Dr. Mahmoud Rajabian
Dr. Mahmoud Rajabian is a research associate at Prof Kibria’s group. He has extensive work experience in the synthesis, processing, and characterizations of complex materials, especially polymers, elastomers and their composites. He is a registered professional engineer in Alberta, holding BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in chemical engineering. His PhD work was on the supersonic plasma jets used for plasma coatings of ceramic and metal particles. His research work spans from high temperature materials processing, Ziegler-Natta polymerization reactions of ethylene, processing of short fiber/particulate thermoplastic composite with conventional polymer processing techniques such as extrusion, batch mixing and injection molding, to mixing and dispersion of micro and nanostructures in thermoplastics, thermosetting and elastomers. He also has strong research interests in rheology of polymeric systems, where he contributed to the development of rheological models using non-equilibrium thermodynamic. His research work resulted in many publications in peer-reviewed journals and proceedings and he presented his work in numerous international conferences.
Dr. Heng Zhao
Postdoctoral Fellow, co-supervised with Dr. Hu
Heng Zhao received his Ph.D. degree from Wuhan University of Technology majored in Material Science and Engineering in 2019. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher majored in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering under guidance of Dr. Jinguang Hu and Dr. Md Kibria. His research mainly focuses on the design and synthesis of functional catalysts for hydrogen production and value-added products from biomass photoreforming.
Dr. Pawan Kumar
Dr. Pawan Kumar completed his Ph.D. in chemical science from the CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun, India in 2016 under the guidance of Dr. Suman L. Jain. He has also worked as a Junior Research Fellow at R&DE, DRDO, Ministry of Defense, Pune, India. Dr. Kumar is the recipient of a Raman-Charpak fellowship in 2014 by Campus France and worked with Prof. Rabah Boukherroub (Group Director IEMN, University of Lille1, France). He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at RCPTM, Palacky University, Czech Republic. He also worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Alberta, Canada from Sept 2017-Sept 2020. Dr. Kumar’s research interest is mainly focuses on materials synthesis (especially 2D carbon-based materials) and their application in photocatalysis/photoelectrocatalysis (CO2 reduction, water splitting, biomass photo-reforming to value added chemicals), catalysis (organic transformation), and energy applications. Dr. Kumar is author/co-author of 60+ journal articles (including JACS, Adv. Mater., Adv. Funct. Mater., Appl. Catal. B, J. Mater. Chem. A etc.), 3+ book chapters, and 1 patent; collective citations: 1643 as of Sept 2020. Dr. Kumar has also reviewed more than 200+ journal articles and two funding proposals and has been recognized as Top 1% reviewer in ‘materials science’ and ‘cross-discipline’ by Publon 2019. Dr. Kumar is also a recipient “Emerging Material Chemistry Investigator Award” by the Canadian Society for Chemistry 2020.
Dr. Md Abdullah Al Bari
Dr. Md Abdullah Al Bari completed his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 2017 majored in Nuclear Engineering. He focused on the structural analysis of nuclear piping on his Ph.D. thesis. After completing his Ph.D., he worked as an Assistant Professor at Khulna University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh, for more than three years. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Calgary. His current research interest includes techno-economic analysis and life-cycle assessment for CO2 conversion and other sustainable energy-related research. Dr. Bari is a recipient of SEUT doctoral scholarship from the University of Tokyo, KICInnoenergy scholarship for European Master’s in Nuclear Energy, early career award from 24th SMiRT conference, and several best paper awards.
Dr. Karthick Kannimuthu
Dr. Karthick. K completed his Ph.D. in Chemical Sciences under the guidance of Dr. Subrata Kundu in CSIR – Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Tamil nadu, India. During Ph.D., he focused on the developments of highly active electrocatalysts towards water splitting for the hydrogen production. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow under Dr. Kibria at University of Calgary. Dr. Karthick as author/Co-author, published 60+ articles that includes research articles, review articles and book chapters. His Google Scholar citation is around 2850 as of October 2021. His research interest is now focused on developing materials for electrochemical CO2 reduction and other energy related fields.
