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Conférence de Mausam Verma


Mausam Verma, chercheur professionnel chez IRDA Inc. à Québec, présentera une conférence le jeudi 14 février 2019 à 10 h 30, à la salle 2422 du Centre Eau Terre Environnement de l'INRS.

La conférence de monsieur Mausam Verma s'intitule Fermentation for Environmentally Advanced Sustainable bioTechnology (FEAST) with Biomass. 





The term ‘fermentation’ has originated from the Latin verb “fervere”, to boil, a typical appearance of microbial action on digestible extracts of biomass. The boiling is apparent due to the production of CO2 gas. However, over the last century (from 1900 onwards), the definition of fermentation has only broadened due to its ever-increasing usefulness. It is quite unimaginable to think of any sector related to human health and the environment without the existence of industrial fermentation. The industrial fermentation brings us pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, feedstock biomolecules, biofuels, beverages, and food items. It also plays an immense and useful role in environmental biotechnology. Environmental biotechnology applications often require transformation or digestion of solid and liquid biomass. Quebec has a vast potential to divert its agrifood biomass towards bioprocessing using techniques of environmental biotechnology, for example, in 2011 Quebec produced about 26% of total biomass as agrifood biomass and however, only less than 1% was reused. This relatively easily fermentable biomass ends up in landfills and other conventional disposal schemes, due to lack of robust production processes. Thus, strategic development of biomass transformation processes using environmental biotechnology in a circular economy ecosystem can have a substantial positive impact on biomass reuse and abatement of environmental pollution risks for Quebec and Canada, in general. In this presentation, a potential biotransformation strategy of an example biomass will also be discussed to demonstrate this approach.



Mausam Verma is a Biochemical Engineer. He obtained his B. Tech. in Biochemical Engineering from Harcourt Butler Technical University, Kanpur, India. During his Master’s degree in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, he developed a novel type of hybrid methanogenic bioreactor. Later, he obtained a Ph.D. degree in Water Science at INRS-ETE, University of Quebec, Canada, where he explored fungal fermentation based biocontrol agents using alternative biomass, at different scales from flask to fermenters. Dr. Verma was awarded the prestigious Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2007 at Dalhousie University, Canada for biorefinery research. He also worked as an NSERC-IRDF postdoctoral fellow at IRDA and CRIQ for the development of a novel pyrolysis reactor. He has about 6 years of hands-on experience of developing patented enzymatic CO2 capture process from his prior work at CO2 Solutions Inc., Quebec. Currently, Dr. Verma is working at IRDA Inc., Québec, as a Research Professional-Biochemical Engineer to develop ‘‘Bioenergy from Agricultural Resources Program’’. He has 5 patents, about 120 peer-reviewed research articles, 3 books, 44 book chapters and a rich industrial experience.



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