016.10.014.
    • Soleimani, M. and L. G. Tabil. 2014. Evaluation of biocomposite-based supports for immobilized-cell xylitol production compared with a free-cell system. Biochemical Engineering Journal 82: 166-173. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bej.2013.11.011.
    • Tumuluru, J.S., L.G. Tabil, Y. Song, K. L. Iroba and V. Meda. 2014. Impact of process conditions on the density and durability of wheat, oat, canola, and barley straw briquettes. BioEnergy Research http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12155-014-9527-4 (September 2014).
    • Adapa, P.K., L.G. Tabil and GJ. Schoenau. 2013. Factors affecting pellet quality and energy analysis of pelleting process. International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering 6(2): 1-12.
    • Mosqueda, M.R.P., L.G. Tabil and C. Christensen. 2013. Effect of drying conditions and level of condensed distillers solubles on protein quality of wheat distillers dried grain with solubles. Drying Technology 31(7): 811-824.
    • Mosqueda, M.R.P., L.G. Tabil and K. Muthukumarappan. 2013. Effects of condensed distillers solubles and drying temperature on the physico-chemical characteristics of laboratory-prepared wheat distillers grain with solubles. International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering 6(2): 73-86.
    • Mosqueda, M.R.P., L.G. Tabil and V. Meda. 2013. Physico-chemical characteristics of microwave-dried wheat distillers grain with solubles. Journal of Microwave Power and Electromagnetic Energy 47 (3): 155-176.
    • Soleimani, M. and L. G. Tabil. 2013. Simultaneous quantification of carbohydrates, alcohols and toxic components in a bio-based medium using dual-detection HPLC analysis. American Journal of Analytical Chemistry 4(5): 265-272.
    • Soleimani, M. and L. G. Tabil. 2013. Interaction of medium detoxification/supplementation and cell recycling in fermentative xylitol production. Biocatalysis and Biotransformation 31(4): 208-216.
    • Tumuluru, J.S., L.G. Tabil, Y. Song, K.L. Iroba and V. Meda. 2013. Grinding energy and physical properties of chopped and hammer milled barley, wheat, oat, and canola straws. Biomass and Bioenergy 60 (1): 58-67. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2013.10.011.
    • Doaguei, A.R., A. Ghazanfari and L. Tabil Jr. 2012. Mesophilic anaerobic digestion of damask rose bagasse with different proportions of cattle manure. Canadian Biosystems Engineering 54:8.1-8.6.
    • Li, X., E. Mupondwa, S. Panigrahi, L. Tabil, S. Sokhansanj and M. Stumborg. 2012. A review of agricultural crop residue supply in Canada for cellulosic ethanol production. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 16: 2954– 2965.
    • Li, X., E.K. Mupondwa, E.K., S. Panigrahi, L. Tabil and P. Adapa. 2012. Life cycle assessment of densified wheat straw pellets in the Canadian Prairies. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 17: 420–431.
    • Mupondwa, E.K., X. Li, L. Tabil, P. Adapa, S. Sokhansanj, M. Stumborg, M. Gruber and S. Laberge. 2012. Technoeconomic analysis of wheat straw densification in the Canadian Prairie Province of Manitoba. Bioresource Technology 110: 355-363.
    • Tabil, L.G., S. Talebi, M.D. Shaw, W.J. Crerar. 2012. Utilization of mechanical compression as a disinfestation technique for Hessian fly (Mayetiola destructor (say)) in timothy hay: Field test. International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering 4(4): 12-20.
    • Gao, W., L.G Tabil, Z. Rongfei and L. Dejun. 2016. Optimized design and experiment on ring mold pelletizer for producing biomass fuel pellets. International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering 9(3): 57-66.
    • Gong, C., D. Lu, G. Wang, L. Tabil and D. Wang. 2015. Compression characteristics and energy requirement of briquettes made from a mixture of corn stover and peanut shells. BioResources 10(3): 5515-5531.
    • Gong, C., J. Huang, C. Feng, G. Wang, L Tabil and D. Wang. 2016. Effects and mechanism of ball milling on torrefaction of pine sawdust. Bioresource Technology 214: 242–247.
    • Guo, L., D. Wang, L.G. Tabil and G. Wang. 2016. Compression and relaxation properties of selected biomass for briquetting. Biosystems Engineering 148: 101-110.
    • Mupondwa, E., X. Li, K. Falk, R. Gugel and L. Tabil. 2016. Technoeconomic analysis of small-scale farmer-owned Camelina oilextraction as feedstock for biodiesel production: A case study in the Canadian prairies. Industrial Crops and Products 90: 76–86.
    • Soleimani, M., L.G. Tabil, L. Campbell, R.K. Hynes and T. Dumonceaux. 2016. Densification of a fermented lignocellulosic biomass rich in cellulolytic enzymes. Canadian Biosystems      Engineering 58: 3.1-3.8. http://dx.doi.org/10.7451/CBE.2016.58.3.1.
    • Emami, S., L.G. Tabil and P. Adapa. 2015. Effect of glycerol on densification of agricultural biomass. International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering 8(1): 64-73.
    • Lu, D., L. G. Tabil, D. Wang, X. Li, E. 2015. Mupondwa. Comparison of pretreatment methods for wheat straw densification by life cycle assessment study. Transactions of the ASABE 52(2): 453-464. http://dx.doi.org/10.13031/trans.58.10510.
    • Soleimani, M., L.G. Tabil and C. Niu. 2015. Delignification of intact biomass and cellulosic coproduct of acid-catalyzed hydrolysis. AIChE Journal 61(6): 1783–1791 (June 2015).
    • Soleimani, M., L.G. Tabil and C. Niu. 2015. Adsorptive isotherms and removal of microbial inhibitors in a bio-based hydrolysate for xylitol production. Chemical Engineering Communications      202(6): 787-798. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00986445.2013.867258.
    • Emami, S., L.G. Tabil, P. Adapa, E. George, A. Tilay, A. Dalai, M. Drisdelle and L. Ketabi. 2014. Effect of fuel additives on agricultural straw pellet quality. International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering 7(2): 92-100.
    • George, E., B. Rentsen, L.G. Tabil and V. Meda. 2014. Optimization of wheat debranning using laboratory equipment for ethanol production. International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering 7(6): 54-66. http://ijabe.org/index.php/ijabe/article/view/645/pdf.
    • George, E., S. Emami, L.G. Tabil and L. Campbell. 2014. Effect of initial moisture and temperature on the enzyme activity of pelleted high protein/fiber biomass. Canadian Biosystems Engineering 56: 3.17-3.24. http://www.csbe-scgab.ca/docs/journal/56/C14199.pdf.
    • Iroba, K.L., L.G. Tabil, S. Sokhansanj and T. Dumonceaux. 2014. Pretreatment and fractionation of barley straw using steam explosion at low severity factor. Biomass and Bioenergy 66: 286-300. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2014.02.002.
    • Iroba, K.L., L.G. Tabil, S. Sokhansanj and V. Meda. 2014. Producing durable pellets from barley straw subjected to radio frequency-alkaline and steam explosion pretreatments. International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering 7(3): 68 82.
    • Kashaninejad, M., L.G. Tabil and R. Knox. 2014. Effect of compressive load and particle size on compression characteristics of selected varieties of wheat straw grinds. Biomass and Bioenergy 60(1): 1-7. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2013.11.017.
    • Lu, D., L.G. Tabil, D. Wang, G. Wang and Z. Wang. 2014. Optimization of binder addition and compression load for pelletization of wheat straw using response surface methodology. International Journal of Agricultural and Biological Engineering 7(6): 7(6): 67-78. http://ijabe.org/index.php/ijabe/article/view/1098/pdf.
    • Lu, D., L.G. Tabil, D. Wang, G. Wang and S. Emami. 2014. Experimental trials to make wheat straw pellets with wood residue and binders. Biomass and Bioenergy 69: 287-296. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1016/j.biombioe.2014.07.029.
    • Mosqueda, M.R.P., L.G. Tabil and K. Muthukumarappan. 2014. Physico-chemical characteristics of wheat distillers dried grain with solubles sourced from a Saskatchewan ethanol plant. Canadian Biosystems Engineering 56: 3.1-3.15. http://dx.doi.org/10.7451/CBE.2014.56.3.1.
    • Satpathy, S.K., L.G. Tabil, V. Meda, S.N Naik and R. Prasad. 2014. Torrefaction of wheat and barley straw after microwave heating. Fuel. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fuel.2014.01.102.
    • Daraei Garmakhany, A., M. Kashaninejad, M. Alami, Y. Maghsoudlou, M. Maghsoudlou and L.G. Tabil. 2013. Enhanced biomass  delignification and enzymatic saccharification of canola straw by steam explosion pretreatment. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 94: 1607-1613. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jsfa.6466
    • Emami, S., L.G. Tabil, L. Campbell, E. George and P. Adapa. 2013. Densification of heat sensitive protein/fibre biomass. Canadian Biosystems Engineering 55: 3.19-3.28.
    • Iroba, K.L., L.G. Tabil, T. Dumonceaux and O.D. Baik. 2013. Effect of alkaline pretreatment on chemical composition of lignocellulosic biomass using radio frequency heating. Biosystems Engineering 116: 385-398.