Ph.D. Student, co-supervised with Dr. Thangadurai
Tareq joined Dr. Kibria’s group at University of Calgary on May 1st, 2019 as a Ph.D. student. His Ph.D. research interest mainly focused on studying electrochemical methane oxidation (CH4OR) as well as carbon monoxide reduction (CORR). He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the Department of Chemical Engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia in 2016 and 2018, respectively. His research during masters was focused on developing organometallic dispersed catalysts for enhancing the catalytic hydrogenation in the hydrocracking of heavy oil (HVGO).
Muflih Arisa Adnan is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Calgary. He is also a lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Islamic University of Indonesia. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sebelas Maret University and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, respectively, all in Chemical Engineering. He focuses on the conversion of renewable energy via electrochemical and thermal conversion routes. His expertise lays in the catalyst development, and the thermodynamic, economic and environmental analyses. He conducted substantial research on the gasification, chemical looping combustion, and other energy conversion processes. His works have been published as articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Ph.D. Student, co-supervised with Dr. Hu
Jiu Wang received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Wuhan University of Technology with a major in Materials Science and Engineering in 2017 and 2020, respectively. His M.Sc. project mainly focused on designing highly-efficient photocatalysts for CO2 photoreduction and he had several publications in reputed journals. He is currently a CFREF funded PhD student in the department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Jinguang Hu and Dr. Md Kibria. His research mainly focuses on the design and synthesis of functional catalysts for sustainable hydrogen and value-added products from sunlight driven reforming of biomass.
Shariful Kibria Nabil
Shariful Kibria Nabil has completed his B.Sc. from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2017. He worked as a project engineer at BUET and has practical and industrial experience in the field of sustainable energy management, environmental impact assessment and economic analysis. His current research with Dr. Kibria is focused on selective carbon dioxide electroreduction to renewable fuels and chemical feedstock. Table tennis, football and all types of outdoor activities are his passion.
Ph.D. Student, co-supervised with Dr. Shimizu
Maria is a PhD student in Chemistry (Shimizu MOF Group) and Chemical Engineering (Kibria Sustainable Energy Group) Departments at the University of Calgary. She received her BSc in Chemistry at the University of Valencia (Spain), city where she comes from. After doing undergraduate research with chiral polyoxometalates under the supervision of Dr. Coronado and Dr. Gimenez in the Institute of Molecular Science (IcMol), she continued her MSc studies at the University of Barcelona (Spain) focused in metal carbides for hydrogen photoproduction.Her current project is focused on materials chemistry and chemical engineering in the development of nanocatalysts for CO2 capture and conversion applications.When she isn’t doing chemistry, Maria loves watching as many movies as she can, exploring new places, rock climbing and ice skating!
Research Assistants (RA)
Research Assistant (RA), Chemist I, AI CF Grand Challenge
Shabab Saad holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM and a M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary, AB. During his undergraduate career, he gained extensive experience in sol-gel synthesis of large pore size silica glass for optical fiber production at the UNM Center for High Technology Materials under the supervision of Dr. Ravi Jain. His undergraduate honors thesis focused on the development of a microfluidic platform for the fabrication of synthetic liposomal microcapsules for smart biomaterials at UNM Center for Biomedical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Nick Carroll. His experience in the simulation of a disinfection module with grafted stimuli responsive polymer brushes for efficient bacteria removal was acknowledged and recognized as one of the top three innovative engineering projects at UNM School of Engineering. His graduate research with Dr. Giovanniantonio Natale included analyzing the self-diffusiophoresis of active particles in different fluid media (Newtonian vs viscoelastic) and the synthesis of pH-responsive active particles via Pickering emulsion. Currently, he is working with Dr. Kibria concentrating on the physiochemical characterization and transformation of carbonaceous materials to value added products (asphaltene to carbon fiber, asphaltene derived graphene composites, etc.). He is also simultaneously working on different high quality grant proposals for national and federal foundations for Dr. Kibria. He is the recipient of numerous academic/research awards like AICHE National Poster Competition Award, CMC Award, SOR Travel Award, University of Calgary Three Minute Thesis Heat Winner/Finalist, etc.
