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Tarek Rouissi

Areas of expertise

Industrial Bioprocesses  , Environmental chemistry and biotechnology , Food engineering , Materials engineering

Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre

490 de la Couronne Street
Quebec City, Quebec  G1K 9A9

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Research interests

Professor Rouissi will put at the disposal of INRS the accumulation of his experience and will be interested in his future work in the development of new industrial bioprocesses that will optimize the technologies of valorization and conversion of residues into high value-added products, especially for applications in animal feed, chemical industries and bioremediation. It will also pay particular attention to biotechnologies that will contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in a circular economy perspective, and that can contribute to the preservation of the environment.

With an engineering degree in food technology, a master’s degree in industrial engineering, and a doctorate in water sciences, Professor Rouissi is a multidisciplinary researcher with more than 10 years of experience in research, his work covered topics related to environmental chemistry and biotechnology, bioremediation, biocomposites and waste recovery-bioconversion. He has worked in several institutions and held several positions, including research professional at UQAC and UQTR, research associate at INRS, research coordinator at CTRI, and recently as director of innovation at CRIBIQ. He is currently an associate professor at Laurentian University, and has been an associate professor at UQAC and INRS in the past. Prof. Rouissi has co-supervised the work of 5 Ph.D.’s, one M.Sc. and has supervised the work of more than 20 graduate students. He is the author/co-author of more than 70 scientific publications, and co-inventor of the enzymatic bioremediation technology, the patent held by INRS Eau Terre Environnement.


Miri, Saba, Robert, Thomas, Davoodi, Seyyed Mohammadreza, Brar, Satinder Kaur, Martel, Richard, Rouissi, Tarek & Lauzon, Jean-Marc (2023). Evaluation of scale-up effect on cold-active enzyme production and biodegradation tests using pilot-scale bioreactors and a 3D soil tank. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 450: Art. 131078.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2023.131078

Cuprys, Agnieszka, Thomson, Paisley E., Suresh, Gayatri, Rouissi, Tarek, Brar, Satinder Kaur & Drogui, Patrick (2022). Potential of agro-industrial produced laccase to remove ciprofloxacin. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 29: 10112-10121.
DOI: 10.1007/s11356-021-13578-2

Kadri, Tayssir, Miri, Saba, Robert, Thomas, Brar, Satinder Kaur, Rouissi, Tarek, LaxmanPachapur, Vinayak & Lauzon, Jean-Marc (2022). Pilot-scale production and in-situ application of petroleum-degrading enzyme cocktail from Alcanivorax borkumensis. Chemosphere, 295: Art. 133840.
DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2022.133840

Miri, Saba, Rasooli, Azadeh, Brar, Satinder Kaur, Rouissi, Tarek & Martel, Richard (2022). Biodegradation of p-xylene-a comparison of three psychrophilic Pseudomonas strains through the lens of gene expression. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 29: 21465-21479.
DOI: 10.1007/s11356-021-17387-5

Sebastian, Joseph, Osorio-González, Carlos S., Rouissi, Tarek, Hegde, Krishnamoorthy & Brar, Satinder Kaur (2022). Bioderived fumaric acid for sustainable production of key active pharmaceutical ingredients: Dimethyl fumarate and Monomethyl fumarate. Process Biochemistry, 120: 35-40.
DOI: 10.1016/j.procbio.2022.05.017

Sebastian, Joseph, Rouissi, Tarek &Brar, Satinder Kaur (2022). Miscanthus sp. – Perennial lignocellulosic biomass as feedstock for greener fumaric acid bioproduction. Industrial Crops and Products, 175: Art. 114248.
DOI: 10.1016/j.indcrop.2021.114248

Bendourou, F.E.; Suresh, G.; Laadila, M.A.; Kumar, P.; Rouissi, T.; Dhillon, G.S.; Zied, K.; Brar, S.K.; Galvez, R. (2021). Feasibility of the use of different types of enzymatically treated cellulosic fibres for polylactic acid (PLA) recycling. Waste Management, 121: 237-247.
DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2020.11.058

Cuprys, A.; Lecka, J.; Brar, S.K.; Rouissi, T.; Drogui, P. (2021). Influence of Metal Speciation in Wastewater Sludge on Antibiotic Distribution. Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste, 25: 2.
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)HZ.2153-5515.0000592

Cuprys, A.; Maletskyi, Z.; Rouissi, T.; Ratnaweera, H.; Brar, S.K.; Knystautas, E.; Drogui, P. (2021). Insights into the simultaneous sorption of ciprofloxacin and heavy metals using functionalized biochar. Water (Switzerland), 13(19): 2768.
DOI: 10.3390/w13192768

