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PHDs

MOHAMED SHERIF KHALIL

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 renewa...

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 MONZAVI

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 morpholog...

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. Besides that, he worked in Mines & Metals Technological Engineering Company (MMTE) as process research engineer.

MOJTABA MOKHTARI

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 c...

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.

IMAN SOLEIMANI

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 gradua...

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.

ABDELRAHMAN HUSSAIN

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...

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.

AMIN SOLOUKI

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 Unive...

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 plc 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 plc, 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.

FADOUA LAASRI

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 engi...

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.

Mohammad Khodabandehloo

Mohammad Khodabandehloo is a PhD student at chemical engineering department. He joined Prof. Jamal Chaouki’s group on the fall 2020. He got his BSc in chemical engineering from Sharif University of Technology. Also, he got his MSc in process design at University of Tehran. During his time at University of Tehran, he also worked as a process engin...

Mohammad Khodabandehloo is a PhD student at chemical engineering department. He joined Prof. Jamal Chaouki’s group on the fall 2020. He got his BSc in chemical engineering from Sharif University of Technology. Also, he got his MSc in process design at University of Tehran. During his time at University of Tehran, he also worked as a process engineer. After finishing the education at University of Tehran, Mohammad joined K-UTEC in Germany to work as a process engineer intern. His research and work interests mostly include Process modeling and simulation, process optimization, process design, techno-economic evaluation, fluidization and multiphase systems, urban mining, water and wastewater treatment, CFD and CFD-DEM modeling, membrane separation, and waste conversion.

Ghazaleh Mirakhori

I received B.SC. and M.Sc. in chemical engineering from University of Tehran, Iran in 2015 and 2018. I had this opportunity to work as process design engineer in “Increasing the capacity of wastewater plant in Tehran oil refinery” project in 2017.I have joined PEARL since May 2019 and I work on “Develop a dynamic model for polystyrene pyrolys...

I received B.SC. and M.Sc. in chemical engineering from University of Tehran, Iran in 2015 and 2018. I had this opportunity to work as process design engineer in “Increasing the capacity of wastewater plant in Tehran oil refinery” project in 2017.I have joined PEARL since May 2019 and I work on “Develop a dynamic model for polystyrene pyrolysis in a microwave-assisted reactor” My project aims to develop a mathematical model to predict the impact of hydrodynamic behavior in polystyrene pyrolysis using a microwave-assisted reactor. The main objectives are as follows: 1- The impact of operating condition on the hydrodynamics of viscous liquid and large solid particles in stirred-tank reactor by radioactive particle tracking method. 2- The impact of microwave field on the hydrodynamics of multiphase stirred-tank reactor by radioactive particle tracking method. 3- Develop a compartmental model based on hydrodynamics and microwave intensity data within the reactor.

Zerui Wang

Zerui Wang received a Master of Science degree in Process System Engineering from Technische Universität Dortmund and a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT). He has two years of work experience as a research engineer in Synfuelschina. He has built a cyclone experiment and an XRF real-time ...

Zerui Wang received a Master of Science degree in Process System Engineering from Technische Universität Dortmund and a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT). He has two years of work experience as a research engineer in Synfuelschina. He has built a cyclone experiment and an XRF real-time analyzing system in the lab. He optimized a steam system within simulation from the Linde engineering department. He was involved in a group project of polymer production process design initiated by Solvay S.A. He got Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

James Diamond

James Diamond is a Ph.D candidate working under the supervision of Prof. Ahmad Hamdan, from the Département de Physique de l’Université de Montréal, and Prof. Jamal Chaouki. He is holding a Bachelor (2018) and a Master’s degree (2020) in Physics from the Département de Physique de l’Université de Montréal. His research interest includes...

James Diamond is a Ph.D candidate working under the supervision of Prof. Ahmad Hamdan, from the Département de Physique de l’Université de Montréal, and Prof. Jamal Chaouki. He is holding a Bachelor (2018) and a Master’s degree (2020) in Physics from the Département de Physique de l’Université de Montréal. His research interest includes the fields of processes of materials and liquids using plasma sources generated by renewable energies. His experts extend to the electrical and optical diagnostics of various plasma sources. His Ph.D research focuses on developing a new plasma process of various microparticles, such as ores and powders, generated by a microwave generator.

Ahmed Emam

Ahmed Emam is a PhD candidate – Chemical Engineering Department (École Polytechnique de Montréal), and work under the supervision of Profs. Charles Dubois, Jamal Chaouki and John Wen from Waterloo university, holding a Bachelor (2009) and a Master’s degree (2016) in Chemical Engineering from the Military Technical College (MTC) in Egypt. His ...

