PhD Students

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Zahra Rostami Najafabadi

PhD project: Flocculation in model tailings using commercial polymeric flocculants (PAM/PEO)

Masters of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) University of Alberta, Canada
Bachelor of Scientific Applied Chemical Industries, Isfahan, Iran

Research interests:

  • Separation, Extraction and Upgrading of Bitumen

  • Fluid-Particle System


Daniel Dixon

PhD Project: Oil soluble polymers for the flocculation of fine mineral particles in bitumen and complex fluids

M.Eng. (Thesis) Chemical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
B.Sc. Engineering Chemistry, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

Research interests: 

  • Polymer synthesis and characterization

  • Intermolecular and surface interactions of soft matter

  • Molecular simulation

  • Bioactive surfaces

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Vahid Vajihinejad

PhD Project: Experimental and Mathematical Modeling Studies of Polymer-Induced Flocculation of
Oil Sands Tailings

Master of Engineering Science (Chemical Engineering) University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Research interests:

  • Development of polymer flocculants

  • Mathematical modeling of flocculation process, statistical design of experiment (DOE)

  • Online monitoring of flocculation process using focused beam reflectance measurement
    (FBRM) technique

  • Tailor-making water soluble polymers for industrial tailings treatment through polymer
    reaction engineering

  • Reaction engineering and scale-up of water soluble polymer production.

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Seongdae Kang

(Co-supervised by Prof. Manisha Gupta)

PhD Project: Synthesis of negative-type semiconducting polymer for organic transistors

Bachelor of Engineering (Polymer Science and Engineering), Inha University, Incheon, South Korea

Research interests:

  • Semiconducting polymers

  • Organic transistors

  • Organic solar cells



Fereshte Damavandi

PhD Project: 

Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) AmirKabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
Masters of Engineering (Chemical Engineering)  AmirKabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran 

Research interests:

  • Environmental water treatment

  • Functionalized composites synthesis and their application

  • Polymer and nanomaterial synthesis

  • Surface chemistry

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Pooria Karami

(Co-supervised by Prof. Mohtada Sadrzadeh)

PhD Project: Fabrication of thermally stable nanofiltration (NF) and reverse osmosis (RO) membranes for water treatment

Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran
Master of Engineering (Chemical Engineering minor in Polymer engineering) Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Research interests:

  • Development of polymeric membranes

  • Water treatment

  • Polymer nanocomposites synthesis and characterization