     

    Book Chapters

    • K.L. Iroba and L.G. Tabil. 2015. Photoacoustic Spectroscopy in the Assessment of the Quantitative Composition of the Biomass — Barley Straw. In Biofuels - Status and Perspective. K. Biernat ed., 303-327. Rijeka, Croatia: InTech. http://dx.doi.org/10.5772/59225
    • Iroba, K.L. and L.G. Tabil. 2013. Lignocellulosic Biomass: Feedstock Characteristics, Pretreatment Methods and Pre-processing for Biofuel and Bioproduct Applications, U.S. and Canadian Perspective. In Biomass Processing, Conversion and Biorefinery. B. Zhang and Y. Wang, eds., 61-97, New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
    • Canam, T., J. Town, K. Iroba, L. Tabil and T. Dumonceaux. 2013. Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass Using Microorganisms: Approaches, Advantages, and Limitations. In Sustainable Degradation of Lignocellulosic Biomass - Techniques, Applications and Commercialization. A.K. Chandel and S.S. da Silva, eds., 181-206. Rijeka, Croatia: InTech.
    • Soleimani, M. L. Tabil, S. Panigrahi and I. Oguocha. 2012. Crystallization and Thermal Properties of Biofiber-Polypropylene Composites. In Thermoplastic - Composite Materials. A. Z. El-Sonbati, ed., 131-146. Rijeka, Croatia: InTech Open Access Publisher.
    • Tabil, L., P. Adapa and M. Kashaninejad. 2011. Biomass Feedstock Pre-Processing – Part 1: Pre-Treatment. In Biofuel’s Engineering Process Technology. M.A. Dos Santos Bernades, ed., 411-438. Rijeka, Croatia: InTech Open Access Publisher.
    • Tabil, L., P. Adapa and M. Kashaninejad. 2011. Biomass Feedstock Pre-Processing – Part 2: Densification. In Biofuel’s Engineering Process Technology. M.A. Dos Santos Bernades, ed., 439-464. Rijeka, Croatia: InTech Open Access Publisher.
    • Kashaninejad, M. and L.G. Tabil. 2011. Pistachio (Pistacia vera L.). In Postharvest Biology and Technology of Tropical and Subtropical Fruits: Volume 4: Mangosteen to White Sapote. E. M. Yahia, ed., 218-246. Cambridge, U.K.: Woodhead Publishing Ltd.
    • Adapa, P., G. Schoenau, L. Tabil Jr. and S. Sokhansanj. 2004. Fractional Drying of Alfalfa Leaves and Stems: Review and Discussion. In Dehydration of Products of Biological Origin. A.S. Mujumdar, ed. Enfield, NH: Science Publishers, Inc., 299-316.
    • Tabil, L.G. and S. Sokhansanj. 2000. Mechanical and temperature effects on shelf life stability of fruits and vegetables. In Food Shelf Life Stability. N.A. Michael Eskin and D.S. Robinson eds. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Inc., 37-86.

     

    Papers in Non-refereed Journals

    • Adapa, P.K., A.K. Singh, G.J. Schoenau and L.G. Tabil. 2006. Pelleting Characteristics of Fractionated Alfalfa Grinds: Hardness Models. Powder Handling and Processing 18(5): 294-299.
    • Shaw, M.D. and L.G. Tabil. 2006. Compression studies of peat moss, wheat straw, oat hulls and flax shives. Powder Handling and Processing - The International Journal of Storing, Handling, and Processing Powder 17(6): 344-350.
    • Mani, S., L.G. Tabil and S. Sokhansanj. 2003. An overview of compaction of biomass grinds. Powder Handling and Processing. The International Journal of Storing, Handling, and Processing Powder 15(3): 160-168.
    • Adapa, P.K., L.G. Tabil, G.J. Schoenau, B. Crerar and S. Sokhansanj. 2002. Compression characteristics of fractionated alfalfa grinds. Powder Handling and Processing 14(4): 252-259.
    • Sokhansanj, S., L. Tabil, Jr., and W. Yang. 1999. Characteristics of plant tissue to form pellets. Powder Handling and Processing. The International Journal of Storing, Handling, and Processing Powder 11(2):149-159.

     

    Papers in Refereed Conference Proceedings

    • Mani, S., L. G. Tabil, and S. Sokhansanj. 2006. Relaxation characteristics of pelletized wheat and barley straws, corn stover and switchgrass grinds. In Science in Thermal and Chemical Biomass Conversion, A.V. Bridgewater and D.G.B. Bobcock (Eds.), Vol. 1, pp. 340-350, Newbury Perks, UK: CPL Press.

     

    Papers in Non-refereed Conference Proceedings (past 5 years)

