Abdelrahman had obtained B.Sc. in chemical engineering from the University of Khartoum, Sudan in 2012 and, M.Sc. in chemical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia, in 2016. He joined PEARL research group in Sep. 2017 as a Ph.D. student at the chemical engineering department. His previous research experience focused on zeolite catalysts for the enhanced production of high-value products from the catalytic cracking of heavy petroleum feedstocks. His research activities included synthesis of novel and modified zeolite additives, catalysts characterization, catalysts evaluation and, kinetic studies. Abdelrahman current research interests include hydrogen production and storage, solar reactors, clean fuels, and energy storage.
I am a PhD student from Prof. Chaouki’s group, graduated in Chemical Engineering from Rey Juan Carlos University in Spain. Before starting a doctoral project on the extraction of rare earth elements from minerals, I acquired some experience on instrumentation engineering working in a project about regasification of LNG and simulating a pilot plant for bio-diesel production. As research experience, I worked also in R&D engineering to optimize an ion-mobility spectrometer (IMS).
He entered Sharif University of Technology in applied chemistry in 1995. After getting his bachelor’s degree in applied chemistry he entered in chemical engineering department of Sharif University of Technology for the second time as one of the top ten students in chemical engineering-biotechnology domain. He defended his M.Sc. dissertation with a full mark of 20 out of 20. The title of his M.Sc. degree research which was published in chemical physics journal was “A Monte Carlo simulation of nutrient diffusion and reaction in immobilized cell systems”. He worked in Montazerghaem power plant for 7 years. In this period apart from his routine duties as the head of the water treatment laboratories, he worked in different power plant construction and design projects in Iran and Syria as commissioning and training supervisor. After immigration to Canada in 2012 he worked in CI Analytics Inc. as chemical applications chemist. He started his PhD in Prof. Chaouki’s group in 2014.
I graduated from my Bachelor in Chemical Engineering at Polytechnique Montreal in May 2014. During my first summer at Polytechnique, I did an internship with Pr. Basil Favis on the mechanical and thermal characterization of new blends of biodegradable polymers. Furthermore, my final Bachelor project was on the valorisation of oil extracted from waste pyrolysis. I carried out this project in collaboration with Soumaya Benzennou, under the supervision of Pr. Jamal Chaouki. I also have industrial experience since I have completed two internships at Air Liquide Canada.
I started a Ph.D. in September 2014 at Polytechnique. I am part of the Research Unit for Industrial Flow Processes (URPEI), a group directed by Pr. François Bertrand. My research topic is on the influence of granular segregation on heat transfer in rotary kilns. This issue is investigated by combining two approaches: numerical simulations and experiments.
I got my bachelor engineer degree in chemical engineering from Ecole Mohammdia d’Ingénieurs (EMI) engineering school in Morocco at 2013. During the three years spent in this school, I acquired an important knowledge in almost all the courses related to chemical and process engineering. Also, this engineering school give me the opportunity to acquire many skills in term of economic and managerial skills such as accounting and financial analysis, project management and tools for decision support.
In addition , my academic curriculum was complemented by many internships and projects that enabled me to take advantages of my skills in a practical way. Hence, my internships were orientated to the three main concerns of chemical engineers namely the optimization of an industrial process, projects conception design and finally chemical analyses in laboratories.
My new experience as a Phd student will enable me to acquire research skills and improve myself as a chemical engineer.
I acquired my B.S. degree in Chemical engineering, Petrochemical Engineering, from Tehran Polytechnic in 2006. During my bachelor, I gained a general knowledge about molecular sieves specially zeolites, which then has been developed in deeper level during the M.S. I, then, received my M.S. degree in Advanced Chemical Engineering in Tehran Polytechnic in 2008. My M.Sc. project dealt with Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) techniques and using it for catalyst preparation. After carrying out my master, I had opportunity to be involved in several projects in different companies to gain experiences in:
- Wastewater treatment
- Synthesis and testing of reverse osmosis and nano-filtration membranes
- MATLAB programming
- ASPEN suite modules including ASPEN Plus, ASPEN HYSYS, and HTFS
- Technical standards such as API and GPA
I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Chemical Engineering Department, Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal, working on the deagglomeration and stabilization of nanoparticles.
