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Greg Afacan

Masters project:  Polymer Fractionation

Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)  University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada


Research interests:

  • Pyroprocessing (calcination)
  • Flocculation
  • Polymer reaction engineering


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Email:gafacan@ualberta.ca

 

Christopher Afacan

Masters project: Water-soluble Polymers for Treatment of Oil Sands Tailings

Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Research interests:

  • Electrospinning of nanofibers
  • Flocculants
  • Rheology

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Anuar Caldera Palacios 

Master's Project: Correlation of mechanical properties of polyethylene/1-hexene with the chemical composition and molecular weight distribution using metallocene catalysts

Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering), Universidad del Atlántico, Barranquilla, Colombia 

Research Interests:

  • Polymerization reactor engineering for metallocene
  • Polymer microstructural characterization
  • Mathematical modeling of polymerization reactors
  • Safety culture

Awards:

  • Awarded as the best chemical engineer student in Colombia by the Education Ministry in Colombia for his first place in the national test for chemical engineering students
  • Captain Thomas Farrell Greenhalgh Memorial Graduate Scholarship

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Oscar Kiai 

Master's Project: : Optimizing the charge density and molecular weight of hydrolyzed polymethylacrylate to enhance its performance as a flocculant for use in oil sands tailings treatment 

Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) -Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology, Moscow, Russia

Research Interests:

  • Reaction Kinetics and Catalysis
  • Oil and Gas Processing Technology
  • Water soluble polymers for use in oil sand technology
  • Polymerization and characterization of polymers

Awards:

  • Russian Bilateral Government Scholarship for undergraduate student
  • Captain Thomas Farrell Greenhalgh Graduate Memorial Scholarship, University of Alberta
 
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Abdulrahman Albeladi

Master's Project: Investigating the effect of polymerization medium physical properties on the microstructrual properties of polyethylene using CGC catalysts

Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering), King Fahd University of Petroleum and Mineral, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Research Interests:

  • Process scale-up and pilot plant studies
  • Polyolefin reaction engineering
  • Advanced polyolefins products development
  •  Process commercialization 
  • polymer characterization 

Awards:

  • SABIC National Scholarship award for undergraduate students (2011)
  • SAS-AIChE first place prize for the best national undergraduate project (2012)
  • SABIC National Award for the best national undergraduate engineering project (2012)

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Benjamin Van Nguyen

Master's Project: : Partially Hydrophobic Polymers for Efficient Treatment of Mature Fine Tailings

BSc. in Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada 

Research Interests:

  • Water-soluble polymers for oil sands technology
  • Polyelectrolytes
  • Polymer reaction engineering
  • Biomaterial engineering

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Stepheney Davey

Master's Project: : Natural Graft Polymers for the Efficient Treatment of Mature Fine Tailings

BSc. in Chemical Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada 

Research Interests:

  • Water-soluble polymers for oil sands technology
  • Polymerization and characterization of polymers
  • Flocculation

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Amirreza Badri

Master's Project: : Characterization of poly-olefins by temperature gradient interaction chromatography (TGIC)

MSc in Chemical Engineering, Technical University Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
BSc. in Chemical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran 

Research Interests:

  • Polymer characterization
  • Polyolefin characterization by TGIC (Thermal gradient Interaction Chromatography)
  • Biofuel production and processing
  • Process and bioprocess engineering
  • Environmental Engineering

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Harish Chakrapani

Master's Project: : Studying microfabrication-based environment-sensitive (pH) vaccine/drug delivery system

B.Tech in Chemical Engineering, Anna University, Chennai, India 

Research Interests:

  • Polymer chemistry
  • Polymer reaction engineering
  • Drug delivery

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Raunil Raj

Master's Project: : Experimental validation of molecular weight distribution (MWD) and chemical composition distribution (CCD) deconvolution theory while assesing the effects of co-crytallization

Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical & Polymer Engineering), Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, India 

Research Interests:

  • Polymer synthesis and characterization
  • Polymer composites
  • Polymer reaction engineering

Awards:

  • Captain Thomas Farrell Greenhalgh Graduate Memorial Scholarship, University of Alberta

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Husam Alsalmi

Master's Project: : Mathematical Modeling of Olefin Polymerization in Condensed Mode Operation

Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering), King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia 

Research Interests:

  • Polyolefin reaction engineering
  • Process scale-up and commercialization
  • Polymer characterization
  • Pilot plant studies
  • Polyolefins product development

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