Adjunct Professor

Research Summary

Food engineering, bioenergy, drying and densification, modeling & instrumentation


Michigan State University, 1977, Ph.D.
Michigan State University, 1977, M.Sc.
University of Tehran, Iran, 1966, B.Sc.

Research interests + projects

My core research is in feedstock engineering focusing on harvesting, drying, fractionating, and densification of cellulosic biomass. These processes add value to an otherwise low value commodity. The work has evolved in two fronts: (1) experimenting with innovative biomass preprocesses to acquire engineering data for design and optimum operation of individual unit operations; and (2) developing engineering models for simulation of unit operations for optimizing the entire supply chains. Our research has resulted in the development of a highly successful modeling platform IBSAL (Integrated Biomass Supply Analysis & Logistics). This dynamic modeling environment is constructed on GIS spatial data, engineering processes, operations research, and real time climate data. A value chain that consists of a sequence of operations is constructed from an ensemble of modules available in a library. The elements of the IBSAL have been validated through peer reviewed publications in engineering journals.

Profession affiliations

Agricultural & Bioresource Engineering, University of Saskatchewan
Biosystems Engineering & Environmental Sciences, University of Tennessee
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia
Canadian Society for Bioengineering and American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
GS Bioresource Systems, North Vancouver, BC

Selected publications + presentations

Sokhansanj, S. , J. Richard Hess. 2009. Biomass Supply Logistics and Infrastructure. Biofuels Methods and protocols. Jonathan Mielenz (ed) Humana Press, New York. Pp 1-25.

Mani, S. and S. Sokhansanj. 2007. Rotary drum dryers. In: Food Drying Science and Technology. Microbiology, Chemistry, Applications. Ed: Y.H.Hui et al. Destech Publications, Inc. Pages 99-122.

Sokhansanj, S., S. Mani, S. Tagore, A.F. Turhollow. 2009. Techno-economic analysis of using corn stover to supply heat and power to a corn ethanol plant – Part 1: Cost of feedstock supply logistics. Biomass and Bioenergy (2009): doi:10.1016/ j.biombioe.2009.10.0

Mani, S., Sokhansanj, S., Tagore, S., and A. F. Turhollow. 2009. Techno-economic analysis of using corn stover to supply heat and power to a corn ethanol plant – Part 2: Cost of heat and power generation systems. Biomass Bioenerg. Available online. DOI:10.1016/j.biombioe.2009.11.007

Bitra, V.S.P., A. Womac, C. Igathinathane, P.I. Miu, Yuechuan T. Yang, David. Smith, N. Chevanan, S. Sokhansanj. 2009. Direct mechanical energy measures of knife mill size reduction of switchgrass, wheat straw, and corn stover. Bioresource Technology 100 (2009):6578-6585.

Chau, J., T. Sowlati , S. Sokhansanj, F. Preto , S. Melin, X. Bi. 2009. Economic sensitivity of wood biomass utilization for greenhouse heating application. Applied energy 86(2009):616-621.

Mahmoudi, M., T. Sowlati, S. Sokhansanj. 2009. The logistics of supplying biomass from a mountain pine beetle infested forest to a power plant in British Columbia. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 24:76-86.

Sokhansanj, S., S. Mani, A. Turhollow, A. Kumar, B. Bransby, L. Lynd, M. Laser. 2009. Large scale production, harvest and logistics of switchgrass (Panicum vigatum L.) – current technology and envisioning a mature technology. Biofuel, Bioproduct, Biorefinery (2009) 3:124-141.

Sokhansanj, S., A.F. Turhollow, E.G. Wilkerson. 2008. Integrated Biomass Supply and Logistics: A modeling environment for designing feedstock supply systems for biofuel production. Resource Engineering and Technology for a Sustainable World. 15(6):15-18.

Lam, P.S., S. Sokhansanj, X. Bi, C. J. Lim, L.J. Naimi, M. Hoque, S. Mani, A.R. Womac, S. Narayan, X. P. Ye. 2008. Bulk Density of Wet and Dry Wheat Straw and Switchgrass Particles. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 24(3):351-358

Turhollow, A.F. and S. Sokhansanj. 2007. Costs of harvesting, storing in a large pile, and transporting corn stover in a wet form. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 23(4):439-448

Sokhansanj S., A. Kumar A., and A.F. Turhollow. 2006. Development and implementation of integrated biomass supply analysis and logistics (IBSAL) model, Biomass and Bioenergy, 30(2006):838-847.

Samson, Roger, Sudhagar Mani, Robert Boddey, Shahab Sokhansanj, Diego Quesada, Segundo Urquiaga, Veronica Reis, and Claudia Ho Lem. 2005. The Potential of C4 Perennial Grasses for Developing a Global BIO‑HEAT Industry. Critical Review in Plant Science 24:461-495 (2005).

Faraji, H., T. Crowe, R. Besant, S. Sokhansanj, H. Wood. 2004. Prediction of moisture content of potash fertilizer using NIR spectroscopy 46:3.45-3.48

Sokhansanj, S. and A. Turhollow. 2004. Biomass densification – cubing operations and costs. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 20(4): 495-499

Sokhansanj, S., H. Khoshtaghaza, G. J. Schoenau, E. A. Arinze, L.G. Tabil. 2003. Heat and moisture transfer and quality changes in containerized alfalfa cubes during transport. Transactions of the ASAE 46(2):423-432

Kabganian, R., D.J. Carrier, and S. Sokhansanj. 2002. Drying of Echinacea angustifolia roots. Journal of Herbs, Spices, and Medicinal Plants 10(1):11-18.

Opoku, A., S. Sokhansanj. W.J. Crerar, L.G. Tabil and J.W. Whistlecraft. 2002. Disinfestation of Hessian fly pupae in small rectangular baled hay using experimental thermal treatment unit. Canadian Biosystems Engineering 44:327-333.

Arinze, E.A. S. Sokhansanj, R.W. Besant, H.C. Wood, and G.J. Schoenau. 2001. Effects of material and environmental conditions on caking and breakage of potash fertilizer products during storage, shipment and handling. The International Journal of Storing, Handling, and Processing Powder 13(1):45-54.

Gu, D., S. Sokhansanj and K. Haghighi. 2000. Influence of floor air entry on grain moisture content, temperature, and bulk shrinkage during ambient air in-bin drying of wheat. Canadian Agricultural Engineering 42(4):185-194.