Dr. Sonil Nanda

Sonil Nanda

Ph.D. (York University, Canada)
M.Sc. (VIT University, India)
B.Sc. (Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, India)
Email: isonil@yahoo.co.in


Dr. Sonil Nanda was a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Earth & Space Science & Engineering at Lassonde School of Engineering in York University, Canada. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Biology from York University, Canada in 2014. His Ph.D. study was multidisciplinary in nature with applied research in Chemical Engineering and Industrial Biotechnology pursued at University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Sonil completed his M.Sc. in Applied Microbiology from VIT University, India (2009) and B.Sc. in Microbiology and Biochemistry from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, India (2007).

Sonil’s current research was in the area of bioresource engineering, especially in the production of renewable energy, generation of biochemical and biomaterials for comprehensive applications pertaining to sustainability and environmentally-friendly livelihood. With special attention to various biogenic waste characterization and conversion, his expertise is in biomass pyrolysis, supercritical water gasification and fermentation. His research interests also reside in characteristic studies of lignocellulosic biomass and biochar, carbon sequestration, environmental waste remediation and agronomy.

Sonil’s research has led to understanding the complex nature and conversion potentials of a broad range of waste biomass resources including forestry residues (woods), agricultural biomass (straws), energy crops (grasses), municipal solid wastes and industrial effluents for biofuel production. He has been focusing on producing next-generation biofuels such as bio-oil, bioethanol, biobutanol and synthesis gas by transforming the wastes resources through thermochemical (high-temperature and high-pressure conversion) and biochemical (enzymatic and microbial conversion) routes.

Sonil is a member of Chemical Institute of Canada, Combustion Institute in USA and Association of Microbiologist of India. Closely aligning with the Renaissance Engineer™ concept at Lassonde School of Engineering, Sonil has been actively engaging himself in associating science with applied technology of biochemical and environmental engineering. He is continually participating in speaking at technical and public forums for creating awareness about green technologies, biofuels and sustainable lifestyle.

Listen to Sonil's radio interview in CMR 101.3 FM Multicultural Radio of Toronto, Canada (Posted in December 2014).

Watch Sonil's interview about his research in Lassonde School of Engineering webpage.

Research Interests

  • Waste biomass conversion of biofuels, biomaterials and biochemicals.
  • Analysis of thermochemical and microbial technologies for waste transformation to bioproducts.
  • Development of environmentally-friendly routes for bioenergy generation, agronomy and waste management.