    • Agu, O.S., L.G. Tabil, T. Dumonceaux and C. Sprenger. 2016. Microwave-assisted Alkali Pretreatment and Densification of Canola Straw and Oat Hull. CSBE/SCGAB 2016 Annual Conference, Halifax, NS, Paper No. CSBE16-033, 3-6 July. (http://www.csbe-scgab.ca/docs/meetings/2016/CSBE16033.pdf)
    • Gao, W., L.G. Tabil, R. Zhao, S. Espinel Ríos and T. Dumonceaux. 2016. Enhancing the physical quality of barley straw pellets by optimizing biological pretreatment. ASABE Annual International Meeting, Orlando, FL, Paper No. 162447920, July 18. DOI: 10.13031/aim.20162447920.
    • Grewal, R.K., L.G. Tabil and L. Wilson. 2016. Study of Alkaline Treated Oat Hull Fibres and PLA-biocomposites with Impact Modifier. CSBE/SCGAB 2016 Annual Conference, Halifax, NS, Paper No. CSBE16-041, 3-6 July. (http://www.csbe-scgab.ca/docs/meetings/2016/CSBE16041.pdf)
    • Rathi, C., M. Soleimani, LG. Tabil and T. Dumonceaux. 2016. Microbial Pretreatment to Improve the Densification of Canola and Barley Straw. ASABE Annual International Meeting, Orlando, FL, Paper No. 162455623, July 18. DOI: 10.13031/aim.20162455623.
    • Gao, W., L. Tabil, R. Zhao and Q. Liu. 2015. Motion simulation analysis and experimental study of a ring mold pelletizer. CSBE/SCGAB Annual Conference, Edmonton, AB, Paper No. CSBE-15030, July 5-8.
    • Grewal, R.K., Soleimani, M. and L.G. Tabil. 2015. Investigations on biocomposites from oat hull and biodegradable polymers. CSBE/SCGAB Annual Conference, Edmonton, AB, Paper No. CSBE-15019, July 5-8. (Winner, Student Presentation Competition)
    • Guo, L., L. G. Tabil, D. Wang and G. Wang. 2015. Compression and relaxation properties of biomass for briquetting. CSBE/SCGAB Annual Conference, Edmonton, AB, Paper No. CSBE-15028, July 5-8.
    • Schilling, C., J.S. Lee, B. Ghiasi, M. Tajilrou, M. Wöhler, C.J. Lim, X.T. Bi, A. Lau, S. Pelz, L. Tabil and S. Sokhansanj. 2015. Towards manufacturing the “ideal pellet”. CSBE/SCGAB Annual Conference, Edmonton, AB, Paper No. CSBE-15049, July 5-8.
    • Soleimani, M., L. Tabil, I. Oguocha and J. Fung. 2015. Development of PLA-cellulosic fiber composites with improved mechanical and thermal properties. CSBE/SCGAB Annual Conference, Edmonton, AB, Paper No. CSBE-15075, July 5-8.
    • Guo, L., L.G. Tabil, D. Wang, G. Wang and D. Lu. 2015. Briquetting of wheat, barley, canola and oat straw. ASABE Annual International Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Paper No.  152181098, July 28.
    • Mosqueda, M.P. and L.G. Tabil. 2015. Techno-economic evaluation of drying wheat distillers grain with solubles using microwave energy in Saskatchewan fuel ethanol plants. ASABE Annual International Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Paper No. 152187921, July 27.
    • Mosqueda, M.P., L.G. Tabil, G. Cubio, J. Tajale and S.T. Aguhob. 2015. Drying characteristics of selected vegetables in Northern Mindanao, Philippines. ASABE Annual International Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Paper No. 152187824, July 29.
    • Soleimani, M. L.G. Tabil, L. Campbell, R. Hynes, T. Dumonceaux and L. Ketabi. 2015. Densification of a fermented biomass rich in cellulolytic and hemicellulolytic enzymes. ASABE Annual International Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Paper No. 152189329, July 28.
    • Iroba, K.L. and L.G. Tabil. 2014. Application of Fourier transform infrared-photoacoustic spectroscopy for the compositional analysis of radio frequency alkaline pretreated and non-treated barley straw. ASABE and CSBE/SCGAB Annual International Meeting, Montreal, QC, Paper No. 1897850, July 13-16.
    • Lu, D., L. Tabil, D. Wang, G. Wang and Z. Wang. 2014. Optimization of binder addition and compression load during the pelletization of wheat straw using response surface methodology. ASABE and CSBE/SCGAB Annual International Meeting, Montreal, QC, Paper No. 1893032, July 13-16.
    • Mosqueda, M.R.P., A.P. Monsanto, M.A.O. Sabines, F.C.S. Ynion and L.G. Tabil. 2014. Drying and physico-chemical characterization of brewers spent grain for productivity improvement of Philippine smallholder animal production. ASABE and CSBE/SCGAB Annual International Meeting, Montreal, QC, Paper No. 1908440, July 13-16.
