People

Principal Investigator

Mohtada Sadrzadeh 

Ph.D., P.Eng.
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University Of Alberta

     


Postdoctoral Fellow

Amirul Islam 

Bio: I received my B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Bangladesh), where I worked on the water quality parameter analysis, photocatalytic degradation of dyes and electrocatalytic reduction of inorganic ions. After finishing my M.Sc. program, I worked in the analytical method development and validation department at Renata Limited, a leading Pharmaceutical company in Bangladesh. I completed my Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan G. C. Veinot in 2018.  During my Ph.D. program, I worked on the surface chemistry of silicon nanocrystals to facilitate their applications in many areas including in catalysis, optoelectronics, bioimaging, and drug delivery. I am currently a joint University of Alberta and National Research Council (NRC) postdoctoral fellow and work under the supervision of Dr. Mohtada Sadrzadeh and Dr. Andrew Myles from April 2018.
Project Title: Synthesis and self-assembly of star block copolymers to generate resilient anti-fouling coatings on water filtration membrane
Email: maislam@ualberta.ca

Hadi Nazaripoor

Bio: I received my B.Sc. (2008) and M.Sc. (2011) in Mechanical Engineering from Guilan University and Iran University of Science and Technology in Iran with distinction, respectively. I completed my Ph.D. in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta in 2016, where I performed extensive studies on linear and non-linear dynamics, instability and pattern formation in micro and nanofilms subjected to high electric fields and thermal gradient. I joined the AWR Lab in January 2017. My research interests include interfacial flows (thin films and droplets dynamics), electrohydrodynamic and thermocapillary instabilities, micro and nanofluidics.
Project Title: Thermally and electrically micro-patterning of polymeric membranes
Email: hadi@ualberta.ca

Amirreza Sohrabi 

Bio: After receiving my B.Sc. in Materials Engineering from University of Tehran, Iran, I joined the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta in 2010. During my Ph.D. program, I developed a new water and wastewater treatment method based on the application of electrical plasma. After receiving my Ph.D. in 2017 and before joining the Advanced Water Research Lab at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, I co-founded Roshan Water Solutions, a startup company with the vision of assuring safe and clean water while protecting the environment.
Project Title: Elimination of Emerging Contaminants in Wastewater by Electrical Plasma-Membrane Technologies Hybridization Method
Email: sohrabi@ualberta.ca
www.roshanwatersolutions.com

Parmiss Mojir Shaibani 

Bio: After receiving my B.Sc. in Materials Engineering and Metallurgy from Tehran University in Iran (2010), I completed my M.Sc. (2012) and Ph.D. in Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta (2017). I have a passion for water research and have expertise in water monitoring, treatment, and characterization. My research interests also include nanotechnology, environmental studies, electrochemical sensing and biosensing. I am the co-founder of a startup company called Roshan Water Solutions that follows the vision to “provide safe, clean water while protecting the environment.”
Project Title: Handheld sensor for E. coli detection
Email: mojirsha@ualberta.ca
www.Roshanwatersolutions.com

Behnam Khorshidi 

Bio: I completed my B.Sc. and M.Sc. studies at the department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Tabriz, Iran. My M.Sc. thesis was focused on electrokintetics and drop dynamics. I started my Ph.D. program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta in September 2012. My research areas are water treatment, membrane separations, nanotechnology, and colloidal hydrodynamics.
Project Title: Fabrication of advanced thin film composite (TFC) and thin film nanocomposite (TFN) membrane for water treatment processes
Email: Behnam@ualberta.ca


Ph.D. Students

Asad Ahmad Asad Asad 

Bio: I obtained my undergraduate and my Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology. I started my Ph.D. in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta in January 2016.
Project Title: Preparation and characterization of micropatterned membranes using a modified phase inversion technique for water and waste-water applications
Email: aaasad@ualberta.ca

Nandini Debnath 

Bio: I received my Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India, 2013, after which I worked as a sales officer in Hindusthan Petroleum Corporation Limited, India for one year. However, my love of research drove me to pursue an academic career. Currently, I am a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. Beyond my research, my interests include singing, playing musical instruments, painting and gardening.
Project Title: Flocculation strategies to reduce membrane fouling
Email: ndebnath@ualberta.ca

