MATTER (Materials Technology & Environmental Research) Team

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Team Lead

Dr. Hossein Kazemian (Principal Investigator and MATTER's Supervisor)


Aanchal Alagh, Ph.D. (Mitacs Accelerate Industrial Post-doctorate, 2024-2027)

  • Ph.D.: Nanotechnology (Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain)
  • MTech, BTech: Nanotechnology

Research projectCO2 reduction and climate change mitigation

Saeed Bagherifam

Saeed Bagherifam, Ph.D. (Mitacs Accelerate Industrial Post-doctorate, 2023-2024)

  • Ph.D.: Environmental Chemistry (University of New England, Armidale, Australia)
  • Ph.D.: Environmental Soil Chemistry (Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran)
  • MSc, BSc: Agricultural Engineering (Soil Science)

Research project: Arsenic Removal from Contaminated soil and its potential reuse


Hossein Roohollahi, Ph.D. (Mitacs Accelerate Industrial Post-doctorate, 2023-2025)

  • Ph.D.: Chemical Engineering (Amirkabir University of Technology -Tehran Polytechnic-, Tehran, Iran)
  • MSc, BSc: Chemical Engineering

Research project: Plant-based Biopolymer for different applications


Hossein Roohollahi

Sunil Walia, Ph.D. (Mitacs Elevate Industrial Post-doctorate, 2022-2024)

  • Ph.D.: Material Chemistry (CeNS, affiliated to Manipal Academy of Higher Education-MAHE-, India)
  • BSc, MSc: Chemistry

Research project: Development of novel adsorbent from foam glass for nutrient recovery from industrial and municipal wastewater effluents: steps towards


Aatif Ali Shah, Ph.D. (Mitacs Elevate Industrial Post-doctorate, 2022-2024)

  • Ph.D.: Advanced Materials and Chemical Engineering (Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, University of Science and Technology (UST), South Korea)
  • MSc, BSc: Chemical Engineering

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


Mohammad Kavand, Ph.D. (Mitacs Elevate Industrial Post-doctorate, 2022-2024)

  • Ph.D.: Chemical Engineering (Laval University, Canada)
  • MSc, BSc: Chemical Engineering 

Research project: Engineered clay as novel phosphorus (P) sorbent


Nasim Ghavidel, Ph.D. (Mitacs Elevate Industrial Post-doctorate 2021-2024)

  • Ph.D.: Chemistry & Material Science (Lakehead University, Canada)
  • MSc, BSc: Applied Chemistry

Research project: Eco-Friendly Styrofoam Substitute for Sustainable Food Packaging


Hoorieh Jahanbani (Djahaniani)

Hoorieh Jahanbani, Ph.D. (Djahaniani) (Research Associate and Post-doctoral fellow 2021-2024)

  • Ph.D.: Organic Chemistry (Tarbiat Modares University, Iran) 
  • MSc: Organic Chemistry
  • BSc: Pure Chemistry

Research project: Bio-MOF synthesis and applications


Dominic Reiffarth, Ph.D.(Mitacs Accelerate Industrial Post-doctorate 2023-2025)

  • Ph.D.: Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (UNBC, Canada)
  • BSc, MSc: Chemistry

Research project: Solid Waste Management Best Practices: Cost-effective options to sustainably manage solid waste in rural regions of BC


Graduate Students

Yingchun Guo

Yinchun Guo (MSc student, 2023-2025)

  • MSc: Analytical Chemistry (Hong Kong Baptist University-China)
  • BSc: Chemistry

Research project: MOF-based adsorbents for SVOC sampling and measurement


S. Fatemeh Nouroozi (Ph.D. Candidate; 2022-)

  • Ph.D.: Inorganic Chemistry (Alzahran University, Iran)
  • MSc, BSC: Chemistry 

Research project: MOF-based sorbent tubes and SPME for VOC sampling and measurement



Mya Schouwenburg (MSc Student 2021-2023)

Research Project: Chromium Speciation in Workplace Air


Ahmad Jalil (Undergraduate research student, NSERC-USRA awardee and Eco-Canada Intern; summer 2022 and 2023, (MSc student, 2023-2025),

Research project: Working on the road dust  Air sample project


Summer Students/Undergraduates

Oshini Kottagodage(Undergraduate researcher, 2023-2024)

Research project: MOFs for POPs removal from wastewater

Harsh R Darji (Mitacs Globalink Intern-Summer 2022)

Research project: Using Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for CO2 Capturing and Conversion


Alfonso Diego Garza Isla (Mitacs Globalink Intern-Summer 2019)

Research project: Air pollution monitoring and control for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Melissa Becerril Medina (Mitacs Globalink Intern-Summer 2019)

Research project: Air pollution monitoring and control for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Adam Burkitt (Eco Canada Intern, Summer Intern 2022)

Research project: Nitrogen detection in water and soil samples method validations.

Madeline Clarke (Canada Summer job intern, Summer 2022 and 2023)

Research project: Design and construction of a rotating air sampler for workplace air quality research (2022)

Research Project: Development and characterization of novel biodegradable polymer (2023)

Sophie Ngo (Canada Summer job intern, summer 2022)

Research Project: Development and characterization of novel biodegradable polymer for food packaging purposes.

Sarah Wood (Undergraduate research student, 2023-2024),

Research project: MOFs for drug delivery

Ryan Koyanagi (Eco-Canada  Summer job intern, summer 2023)

Research Project: Method development for wastewater analysis.


