MATTER (Materials Technology & Environmental Research) Team

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Current Team 


Aatif Ali Shah, Ph.D. (Mitacs Elevate Industrial Post-doctorate)

Current project: Development of a pilot-scale system to demonstrate the feasibility of hydrogen production using a combined water electrolysis and wastewater treatment modular plant.


Phone: +1 (780) 802 7144


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Ph.D. in Advanced Materials and Chemical Engineering, University of Science and Technology (UST), Daejeon, South Korea (September 2015 – February 2021)
Dissertation: Fabrication and application of high-performance thin-film nanocomposite membranes for desalination
M.Sc. Chemical Engineering (Process Engineering), University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, Pakistan (December 2011 – September 2014
Thesis Project: The removal of Zn from wastewater using immobilized almond shell (Biosorption)
B.Sc. Chemical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, Pakistan (September 2007 – August 2011)
Thesis Project: Production of Ethylbenzene

Mohammad Kavand (Mitacs Elevate Industrial Post-doctorate)

Current project: Engineered clay as a novel phosphorus (P) sorbent



Education: Ph.D. in Materiał and metallurgy Engineering at Laval University, Quebec City, QC (Sep 2015-Jan 2022)  
Thesis project: Gasification Reactions of Carbon Anodes; multi-scale reaction model
M.Sc. in Chemical engineering at Tehran polytechnic university of Technology, Tehran, Iran (Sep 2009-Feb 2012)
Thesis project: Competitive adsorption of heavy metal ions from refinery wastewater using activated carbon.
B.Sc. in Chemical engineering at Tehran polytechnic university of technology, Tehran, Iran (Sep 2003-Feb 2009)

Nasim Ghavidel
Mitacs Accelerate Industrial Post-doctorate
Current project: Eco-Friendly Styrofoam Substitute for Sustainable Food Packaging
Ph.D in Chemistry and Materiał Science at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario  (May 2016-Feb 2021)  
Thesis project: Functionalization and modification of lignin and its impact on the stabilization of colloidal systems. 
M.Sc. in Applied Chemistry at Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran (Sep 2012-Jan 2015)
Thesis project: Polarity adjustment of a nanosilica-functionalized polyamine modified by ionic liquid for removal of Cu2+ from aqueous solutions.
B.Sc. in Applied Chemistry at Guilan University, Rasht, Iran (Sep 2007-Jul 2011)

Hoorieh Jahanbani (Djahaniani)
Research Associate and Post-doctoral fellow
Associate Professor of Chemistry at Islamic Azad University, East Tehran Branch (2007-present)
•   Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Tarbiat Modares University (Sept. 2004-sept. 2005) 
•    Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry – Tarbiat Modares University - (October 1999- September 2004)
Thesis project: Reaction of Isocyanides with Salicylaldehyde Derivatives. Synthesis of New Heterocyclic Systems 
•    M.Sc., in Organic Chemistry/ Tarbiat Modares University (October 1996-January 1999)  
Thesis project: Synthesis and Dynamic NMR Study of Some Stable Phosphorous Yilids 
•    B.Sc., in Pure Chemistry/ Shahid Beheshti University (Sep 1991 - Sep 1995)                                                       


Dominic Reiffarth
Education: Completed a BSc. in Chemistry at UNBC
Completed a Masters in Mathematical, Computer and Physical Sciences (Chemistry) with a focus on organic synthetic carbohydrate chemistry at UNBC. The objective of the research was to synthesize a tetrasaccharide which occurs in nature (rhamnogalacturonan I); a publication followed the successful completion of the research, with publication:
Reiffarth, D. and Reimer, K.B.; Synthesis of two repeat units corresponding to the backbone of the pectic polysaccharide rhamnogalacturonan I (2008), Carbohydrate Research, 343 (2), pp. 179-188.
For his PhD (NRES), Dominic investigated the use of plant-derived very long chain fatty acids (VLCFAs) as potential soil and sediment tracers. The tracing technique requires the use of compound-specific stable isotopes (CSSIs), namely the isotopic ratio of carbon-13 to carbon-12 of specific VLCFAs.
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Helena Mirzabeigi



BSc Chemical Engineering at Tehran University (top student)

MSc Chemical Engineering at Tehran University 

MSc NRES at the University of Northern BC 

S. Fatemeh Nouroozi
Post doc at heterogeneous catalyst design, ITC , Leipzig, Germany, Nov. 2011
Ph.D in Inorganic Chemistry, Azzahra university, Tehran, Iran, Oct.2010
Thesis and research experiences :
• Research project sponsored by cooperation of industry and university on: Catalyst Design Niche on Developing Novel Catalyst for Air Pollutants.
 • Industrial research on: Different catalyst design using MOF, COF and designing of novel porous structure and investigating on their environmental application.
• lecture on MOF’s Environmental and Industrial Applications; MOF summer school(40h), supported by Research & Technology Vise-Presidency of ZNU zanjan, Oct.and Nov. 2017, Zanjan, Iran.