Pooria KaramiPooria Karami

Bio: I am a graduated Master’s from Sharif University of Technology, Iran in Chemical Engineering (2016). Before that, I completed my B.Sc. in the same major from Iran University of Science and Technology (2013). During my Master’s studies, I worked on the synthesis and tribomechanical characterization of polyamide nanocomposites. I started my Ph.D. and joined AWRL in January 2018.
Project Title: Fabrication of thermally stable nanofiltration (NF) and reverse osmosis (RO) membranes for water treatment
Email: Pkarami@ualberta.ca

Amin Karkooti 

Bio: I completed my BSc degree in Chemical Engineering at the Sharif University of Technology. I joined the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at University of Alberta for the MSc program in 2011, where I worked on the aggregation and sedimentation of fine solids in non-aqueous media. I started my Ph.D. in January 2016.
Project Title: Fabrication of graphene-based nanocomposite ultrafiltration (UF) membranes for pre-treatment of SAGD-produced water.
Email: karkooti@ualberta.ca

Ali Mohammadtabar 

Bio: I am from Amol, a city in the north of Iran. I received my BSc degree from the University of Mazandaran and my MSc degree from Islamic Azad University, South Tehran Branch. During MSc, I worked on numerical solutions to heat transfer in nanofluid flow. My main motivation to pursue my Ph.D. is my passion for learning through based. I started my Ph.D. in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta in September 2016. Apart from research, I like to play soccer and watch movies.
Project Title: Nano-patterned antifouling membranes for oil sands-produced water treatment
Email: am9@ualberta.ca

Simin Shabani 

Bio: I received my B.Sc degree in Mechanical engineering (heat and fluid) from University of Mazandaran, Iran and M.Sc degree from Shahid Beheshti University in the field of energy management. I am keenly interested in energy systems, renewable energy, and the water-energy nexus, particularly harvesting energy from wastewater. Currently, I am a Ph.D. student at the University of Alberta.
Project Title: Harvesting energy from produced-water in Alberta’s oil sands industry by developing advanced membrane-based separation processes
Email: sshabani@ualberta.ca

Laleh Shamaei 

Bio: I received my B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Shahrekord University, Iran and completed my M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology, Iran. I joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta as a Ph.D. student in January 2016.
Project Title: Electro-coagulation of SAGD-produced water: Integration of membrane separation and coagulation methods
Email: shamaeig@ualberta.ca

Babak Soltannia 

Bio: I started my Ph.D. in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta in September 2013. Prior to joining the department, I completed my second M.Sc. in Civil Engineering at Dalhousie University. I have received multiple national and provincial awards including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures (AITF), the President’s Doctoral Prize of Distinction (PDPD), the Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship, and the Doctoral Recruitment Award at the University of Alberta. I speak English, Russian, and Persian. I was President of Mechanical Engineering Graduate Students’ Association (MEGSA) during 2015-16 academic year. I am currently President of Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) at the University of Alberta as well as an APEGA E.I.T. In my leisure time, I collect stamps and grow plants.
Project Title: Development of antifouling membranes by applying surface modification techniques
Email: soltanni@ualberta.ca

Kavya Suresh

Bio: I completed my Master’s in Environmental Engineering with a specialization in Health Science and Water Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum, India in 2014 and later worked as a Design Engineer at Param Enviro Engineers, Bengaluru, India for a year. I’m currently pursuing Ph.D. in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. I’m fascinated with research in the field of water and wastewater treatment and want to immerse myself in conceiving new ideas and design treatment technologies which would ultimately serve a purpose. Apart from research, my interests include Indian classical dance and music, gardening, traveling, painting, and cooking.
Project Title: Development of super hydrophilic and superoleophobic membranes for oily wastewater treatment
Email: kavya@ualberta.ca


M.Sc. Students

Nusrat Helali

Bio: I received my B.Sc in Chemical Engineering in 2014 from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. Afterwards, I worked as a production officer in an agro-chemical based sales organization, Syngenta Bangladesh Ltd., for a year. Currently, I am a Master of Science Student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. My research interest is developing high-performance antifouling nanocomposite membranes.
Project Title: Fabrication of Graphene Oxide nanocomposite microfiltration membranes for oily wastewater treatment
Email: nhelali@ualberta.ca

Farshad Mohammadtabar 

Bio: I studied Electrical Engineering and got my Bachelor’s degree from University of Shomal, Iran, where I worked on designing and building a digital dimmer. I am currently an MSc student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta, where I apply my expertise in Electrical Engineering to problems of water treatment and descaling. Besides conducting my research, I like playing soccer.
Project Title: Optimizing membrane technology by applying electronic water descaling
Email: farshad1@ualberta.ca

