Principal Investigator

Professor Md Golam Kibria, PhD, Kibria Lab

Assistant Professor

  • University of Toronto, Banting Fellow
  • McGill University, Ph.D.
  • McMaster University, MASc.

Research Associates


Dr. Nael Yasri

Research Associate

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).

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Dr. Mohd Adnan Khan

Research Associate

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

Postdoctoral Fellows


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. Ali Shayesteh

Postdoctoral Fellow

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. Pawan Kumar

Postdoctoral Fellow

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. Aiguo Wang

Postdoctoral Associate

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.

PhD Students


Nedal Marei

Ph.D. Candidate, 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.


Tareq Al-Attas

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).


Jomaa Aboabdulla

Ph.D. Student, 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.


Muflih Adnan

Ph.D. Student

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.


Jiu Wang

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.

Research Assistants (RA)


Shabab Saad

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.

M.Sc. Students


Nidhika Bhoria

M.Sc. Student

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.


Imtinan Mohsin

M.Sc. Student

  • 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.

Ugochukwu Nwosu

 M.Sc. Student, 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.


Bruna Palma

M.Sc. Student, 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.

Shariful Kibria Nabil

M.Sc. Student

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.


Hadi Shaker Shiran

M.Sc. Student

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. 

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Hongguang Zhang

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.

Lab Alumni Members

  1. Miao Wang [2018-2020]