Cuprys, A.; Thomson, P.; Ouarda, Y.; Suresh, G.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K.; Drogui, P.; Surampalli, R.Y. (2021). Corrigendum to Ciprofloxacin removal via sequential electro-oxidation and enzymatic oxidation. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 419: 126412.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2021.126412

Kadri, T.; Robert, T.; Rouissi, T.; Sebastian, J.; Magdouli, S.; Brar, S.K.; Martel, R.; Lauzon, J.-M. (2021). Column tests for evaluation of the enzymatic biodegradation capacity of hydrocarbons (C10–C50) contaminated soil. Environmental Pollution, 290: 117986.
DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2021.117986

Miri, S.; Davoodi, S.M.; Brar, S.K.; Rouissi, T.; Sheng, Y.; Martel, R. (2021). Psychrozymes as novel tools to biodegrade p-xylene and potential use for contaminated groundwater in the cold climate. Bioresource Technology, 321: 124464.
DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2020.124464

Miri, S.; Davoodi, S.M.; Karimi Darvanjooghi, M.H.; Brar, S.K.; Rouissi, T.; Martel, R. (2021). Precision modelling of co-metabolic biodegradation of recalcitrant aromatic hydrocarbons in conjunction with experimental data. Process Biochemistry, 105: 113-127.
DOI: 10.1016/j.procbio.2021.03.026

Miri, S.; Perez, J.A.E.; Brar, S.K.; Rouissi, T.; Martel, R. (2021). Sustainable production and co-immobilization of cold-active enzymes from Pseudomonas sp. for BTEX biodegradation. Environmental Pollution, 285: 117678.
DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2021.117678

Sebastian, J.; Dominguez, K.V.; Brar, S.K.; Rouissi, T. (2021). Fumaric acid production using alternate fermentation mode by immobilized Rhizopus oryzae-a greener production strategy. Chemosphere, 281: 130858.
DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.130858

Tiwari, B.R.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K.; Surampalli, R.Y. (2021). Critical insights into psychrophilic anaerobic digestion: Novel strategies for improving biogas production. Waste Management, 131: 513-526.
DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2021.07.002

Chouaibi, M.; Daoued, K.B.; Riguane, K.; Rouissi, T.; Ferrari, G. (2020). Production of bioethanol from pumpkin peel wastes: Comparison between response surface methodology (RSM) and artificial neural networks (ANN). Industrial Crops and Products, 155: 112822.
DOI: 10.1016/j.indcrop.2020.112822

Cuprys, A.; Thomson, P.; Ouarda, Y.; Suresh, G.; Rouissi, T.; Kaur Brar, S.; Drogui, P.; Surampalli, R.Y. (2020). Ciprofloxacin removal via sequential electro-oxidation and enzymatic oxidation. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 389: 121890.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2019.121890

Laadila, M.A.; Suresh, G.; Rouissi, T.; Kumar, P.; Brar, S.K.; Cheikh, R.B.; Abokitse, K.; Galvez-Coltier, R.; Jacob, C. (2020). Biocomposite fabrication from enzymatically treated nanocellulosic fibers and recycled polylactic acid. Energies, 13(4): 1003.
DOI: 10.3390/en13041003

Lonappan, L.; Liu, Y.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K.; Surampalli, R.Y. (2020). Development of biochar-based green functional materials using organic acids for environmental applications. Journal of Cleaner Production, 244: 118841.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.118841

Magdouli, S.; Guedri, T.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K.; Blais, J.-F. (2020). Sync between leucine, biotin and citric acid to improve lipid production by Yarrowia lipolytica on crude glycerol-based media. Biomass and Bioenergy, 142: 105764.
DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2020.105764

Sebastian, J.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K. (2020). Fungal chitosan: prospects and challenges. Handbook of Chitin and Chitosan: Volume 1: Preparation and Properties, pp. 419-452.
DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-817970-3.00014-6

Suresh, G.; Cabezudo, I.; Pulicharla, R.; Cuprys, A.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K. (2020). Biodegradation of aflatoxin B1 with cell-free extracts of Trametes versicolor and Bacillus subtilis. Research in Veterinary Science, 133: 85-91.
DOI: 10.1016/j.rvsc.2020.09.009

Suresh, G.; Pakdel, H.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K.; Diarra, M.; Roy, C. (2020). Evaluation of pyroligneous acid as a therapeutic agent against Salmonella in a simulated gastrointestinal tract of poultry. Brazilian Journal of Microbiology, 51(3): 1309-1316.
DOI: 10.1007/s42770-020-00294-1

