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).

Mokhtar Tabari

Mokhtar is a PhD candidate at the University of Calgary in the department of economics. He joined CREATE ME2 program on September 2017 to collaborate with engineers of the energy storage technologies and provide them with the knowledge they need about the market and economics to commercialize their discoveries. His research also incorporates Big Data to estimate the impacts of innovation on firm performance. He holds a MSc in economics from Institute for Management and Planning Studies and a BSc in Industrial Engineering from the University of Science and Technology in Iran.

Atefeh Tarokh

Atefeh is a Ph.D. student at the University of Calgary. She is working on modeling ionomer polymers in the catalyst layer of PEM Fuel Cell by Molecular dynamics method under the supervision of Dr. Sathish Ponnurangam and Dr. Kunal Karan. Atefeh received her MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on modeling reactive/multicomponent fluid flow through porous media by lattice Boltzmann method (LBM). This model contains the fluid flow, heat transfer and mass transfer simultaneously. Such a model can be utilized in various energy conversion and storage devices where porous media plays a role.

Derrick Charles Bakuska 

Derrick completed his BSc. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Calgary in 2018. Through his internship in research and development, he realized research was a career he would be passionate towards. His internship gave him exposure to R&D from the industrial side and he gained valuable experience bringing one of our innovations through the commercialization process which included leading several pilot tests. Derrick wishes to continue to bridge the gap between academia and industry by developing innovative solutions that incorporate commercial considerations, allowing for accelerated adoption. His current research is related to developing a low-cost method for producing vanadium electrolyte, which, due to high costs is limiting deployment of grid-scale vanadium redox-flow batteries. Furthermore, Alberta currently has a significant amount of vanadium resources contained in waste-streams from the petrochemical industry that are being sent to landfills. By developing novel solutions for purifying vanadium at low cost through either physical or electrochemical means, we can derive value from these sources while reducing the facility’s environmental impact. Altogether, through discovering a way to utilize these resources we can accelerate investment in energy storage facilities, decreasing society’s reliance on fossil fuels and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.

Chengying Ai 

Chengying is a M.Sc student in Chemical Engineering. She completed her bachelor degree in Applied Chemistry from China. Her research focuses on developing carbon materials for capacitive deionization (CDI). Capacitive deionization is a promising technology for water desalination, which features low energy-consumption and high efficiency. Through electrodepositing conducting polymers into a novel free-standing nanoporous carbon materials, she has improved the electrochemical performance of the material, for example, the electrical capacitance has increased by 10 times after conducting polymer coating. With improved electrical capacitance, the new material is supposed to have higher salt adsorption capacity, which means better CDI performance.

Marwa Atwa

Marwa has received her M. Sc. in Chemistry (Electrochymistry) in 2013 from Suez Canal University. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Calgary.

Her PhD research focuses on fabrication, optimization and characterization of the novel nanoporous carbon scaffold (NCS) as a carbon support for polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEMFCs). In addition to developing new approaches for low platinum loading on NCS aiming to achieve a high active and durable cathode for PEMFCs.

Nioofar Misaghain

Niloo is working on pore-scale modeling of flow battery electrodes. The flow battery is an auspicious technology for large-scale energy storage from such renewable energy resources as solar and wind. Despite its invaluable efficiency, its large extent commercialization is restricted to its expensive cost as well as some uncertainty from technical point of view. Therefore, there is always need to optimize the flow battery design and modeling with the goal of reducing the cost while providing a better performance.

As a PhD student at University of Waterloo, she is modeling the porous structure of the electrodes and investigating the influence of its parameters on flow battery performance optimization. She has got her Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering at Tehran Polytechnic. She also holds a Master of Science in Hydrocarbon Reservoir Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology. She has a strong background in the field of modeling and upscaling porous media, about which she has proposed an adaptive multiresolution porous media upscaling method in her Master thesis.

Akhil Mammoottil Abraham

Akhil completed his bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering at the National Institute of Technology in 2014, India and MSc in Chemical Engineering at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology in 2016, UAE. Currently he is a PhD candidate at the University of Calgary. His research focuses on all solid-state lithium batteries and electric vehicle issues.