Iman received both his B.SC. and M.Sc. in chemical engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2005 and 2008, respectively. He acquired a general knowledge on hydrotreating of petroleum components in B.Sc. and continued his research in M.SC. by working on hydrodesulfurization of gasoil in trickle bed reactors. After graduation, he had the opportunity to gain a helpful work experience in one of the biggest natural gas refinery complexes in the world: South Pars Gas Complex.
In SPGC he was working as a process engineer in different process units including NGL fractionation unit, ethane decarbonation and drying unit, propane and butane treatment and caustic regeneration units and sulfur recovery and granulation units. Also, he was involved in several projects in wastewater treatment units.
He has joined PEARL since September 2017, and is working on local hydrodynamics of gas-solid fluidized bed reactors at high pressure and high temperature.
Ling received her B.Eng. degree in Chemical Engineering and Technology from China University of Mining and Technology in 2004. She obtained an Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2007. She then joined Institute of Process Engineering as an assistant Professor in China . She started her Ph.D with Professor Jamal Chaouki in May 2014 at Polytechnique Montréal in Canada. Her research interests include the synthesis of electrochemical functional materials for lithium-ion batteries and fluidization technology and its applications.
MAI ATTIA is a Ph.D. student, has joined freshly to Prof Chaouki’s group. She obtained her MSc degree in organic chemistry from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. Also, Attia received her BSc degree in major chemistry from the same university.
MAI Attia is a highly innovative chemist, with +7 years’ expertise in novel material synthesis, and product characterization using different techniques. She has a great experience in Organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, organometallic chemistry, Reaction kinetics, catalytic reactions, Spectroscopy (NMR and UV), Analytical techniques (HPLC, GC, MS, DSC, TGA and IR), High-throughput methods, Statistical analysis, scientific writing, Presentation, Communication and teaching skills.
Currently, Mai is working on a project for valuable chemicals production from the catalytic pyrolysis of biomass. Indeed, such a study is a promising approach for producing a high quality liquid bio-oil. This, in turn, would enhance the value of the bio-oil produced for pure chemicals extraction.
Mohamed Khalil is a Ph.D candidate – Chemical Engineering Department (École Polytechnique de Montréal), and work under the supervision of Prof. Jamal Chaouki., holding a Bachelor (2010) and a Master’s degree (2013) in Mechanical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering (Cairo University). His research interests include the fields of renewable energy and waste valorization. His experts extend into the modeling and simulation of viscous, laminar and turbulent flows in compressible and incompressible regimes, chemical reactions engineering, internal combustion engines, and production technology and new energy. His Ph.D research focuses on developing a thermochemical process for recycling of electronic waste using electromagnet irradiation. His developed process does not only produce the common pyrolysis products, oil, gas, and carbon black; but also recycles the precious metals, which are most profitable. He won the third prize of Aéro Montréal Competition (Aerospace of tomorrow: Towards a 100% recyclable aircraft). He holds the Basic License of Aeronautical Engineers (Airframe/ PowerPlant). He has been selected as Mentor in NASA International Space Apps Challenge (Robotics Category) that was held at Nile University for the first time in Egypt in 2015. He is a member of the Evaluation Committee (Filtration Phase) of the Made in Egypt’s (MIE) Competition. Besides, He is involved in different organizations at Polytechnique Montréal as a delegate of the Chemical Engineering Department in the Graduate Students Association (AÉCSP).
Mohammad is a Ph. D. candidate in Chemical Engineering Department at École Polytechnique de Montréal and started his work under the supervision of Prof. Jamal Chaouki in September 2017. He received his B.C degree in Material Science and Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2014. After that, due to his interest in material morphology and chemical reactions from the very beginning of his studies, he found his way on studying extractive metallurgy, which has a close connection to kinetic and thermodynamics. He obtained his master degree in metallurgy and material engineering from University of Tehran in 2017. He likes teaching and he has been teacher assistant in different courses during his master education. Besides that, he worked in Mines & Metals Technological Engineering Company (MMTE) as process research engineer.
He started his study in Chemical Engineering in 2004 and received his B.Sc. in 2008. He was first rank among all Chemical engineering bachelor students of that year. After that, he entered to Master Program in chemical engineering Department of Sharif University of Technology in 2008 as 5th rank among all chemical engineering students countrywide. He defended his M.Sc. dissertation on the title of “Simulation of atmospheric ammonia dispersion Using CFD” in 2010. He worked in Arya Science-Based Corporation as a Research Engineer for 6 years. During these years, he worked on various scientific topics such as multiphase flow characteristic, nanofluid flow, computational fluids dynamics. Consequently, multiple articles in scientific Journals were published by him. He started his PhD under supervision of Prof. Chaouki in 2017.