Ahmed Emam is a PhD candidate – Chemical Engineering Department (École Polytechnique de Montréal), and work under the supervision of Profs. Charles Dubois, Jamal Chaouki and John Wen from Waterloo university, holding a Bachelor (2009) and a Master’s degree (2016) in Chemical Engineering from the Military Technical College (MTC) in Egypt. His research interests include the fields of Energetic materials and applications, composite materials and catalytic systems. His experts extend into the manufacturing technology of solid propellant, missiles systems, powder technology, thermal analysis and thermochemical and kinetics codes such as ICT Thermodynamic Code, EXPLO5 Thermodynamic Code and AKTS Thermokinetics Software. His PhD research focuses on developing new nanothermite materials for energetic applications such as microthrusters, igniters and nanostructured thermites and explosives (NSTEX) as green initiators. He started his PhD in Prof. Chaouki’s group in 2019.

Henok Atile

I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in manufacturing technology from Menschen für Menschen ATTC (Ethiopia) in 2011. Upon my graduation, I became an assistance Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering at Ambo University (Ethiopia) where I have developed a tendency towards renewable energy, thermodynamics, and fluid dynamics subjects. Then, I have don...

I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in manufacturing technology from Menschen für Menschen ATTC (Ethiopia) in 2011. Upon my graduation, I became an assistance Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering at Ambo University (Ethiopia) where I have developed a tendency towards renewable energy, thermodynamics, and fluid dynamics subjects. Then, I have done two master’s degrees in sustainable energy and mechanical engineering from Jimma University (Ethiopia) and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan), respectively. I have research experience in the pyrolysis of bone meal to produce phosphorous fertilizer, and I have developed a bone char granulation technique and designed a compost pelletization machine to produce organic phosphorous fertilizer pellets. My second MSc. thesis was focused on the gasification of spent coffee grounds using a novel chemical looping process to produce high-quality syngas. I was a lecturer around for three years at Ambo University (Ethiopia). I am passionate about teaching and I have lectured different courses such as thermodynamics, energy and environment, renewable energy, and other courses for mechanical engineering and other department students. Starting from January 2021, I am starting my Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal under the supervision of Prof. Jemal Chaouki.

Ramy Sadek

I am a Ph.D candidate – Chemical Engineering Department (École Polytechnique de Montréal), and I work under the supervision of Prof. Jamal Chaouki in a collaboration with the Egyptian Armament Authority started in May 2019. The research topic is the synthesis and characterization of nanocomposite material for electromagnetic waves attenuation. ...

I am a Ph.D candidate – Chemical Engineering Department (École Polytechnique de Montréal), and I work under the supervision of Prof. Jamal Chaouki in a collaboration with the Egyptian Armament Authority started in May 2019. The research topic is the synthesis and characterization of nanocomposite material for electromagnetic waves attenuation. I am holding my bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the Military Technical College (MTC), Cairo, in (2009). I worked as a research assistant after graduation and then a research associate after finishing my master’s degree in (2016). The work focuses on the development of a ternary hybrid nanocomposite shielding material against the electromagnetic waves in the X-band (8-12 GHz) and its shielding efficiency after exposure to high temperature degrees.

Fatemeh Vatankhah

She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Isfahan University of Technology, Iran with a thesis on the control of first and higher order of processing systems with time-delay. This project enables her to gain general knowledge about process control concepts, modeling, programming, and optimization that piques her interest...

She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Isfahan University of Technology, Iran with a thesis on the control of first and higher order of processing systems with time-delay. This project enables her to gain general knowledge about process control concepts, modeling, programming, and optimization that piques her interest. By the end of her bachelor's study, she modeled and developed a user-friendly graphical interface suitable for the process control laboratory to train the undergraduates. Then, she started her master’s degree at the same university known as the top ten students in Chemical Engineering. She followed her interests in the field of process design, particularly for membrane technologies. Moreover, she practiced her engineering skills in different academic fields and internships like teaching assistant, energy audit, solar energy, and industrial wastewater treatment. She has joined PEARL in September 2020 and started her new journey as a Ph.D. student.

Ahad Mohammadi

Ahad has received his B.SC. and M.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tehran in 2011 and 2013, respectively. For his Phd, He joined Process Engineering Advanced Research Lab (PEARL) under supervision of Prof. Chaouki in 2021. The main focus of his M.Sc. thesis was on designing control systems for fault detection in the prese...

Ahad has received his B.SC. and M.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tehran in 2011 and 2013, respectively. For his Phd, He joined Process Engineering Advanced Research Lab (PEARL) under supervision of Prof. Chaouki in 2021. The main focus of his M.Sc. thesis was on designing control systems for fault detection in the presence of incomplete data by using Bayesian Network. During his time as a graduate assistant, he was responsible as a chemical engineering software instructor in Process Design and Simulation Research Centre (PDSRC) in School of Chemical Engineering. After graduation, he was employed in the Iranian Offshore Engineering and Construction company (IOEC) as a process engineer for 5 years, which made him being involved with various industrial processes. Moreover, he joined the laser optimal group at Polytechnique University of Milan as a research fellow. The research focus was on developing a multidisciplinary novel strategy for safe tumor removal based on the synergy between laser, thermometry, nanotechnology, and simulations. As one of the research tasks, he conducted reliable simulations to analyze the laser ablation process behavior to investigate the physical and thermal behavior of biological tissues. His research interests fit to computational fluid dynamics, optimization, process control, and design and modeling of transport phenomena.  

