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.
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).
Philippe received his B.Eng. (2012) degree in chemical engineering with management option at Polytechnique de Montréal. He benefited from the B.Eng.-Ph.D. direct passage and started his Ph.D. with professor Chaouki in January 2013 at Polytechnique de Montréal. He focusses his research on renewable energy and waste valorization, principally on the chemical recycling of polystyrene using microwave pyrolysis. He likes teaching and he developed his educational and communication skills by being laboratory and teacher assistant in different courses. He is also responsible of an analytical laboratory and several devices (GC-MS, GC-FID, CHNS/O, etc.). He is and was involved in different organisations at Polytechnique: communication and laboratory committee of the chemical engineering department, chemical engineering graduate representative, member of the board of directors of graduate, etc. Philippe enjoys jogging and strength training, and he is playing competitive wheelchair basketball.
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.
Samira Aghaee Sarbarze received her bachelor’s degree of Chemical Engineering from the prestigious University of Tehran, Iran in 2011.
She joined Chemical Engineering Department of Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in September 2013, and started her graduate program under supervision of professor Jamal Chaouki.
Samira’s research is part of the large research network of Automotive Canada Partnership (ACP) sponsored by Johnson Matthey that is going to develop a process for production of cathode material of rechargeable Li-ion batteries. The ACP network includes significant research centers such as Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, University of Montreal (UdeM), Western University and Canmet-Material.
Samira’s research project is to do with development of a novel gas-phase carbon coating process to increase electrical conductivity of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) powders. As one of her noteworthy accomplishments, she managed to develop a new technique for fluidizing nano-size powders.
Sepehr Hamzehlouia joint Prof. Chaouki’s research group as a Ph.D. candidate in 2012 at chemical engineering department of Ecole Polytechnique Montreal. Sepehr is currently engaged in a prestigious industrial project, partnered with Total/NSERC chair. He is working on optimization of microwave heating processes and development of novel microwave receptors focused on promoting microwave assisted catalytic reactions. Sepehr is also responsible for microwave heating research lab, equipped with multiple advanced single mode and multimode microwave systems.
Sepehr received his M.Sc. degree in environmental engineering from University of Windsor. He has over 6 years of experience in chemical engineering field including microwave heating optimization, catalyst production, microwave receptor development, biomass gasification tar elimination, multi-component mixture characterization and sustainable development studies. Sepehr has supervised several B.Sc. and M.Sc. students via internship programs and has been responsible for teaching assistant of various courses including, thermodynamics, numerical methods and Matlab software applications through the course of his studies.
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.