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LEE’s Team

Professor Elena Baranova, The head of the Laboratory of Electrochemical Engineering

Elena in the lab with Holly (former PhD student) and Nicolas (former M.A.Sc student).

Dr Evans Monyoncho, post-doctoral fellow

I am originally from Kenya where I got my Diploma in Analytical Chemistry at Kenya Polytechnic University College.  I obtained my BSc in Chemistry at Saint Mary’s University and MSc in Chemistry from University of Prince Edward Island where I worked with Professor Rabin Bissessur. Research: Ethanol electrooxidation in alkaline media. The goal of my research project is to have a detailed fundamental understanding of ethanol electrooxidation reaction (EOR) on transition metal (TM) surfaces in alkaline media to pave way for the design of catalysts for direct ethanol fuel cells. To achieve this goal I combine insights from in situpolarization modulation infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (PM-IRRAS) experiments and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Currently, I hold a Mitacs Elevate PDF in collaboration with GBatteries Company.

Dr  Natalia Alzate Carvajal, Researcher

Natalia is from Colombia, she completed her PhD studies at the Centre of Applied Sciences and Technological Development at UNAM (Mexico City) (Advisor: Prof. Elena Golovataya Dzhymbeeva).

Her research was focused on the development of ecologically friendly strategies for the manufacture of carbon nanostructured hybrid materials, in order to adjust chemical, electronic, mechanical and thermal properties, for obtaining nanostructures of improved mechanical stability and increased biocompatibility.

Natalia joined LEE in January 2018. Her project is on development and electrochemical performance of graphene based materials for electrocatalysis in particular ammonia electrooxidation reaction.

Yasmine Hajar, PhD student

Yasmine Hajar is a third year PhD student at University of Ottawa. She holds both B.Sc and M.A.Sc in chemical engineering from Balamand university- Lebanon, and Queen’s university- Kingston, respectively. She currently works on the  electrochemical promotion of nano-catalysts. Her project is mostly environmental with a focus on increasing catalytic efficiency at lower temperatures, while reducing noble metal content. Yasmine is a member of the Air & Waste Management Association-Ottawa Valley Chapter and the activity coordinator at the Chemical and Biological Engineering Graduate Students Association-uOttawa (CBEGSA) for the past two years.

Mohamed Houache, PhD student

Mohamed S. E. Houache is a PhD student in Chemical and Biological Engineering. He received his Master’s degree in December 2014 in Chemical and Biological Engineering from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Prior to beginning his PhD program, Mr Houache worked as research scientist at NAMENA Corp., Canada on a project for developing novel hydrogen storage and release technologies for a greener future. His current research interests are electrochemical transformation of glycerol, surplus biodiesel by-product, into value added chemicals, making biodiesel production greener and cheaper. Mohamed has been living in three different continents where he had the opportunity to have a very rich and diverse career experience that helped him meeting and working with people from all over the world and with different backgrounds.

Zhihao Zhang, MASc student

My bachelor degree was finished in China, majored in Applied Chemistry in China University of Geosciences. During my undergraduate period, I was supervised by Dr. Gao with a project related to using Magnetic manganese dioxide in treating industrial waste water. After two semesters as a M.Eng student, I started my M.ASc Program supervised by Dr. Elena Baranova working on a project about the Oxygen Evolution Reaction catalyst using Nickel Nanofoams. I am an easy going person, I love all kinds of social activities and sports. So I joined the Undergraduate Student Association and played a role as the leader of the Art department to hold some social activities and parties for the entertainment of our peers. Soccer, basketball, badminton are all my favorite, besides I enjoy listen to the music, sing songs and play musical instruments which give me a lot enthusiasm and passion for living a happy life.

Christopher Panaritis, PhD student

I am a graduate from McGill University’s Bioresource Engineering program. I am originally from Laval, Québec. I have chosen to pursue my studies in the M.ASc program in Chemical Engineering at the University of Ottawa to further develop my research skills and knowledge in the field.  I am studying the catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide into useful chemicals through the reverse water gas shift reaction.  My research interests are in the field of renewable energy and pollution reduction, ideally converting waste into something more useful, like energy. Apart from my academic and professional life, I enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family. I enjoy puzzles, which has led me to become passionate about escape rooms. I am also a Netflix fan and enjoy playing video games from time to time.

Maria Abassi, MASc student (in co-supervision with Prof. Handan Tezel, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, uOttawa)

Maria is a research engineer at CanmetENERY Ottawa- Natural Resources Canada since 2010. She holds a B.A.Sc. degree in chemical engineering from university of Ottawa and currently pursuing her graduate studies at the University of Ottawa.  Her graduate research work is focused on CO2 conversion and utilization and more specifically on the development of a novel gas separation technology for CO2 separation from syngas. She has been involved in a number of research activities at CanmetENERGY related to CO2 capture and utilization processes, advanced process modelling and simulation, process design and optimization.

