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Dr. Elsayed Elbeshbishy

Elsayed Elbeshbishy
Associate Professor
BEng, MASc, PhD
416-979-5000 ext. 557618

Areas of Academic Interest

Anaerobic digestion

Dark fermentation

Pretreatment of municipal solid wastes


Biohydrogen and biomethane production

Volatile fatty acids production from waste


Year University Degree
2011 Western University PhD
2002 Tanta University MASc
1995 Tanta University BSc

Selected Courses

Course Code Course Title
CV804 Soil Remediation
CVL 901 Municipal Solid Waste Management
CVL 423 Geology for Engineers


Elsayed Elbeshbishy isn’t quite a jack of all engineering trades, but he is a master of two. He first studied structural engineering, intending to help communities through better building practices. But he shifted to environmental engineering between his master’s degree in Egypt and his doctorate at Western University.

“I tell my students, you may not end up where you began. You may have a bigger dream that changes your direction. Mine was to teach students and conduct environmental engineering research at a university. That was the best way I could help people and solve some of the urgent problems we face.”

In his research, Elbeshbishy works to minimize the environmental impact of waste while recovering value-added products from it. For example, through a process called anaerobic digestion, green bin waste can produce hydrogen gas, methane, alcohols or chemicals for many uses. Similarly, pulp and paper waste can produce biogases as fuel for cars. Landfill is spared and waste is usefully redirected.

What sustains Elbeshbishy’s passion for his research and teaching? “Protecting the environment means protecting human beings. That is the most important issue in our modern lives.”

Elsayed Elbeshbishy

“The best part of my work is helping students find the answers they need. When they achieve a milestone, that gives me the greatest satisfaction.”

  • Dean’s Teaching Award, 2017
  • NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2013
  • Ross and Clarke scholarship, Western University, 2011
  • Thesis Research Award, Western University, 2011
  • Koupaie, E., Dahadha, S., Bazyar Lakeh, A., Azizi, A., Elbeshbishy, E. (2018). Enzymatic pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass for enhanced biomethane production-A review. Journal of Environmental Management, In press.
  • Sarwar, R., Elbeshbishy, E., Parker, W. (2018). Co-digestion of high pressure thermal hydrolysis‐treated thickened waste activated sludge with primary sludge in two‐stage anaerobic digestion. Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, 37, 425-433.
  • Elbeshbishy, E., Dhar, B., Nakhla, G., Lee, HS. (2017). A critical review on inhibition of dark biohydrogen fermentation. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 79, 656-668.
  • Dahadha, S., Amin, Z., Bazyar Lakeh, A., Elbeshbishy, E. (2017). Evaluation of Different Pretreatment Processes of Lignocellulosic Biomass for Enhanced Biomethane Production. Energy & Fuels,31, 10335-10347.
  • Yu, H., Kashima, H., Regan, J., Hussain, A., Elbeshbishy, E., Lee, H.S. (2017) Kinetic study on anaerobic oxidation of methane coupled to denitrification. Enzyme and Microbial Technology, 104, 47-55.
  • Vice President of Canadian Association on Water Quality (CAWQ) for Central Region since February 2017
  • Chief Advisor to local organizing committee, 9th International Young Water Professionals Conference 2019
  • Chair, 52nd Central Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research, Feb. 23, 2017
  • Chair, 51st Central Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research, Feb 23, 2016