Suresh, G.; Santos, D.U.; Rouissi, T.; Hegde, K.; Kaur Brar, S.; Mehdi, Y.; Godbout, S.; Chorfi, Y.; Avalos Ramirez, A. (2020). In-field poultry tests to evaluate efficacy of bioformulation consisting of enzymes and yeast biomass. Animal Feed Science and Technology, 262: 114398.
DOI: 10.1016/j.anifeedsci.2020.114398

Sebastian, J.; Hegde, K.; Kumar, P.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K. (2019). Bioproduction of fumaric acid: an insight into microbial strain improvement strategies. Critical Reviews in Biotechnology, 39(6): 817-834.
DOI: 10.1080/07388551.2019.1620677

Lonappan, L.; Rouissi, T.; Liu, Y.; Brar, S.K.; Surampalli, R.Y. (2019). Removal of diclofenac using microbiochar fixed-bed column bioreactor. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 7(1).
DOI: 10.1016/j.jece.2019.102894

Miri, S.; Naghdi, M.; Rouissi, T.; Kaur Brar, S.; Martel, R. (2019). Recent biotechnological advances in petroleum hydrocarbons degradation under cold climate conditions: A review. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, 49(7): 553-586.
DOI: 10.1080/10643389.2018.1552070

Naghdi, M.; Taheran, M.; Pulicharla, R.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K.; Verma, M.; Surampalli, R.Y. (2019). Pine-wood derived nanobiochar for removal of carbamazepine from aqueous media: Adsorption behavior and influential parameters. Arabian Journal of Chemistry, 12(8): 5292-5301.
DOI: 10.1016/j.arabjc.2016.12.025

Sebastian, J.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K.; Hegde, K.; Verma, M. (2019). Microwave-assisted extraction of chitosan from Rhizopus oryzae NRRL 1526 biomass. Carbohydrate Polymers, 219: 431-440.
DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2019.05.047

Suresh, G.; Santos, D.U.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K.; Mehdi, Y.; Godbout, S.; Chorfi, Y.; Ramirez, A.A. (2019). Production and in-vitro evaluation of an enzyme formulation as a potential alternative to feed antibiotics in poultry. Process Biochemistry, 80: 9-16.
DOI: 10.1016/j.procbio.2019.01.023

Kadri, T.; Cuprys, A.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K.; Daghrir, R.; Lauzon, J.-M. (2018). Nanoencapsulation and release study of enzymes from Alkanivorax borkumensis in chitosan-tripolyphosphate formulation. Biochemical Engineering Journal, 137: 1-10.
DOI: 10.1016/j.bej.2018.05.013

Kadri, T.; Magdouli, S.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K. (2018). Ex-situ biodegradation of petroleum hydrocarbons using Alcanivorax borkumensis enzymes. Biochemical Engineering Journal, 132: 279-287.
DOI: 10.1016/j.bej.2018.01.014

Kadri, T.; Magdouli, S.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K.; Daghrir, R.; Lauzon, J.-M. (2018). Bench-scale production of enzymes from the hydrocarbonoclastic bacteria Alcanivorax borkumensis and biodegradation tests. Journal of Biotechnology, 283: 105-114.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbiotec.2018.07.039

Kadri, T.; Rouissi, T.; Magdouli, S.; Brar, S.K.; Hegde, K.; Khiari, Z.; Daghrir, R.; Lauzon, J.-M. (2018). Production and characterization of novel hydrocarbon degrading enzymes from Alcanivorax borkumensis. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 112: 230-240.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2018.01.177

Lonappan, L.; Guedri, T.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K.; Galvez-Cloutier, R. (2018). Chlorpyrifos degradation by crude enzyme extracts obtained from Alcanivorax borkumensis. ACS Symposium Series, 1302: 81-95.
DOI: 10.1021/bk-2018-1302.ch004

Lonappan, L.; Liu, Y.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K.; Verma, M.; Surampalli, R.Y.(2018). Adsorptive immobilization of agro-industrially produced crude laccase on various micro-biochars and degradation of diclofenac. Science of the Total Environment, 640-641: 1251-1258.
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.06.005

Lonappan, L.; Liu, Y.; Rouissi, T.; Pourcel, F.; Brar, S.K.; Verma, M.; Surampalli, R.Y. (2018). Covalent immobilization of laccase on citric acid functionalized micro-biochars derived from different feedstock and removal of diclofenac. Chemical Engineering Journal, 351: 985-994.
DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2018.06.157

Lonappan, L.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K.; Verma, M.; Surampalli, R.Y. (2018). An insight into the adsorption of diclofenac on different biochars: Mechanisms, surface chemistry, and thermodynamics. Bioresource Technology, 249: 386-394.
DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2017.10.039

