People

Principal Investigator

Mohtada Sadrzadeh 

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

     

Water Research Thrust - MECE-UofA


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

Masoud Rastgar

Bio: I received my Ph.D degree in Applied Chemistry at the University of Tehran. 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 the electric field
Email: rastgarf@ualberta.ca


Ph.D. Students

Sadegh Aghapour

Bio: I received my M.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering (Separation Processes) from Babol Noshirvani University of Technology in 2016. My previous experience focused on nanocomposite membranes, forward osmosis process, membrane bioreactors (MBRs), ultrafiltration membranes, as well as antibiofouling membranes. As a researcher, my goals are to find innovative research solutions that will immediately impact the industrial sector, and to solve environmental problems.
Project Title: Development of thermally-stable nanocomposite membranes for oil sands produced water treatment
Email: aghapour@ualberta.ca

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

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

Md Mizanul Haque Mizan

Bio: I received my B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering and Polymer Science from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Bangladesh). After that, I did my Masters under the Erasmus Mundus Masters in Membrane Engineering (EM3E4SW) program from Europe. During my master's program, I studied and worked on membrane science and technology at the University of Montpellier (France), the University of Chemistry and Technology (Czech Republic), and the University of Twente (Netherlands). I started my Ph.D. in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta in January 2021.
Project Title: Sustainable membrane production using modified phase separation approach for water treatment.
Email: mdmizan1@ualberta.ca

Farah Rahman Omi

Bio: I have completed my BSc.(Civil and Environmental Engineering) from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh. Right after my graduation, I joined as an Assistant Engineer in the Emergency Cyclone Recovery and Restoration Project led by the Local Government Engineering Division(LGED). In 2013, I started my MASc.(Civil Engineering) in Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada, and graduated in June 2015. During my Master's I was working on developing an electrically conductive ultrafiltration membrane via vacuum filtration assisted layer-by-layer technique. Then I joined Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh as a Lecturer in December 2015 and was promoted to an Assistant Professor in February 2018. I have started my Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering) at the University of Alberta in September 2020. My current research focuses on the removal of emerging contaminants using membrane filtration and advanced oxidation technologies.
Project Title: Removal Efficiency of Emerging Contaminants via Membrane filtration and Advanced Oxidation
Email: omi@ualberta.ca


M.Sc. Students

Mohammad Amin Soleimanzadeh

Bio: I obtained my B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran (2019). During my undergraduate program, my research focused on renewable energy and energy systems such as CCHP and multi-generation systems. I have started my M.Sc. program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta in September 2019 under supervision of Dr. Sadrzadeh and Dr. Kumar. Currently, my research interests include energy management and optimization with the use of artificial intelligence techniques such as neural network and fuzzy logic, and their applications in water treatment processes.
Project Title: Water and energy management and optimization in oil sands industry
Email: am.soleimanzade@ualberta.ca


Alumni

Name Degree Thesis title
Laleh Shamaei Ph.D. Studying the application of lignin for the fabrication of high-performance membranes (2021)
Ali Mohammadtabar Ph.D. Numerical Investigation of Thermal-driven Thin Film Instabilities (2021)
Arian Enayat M.Sc. Fabrication of multi-layered organic/inorganic water desalination membranes via flame spray coating (2020)
Sadaf Noamani M.Sc. Development of Graphene-based nanocomposite membranes for water treatment (2020)
Kavya Suresh M.Sc. Development of super hydrophilic and superoleophobic membranes for oily wastewater treatment (2020)
Farhad Ismail Ph.D. Characterizing roughness and surface charge of nanofiltration and reverse osmosis membranes by contact angle measurement (2020)
Adham Riad M.Sc. Micropatterning using modified thermal induced phase separation method (TIPS) (2020)
Nusrat Helali M.Sc. Fabrication of Graphene Oxide nanocomposite microfiltration membranes for oily wastewater treatment (2020)
Amin Karkooti Ph.D. Fabrication of graphene-based nanocomposite ultrafiltration (UF) membranes for pre-treatment of SAGD-produced water (2019)
Nandini Debnath Ph.D. Flocculation strategies to reduce membrane fouling (2019)
Maryam Razi Ph.D. Adsorption at Oil/Water Interface: Application in SAGD Operation (2019)
Farshad Mohammadtabar M.Sc. An integrated chemical/membrane process for the treatment of oil sands produced water (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)
Debanik Bhattacharjee M.Sc. Droplet spreading on rough, permeable membranes: Numerical and Experimental Studies (2018)
Zayed Almansoori M.Sc. Synthesis of conductive ITO-based nanocomposite membranes (2017)
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)
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).
Amrit Bhinder M.Sc. Forward Osmosis for the Treatment of Oil Sands Produced Water (2016)
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).
Javad Hajinassiri M.Sc. Treatment of steam assisted gravity drainage praoduced water using polymeric membranes (2015)