Emily Cossar, MASc student

I grew up in Toronto and moved to Ottawa to do my BASc in Chemical Engineering at the University of Ottawa. I am now doing my MASc in Chemical Engineering, under the supervision of Dr Elena Baranova. The research project I am working on is part of the Ni Electro Can project, particularly synthesizing Ni-based catalysts to promote the water splitting reaction. In addition to my academic pursuits, I teach the Learn to Skate class at the university and keep myself active with various other activities. I am also an artistic person that loves to make jewelry and other crafts.

Niloofar Aligholizadeh Kahriz, MASc Student

I completed both my Bsc and MSc degrees in Chemical Engineering in Iran. My research field was about production of Bioethanol as clean energy. In order to extend my knowledge about Green Fuels and Renewable Energy and adapting to more advanced research atmosphere, I thought it would be useful to do another MSc in this field. I started my study in chemical engineering under supervision of Dr. Baranova in the University of Ottawa in electro-oxidation of ammonia. I always consider myself as continuous learner who is thirsty to learn more and has eagerness to transfer her knowledge to others.

Vu Bao Nguyen, undergrad student, BCH Honours project

Kara Hughes, COOP student, NSERC-USRA, winter 2018

Kiran Patel, undergrad student, CHG Honours project


Post-doctoral fellows

Dr Mahesh Edake (2016 – 2017), Dr. Ebrahim Rezaei (2016), Dr. Julio Cesar Martins da Silva (January – August 2015), Dr. Spyridon Ntais (January 2013 – December 2014); Dr. Anis Allagui (October 2011- March 2013), Dr. Yong Zhang (June -September 2012), Dr. Fares Al-Momani (February – December 2011), Dr. Shui Miao, Visiting Professor (December 2010- May 2011)

Ph.D. students

Evans Monyoncho (March 2017), Holly Dole ( March 2016), Rima Isaifan (November 2014)

Master’s students

Rohan Kabil Kabilan, M.Eng student (Sept.-Dec.. 2017)

Balaji Venkatesh, MEng student (Sept-Dec. 2017)

Ubaidullah Tariq, M.Eng student (Sept. -Dec. 2016)

Kasra Hosseini, M.Eng. student (Jan. -May 2016)

Raha Einakchi – MASc student,  September 2014 – May 2015

Nicolas Brazeau – MASc. January 2013-March 2015

Michèle Fee – M.A.Sc. January 2011-May 2013

Zhenzhen Lu – M.Eng. September 2013 – May 2014

Maxime Lortie – MASc 2011-2012

Faezeh Darvish – M.Eng. September 2012- May 2013

Audrey Cally – Master’s student from EPFL, Switzerland 2011

Paul Kim – M.A.Sc. 2009-2011

Chae-Ho Yim – M.A.Sc. 2009-2011

Undergraduate students

C. Razziel Azpilcueta, Mitacs Globalink summer student, Summer 2017

Abdulgadir Ahmed, NSERC-USRA student, Jan. – May 2017.

Kara Hughes, UROP student, Oct. 2016 – Mar. 2017

Kiran Patel, COOP student, summer 2016

Antonio D’Orazio, COOP student, summer 2016

Emily Cossar, summer student under Women Undergraduate Summer Student Research Award program, summer 2016

Kara Hughes, summer student 2016

Kiran Patel, UROP student, October 2015-March 2016

Abdulgadir Ahmed, UROP student, October 2015-March 2016

Janie Amyot, UROP student, October 2015-March 2016

Vishwanathan Rajaraman, MITACS summer student May 2015 – August 2015

Saurabh Bhandari, MITACS summer student – May 2014-August 2014

Ana Cristina G. Costa, Summer student from Brazil, Engineers Without Borders, May-August 2014

Filipe Soares, Summer student from Brazil, Engineers Without Borders, May-August 2013

Luis Filipe Safady, Summer student from Brazil, Engineers Without Borders, May-August 2013

Joao Felizzola, Summer student from Brazil, Engineers Without Borders, May-August 2013

Alixia Farell, UROP student, November 2013 – April 2014

Sa’ad Sarfraz, CHG4300 student, Summer 2012

Blair Middleton, Coop Student, Summer 2012

Mohamed Oudah, CHG4300 student 2011-2012

Daniel Martin, CHG4300 student 2011 and Research Assistant 2012

Alex Porter, UROP student 2011

Elise Huynh summer student from ENSIL, France

Andrew Sanders, CHG4300 student 2010-2011

Ryad Rahman, UROP student 2011

Ruffina Anthonipillai, Volunteer student 2011

Thegy Lomocso, Research Assistant 2010-2011

Alexandra Tavasoli, summer student 2010

Jihad Arafa, summer student 2010

Benoit Clavette, CHG4300 student 2009-2010

Noémie-Manuelle Dorval-Courchesne, 4300 student 2009-2010

Brent Bodnar, CHG4300 student 2010

Tariq Amir, CHG4300 student and research assistant 2009

Neil Miles, CO-OP student summer 2009