    • Soleimani M, L. Tabil and C. Niu. 2014. Modeling fermentative production of xylitol in an undefined medium derived from biomass. ASABE and CSBE/SCGAB Annual International Meeting, Montreal, QC, Paper No. 1913384, July 13-16.
    • Emami, S., L.G. Tabil and P. Adapa. 2013. Effect of glycerol on densification of agricultural biomass. CSBE Annual General Meeting and Technical Conference, Saskatoon, SK, Paper No. CSBE13-005, July 7-10.
    • Emami, S., L.G. Tabil, P. Adapa, A. Tilay, E. George, L. Ketabi and A. Dalai. 2013. Effect of fuel additives on agricultural straw pellet quality. CSBE Annual General Meeting and Technical Conference, Saskatoon, SK, Paper No. CSBE13-006, July 7-10.
    • Emami, S., L.G. Tabil, P. Adapa, L. Campbell, E. George and L. Ketabi. 2013. Densification of heat sensitive protein/fibre biomass. CSBE Annual General Meeting and Technical Conference, Saskatoon, SK, Paper No. CSBE13-007, July 7-10.
    • George, E., S. Emami, L.G. Tabil and L. Campbell. 2013. Effect of initial moisture and temperature on the enzyme activity of pelleted high protein/fiber biomass. CSBE Annual General Meeting and Technical Conference, Saskatoon, SK, Paper No. CSBE13-024, July 7-10.
    • Iroba, K.L. L. Tabil, T. Dumonceaux and S. Sokhansanj. 2013. Enzymatic saccharification of radio frequency alkaline pretreated and non-treated lignocellulosic barley straw. CSBE Annual General Meeting and Technical Conference, Saskatoon, SK, Paper No. CSBE13-016, July 7-10.
    • Iroba, K.L. L. Tabil, V. Meda and O.D. Baik. 2013. Thermal properties of lignocellulosic biomass barley straw. ASABE Annual International Meeting, Kansas City, MO, Paper No. 131594972, July 21-24.
    • Lu, D., L. Tabil, D. Wang and G. Wang. 2013. Manufacturing wheat straw pellet with wood waste and binders. CSBE Annual General Meeting and Technical Conference, Saskatoon, SK, Paper No. CSBE13-055, July 7-10.
    • Lu, D., L. Tabil, D. Wang, X. Li and E. Mupondwa. 2013. Comparison of pretreatment methods for wheat straw densification by life cycle assessment study. ASABE Annual International Meeting, Kansas City, MO, Paper No. 131587920, July 21-24.
    • Mosqueda, M.R. and L. Tabil. 2013. Effect of condensed distillers solubles and drying conditions on the flow and compression characteristics of wheat distillers dried grain with solubles. CSBE Annual General Meeting and Technical Conference, Saskatoon, SK, Paper No. CSBE13-022, July 7-10.
    • Mosqueda, M.R.P. and L. Tabil. 2013. Effect of condensed distillers solubles and drying methods on selected physico-chemical characteristics of laboratory-prepared wheat distillers dried grain with solubles. ASABE Annual International Meeting, Kansas City, MO, Paper No. 131589818, July 21-24.
    • Satpathy, S.K., L.G. Tabil, V. Meda, S.N. Naik and R. Prasad. 2013. Torrefaction and grinding performance of wheat and barley straw after microwave heating. CSBE Annual General Meeting and Technical Conference, Saskatoon, SK, Paper No. CSBE13-065, July 7-10.
    • Soleimani, M., L. Tabil and S. Panigrahi. 2013. Xylitol production in aerated free- and immobilized-cell systems. ASABE Annual International Meeting, Kansas City, MO, Paper No. 131620511, July 21-24.
    • George, E., L.G. Tabil and Venkatesh Meda. 2012. Evaluating the implementation of ethanol co- products as viable feed alternative. ASABE Annual International Meeting, Dallas, TX, Paper No. 121337160, July 29-August 1.
    • Iroba, K.L., L.G. Tabil, T. Canam and T. Dumonceaux. 2012. Densification of radio frequency pretreated lignocellulosic biomass barley straw. ASABE Annual International Meeting, Dallas, TX, Paper No. 121337630, July 29-August 1.
    • Mosqueda, M.R.P. and L.G. Tabil. 2012. Effect of CDS level and drying method on protein quality and color of wheat distillers dried grain with solubles. ASABE Annual International Meeting, Dallas, TX, Paper No. 121336976, July 29-August 1.
    • Panigrahi, S., R.L. Kushwaha, L. Tabil and S. Panigrahi.2012. Cleaning and chemical treatment of flax fibre for development of biocomposite. ASABE Annual International Meeting, Dallas, TX, Paper No. 121337663, July 29-August 1.
    • Yang, G., Wang, T., Wang, G., Wang, D. and L.G Tabil. 2012. Investigation of the compression characteristics of Leymus chinensis. ASABE Annual International Meeting, Dallas, TX, Paper No. 121341112, July 29-August 1.

