Friday, 15 December 2017


Environment and Renewable Energy (ERE)
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Scientific Research Leader

Full Name:

Fonoti Lilo Samani Carel Tupufia 


Scientific Research Leader 

Email address:

Contact Telephone:

+685 20664 


“Through science, I believe we can make a difference” graduated from Waikato University (Hamilton, NZ) in 2004 with Bachelor degree in Resource and Environmental Planning. In late 2004 to mid 2007 have worked for MNRE:DEC as a terrestrial biodiversity researcher, focusing on bird monitoring and surveying and invasive species research for managing their spread in Samoa. In mid 2007, I worked at SROS in the renewable energy division, focusing on biofuels mainly Biodiesel production and laboratory research. In 2010 to 2011 have studied at University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), doing a Masters by Research. Research looked at comparison of three biodiesel production process using an acid, alkali and enzyme catalysts. This research also included fermentation studies on the using of glycerol by-product from enzyme process as a carbon source for yeast growth.

Main Research focus:
1. Biodiesel
  • evaluating enzymatic process using immobilized lipase, for recycling 
  • Using new technique such as sonication to improve the efficiency of the process
  • Optimizing biodiesel production at the pilot scale (using 200 L plant)
  • Developing a process to utilize the glycerol by-product from pilot plant
2. Bio-ethanol
  • Process development focusing on cassava, breadfruit and nonu for ethanol production at the lab scale
  • Investigate strategies to improve the bio-ethanol production using novel techniques such as sonication and microwave pretreatments.

  • 2010-2011 Masters Degree by Research: School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Science, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
  • 2007 Certificate in Biotechnology Application in Food Industry (Beijing China)
  • 2006 Certificate in GIS application in Man and Biosphere Reserves (Beijing, China)
  • 2001-2004 Bachelor of Social Science (University of Waikato)
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