Professor Radhakrishnan Mahadevan will be recognized by the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering with theSyncrude Canada Innovation Award at the64th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference. This award is presented to an individual under the age of 40 for a distinguished contribution to the field of chemical engineering while working in Canada.
Professor Mahadevan’s innovative work in metabolic engineering, synthetic biology and bioinformatics is internationally recognized. His work applies recent advances in bioinformatics and bioengineering to significant real-world engineering challenges. This involves creating complex computer models that accurately reproduce in silico all of the metabolic processes in a living organism. These sophisticated models illuminate the fundamental biochemical processes that underpin life, and can be used to develop new biotechnologies for a very wide range of sectors.
The goal of Prof. Mahadevan’s research is to engineer and optimize micro-organisms to efficiently perform chemical conversion processes for use in industrial and environmental applications. These include sustainable manufacturing of chemicals and materials from renewable biomass instead of fossil fuels, biological remediation of environmental pollution, biological pharmaceuticals production, and the recovery of energy from waste streams using microbial processes.
The Syncrude Canada Innovation Award will be presented at the 64th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in Niagara Falls, ON, Ot 19-22, 2014.