    Research Grants

    2016-2017

    • Tabil, L.G. (2017-2022). Physicochemical Characterization during the Preparation of Biomass as Feedstock for Bioenergy and Bioproducts, $195,000, Discovery Grant, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.
    • Tabil, L.G. (2017). Development of Feed Blocks for Livestock. $15,000, Accelerate Internship for Majid Soleimani, MITACS.
    • Tabil, L.G. (2017). Development of Feed Blocks for Livestock. $5,000, Alberta Innovates.
    • Tabil, L.G. (PI) & Baik, O.D., Dumonceaux, T., Agnew, J. (2015-2017). Sorting, Processing and Densification of Municipal and Agricultural Residue as Feedstock, $100,000 ($50,000/year), BioFuelNet.
    • Tabil, L.G. (PI) (2012-2017). Determining Properties of Agricultural Straw for Equipment Design and as Feedstock for the Biofuel Industry, $85,000 ($17,000/year), Case New Holland Canada.
    • Tabil, L.G. (PI) & Tyler, R.T., Emami, S. (2016-2018) Production of Fibre-rich, Starch-rich and Protein-rich Fractions from By-product of Red Lentil Processing. $116,000 ($55,000 for Year 1, $55,000 for Year 2 and $6,000 for Year 3), Agricultural Development Fund, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture.
    • Feurtado, A. (PI) & Tabil, L.G. (2016-2021). Standing Strong: Maximizing Yield Potential by Optimizing Stem Strength and Biomass Partitioning, $928,000, Agricultural Development Fund, Canadian Wheat Alliance, 2016-2018. $60,000 ($30,000/year for 2 years) to L.G. Tabil.