Hossein Zeinalzadeh 



Thesis: CO2 Capturing and Conversion via Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs)


Master of Science, Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, University of Northern BC (UNBC) - 2021 - present, Supervisor: Dr. Hossein Kazemian 

Bachelors Degree, Chemical Engineering, Sahand University of Technology, 2015 - 2019

Dorna Sobhani
  • Master’s student in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies – Environmental Science at the University of Northern British Columbia, BC, Canada (September 2019 – Present)
  • Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran (2011-2013)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran (2006-2011)
Fields of interest: Environmental Remediation (e.g., Wastewater Treatment, Soil Treatment), Adsorption/Desorption, Synthesis and Characterization Techniques
Thesis Project: Development of a dual-functional adsorbent for simultaneous removal of cationic and anionic nutrients from contaminated water bodies.


Ann Duong
B.Sc. Hons. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Northern British Columbia 
M.Sc NRES (Starting January 2021)
Research project:
Developed a method of microcystin quantification with HPLC-MS
Investigated the adsorptive properties of clays for Microcystin removal.
Click here for a TEDx talk related to her work. 

Mya Schouwenburg




Masters of Science (M.Sc) in Natural Resource and Environmental Science, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC, Canada (2021 - present), Bachelor's of Science (B.Sc.) in Chemistry, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC, Canada (2015-2020)

Co-op work term with NALS (2019)

International exchange with a focus on Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden (2017-2018)

Current Research: Quantification of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and metals in airborne particulate matter (PM10) and road dust in Prince George, BC. Chromium Speciation in Workplace air 

Charles Bradshaw
B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Victoria (2007) 
B.Sc.  in Biology from the University of Northern B.C. (2015) 
M.Sc. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science (current)

Summer Students

 Harsh R Darji

Phone:  +91 98923 65314

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Integrated M. Tech in Chemical Engineering (Major) with specialization in Petroleum & Petrochemical Technology (Minor) at Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai Marathwada Campus, Jalna, Maharashtra, India (2018 to 2023)

Research Experience:

Undergraduate Student Researcher (Sept 2021 - present)
Topic – Design & Engineering of Transition Metal Oxide based novel thermo-catalyst for conversion of CO2 to Methanol
Guide – Prof. Manoj B. Gawande (Associate Professor, Department of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai Marathwada Campus, Jalna, Maharashtra, India)

Mitacs Research Intern – Environmental Science, University of Northern British Columbia (Summer 2022).
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Technological Institute of Celaya, Mexico (2018-2022)
Research interests:
Green chemistry, environmental chemistry, Chemical characterization and synthesis of materials.

Adam Burkitt
Education and Experience: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Chemistry, University of Northern British Columbia. (2018 - present)
Current Project: Nitrogen detection in water and soil samples method validations.

Madeline Clarke
Education: BASc in Environmental Engineering (2021-present)
Research Project: Design and construction of a rotating air sampler for workplace air quality research.

Sophie Ngo


Education: Bachelor of Science in Honours Chemistry, Mount Allison University (2018-2022).

Current Project: Development and characterization of novel biodegradable polymer for food packaging purpose.

Ahmad Jalil


Bachelor’s of Health Science (2018 - Present)
Research Experience
- Working on the PAHs in road dust project

Visiting Scholars/Researchers

Habibollah Bahman


International visiting student at University of Northern British Columbia (02/2022- today).
Ph.D. Candidate in Polymer Engineering-Color Science and Technology, Institute for Color Science and Technology (ICST), Tehran, Iran (09/2017- today).

Thesis: Synthesis and characterization of nano-hybrid flavonoids bio-colorants based on layered double hydroxide (Zn/Al-LDH).

Master of Science in Polymer Engineering-Color Science and Technology, Institute for Color Science and Technology (ICST), Tehran, Iran (09/2014 – 10/2016).

Thesis: Utilization of natural dyes extracted from the plants Berberis vulgaris and Ruta graveolens in the manufacturing of dye- sensitized solar cells.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Chemistry, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran (09/2009 – 06/2014).


Farzana Nargis

M.Sc. in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies – Environmental Science at the University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC, Canada (September 2018 – 2021)
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Chemical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2013-2017)
B.Sc. Thesis: Textile waste water treatment using Powdered and Granular Activated Carbon.

Simisola Idim

Current Position: Masters Student at the NRES Dept in the program of Environmental Science, UNBC (Sept 2018 – 2021) - (Co-supervised by Dr. Ron Thring)

Research Topic: Modification of composting process of chicken manure using natural and Mg-Modified zeolite to generate a high nutrient product which can be used in growing along with soil. Expectation: Characterising and modifying the zeolite is expected to increase its adsorption capacity in order to help trap valuable nutrients such as nitrogen (which is usually released as ammonia) and phosphorus which ordinarily would be lost during composting process.