Past Postdoctoral Fellows

 

Name Last Degree Projects Current Position
Ali Habibi Ph.D. Unplugging Standalone Sand-Control Screens Using High-Power Shock Waves (2019-2021)
Behnam Khorshidi Ph.D. Fabrication of advanced thin film composite (TFC) and thin film nanocomposite (TFN) membrane for water treatment processes (2018 - 2020) NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto
Amirreza Sohrabi Ph.D. Elimination of Emerging Contaminants in Wastewater by Electrical Plasma-Membrane Technologies Hybridization Method (2018 - 2020) CEO and Co-founder, Roshan Water Solutions
Parmiss Mojir Shaibani Ph.D. Handheld sensor for E.coli detection (2017 - 2019) CTO and Co-founder, Roshan Water Solutions
Hadi Nazaripoor Ph.D. Thermally and electrically micro-patterning of polymeric membranes (2016 - 2018) Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta

Past Research Assistants

 

Name Last Degree Projects
Adham Riad  M.Sc. High-temperature reverse osmosis for SAGD produced water treatment (2021)
Arash Malekpour Koupaei  M.Sc. Online monitoring and visualization of membrane patterning during the electrohydrodynamic process (2018)
Faezeh Rasimarzabadi  Ph.D. Numerical simulation of fouling on porous membranes (2018)
Maryam Mohseni M.Sc. Thermal characterization of thin film composite and phase inversion membranes by TGA, DSC, and DMTA analyses (2017)
Roohi Shokri Ph.D. Development of super-hydrophilic membranes for the oil spill recovery from the marine environment (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)
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)

Past Visiting Scholars

  • Dr. Shirin Niroomand, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan (2018-2019)
    Project: membrane fabrication for membrane-based energy exchangers
  • Masoud Rastgar, Ph.D. Candidate of Applied Chemistry at the University of Tehran (2018-2019)
    Project: Fabrication of forward osmosis membrane laminated by graphene and investigation of its antifouling property under the electric field
  • Prof. Ali Tehrani, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bahaa and Walid Bassatne Department of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Energy, American University of Beirut (2018)
    Project: Nanocomposite membranes for water treatment by membrane distillation
  • 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

Victor Zamora Castaneda (Winter 2020, UARE Program), Project: Using Star Block Copolymers to Synthesize New Generation of Water Treatment

Camila Saenz Velasquez (Winter 2020, UARE Program), Project: Harvesting Clean Energy from Alberta’s Oil Sands by the Development of Advanced

Isabelle Aparecida de Sousa (Winter 2020, UARE Program), Project: Using Star Block Copolymers to Synthesize New Generation of Water Treatment

Isabela Silva Guimaraes Winter 2020, UARE Program), Project: Harvesting Clean Energy from Alberta’s Oil Sands by the Development of Advanced

Eric Beaulieu (Summer 2019), Project: High-temperature testing of commercial TFC membranes

Sanhita Pal (Summer 2019, Mitacs Globalink), Project: Development of membrane distillation membranes by thermal spraying method

Edson Jair Flores Davila (Winter 2019), Project: Development of high-performance thin film nanocomposite membranes

Julio Hector Ojeda Velarde (Winter 2019), Project: Development of high-performance thin film composite membranes

Huang Yuyang (Summer 2018), Project: Development of phase inversion membranes by polyamide-imide (PAI)

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

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

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

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

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

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