Hadi Shaker Shiran
Hadi Shaker Shiran joined Dr. Kibria’s group at the University of Calgary on January 1st, 2021, as an MSc Student. He is currently working on photo/electrochemical CO2 reduction to value-added products. Hadi received his BSc from Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT), Tehran, Iran, in December 2019. He was a research assistant in Dr. Pazuki’s Lab for three years. In this period, besides doing his thesis research, He gained some valuable laboratory skills in Polymer synthesis and characterization. Hadi’s BSc thesis was focused on extraction, separation, and purification of pharmaceutical compounds via aqueous two-phase systems.
M.Sc. Student, co-supervised with Dr. Hu
Hongguang received his MSc degree in Chemical Engineering from the Ocean University of China in 2020. His research interest mainly focused on the synthesizing of the nanomaterials, HER and organic pollutant removal using photocatalysis technology. He has published several research articles in the reputed journals. Also, he received Chinese National Scholarship for Graduate Student in 2019. Prior to joining in the Dr. Md Kibria’s group, he worked as a research assistant in the Shandong Analysis and Test Center and Pilot National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, respectively. Currently, He is a MSc student under the guidance of the Dr. Hu and Dr. Kibria and working on the biomass photoreforming using MXene-based photocatalyst.
M.Sc. Student, co-supervised with Dr. Hu
Mohsina has joined the Kibria Lab on January 1st, 2022 as an M.Sc. student. She has completed her B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), Bangladesh. She also served as a Lecturer in department of Aeronautical Engineering at the same institute for more than three years. Her current research is related to electrochemical valorization of biomass and its derivatives into chemical feedstocks.
Sai Praneeth Tej Samudrala
As a Meng student, Sai started his work in Dr. Kibria’s Laboratory on March 1, 2022. His research focused on working with the production of low-cost asphaltenes based on carbon fibers and cementitious materials. He received his Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University – Kakinada affiliated GMR Institute of Technology in April 2019. He worked as a research intern in CSIR-IMMT as a research intern under senior scientist S D Barma where he acquired knowledge on coal beneficiation and co-authored a research publication.
Nasim Mahmud Akash
In 2021, Nasim Mahmud Akash graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Later, he served as a research assistant for the Institute of Water and Flood Management at BUET. The World Bank financed his work on a project to assess the water quality of transboundary rivers. On July 1, 2022, Nasim began working in the laboratory of Dr. Kibria. His study is centered on the manufacture of inexpensive carbon fibers from asphaltenes.
Ghazale Asghari Sarabi
Visiting Ph.D. Student, Sharif University of Tecchnology, Iran
Ghazale is a Ph.D. candidate at Sharif University of Technology (SUT) and member of National Elites Foundation. Her background is in textile engineering and nanotechnology at Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT). Her Ph.D. research is focused on the ability of some self-supporting photocatalysts for photocatalytic degradation of toxic dyes and drugs from wastewater and hydrogen evolution. She has studied the influence of piezoelectric behavior on photocatalytic degradation. Her MSc thesis was in the field of smart textiles and nanofibrous composite supercapacitors. She has some experiences in research projects in the field of capacitive deionization and energy harvesting by piezoelectric nanomaterials. Ghazale is highly interested in materials synthesis and their application in photocatalysis biomass photo-reforming to value added chemicals, derive photocatalytic cleavage pathway, and photocatalytic CO2 reduction.
Faiyaz Muhammad Zahed
Faiyaz is a third-year student in the BSc. in Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Calgary. He is currently working as an undergraduate research assistant at the Kibria Laboratory under the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. His research focus is on the optimization of stabilization and carbonization procedures for green fibres derived from petroleum-derived asphaltenes, to obtain carbon fibres at lower costs while also saving energy. Throughout his first two years at the University of Calgary, Faiyaz has received several scholarships, including the University of Calgary President’s Admission Scholarship, Schulich School of Engineering Scholarship and the Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) Award.
Ihfaz Muhammad Zahed
Ihfaz is a third-year student studying BSc. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Calgary. He is currently participating in research under the supervision of Dr. Md. Kibria of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, focusing on optimising pre-processing methods for petroleum asphaltenes for producing carbon fibres with desirable properties. He has received several scholarships including the President’s Admission Scholarship, Schulich School of Engineering Scholarship and the Schulich School of Engineering Summer Research Award.
