Lars Rehmann – Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Western University

Dr. Rehmann is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the University of Western Ontario as well as a Visiting Professor at the RWTH Aachen, Germany and a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He is an accomplished and heavily cited early-career researcher in the field of biochemical and environmental engineering. His research has resulted in over 60 peer-reviewed articles published in leading journals in his field, as well as three patent applications, and the foundation of a spin-off company. Since his appointment at Western (May 2009) he has attracted over $4Mio in funding and has established research facilities centered around highly automated bio-processing from the micro- scale to pilot scale; infrastructure unique in Canada. His research largely focuses on the fermentative production of platform chemicals and fuels from waste biomass, as well as recombinant protein production.

Dr. Rehmann obtained this PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2007 at Queen’s University after completing his undergraduate degree at the Technical University Braunschweig, Germany and his Masters work at Tottori University in Japan. He completed an NSERC post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Manchester, UK (2007-2009) holding a Canada/UK Millennium Research Award.

He supervises an active and successful research group averaging around 10-15 graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and international visitors. The lab has attracted considerable international attention, recently hosting visiting professors from Germany and Ecuador, while research students have been exchanged with leading universities in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Colombia and China. The international outlook of the team provides graduate students with excellent opportunities to conduct work abroad and ensures that the techniques and skills used in the lab are always at the forefront globally. Students who were trained in the lab now hold positions in industry, at national research centers as well as academic positions at national and international universities (University of Waterloo, MIT, Twente University).

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