Gleb Bobrov

Gleb joined the University of Calgary in September 2017 as a PhD student in Chemical Engineering. He received his PhD in Engineering Sciences, M.Sc and B.Sc in Chemical Technology and Biotechnology at Kazan National Research Technological University, Russia. His research was focused on the development of thermoplastic vulcanizates based on blends of immiscible polymers via melt mixing using different compatibilization technics including in-situ compatibilization.

As a member of Dr. Trifkovic’s group, Gleb's work focuses on solid polymer electrolytes, approaches to improve polymers ionic conductivity, polymer-polymer and polymer-nanoparticle interactions. The current project includes incorporation of Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNC) and Cellulose Nanofibers (CNF) into the polymers such as poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(vinylidene fluoride) to alter their crystallinity and through increasing amorphous phase content improve their ionic conductivity. Work includes application of confocal microscopy to assess the CNC and CNF distribution in polymers.

 

Aslan Kosakian

Aslan received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. equivalent in Applied Mathematics from the Bauman Moscow State Technical University in 2014. He completed an internship at the Corporate Technology Department of Siemens Russia, where he was working on the modeling of phase-change-material-based latent heat storages.

At the University of Alberta, Aslan is working towards his Ph.D. in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical and Statistical Sciences under the supervision of Prof. Marc Secanell and Prof. Peter Minev. Aslan’s research is focused on the numerical modeling of the transient transport processes in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). His current project is aimed at developing an open-source framework for the numerical characterization of PEMFCs through electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. It is expected that the developed model will help improve the understanding of the effects of various physical processes on the overall shape and individual features of the PEMFC impedance spectra.

 

Kourosh Khaje

Kourosh joined the Redox Flow Battery research team in Sep 2017. He has been working in the area of Research & Development for the past 20 years. He gets his first MSc degree from the University of Technology in Sweden. His researched focused on CFD modelling of Stirred Tank Reactor. He worked as Research Assistance for few sustainable technology development projects for European Union until August 2006. Kourosh then joined the University of Calgary and completed his 2nd MSc in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering in 2007 in the area of Experimental and simulation of Nano-particle cyclone. Since then he has been working as Sustainable Technology Consultant identifying and providing solutions to energy and environment challenges in Oil & Gas industry in Alberta. He is currently a PhD chemical engineering student at the University of Calgary. His current research activity is focused on economic benefits, business value and environmental impact of developing Redox Flow Batteries (RFB).