Mohammad Khajouei

Mohammad obtained his M.Sc. in Nano-Biochemical Engineering from Babol (Noshirvani) University of Technology, Iran in 2016. His main research interests and focus were environmental engineerings and water treatment. More than 10 journal publications, 2 books, and some conference presentations were the results of his master projects. He joined Prof. ...

Mohammad obtained his M.Sc. in Nano-Biochemical Engineering from Babol (Noshirvani) University of Technology, Iran in 2016. His main research interests and focus were environmental engineerings and water treatment. More than 10 journal publications, 2 books, and some conference presentations were the results of his master projects. He joined Prof. Jamal Chaouki’s group in Winter 2021 at Polytechnique Montreal. The main research interests are biomass recycling and bio-oil generation, renewable energy, membrane separations, and environmental engineering.

Mohammed Zriki

After graduating from mohammadia's school of engineers in 2020, majoring in process engineering, I joined PEARL research in january 2021 as a Ph.D candidate under the supervision of Professor Jamal Chaouki. During my studies, I acquired the basics of chemical and process engineering such as material and energy balances, transfer phenomena, cat...

After graduating from mohammadia's school of engineers in 2020, majoring in process engineering, I joined PEARL research in january 2021 as a Ph.D candidate under the supervision of Professor Jamal Chaouki. During my studies, I acquired the basics of chemical and process engineering such as material and energy balances, transfer phenomena, catalytic chemical reactions, etc. These basics are applied during many internships and projects , I have worked on design and modeling of the operation of different industrial machines as well as simulation and optimization of processes and finally chemical analysis at laboratory level. My decision to pursue doctoral studies stems from a strong interest in scientific research and university teaching. Chemical engineering bridges the gap between my need for an analytical, rigorous and in-depth understanding of the scientific phenomena of transfer, reactions, and industrial processes and my determination to make a significant contribution to organizations, institutions and society.

Kazem Adavi

Kazem Adavi is a Ph.D. student in Prof. Jamal Chaouki's group in Polytechnique Montreal. He finished his master's degree at the Sharif University of Technology in Iran. Kazem worked on the Computational Fluid Dynamic field for modeling and simulation of chemical engineering phenomena. Additionally, he has a fair knowledge of manufacturing pilot set...

Kazem Adavi is a Ph.D. student in Prof. Jamal Chaouki's group in Polytechnique Montreal. He finished his master's degree at the Sharif University of Technology in Iran. Kazem worked on the Computational Fluid Dynamic field for modeling and simulation of chemical engineering phenomena. Additionally, he has a fair knowledge of manufacturing pilot setups and catalyst characterizations. He also wrote a book regarding Comsol Multiphysics in chemical engineering and instructed Comsol workshops for 5 years. On the other hand, working as a process engineer for three years gave him a good approach toward chemical processes and project management as well.

Ahmed Najjar

Ahmed Najjar is a Ph.D. student at the chemical engineering department at Polytechnique Montreal. He has joined PEARL's group in the fall of 2020. Ahmed obtained his B.SC in industrial chemistry from the National Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology (INSAT) in Tunisia. He also got his M.SC in chemical process engineering from Aix-Marseille ...

Ahmed Najjar is a Ph.D. student at the chemical engineering department at Polytechnique Montreal. He has joined PEARL's group in the fall of 2020. Ahmed obtained his B.SC in industrial chemistry from the National Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology (INSAT) in Tunisia. He also got his M.SC in chemical process engineering from Aix-Marseille University, France, in 2016. Upon graduation, he worked in the Clean Combustion Research Center at KAUST, Saudi Arabia, as a Research Assistant for one year. His responsibilities in this position were building and implementing experimental facilities for combustion studies and assisting students and researchers with many specific research activities and experimental design. His research focused on developing a better understanding of the oxidation and pyrolysis reactions of hydrocarbon fuels using a jet-stirred reactor and simulating the reaction numerically using different chemical kinetic models. After that, he had the opportunity to work as a Research and Development Engineer, for almost three years, with two companies in Saudi Arabia. His work focused on developing a manufacturing process for aluminum-based coagulants and testing their effectiveness in the pretreatment of seawater using a reverse osmosis system.

Sara El Aziz

Sara received a master’s degree in process engineering with a specialization in agro-food industries from Hassan II Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine, Rabat in 2018. As part of her master thesis, she worked on sewage sludge management and the conception of an optimization model to manage waste. She joined Prof. Chaouki’s group in 20...

Sara received a master’s degree in process engineering with a specialization in agro-food industries from Hassan II Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Medicine, Rabat in 2018. As part of her master thesis, she worked on sewage sludge management and the conception of an optimization model to manage waste. She joined Prof. Chaouki’s group in 2020 as a PhD student.