Rohan Kotha is a student pursuing Integrated Masters at the Institute of Chemical Technology, India. His research interests include carbon capture technologies, waste valorisation and polymer composites. Prior to joining Dr. Kibria’s group, he has worked on research projects at University of Edinburgh, IIT – BHU and R&D centre – IndianOil Corporation.
His research work at Dr. Kibria’s lab is focused on CO2 reduction and electrochemical conversion to value added chemicals.
Dr. Nael Yasri
Dr. Yasri has about 19 years of research experience in the area of applied electrochemistry for environmental remediation. He has taught and conducted research in various areas of electrochemistry at several different institutes in Canada, United State and Middle East. He hold a PhD in environmental technologies from Brunel University (UK).
Dr. Mohd Adnan Khan
Dr. Mohd Adnan Khan is a senior materials scientist with over 9 years of R&D experience in academia and industry. He has diverse experience in areas of sustainable hydrogen production, thin film growth and electronic devices. He received his PhD degree in 2013 from King Abdullah university of Science and Technology specializing in developing ferroelectric memory devices for flexible electronics. Upon finishing his PhD, he joined SABIC Corporate R&D center where he developed expertise in the areas of surface reactions, electrochemistry and plasmonics for photocatalytic H2 production. For the last two years he has worked as project leader of group focused on developing photoelectrochemical devices and reactors for H2 production under concentrated sunlight. He has published his research work as author/co-author of 24 publications in reputed journals and has 7 granted patents
Dr. Ali Shayesteh
Ali Shayesteh received his Ph.D. degree in 2020 from the University of Calgary majored in Chemical Engineering. He focused on the synthesis of conductive 1D and 2D nanomaterials for energy storage applications on his Ph.D. thesis. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Calgary. Dr. Shayesteh’s research interest is mainly focused on nanomaterials synthesis for CO2 reduction to value-added chemicals and energy storage.
Dr. Aiguo Wang
Dr. Aiguo Wang is a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at University of Calgary, Canada. He received his BSc degree at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2004 and MSc degree at Tsinghua University in 2007, China. After working as a chemical engineer for seven years in Key Laboratory of Industrial Separation and Environment Protection in China, He started his PhD degree at University of Calgary in 2018 under the co-supervision of Dr. Hua Song and Dr. Nader Mahinpey, focusing on the catalytic co-conversion of bio-derived compounds and methane to valuable chemicals. Then he continued to work as a postdoctoral at University of Calgary. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles in Journals, including Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, ACS Catalysis, Energy Conversion & Management, Communications Chemistry, ChemComm, 2 book-chapters and 2 patents. His research interests focus on heterogeneous catalysis, photocatalysis, chemical engineering and processing optimization, natural gas utilization, biomass valorization, and non-thermal plasma chemistry.
Dr. Saher Hamid
Postdoctoral Fellow, co-supervised with Dr. McCoy
Dr. Saher Hamid received her Ph.D. degree in Technical Chemistry (Photocatalysis and Nanotechnology) from Leibniz University Hannover, Germany in 2018. Afterwards, she worked at Cape Breton University, NS, and University of Ottawa, ON, Canada as a Postdoctoral Researcher. Her research mainly focuses on the full solar spectrum (UV-Vis-NIR) driven renewable energy fuels (H2 and CH4) production, environmental remediation (waste water treatment), biomass conversion into value-added products (biochar), and graphene based adaptive thermal camouflage. She has experience in the photocatalytic reactor design, material synthesis, and device fabrication. Her expertise also includes the extensive understanding of the photocatalytic reaction mechanisms. Currently, Dr. Hamid is working with Prof. Sean McCoy and Prof. Md Kibria as a Postdoctoral Researcher mainly on the techno-economic and life cycle assessment of photocatalytic reforming of biomass for H2 (and chemical) production.