Rahi Avazpour has obtained a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tehran University. He has wide range industrial hands-on and research experiences about engine test stations, operating and control, emission control, CNG multi fuel systems and standards documentation for over a decade. Also he has been trained in several important areas including energetic modification, data acquisition, diagnostic methods, QC, ISO series, life cycle assessment LCA, environmental standards, bio-refinery, electrochemical, solar panels, PM and calibration for laboratory equipments, health and safety. In 2014, he has obtained master of engineering (M.Ing) in chemical engineering from POLYTECHNIQUE Montreal in the field of energy and sustainable development. Then he took two important internships with Prof. Jamal Chaouki’s research group:
- Microwave pyrolysis of recycled waste;
- Jet turbine exhausts emission control of species using online FTIR considering effect of cross interferences uncertainties;
Since 2014, he is following an industrial Ph.D. program about physical beneficiation of rare earth minerals by Pickering emulsification under supervision of Prof.Louis Fradette and Prof.Chaouki. He is now member of the REE’s project research group including students from Polytechnique, McGill and Laval Universities, which is also supported by NSERC and NIOBEC mining company. He is working on Pickering emulsification and demulsification focused on rare earth minerals separation from gangues in a physical beneficiation mining process and ideally, without using chemical surfactants to avoid their environmental nightmare impacts. REE’s recovery using Pickering emulsion is a very novel technique with significant environmental friendly aspects which has to be optimized and scaled up for mining industry in his research, comparing to the current conventional froth flotation.
Fadoua Laasri has obtained her diploma of technician specialized in chemical industry from the mining institute of Marrakech, Morocco in 2008. She worked in the mining sector before joining Polytechnique Montreal where she graduated from her bachelor in chemical Engineering in 2018. In summer 2018, she joined PEARL as Ph.D. student at chemical engineering department. Aware of the environmental issues caused by the chemical industry, her doctoral project is focused on the decomposition of phosphogypsum (industrial waste) to extract the raw material.
Amin obtained his bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2012. During his bachelor, he developed an excellent foundation in the field of process simulation, modeling and optimization focusing on process equipment design. Then he received his MSc degree in Energy Engineering at Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy in 2017 acquiring an in-deep knowledge of renewable energy resources development and sustainability in the energy sector. He accomplished his master thesis at Linde AG in Munich, Germany by developing a heat transfer module for their in-house equation-based process simulator in order to obtain the steady state and dynamic thermo-hydraulic model of a plate-fin heat exchanger used in air separation units and LNG plants.
At Linde AG, he had the opportunity to plant an excellent foundation in modeling and simulation of multi-phase flows focusing on thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and computational heat transfer at the world’s largest industrial gas company. In addition, he is experienced in data analysis and agile software development for computer-aided design & scientific calculation purposes using C++, Python and MATLAB. He has been joined PEARL as a Ph. D. student since August 2018.
Household waste is affecting everybody’s life. Therefore, more and more people are taking actions in order to reduce their debris while municipalities attempt to enhance their treatment processes. However, these efforts are not sufficient enough: very small portion of the recycling bin is actually recycled, compost does not take in charge all the waste, and the big remaining amount ends up in landfills and incinerators. In our research group, we opt for an in situ treatment of the waste: neighborhoods, restaurants, and even individuals are to be involved in the treatment of their own litter. We chose to build a microwave based apparatus to pyrolyse the waste. However, the yielded liquids are not yet competitive with the fossil fuels because of their high oxygen content, immiscibility with hydrocarbons, high viscosity, high acid tenor, aging, etc. Hence, the objective of my project is to optimize the whole process in order to produce oils that would not need very sophisticated post treatment. The proposed method is to first work on the pre-pyrolysis by adding in the pyrolysis compartment (1) calcium oxide for further cracking of the long chain and acid capturing/ neutralization (2) HDPE to react as a hydrogen donor for hydro-deoxygenation. We will also treat the hot vapors online with the pyrolysis by adding a red mud based catalyst –developed in our lab –at the exit of the pyrolysis compartment, using microwaves to heat up the catalytic hydrogenation and the gases from the pyrolysis (hydrogen and hydrogen donors). And finally a post-pyrolysis procedure is planned to be executed where vapors are to be condensed at distinct time/ temperature/ pressure to separate water and water soluble components from added value chemicals.