Dr. Benali is a senior research scientist and manager of the biorefinery R&D program at CanmetENERGY research centre of Natural Resources Canada. He is a dedicated and innovative leader with 30 years of experience as a research scientist and project manager in industrial process design, engineering and optimization. He has co-supervised more than 40 graduate and undergraduate students and more than 20 junior and senior researchers. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and conference proceedings, 60 technical reports, 4 book chapters and has also delivered lectures at more than 50 conferences. He has been granted 6 patents. He has received numerous awards and honors from the academia, industry and government.
Dr. Benali’s current research areas cover: design and process engineering, industrial process optimization and process intensification, with special focus on forest biorefinery and bioenergy developments. This includes design, modeling and optimization of biorefinery and bioenergy processes; pilot-scale development of wood biomass pretreatment and fractionation processes; pilot-scale development of sugar technology platform; technoeconomic assessment, and LCA- based environmental evaluation, as well as development of multi-criteria decision-making tools.