     2015-2016

    • Sorting, Processing and Densification of Municipal and Agricultural Residue as Feedstock, BioFuelNet, Year 1 of 2 grant at $50,000/year. O.D. Baik, T. Dumonceaux and J. Agnew as co-Investigators.
    • Determining Properties of Agricultural Straw for Equipment Design and as Feedstock for the Biofuel Industry. Case New Holland Canada. Year 4 of 5 contract totaling $85,000 or $17,000/year.
    • Pelletization Trials for Refuse Derived Fuel Fluff to Produce High Quality Feedstock. NSERC ENGAGE, Grant totaling $25,000 (June 1 – November 30, 2015).
    • Themochemical and Physical Transformation of Byproducts from Industrial Oilseeds (Meadowfoam and Abyssinian) to Bioenergy Feedstock. NSERC ENGAGE, Grant totaling $25,000 (January 1 – June 30, 2016).
    • Production of Fibre-rich, Starch-rich and Protein-rich Fractions from By-product of Red Lentil Processing. ADF. Year 1 of 2 contract at $58,000/year. R.T. Tyler and S. Emami as co-investigators.
    • Sorting and Pre-processing of Municipal and Agricultural Residue as Feedstock for Biofuel Production. USRA Award for Charley Sprenger, $2,000 (May-August 2015).

    2014-2015

    • Utilization of Camelina sativa Residues for Biofuels Production, MITACS Globalink Research Internship for Sebastian Espinel Rios, $5,000 (with Tim Dumonceaux of AAFC) (May 16-August 8, 2015).
    • Harvest and Post Harvest Densification of Biomass. BioFuelNet (NCE). Year 3 of 3 grant totaling $82,500 or $33,000 for Year 3 (April 2014 to March 2015).
    • Determining Properties of Agricultural Straw for Equipment Design and as Feedstock for the Biofuel Industry. Case New Holland Canada. Year 3 of 5 contract totaling $85,000 or $17,000/year.
    • Determination of the Mechanical Properties of Wheat Straw for Equipment Design. MITACS Accelerate Internship for Uduak Edet, Year 2/2 totaling
    • $30,000 or $20,000 for Year 2.
    • Densification of Heat-Sensitive Protein/Fibre Biomass III. MITACS Accelerate Internship for Majid Soleimani, Grant totaling $30,000 (July 1, 2014-Feb. 28, 2015).
    • Investigation on Biocomposites from Oat Hull and Biodegradable Polymers. NSERC ENGAGE, Grant totaling $25,000 (February 1 – July 31, 2015).
    • Pretreatment, Densification and Physicochemical Characterization of Biomass for Bioproduct and Bioenergy Applications. NSERC Discovery Grant. Year 5 of 5 (2010-2015) grant totaling $115,000 or $23,000/year.

    2013-2014

    • Principal Investigator, Shear Properties of Wheat Straw, MITACS Globalink Research Internship for Mallika Prasad.
    • Principal Investigator, Microbial Pretreatment to Improve Densification and Saccharification of Biomass, MITACS Globalink Research Internship for Chhavi Rathi.
    • Principal Investigator, Harvest and Post Harvest Densification of Biomass, BioFuelNet (NCE).
    • Principal Investigator, Determining Properties of Agricultural Straw for Equipment Design and as Feedstock for the Biofuel Industry, Case New Holland Canada.
    • Principal Investigator, Determination of the Mechanical Properties of Wheat Straw for Equipment Design. MITACS Accelerate Internship for Uduak Edet.
    • Principal Investigator, Pretreatment, Densification and Physicochemical Characterization of Biomass for Bioproduct and Bioenergy Applications, NSERC Discovery Grant.
    • Principal Investigator, Determining Properties of Agricultural Straw for Equipment Design and as Feedstock for the Biofuel Industry. MITACS Accelerate Internship for Majid Soleimani.
    • Principal Investigator, Mechanical Properties of Wheat Stems, USTEP grant.

    2012-2013

    • Principal Investigator, Harvest and Post Harvest Densification of Biomass, BioFuelNet (NCE).
    • Principal Investigator, Determining Properties of Agricultural Straw for Equipment Design and as Feedstock for the Biofuel Industry, Case New Holland Canada.
    • Principal Investigator, Determining Properties of Agricultural Straw for Equipment Design and as Feedstock for the Biofuel Industry, MITACS Accelerate Internship for Majid Soleimani.
    • Principal Investigator, Pretreatment, Densification and Physicochemical Characterization of Biomass for Bioproduct and Bioenergy Applications, NSERC Discovery Grant.
    • Principal Investigator, Densification of Heat-Sensitive Protein/Fibre Biomass, MITACS Accelerate Internship for E. George.
    • Principal Investigator, Densification of Heat-Sensitive Protein/Fibre Biomass, NSERC ENGAGE Grant.

