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Dr Somayeh Farzad
Postdoctoral Fellow

Short Bio


  • PhD (Chemical Engineering), TarbiatModares University, 2012
  • MSc (Chemical Engineering), Sharif University, 2005
  • BEng (Chemical Engineering), Tehran University, 2002


Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Researcher
    Department of Process Engineering, Stellenbosch University
    2014 to present
  • Assistant professor
    Chemical engineering faculty, University of Environment (Iran)
  • R&D manager
    Mabna Energy Renovation and Reclamation Consultants Co.
  • Senior process engineer
    Mabna Energy Renovation and Reclamation Consultants Co.

Research Interests

  • Process simulation and development
  • Biomass processing for the production of fuels and chemicals
  • Biomass processing for production of green rubber
  • Gasification of biomass

Selected Publications

FARZAD, S., ALI MANDEGARI, M. & GÖRGENS, J. F. 2016. A critical review on biomass gasification, co-gasification and environmental assessments. Biofuel Research Journal, 3. In Press.  DOI: 10.18331/BRJ2016.3.4.3


ALI MANDEGARI, M., FARZAD, S. & GORGENS, J. F. 2016. Economic and Environmental Assessment of Cellulosic Ethanol Production Scenarios Annexed to a Typical Sugar Mill. Bioresour Technol,In Press.


ALI MANDEGARI, M., FARZAD, S. & GÖRGENS, J. F. 2016. Process Design, Flowsheeting and Simulation of Bioethanol Production from Lignocellulose. In: SINGH, R. S., PANDDEY, A. & GNANSOUNOU, E. (eds.) Biofuels: Production and Future Perspectives. CRC Press.


DIEDERICHS, G. W., ALI MANDEGARI, M., FARZAD, S. & GORGENS, J. F. 2016. Techno-economic comparison of biojet fuel production from lignocellulose, vegetable oil and sugar cane juice. Bioresour Technol, 216, 331-9.


PETERSEN, A. M., FARZAD, S. & GORGENS, J. F. 2015. Techno-economic assessment of integrating methanol or Fischer-Tropsch synthesis in a South African sugar mill. Bioresour Technol, 183, 141-52.


MANDEGARI, M. A., FARZAD, S. & PAHLAVANZADEH, H. 2015. Exergy performance analysis and optimization of a desiccant wheel system. Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications, 7, 031013.


FARZAD, S., RASHIDI, A., HAGHTALAB, A. & MANDEGARI, M. A. 2014. Study of effective parameters in the Fischer Tropsch synthesis using monolithic CNT supported cobalt catalysts. Fuel, 132, 27-35.

MANDEGARI, M. A., PAHLAVANZADEH, H. & FARZAD, S. 2014. Energy approach analysis of desiccant wheel operation. Energy Systems, 5, 551-569.


FARZAD, S., HAGHTALAB, A. & RASHIDI, A. 2013. Comprehensive study of nanostructured supports with high surface area for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. Journal of Energy Chemistry, 22, 573-581.

HAGHTALAB, A. & FARZAD, S. 2010. A new gas adsorption isotherm using the vacancy solution theory and NRTL activity coefficient model. Fluid Phase Equilibria, 292, 36-41.