Adham Riad

Bio: I am an MSc student in the Mechanical Engineering department working on an experimental analysis of the fabrication of membranes using thermally induced phase separation method (TIPS). I am also involved in the project of electrically and thermally induced patterning of thin liquid films. I was graduated top of his class with a BSc in mechanical engineering from the American University in Cairo, 2017. In my free time, I like doing extreme sports and enjoy a good hike.
Project Title: Micropatterning using modified thermal induced phase separation method (TIPS).
Email: ariad@ualberta.ca


Visiting Students

Masoud Rastgar

Bio: Currently, I am a Ph.D. student in Applied Chemistry at the University of Tehran. I joined the AWRL as a visiting researcher in February 2018. I have also completed my B.Sc. and M.Sc. in University of Tabriz and Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Research Center of Iran (CCERCI), respectively. My primary research theme is Environmental Chemistry, and I have so far gained valuable research and industrial experiences in Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs) and membrane-based desalination systems.  
Project Title: Fabrication of forward osmosis membrane laminated by graphene and investigation of its antifouling property under electric field
Email: rastgarf@ualberta.ca


Alumni

Name Degree Thesis title
Javad Hajinassiri M.Sc. Treatment of steam assisted gravity drainage praoduced water using polymeric membranes (2015)
Behnam Gheshlaghi M.Sc. Rotation Effects on Dynamics of Fluid Flow through Microchannels (2016), co-supervised by Dr. Kumar (Indian Institute of Science, Department of Mechanical Engineering).
Amrit Bhinder M.Sc. Forward Osmosis for the Treatment of Oil Sands Produced Water (2016)
Hadi Nazaripoor Ph.D. Electrohydrodynamic and Thermocapillary Instability of Thin Liquid Films (2016), co-supervised by Dr. Koch (University of Alberta, Department of Mechanical Engineering).
Behnam Khorshidi Ph.D. Advanced Thin Film Composite and Nanocomposite Polyamide Membrane for Water Treatment (2017), co-supervised by Dr. Thundat( University of Alberta, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering)
Zayed Almansoori M.Sc. Synthesis of conductive ITO-based nanocomposite membranes (2017)
Debanik Bhattacharjee M.Sc. Droplet spreading on rough, permeable membranes: Numerical and Experimental Studies (2018)
Ishita Biswas Ph.D. Impact of bacterial streamers on biofouling of microfluidic filtration systems (2018) co-supervised by Dr. Kumar (Indian Institute of Science, Department of Mechanical Engineering)

Past Research Assistants

 

Name Last Degree Projects
Behnam Sadri M.Sc. Micro/nanoscale interaction of solid/liquid particles, Thin liquid film (TLF) dynamics for applications on separation of W/O and O/W emulsions, Preparation of stable metal oxide NPs and embed them into membranes (2015-2016)
Babak Vajdi Hokmabad M.Sc. Applying 3D-printed microfluidic cells to study emulsion stability and its characterization as well as surfactant adsorption dynamics at liquid-liquid interfaces (2016)
Roohi Shokri Ph.D. Development of superhydrophilic membranes for the oil spill recovery from marine environment (2016)
Maryam Mohseni M.Sc. Thermal characterization of thin film composite and phase inversion membranes by TGA, DSC, and DMTA analyses (2017)
Faezeh Rasimarzabadi Lat degree: Ph.D. Project: Numerical simulation of fouling on porous membranes (2018)

Past Visiting Students

Hassan Hosseini, Ph.D. Candidate of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, Sharif University of Technology (2017).
Project: Synthesis and characterization of high-performance electrospun nanofibrous membranes for water treatment


Past Undergraduate Students/Summer Interns

Olisaemeka Osolu (Summer 2015), Project: Making porous phase separation membranes

Muhammed Tekin (Summer 2015), Project: non-Newtonian thin film perturbation in electrical field

Evans Kwak (Summer 2015 and Summer 2016), Project: (i) Testing phase separation membranes by bench-scale setup, (ii) Running and troubleshooting the pilot scale UF setup

Guan Chen (Fall 2016 and Winter 2017, CICan Fellow), Project: synthesis of advanced nanocomposite membranes

Huthaifa Abu Saris (Summer 2017, NSERC USRA Fellow), Project: Design and automation of bench-scale membrane manufacturing process

Yixuan Chen (Fall 2017 and Winter 2018, Dean's Research Award), Project: Synthesis of phase inversion membranes by various polymers