    2011-2012

    • Principal Investigator, Effect of Fuel Additives on Agricultural Straw Pellet Quality, NSERC, ENGAGE.
    • Principal Investigator, Effect of Glycerol on Densification of Agricultural Biomass, NSERC, ENGAGE.
    • Principal Investigator, PH Issues & Drying Characteristics of Local Veg.in N. Mindanao, Phils. and Conceptual Design of Biomass Pelletizing Equipment, UofS, Research Grant in lieu of Salary.
    • Principal Investigator, Pretreatment, Densification and Physicochemical Characterization of Biomass for Bioproduct and Bioenergy Applications, NSERC, Discovery Grant.

    2010-2011

    • Principal Investigator, An Integrated Process for the Production of Xylitol and Biocomposites from Lignocellulosic Biomass (Oat Hulls), Agriculture Development Fund, Contract.
    • Principal Investigator, Debranning Wheat Grains and Bran-solubles Product Development of the Feed Opportunities from the Biofuels Industry Network, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Agricultural Bioproducts Innovation Program.
    • Principal Investigator, Gender and Localized Postharvest Technology Development: Strengthening the Sustainable Livelihood of Small Farming Communities, International Development Research Centre, Canadian International Food Security Research Fund.
    • Principal Investigator, Gender and Localized Postharvest Technology Development: Strengthening the Sustainable Livelihood of Small Farming Communities, University of Saskatchewan, Research Acceleration Program (RAP).
    • Principal Investigator, Physico-chemical Characterization and Evaluation of Drying Technologies of Distillers Grains of the FOBI Network, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Agricultural Bioproducts Innovation Program.
    • Principal Investigator, Pre-processing and Compaction of Annual Cereal and Perennial Forage of the The Cellulosic Biofuel Network, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Agricultural Bioproducts Innovation Program.
    • Principal Investigator, Pre-processing and Densification of Biomass and Biorefinery Interface under Theme 1 of ABIN Network, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Agricultural Bioproducts Innovation Program.
    • Principal Investigator, Pretreatment, Densification and Physicochemical Characterization of Biomass for Bioproduct and Bioenergy Applications, NSERC, Discovery Grant.

    2009-2010

    • Principal Investigator, An Integrated Process for the Production of Xylitol and Biocomposites from Lignocellulosic Biomass (Oat Hulls), Agriculture Development Fund, Contract.
    • Principal Investigator, Debranning Wheat Grains and Bran-solubles Product Development of the Feed Opportunities from the Biofuels Industry Network, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Agricultural Bioproducts Innovation Program.
    • Principal Investigator, Physico-chemical Characterization and Evaluation of Drying Technologies of Distillers Grains of the FOBI Network, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Agricultural Bioproducts Innovation Program.
    • Principal Investigator, Physicochemical Characterization and Drying of Distillers Grain and Solubles, USTEP, Grant.
    • Principal Investigator, Pre-processing and Compaction of Annual Cereal and Perennial Forage of the The Cellulosic Biofuel Network, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Agricultural Bioproducts Innovation Program.
    • Principal Investigator, Pre-processing and Densification of Biomass and Biorefinery Interface under Theme 1 of ABIN Network, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Agricultural Bioproducts Innovation Program.
    • Principal Investigator, Pretreatment, Densification and Physicochemical Characterization of Biomass for Bioproduct and Bioenergy Applications, NSERC, Discovery Grant.

    2008-2009

    • Co-Principal Investigator, Integrated Approach for Post-Harvest Quality of Red Lentil, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, Industry Contract.
    • Principal Investigator, An Integrated Process for the Production of Xylitol and Biocomposites from Lignocellulosic Biomass (Oat Hulls), Agriculture Development Fund, Contract.
    • Principal Investigator, Bioconversion of Biomass to Xylitol, USTEP, Grant.
    • Principal Investigator, Debranning Wheat Grains and Bran-solubles Product Development of the Feed Opportunities from the Biofuels Industry Network, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Agricultural Bioproducts Innovation Program.
    • Principal Investigator, Physico-chemical Characterization and Evaluation of Drying Technologies of Distillers Grains of the FOBI Network, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Agricultural Bioproducts Innovation Program.
    • Principal Investigator, Physicochemical Characterization of Pulse Grains - Process Development and Utilization of Products into Food and Industrial Use, NSERC, Discovery Grant.
    • Principal Investigator, Pre-processing and Compaction of Annual Cereal and Perennial Forage of the The Cellulosic Biofuel Network, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Agricultural Bioproducts Innovation Program.
    • Principal Investigator, Pre-processing and Densification of Biomass and Biorefinery Interface under Theme 1 of ABIN Network, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Agricultural Bioproducts Innovation Program.