Ph.D. , co-supervised with Dr. Shimizu
I am a PhD Candidate in the Chemical Engineering Program-Energy and Environment specialization. I am actively involved in CO2 capture and conversion research at Shimizu MOF Group and Kibria Sustainable Energy Group. As a part of my PhD work, I am trying to improve the CO2 reduction process using photocatalytic/ Electrochemical reduction reactions using MOFs. I have completed my M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering-Energy and Environment, from University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada.
Ph.D. , co-supervised with Dr. Gates
Jomaa joined Dr. Gates and Dr. Kibria group in October 2018 at University of Calgary as a PhD. student. He is conducting research about the enhanced oil recovery by using low salinity water flooding assisted with Nanoparticles. He received his B.Sc. from the Petroleum Engineering Department at Tripoli University, Libya in 2000 and his M.Sc. from Institute of Petroleum Engineering, Heriot Watt University, United Kingdom in 2010. His research during masters program was focused on the relative permeability in three‐phase flow in porous media.
- 15 years of experience in process design, feasibility studies for grass field oil & gas projects.
- Expertise in TEA and LCA analysis.
- Working in Qatar Gas Operating company and Jacobs Engineering Company.
I am a M.Sc. student in Dept of Chemical Engineering. Currently, my research area is focused on synthesis of efficient electrocatalysts for carbon dioxide conversion into valuable products. I have experience in planning and co-ordinating two Gas Sub-committee ADNOC funded projects based on Carbon capture and storage which has culminated in form of few research publications, a review paper and a book chapter. I have been an active team member and has a solid background in material synthesis and characterisation. I have also presented in several conferences, posters and seminars. Communicating ideas and stimulating discussions in large classrooms as well as project update group meetings were some of my key strengths. In research projects, we have collaborated with interdisciplinary team of researchers to enhance the outcomes.
M.Sc. , co-supervised with Dr. Hu
Ugo graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2016 with a B.Sc. in chemical engineering and is currently pursuing an M.Sc. in the same discipline. His research interests include photocatalysis, biochemistry, and chemical thermodynamics. In his free time, Ugo likes to stay active. His hobbies include playing soccer and basketball, listening to music, and traveling.
M.Sc. , co-supervised with Dr. Hu
Bruna Palma has received her B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (2017) from Rio de Janeiro State University, in Brazil, and had the experience of working as a research assistant at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro for more than a year. She is a M.Sc. student in our group and her research focus on the selective decomposition of lignin via heterogeneous photocatalysis.
Dr. Sunu Herwi Pranolo
Visiting Professor, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Indonesia
Dr. Sunu Herwi Pranolo was a visiting professor in Kibrialab in 2021. He is a professor in Universitas Sebelas Maret. Before joining the Chemical Engineering Study Program of Universitas Sebelas Maret, Indonesia since 1998 as a lecturer, he worked in a cement plant in Indonesia for about 4.5 years. Dr. Sunu received his doctoral degree from Chemical Engineering Program in Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia, in 2009. His research interest is in biomass conversion technology using thermochemical methods, such as pyrolysis, gasification, and combustion. So far, he has applied such technology to generate heat and power. For instance, Dr. Sunu’s team has already installed several small capacity power plants (40 – 120 kW) based on biomass gasification. His group has also implemented palm kernel shell gasification for supplying heat in a hot mixed asphalt plant at a capacity of around 1000 kg/minute.
Diana M. Cañas-Martínez
Visiting Ph.D. Student ,Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia
Diana is a Ph.D. student ascribed at Universidad Industrial de Santander (Colombia). She is Cum-laude Chemical Engineer and master’s in chemical engineering from the same University. Since her bachelor, Diana has been working on the production of photocatalytic materials and their application in environmental remediation and energy conversion processes; her work has allowed her to gain experience in areas such as advanced photo-activated materials, characterization techniques, photocatalysis, and photoelectrocatalysis, as well as teaching expertise as teaching assistant and co-supervisor of undergrad and master students. Her Ph.D. thesis is framed on the use of mineral resources to produce new materials applied in the photo-reduction of CO2 and is carried out under the supervision of Prof. Julio A. Pedraza-Avella (UIS) and Prof. Md Golam Kibria (UCalgary).