Biotechnology Research Laboratory


Biotechnology Research and Educational Laboratory Directed by: Dr. F. Naeimpoor
Founded in 2001 Research colleague: Dr. P. Hejazi
Biotechnology, the most important technology of the 21st century, is a key element of the global economy in the next few decades and hence development of biotechnology has become the focus of many countries. It has become a growing field all over the world due to its industrial applications in diverse areas such as food, agriculture, livestock and poultry breeding, medical, environment, mining, and energy in addition to production of high value-added products.
Due to the importance of this technology, the school of Chemical, Petrochemical and Gas Engineering (IUST), in line with the coordinated movement of the country for improvement of the scientific level and technical knowledge in biotechnology, established its biotechnology research laboratory in the year 2001. This lab has been a workplace for the conduct of biotechnology research projects by faculty members as well as research and educational activities of the students of chemical engineering majoring in biotechnology. Collaborations with other disciplines and pilot scale studies are also among the programs planned for this lab.
Research fields
  • Metabolic Engineering and Metabolic Flux Analysis
  • Microbial growth, product formation, isolation and screening, and their modeling
  • Biosurfactants
  • Biofuels
  • Enzymes
  • Biopolymers
  • Antibiotics
  • Bioremediation
  • Bio-desulfurization
  • Bio-removal of contaminants (hydrocarbons and metals) from wastewater and polluted soil in slurry and solid phases
  • Wastewater treatment using activated sludge, granulated sludge, and microalgae
Purification of bio-products using
  • Molecular imprinting
  • Magnetic nanoparticles
  • Reverse micelle system
  • Isolation and enrichment of microorganisms from natural environments
  • Microbial enhanced oil recovery‎
Optimization and scale up of biological processes in various bioreactors
  • Stirred
  • Membrane
  • Column and airlift
  • Solid-state
 Growth of microorganisms and production of microbial products in
  • Solid-state
  • Shaking flasks
  • Bioreactor, under controlled conditions
  • Modeling and simulation of biological processes
  • Biochemical and microbial analyses
  • Execution of research projects
Lab equipment
In addition to the common equipment, the following specialized devices are available in this laboratory
  • Bioreactors (various types of bioreactors with accessories)
  • Autoclave (different sizes)
  • Laminar hood
  • Microscope
  • Shaker incubator
  • Refrigerated shaker incubator
  • Centrifuge and microcentrifuge
  • -80 ºC freezer
  • Thermoreactor
  • Ultrasonic homogenizer
  • Spectrophotometer
  • GC and HPLC
Research activities
- Research projects: over 30 accomplished contracts with IUST
- Industrial projects: 2 projects
- Thesis supervisions: over 100 theses
- ISI articles: more than 50
- Journal articles: more than 20
- Conference papers and presentations: more than 200
Phone: +98 (21) 77240496; +98 (21) 73228745; +98 (21) 73228771
Fax: +98 (21) 77240495

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