Maedeh Pahlevaninezhad

Maedeh is currently a PhD student in Chemical Engineering at the university of Calgary, Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. Her research interests are Energy storage systems and redox flow batteries. She is working on performance improvement of Vanadium flow batteries. She holds an MSc degree in Chemical Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology where her MSc thesis was focused on CO2 absorption in a nanofluidic system. She earned her BSc degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Isfahan, working on waste water treatment for her project.

Fatemeh ShakeriHosseinabad

Fatemeh is a PhD student in Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Edward (Ted) Roberts. She has joined the University of Calgary in January 2016. Her research focuses on “Secondary Batteries Using a Zinc Negative Electrode”.

Fatemeh has received her BSc in Chemical Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran. Her BSc research focused on “Membrane Separation”. She has received her M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Iran, Tehran. Her MSc research was centered on “Carbon Capture and Sequestration”.

Matt Tierney

Matt completed his B.Sc in Engineering with a specialization in Energy and Environment at the University of Calgary in 2015. After gaining some experience in industry, he decided to pursue his Master’s to better understand the energy systems he was working in. Working with supervisors Dr. Joule Bergerson, Canada Research Chair in Energy Technology Assessment, and Dr. David Wood, NSERC/ENMAX Industrial Research Chair in Renewable Energy, Matt’s research focuses on the adoption of renewable energy and the technologies that support intermittent renewable generation, including energy storage and Demand Side Management (DSM). Currently, Matt is working to evaluate the economic and emissions impacts of integrating renewables into the Alberta grid, as well as how storage and DSM can alter these impacts. He is also working on a case study around Data Centers and how they can be used as a support to renewables. He hopes that his research can help guide policy and decision making so that the best technologies are utilized during the energy transition and for the future grid. Outside of research, Matt loves beach volleyball, tennis, and climbing in the Rocky Mountains near Calgary.

Orrsam Aadil Abubaker

Orrsam is a M.Sc. student in chemistry under Dr. Venkataraman Thangadurai. He completed his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the University of Calgary. His research focuses on developing and testing cathode materials for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs).  SOFCs are energy conversion devices which can generate electricity from hydrocarbon fuels with high efficiency and low pollution. However, the high operation temperature between 800 -1000 ºC results in numerous disadvantages such as material degradation, long start-up and shut-down times, along with expensive sealant and interconnect materials. Thus, reducing the operating temperature to the intermediate range of 500-750 ºC can mitigate these disadvantages. Along with his research in SOFC cathodes he is a member of the chemistry graduate student association (CGSA). He has participated in planning regular events in the chemistry department including but not limited too: the departments coffee parties, the new grads welcome party and the alumni event.

Tazia Khusboo

Tazia is a PhD student at the University of Calgary in the Department of Economics. Her research interests include environmental and energy economics, industrial economics, development economics, and macroeconomics. She joined the CREATE ME program in May 2020 to collaborate with the pioneers of the energy storage technologies. Her goal is to study the impacts of the commercialization of energy storage innovations on industrial costs and input markets. Tazia obtained her Master of Arts in Economics from The University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2018. In 2019, she joined as a faculty member at BRAC University, Bangladesh at the Department of Economics and Social Sciences (currently on study leave). Tazia has worked in research teams assessing development projects funded by donors including The World Bank, UNDP, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), and ILO. The projects she contributed to addressed a range of socio-economic, and politico-legal issues including gender, regional trade, education, sexual and reproductive health and rights, climate change, and social protection.

Shukang Xiao

Shukang is a PHD student from Department of Economics at University of Calgary and is expected to graduate in year of 2024. He became a member of Create me2 in June 2020. He got a master’s degree of Economics and a bachelor’s degree of Public administration in China. His previous research focuses on public economics and development economics. His research aims at improving  the understanding of the interaction between public policies and individual behaviors. He will continue his research in the applied microeconomics under the guidance of Dr. Alexander Whalley.