Lonappan, L.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K.; Verma, M.; Surampalli, R.Y. (2018). Adsorption of diclofenac onto different biochar microparticles: Dataset – Characterization and dosage of biochar. Data in Brief, 16: 460-465.
DOI: 10.1016/j.dib.2017.10.041

Mehdi, Y.; Létourneau-Montminy, M.-P.; Gaucher, M.-L.; Chorfi, Y.; Suresh, G.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K.; Côté, C.; Ramirez, A.A.; Godbout, S. (2018). Use of antibiotics in broiler production: Global impacts and alternatives. Animal Nutrition, 4 (2): 170-178.
DOI: 10.1016/j.aninu.2018.03.002

Suresh, G.; Das, R.K.; Kaur Brar, S.; Rouissi, T.; Avalos Ramirez, A.; Chorfi, Y.; Godbout, S. (2018). Alternatives to antibiotics in poultry feed: molecular perspectives. Critical Reviews in Microbiology, 44(3): 318-335.
DOI: 10.1080/1040841X.2017.1373062

Suresh, G.; Xiong, W.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K. (2018). Nitrates. Encyclopedia of Food Chemistry, pp. 196-201.
DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-08-100596-5.21847-7

Kadri, T.; Rouissi, T.; Kaur Brar, S.; Cledon, M.; Sarma, S.; Verma, M. (2017). Biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) by fungal enzymes: A review. Journal of Environmental Sciences (China), 51: 52-74.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jes.2016.08.023

Laadila, M.A.; Hegde, K.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K.; Galvez, R.; Sorelli, L.; Cheikh, R.B.; Paiva, M.; Abokitse, K. (2017). Green synthesis of novel biocomposites from treated cellulosic fibers and recycled bio-plastic polylactic acid. Journal of Cleaner Production, 164: 575-586.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.06.235

Lonappan, L.; Rouissi, T.; Das, R.K.; Brar, S.K.; Ramirez, A.A.; Verma, M.; Surampalli, R.Y.; Valero, J.R.(2016).  Adsorption of methylene blue on biochar microparticles derived from different waste materials. Waste Management, 49: 537-544.
DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2016.01.015

Lonappan, L.; Rouissi, T.; Laadila, M.A.; Brar, S.K.; Hernandez Galan, L.; Verma, M.; Surampalli, R.Y. (2017). Agro-industrial-produced laccase for degradation of diclofenac and identification of transformation products. ACS Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering, 5(7): 5772-5781.
DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.7b00390

Naghdi, M.; Taheran, M.; Brar, S.K.; Rouissi, T.; Verma, M.; Surampalli, R.Y.; Valero, J.R. (2017). A green method for production of nanobiochar by ball milling- optimization and characterization. Journal of Cleaner Production, 164: 1394-1405.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2017.07.084

Pulicharla, R.; Brar, S.K.; Rouissi, T.; Auger, S.; Drogui, P.; Verma, M.; Surampalli, R.Y. Degradation of chlortetracycline in wastewater sludge by ultrasonication, Fenton oxidation, and ferro-sonication. Ultrasonics Sonochemistry, 34: 332-342.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ultsonch.2016.05.042

Lonappan, L.; Pulicharla, R.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K.; Verma, M.; Surampalli, R.Y.; Valero, J.R. (2016). Diclofenac in municipal wastewater treatment plant: Quantification using laser diode thermal desorption-atmospheric pressure chemical ionization-tandem mass spectrometry approach in comparison with an established liquid chromatography-electrospray ionization-tandem mass spectrometry method. Journal of Chromatography A, 1433: 106-113.
DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2016.01.030

Pachapur, V.L.; Guemiza, K.; Rouissi, T.; Sarma, S.J.; Brar, S.K. (2016). Novel biological and chemical methods of chitin extraction from crustacean waste using saline water. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 91(8): 2331-2339.
DOI: 10.1002/jctb.4821

Pulicharla, R.; Marques, C.; Das, R.K.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K. (2016). Encapsulation and release studies of strawberry polyphenols in biodegradable chitosan nanoformulation. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 88: 171-178.
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2016.03.036

Sara, M.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K.; Blais, J.F. (2016). Life cycle analysis of potential substrates of sustainable biorefinery. Platform Chemical Biorefinery: Future Green Chemistry, pp. 55-76.
DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-802980-0.00004-3

Sara, M.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K.; Blais, J.F. (2016). Propylene Glycol. Platform Chemical Biorefinery: Future Green Chemistry, pp. 77-100.
DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-802980-0.00005-5

Ghorbel, L.; Rouissi, T.; Brar, S.K.; López-González, D.; Ramirez, A.A.; Godbout, S. (2015). Value-added performance of processed cardboard and farm breeding compost by pyrolysis. Waste Management, 38(1): 164-173.
DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2015.01.009