Ryan Koyanagi

International Visiting Scholars/Researchers

Hanieh Askari, (International Visiting Ph.D. student, 2023-2024)

  • PhD Candidate  Analytical Chemistry (Yasouj University, Iran)
  • M.Sc. Analytical Chemistry
  • B.Sc Applied Chemistry

Research project: Synthesis and characterization of novel nano-structured materials and microspheres and preparation of switchable hydrophilicity solvents and their application in preconcentration and removal of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) from water


Waranya (Ping) Wataniyakun (International Visiting Ph.D. student, Summer 2023)

  • Ph.D. candidate: Polymer chemistry/microbiology/biochemistry (UiT- The Arctic University of Norway)
  • M.Sc. Food Biotechnology
  • B.Eng. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Aderonke O. Oyeyiola

Aderonke O. Oyeyiola, Ph.D. Analytical & Environmental Chemistry (Visiting Researcher, 2023-2024)

  • Ph.D: Analytical and Environmental Chemistry (University of Lagos, Nigeria; in collaboration with University of Strathclyde, UK)
  • M.Sc:  Analytical Chemistry
  • B.Sc (Hon): Chemistry

Research project: Development, characterization and optimization of low-cost and environmentally friendly adsorbents for the removal and recovery of nutrients in wastewater.


Behrad Mahmoudi Saati (International Visiting Ph.D. student, 2022-2023)

  • Ph.D. Candidate: Coatings Science and Technology (Institute for Color Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran)

Research project: Antimicrobial Applications of Metal-Organic Frameworks And Their Composites


Behrad Mahmoudi Saati

Leila Doudey (International Visiting Ph.D. student, 2022-2023)

  • Ph.D. Candidate: Chemistry (Sfax University, Tunisia)

Research project: Valorization of Tunisian dam sediments into zeolitic materials and studying their environmental applications


Farideh Barghak (International Visiting Ph.D. student; 2022-2023)

  • PhD Candidate, Analytical Chemistry ( Yasooj University, Iran)

Research project: Synthesis and characterization of modified Yolk-Shell and Core-Shell magnetic nanoparticles with a metal-organic framework (MOF), polymeric membranes and COF-MOFs and their application in pre-concentration and removal of some of the dyes and agricultural pesticides by solid phase micro-extraction.

Habibollah Bahman (International Visiting Ph.D. student, 2022-2023)

  • Ph.D. Candidate: Polymer Engineering-Color Science and Technology (Institute for Color Science and Technology (ICST), Tehran, Iran)

Research project: Using Layered Double Hydroxides (LDH) for the removal of Malachite Green, Methylene blue and Rhodamine B dyes from solution


Mohammad Hossein Aboonasr Shiraz (Visiting Ph.D. student; Summer 2019)

Research project: Facile preparation of porous carbon from a metal-organic framework (MOF) to confine Se (Se/CZIF) and protect the Se/CZIF composite with an alucone coating by molecular layer deposition (MLD

Ali Bumajdad (International Visiting Researcher, Summer 2017)

Professor of Physical Chemistry, Kuwait University


Lon Kerr

Lon Kerr (MSc Student; 2019-2022)

Research project: Zeolite-based antibacterial compounds for water purification

Hossein Zeinalzadeh (MSc student 2021-2023)

Research project: CO2 Capturing and Conversion of Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs)

Ann Duong

Ann Duong (Ph.D. student, 2023-)


Research project: Validating the use of a Multi-Fraction sampler for recovering inhalable and respirable dust mass, and metals in Workplace Air

Dorna Sobhani (MSc student, 2020-2023)

  • MSc: Environmental Science (UNBC)
  • MSc: Chemical Engineering (Tarbiat Modares University, Iran)
  • BSc: Chemical Engineering (Shiraz University, Iran)

Research project: Development of a dual-functional adsorbent for simultaneous removal of cationic and anionic nutrients from contaminated water bodies.

Dorna Sobhani

Charles Bradshaw (MSc Student, 2020-2023)

Research project: Nutrient removal and management 


Helena Mirzabeigi (MSc student, 2022-2024)

  • MSc: Chemical Engineering (University of Tehran, Iran)
  • BSc: Chemical Engineering

Research project: Development and characterization of novel biodegradable polymer for food packaging purposes.


Helena Mirzabeigi

Simisola Idim (MSc Student, 2019-2022)

Research project: Modification of composting process of chicken manure using natural and Mg-Modified zeolite to generate a high-nutrient product

Saki Kondo (MSc Student, 2017-2020)

Research project: Modified zeolite for phosphate removal from eutrophic lake water

Anara Omarova International Visiting Ph.D. Student, 2019-2020)

  • Ph.D.: Chemistry (Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan)

Research project: Development of MOF-based SPME fibres for volatile organic compounds measurement in air.

Mostafa Marzi (International Visiting Ph.D. student, 2019-2021)

  • Ph.D.: Soil Chemistry & Physics (University of Tehran, Iran)

Shaghayegh Naghdi (International Visiting Ph.D. student; 2021)

  • PPh.D. Molecular Material Chemistry (Technische Universität Wien, Austria)

Research project: Selective ligand removal to improve the accessibility of active sites in hierarchical MOFs

Emily Brown (Summer intern, Summer 2022)

Research project: Synthesis and uMetal-Organicrganic Frameworks (MOFs) for the removal of glyphosate from water

Sara Haghjoo (International Visiting Ph.D. student; 2021-2022)
  • Ph.D.: Material Chemistry (University of Vienna, Austria)

Mandeep Kaur (MSc student; 2019-2022)

Research project: Metal-Organicrganic Frameworks (MOFs) for CO2 Capturing and Conversion

Navjot Kaur (MSc student; 2019-2022)

Research project: Metal-Organicrganic Frameworks (MOFs) for CO2 Capturing and Conversion