    Teaching

    2016-2017

    • GE 111.3 – Engineering Problem Solving
    • BLE 303.3 - Principles of Food and Bioproducts Engineering
    • CHE 424.2 - Chemical Engineering Laboratory III
    • BLE 850.3 - Postharvest Technology

    2015-2016

    • GE 111.3 – Engineering Problem Solving
    • CHE 414.2 - Chemical Engineering Laboratory II
    • BLE 850.3 - Postharvest Technology

    2014-2015

    • BLE 261.3 - Post Harvest Management of Agricultural Crops
    • BLE 303.3 - Principles of Food and Bioproducts Engineering
    • BLE 495.6 – Design Capstione supervision of 1 student design group
    • CHE 424.2 - Chemical Engineering Laboratory III
    • BLE 850.3 - Postharvest Technology

    2013-2014

    • BLE323.3 - Properties of Materials in Biosystems
    • BLE324.3 - Mechanics of Materials in Biosystems
    • CHE424.2 - Chemical Engineering Laboratory III
    • BLE850.3 - Postharvest Technology

    2012-2013

    • BLE323.3 - Properties of Materials in Biosystems
    • BLE324.3 - Mechanics of Materials in Biosystems

    2011-2012

    • BLE295.3 - Introduction to Biosystems Engineering
    • BLE323.3 - Properties of Materials in Biosystems
    • BLE495.6 - Design Capstone

    2010-2011

    • ABE295.3 - Introduction to Biosystems Engineering
    • ABE303 - Principles of Food and Feed Processing Equipment
    • ABE323.3 - Properties of Materials in Biosystems
    • ABE462.3 - Biological Materials Handing
    • ABE495.3 - Design Capstone II
    • ABE850.3 - Post Harvest Technology

    2009-2010

    • ABE295.3 - Introduction to Biosystems Engineering
    • ABE323.3 - Properties of Materials in Biosystems
    • ABE395 - Design Capstone 1
    • ABE495.3 - Design Capstone II
    • ABE850.3 - Post Harvest Technology

    2008-2009

    • ABE295.3 - Introduction to Biosystems Engineering
    • ABE323.3 - Properties of Materials in Biosystems
    • ABE395 - Design Capstone 1
    • ABE495.3 - Design Capstone II

    Research Projects

    2013-2014

    • Development of Green Composites with Improved Physico-mechanical Properties from Oat Hulls and Flax Straw, Agriculture Development Fund.
    • Integrated Oilseed Bio-energy/Bio-products Platform, Global Institute of Food Security.

    2012-2013

    • NSERC Strategic Canadian Biochar Research and Application Network (Biochar Net), NSERC Strategic Networks.
    • Reducing Commercialization Risk for Biocomoposites by Correlating Material Properties with Manufacturing Processes and Parameters, Agriculture Development Fund.
    • Pelletization Equipment for Making Novel Biosorbents with Enhanced Adsorption Performance.
    • Biological Pretreatment of Crop Biomass for Biofuel and Biomaterial Applications, Agriculture Development Fund.
    • Development of Green Composites with Improved Physico-mechanical Properties from Oat Hulls and Flax Straw, Agriculture Development Fund.
    • Development of Value-added Pyrolysis Products Generated from oat Hulls, Agriculture Development Fund.
    • High-efficient Ethanol Production from an Acid-catalyzed Hydrolysis Byproduct Derived from Lignocellulosic Biomass, Agriculture Development Fund.

    2011-2012

    • Application of Pretreatments for Biomass Densification and Search for New Fungal Biocatalysts to Add Value to Lignins from the Pulp and Paper and Bioenergy Industry Sectors, NSERC Strategic Project Grants
    • Biomass Pretreatment, Densification and Logistics for the Biofuel Industry, Network for Canadian Research Integration and Innovation in Biofuel Sustainability, NSERC Strategic Networks
    • Determining Properties of Agricultural Straw for Equipment Design and as Feedstock for the Biofuel Industry, Case New Holland
    • Development and process optimization for the bioconversion of renewable biomass for biobutanol production, led by Olds College and with my participation and that of PIs from other universities for NRCan's ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative.
    • NSERC Strategic Canadian Biochar Research and Application Network (Bio-C Net), NSERC Strategic Networks

    2010-2011

    • Biomass Pretreatment, Densification and Logistics for the Biofuel Industry, Network for Canadian Research Integration and Innovation in Biofuel Sustainability (Letter of Intent)
    • Gender and Localized Postharvest Technology Development: Strengthening the Sustainable Livelihood of Small Farming Communities in Northern Mindanao, Philippines, Canadian International Food Security Research Fund of IDRC.
    • NSERC Strategic Canadian Biochar Research and Application Network (Biochar Net), NSERC Strategic Networks
    • Preprocessing and Densification of Biomass Feedstock for the Biorefinery, NSERC Strategic Research Program

    2009-2010

    • Gender and Localized Postharvest Technology Development: Strengthening the Sustainable Livelihood of Small Farming Communities in Northern Mindanao, Philippines, Canadian International Food Security Research Fund of IDRC

    2008-2009

    • Bioproduction of Xylitol from Biomass and Employing Cellulosic By-product in Structural Biocomposites and Biocatalyst Carriers (NSERC Strategic Project)
    • Extrusion/Pelletization of Vermicompost for Enhancing Transportation, Storage and Handling Characteristics with BAIF Development Research Foundation. World Bank.
    • Value Addition of Byproducts in Biodiesel Production Chain with Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) (Govt. of India).