Vahid Vajihinejad

Project: Experimental and Mathematical Modeling Studies of Polymer-Induced Flocculation of Oil Sands Tailings

Master of Engineering Science (Chemical Engineering) University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Research interests:

  • Development of polymer flocculants

  • Mathematical modeling of flocculation process, statistical design of experiment (DOE)

  • Online monitoring of flocculation process using focused beam reflectance measurement
    (FBRM) technique

  • Tailor-making water soluble polymers for industrial tailings treatment through polymer
    reaction engineering

  • Reaction engineering and scale-up of water soluble polymer production.


Captain Thomas Farrell Greenhalgh Memorial Graduate Scholarship
University of Alberta Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship


Vahid Vajihinejad, Sarang P. Gumfekar, Behnaz Bazoubandi, Zahra Rostami N., João B. P. Soares, Water Soluble Polymer Flocculants: Synthesis, Characterization, and Performance Assessment, Macromol. Mater. Eng., 2018, 1800526, DOI: 10.1002/mame.201800526

Sarang P. Gumfekar, Vahid Vajihinejad, João B. P. Soares, Advanced Polymer Flocculants for Solid–Liquid Separation in Oil Sands Tailings  Macromol. Rapid Commun., 2018, 1800644, DOI: 10.1002/marc.201800644

Vahid Vajihinejad, Rina Guillermo, and João B.P. Soares, Dewatering Oil Sands Mature Fine Tailings (MFTs) with Poly(acrylamide-co-diallyldimethylammonium chloride): Effect of Average Molecular Weight and Copolymer Composition, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 2017, 56 (5), 1256-1266

Vajihinejad, V. and Soares, J. B. P., Can We Make Better Polyurethane Composite Foams with Oil Sands Mature Fine Tailing?. Macromol. Mater. Eng., 2016, (301), 383–389.

D. Karamanev, V. Pupkevich, K. Penev, V. Glibin, J. Gohil, V. Vajihinejad. (2017). Biological Conversion of Hydrogen to Electricity for Energy Storage. Energy. 129(15): 237-245.

V. Vajihinejad, J. Soares. (2017). Application of a Mathematical Model for Describing the Flocculation Process of Oil Sands Tailings Treatment. 67th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, 2017

N. Afsham, R. Roshandel, S.Yaghmaei, V. Vajihinejad, M. Sherafatmand. (2015). Bioelectricity Generation in a Soil Microbial Fuel Cell with Biocathode Denitrification. Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery. : 2092-2098.

V. Vajihinejad; M. Sherafatmand. Review of Methods Employed in Biological Air Treatment via Biofiltration. The 4th Conference and Exhibition on Environmental Engineering. Fall 2011 University of Tehran