Saki Kondo
Currently employed at Bureau Veritas as a Lab Analyst (Vancouver)
B.Eng, Applied Chemistry at Toyo University (2003 - 2007)
M.Eng Biological Applied Chemistry (2007 - 2009)
MSc. NRES Environmental Science (2017 - 2019) - (Co-supervised by Dr. Ron Thring)
Masters Thesis: On using modified zeolite for phosphate removal 

Sahar Ebadzadsahraei
Master of Science (M.Sc.): Natural Resources and Environment Studies (NRES)
Current, Prince George, BC, Canada. University of Northern British Columbia.
Proposed Research: Air pollution in the City of Prince George: Chemical Analysis
of Air Born of Particulate Matter (PM2.5).
Details: To measure particulate matter (PM2.5) and as one class of air pollutants, at
the Prince George (PG) neighborhood in warm and cold seasons.
Master of Science (M.Sc.): Chemical Engineering-Polymer Engineering
Proposed Research: (2013-2016)
Comparison of corrosion resistance of fibreglass/epoxy and fibreglass/polyester
composite pipes for application in natural gas transportation.
Details: Two types’ composites, fibreglass/epoxy and fibreglass/polyester were
compared for possible application to natural gas pipelines.

Anara Omarova
Education: Masters in Chemistry and technology of organic compounds, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (Almaty, Kazakhstan), 2015-2017.
2 year Ph.D. student, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (Almaty, Kazakhstan) - (Co-supervised by Dr. Hossein Kazemian and Dr. Nassiba Baimatova)
Current research: Development of MOF-based SPME fibres for volatile organic compounds measurement in air.

Mostafa Marzi

International Visitor student at University of Northern British Columbia
Ph.D. in Soil Chemistry at University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Masters in Soil Chemistry, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Bachelor of Science at University of Shahid Bahonar, Kerman, Iran 

Gangbin Yan 
National Tsing Hua University - Exchange Student - Materials Science (2017 - 2018)
University of Northern British Columbia - Mitacs Research Intern - Environmental Science (Summer 2018)
Soochow University (CN) - BEng - BE - Materials Engineering
University of Chicago - PhD in Molecular Engineering (2019 - 2024)

Shaghayegh Naghdi

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Ph.D. in Material Chemistry, 2017-Present

Technische Universität Wien (Vienna University of Technology)

Project title: Creating Hierarchical MOFs by Selective Ligand Removal to Improve Accessibility of Active Sites (PI: Univ.Prof. Mag.rer.nat. Dr.rer.nat. Dominik Eder)

Emily Brown

Education and Experience:
Bachelor's of Science (B.Sc.) in Honors Chemistry, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC (2016-present)
2019 RISE Germany Internship through the DAAD (Summer 2019)
NSERC USRA recipient (Summer 2021)
Summer Student at NALS (Part-Time, Summer 2021)
Current Research:

Synthesis and use of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOF's) for the removal of glyphosate from water

Sara Haghjoo
University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria PhD of Environmental Science - (Co-supervised by Dr. Hossein Kazemian and Dr. Christian Lengauer), 2019 up to now 
Karaj Azad University, Karaj, Tehran, Iran - Master of Science, Chemistry, Analytical chemistry, 2010- 2012 
Islamic Azad University, Saveh, Iran - Bachelor of Science, Applied Chemistry, 2004- 2008 
CFA-derived zeolite for removal of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) from contaminated media 
Modified biosensor electrode by Polyanilin/MWCNT nanocomposite for urea analysis.( MSc Thesis) 
Separation of different drugs with Thin-Layer Chromatography (TLC) (as a final project) 

Mandeep Kaur
  • Master’s Degree in Chemistry at University of Northern British Columbia, BC, Canada (September 2019 – Present) - (Co-supervised by Dr. Kerry Reimer)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry Honors form Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab, India (2016 -2019)
Field of Interest:
  • Conversion of 3D Metal Organic Frameworks (MOF’s) to 2D MOF’s to increase its properties.
  • Application of 2D Metal Organic Frameworks in CO2 gas adsorption.

Navjot Kaur
Master’s in Science (Chemistry), UNBC, Prince George, Canada (2019 Sept. – Present)
Master’s of Science (Hons. School), Chemistry, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India (2015-2017).
Bachelor’s of Science (Hons. School), Chemistry, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India (2012-2015)
Research Experience:
Masters Research Project (Duration: January 2020 – Present), UNBC, Canada. (Co-supervised by Dr. Kerry Reimer)
My research project is to synthesize nanomaterials like Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for Catalysis, Drug Delivery and CO2 capturing from contaminated water.
Masters Research Project (Duration: July 2016 - June 2017), GNDU, India.
Title - Peptides based mimetics of Arachidonic acid that can act as anti-inflammatory drugs.
Kaur, B.; Kaur, N.; Garg, S.; Bhatti, R.; Singh, P. Engineered substrate for cyclooxygenase-2: A pentapeptide isoconformational to Arachidonic acid for managing inflammation. J. Med. Chem. 2019, 62, 6363-6376.