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Principal Investigator

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Jinguang Hu

Dr Jinguang Hu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary, Canada. He leads “Biomass & Biorefinery Research Lab” at the University of Calgary. His current research is supported by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) and focuses on biomass valorization, sustainable energy, bioinspired materials/systems, and protein engineering for Energy, Environmental and Biomedical application. He has published ~200 papers including top journals such as Energy Environ Sci, J Am Chem Soc, Angew Chem, ACS Catal, Adv Funct Mater, Appl Catal B, Chem Catal, Chem Eng J Green Chem etc. He is the External Advisory Board member of the Canada Biomass Energy Network, a member of the “China-Canada Joint Centre for BioEnergy”, a Research Fellow of GBIC, a recipient of “S.C. Trindade Award”, and an active participator in the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy division. He currently serves as Editorial Board Members for Chemical Synthesis, Bioresources and Bioprocessing, Frontiers of Chemical Science & Engineering Resource Chemicals and Materials.

Postdoc Fellows

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Dr. Aiguo Wang  received his BSc degree at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2004 and MSc degree at Tsinghua University in 2007, China. Then he worked as a chemical engineer for 7 years in Key Laboratory of Industrial Separation and Environment Protection in China. He started his PhD programme at University of Calgary in 2015 and focused on the catalytic co-conversion of bio-derived compounds and methane to valuable chemicals. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles in Journals, including Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, ACS Catalysis, Energy Conversion ... His current research interest includes biomass valorization via thermo- photo- or electro-catalysis, natural gas utilization, catalyst development, chemical engineering and processing optimization, and non-thermal plasma chemistry, etc.

 Aiguo Wang

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Dr. Qingshan Meng is currently working as a postdoctoral associate under-supervised by Dr. Jinguang Hu and Dr. Edward Roberts. He received his Ph.D degree at Dalian University of Technology  in 2019. Then he worked as postdoctoral associate in Shanghai Jiao Tong University for 2 years, and a senior engineer in Bloomage Biotech Corp., LTd for bioactive compound development, respectively. His research interests focused on synthetic biology, especially bioactive compound production through metabolic engineering and then scale-up it in industrial level. He has published 4 peer-reviewed articles in Journals, and 1 book-chapter. His current research project is to construct a high efficient and selective photo/electro-enzyme hybrid system for converting lignocellulosic biomass to value-added biochemicals.

Qingshan Meng

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Dr. Liquan Jing received his Ph.D. degree from Jiangsu University majored in Environmental Science and Engineering in 2021, China. He focused on photocatalytic wastewater treatment, photocatalytic hydrogen production, and antibacterial fields. He has published over 10 articles (first author) in Journals, including Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Chemical Engineering Journal, Journal of Hazardous Materials, ACS Sustainable Chemistry&Engineering... His current research mainly focuses on the design and synthesis of functional photocatalysts for sustainable hydrogen, conversion of biomass into other high value-added biological products, and methane conversion..

Liquan Jing

Dr. Zheng Li received his B.S. degree from University of Science and Technology of China and Ph.D. degree from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics. He has published peer-reviewed articles in Nature Catalysis, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, etc. He is currently an Eyes High Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at University of Calgary under the guidance of Dr. Jinguang Hu and Dr. Zhangxing (John) Chen. His research mainly focuses on photo(electro/piezo/bio)-catalytic conversion of biomass-derived and energy-related molecules for the production of sustainable hydrogen and value-added chemicals.

Zheng Li

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Dr. Pandeng (Felix) Li received his Ph.D. degree from Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) in 2021, Canada. After Ph.D. graduation, he joined into Prof. Gregory Welch’s group in University of Calgary to slot-die coated organic photovoltaic modules and photochromic dye-based UV-b dosimetry. He has published peer-reviewed articles in Journals, including Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., ACS Energy Lett., Small, Sol. RRL, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, etc. Since 2024, he has joined Prof. Jinguang Hu’s group in University of Calgary. His current research mainly focuses on large-scaled reactor devices based on biomass refinery to yield valuable chemicals concurrently with hydrogen production.

Pandeng Li

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Hamid received a BSc degree in Chemistry, an MSc degree in Polymer Science, and a PhD in Organic Chemistry in Iran. His research focuses on the preparation of new anti-fouling ultrafiltration membranes, overcoming the trade-off between permeability/selectivity, and fouling mitigation of nanofiltration membranes (TFC), as well as the synthesis of novel polymers with different architectures and the study of their structure-property relationship. Currently, Hamid is a Mitacs industrial postdoctoral fellow at the University of Calgary (U of C) and Seppure company, where he is developing organic solvent nanofiltration membranes and preparing advanced membranes for hydrogen gas separation and the pervaporation process.

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Tayebeh Roostaei

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Dr. Tayebeh Roostaei holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Shiraz University, Iran, with a focus on "Hydrogen production via dry reforming of methane." She spent one year and a half of her Ph.D. program as a visiting student at the University of Calgary in Dr. Hu’s research group. During her visit she worked on “Photocatalytic hydrogen production” and “Activated carbon production from biomass”.  Tayebeh has published peer-reviewed articles in prestigious journals such as Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Separation and Purification Technology, Energy & Fuel, and Materials Today Chemistry. Currently, Tayebeh is a Postdoc Associate in Dr. Hu’s research group, focusing on upgrading bio-oil to reduce the carbon intensity of fuels.

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Wenping Li

Dr. Wenping Li received her B.S. degree from the Beijing University of Chemical Technology and Ph.D. degree from Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics. She has published peer-reviewed articles in Environmental Energy Science, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Electrochemical Energy Reviews, etc. She is currently a postdoc in the department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at University of Calgary under the guidance of Dr. Jinguang Hu and Dr. Zhangxing (John) Chen. Her research mainly focuses on carbon dioxide and methane conversion into high value-added chemicals by chemical looping process, plasma catalysis as well as electrochemical methods. 

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Graduates

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Amir received his B.Sc. degree in Petroleum Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology in 2014 and the M.Sc. degree in Petroleum Reservoirs Engineering from the University of Tehran in 2018. He did his master thesis on thermodynamic modeling of asphaltene precipitation in the presence of metal oxide nanoparticles using cubic plus association equation of state. Amir has been involved in multiple research projects during his academic career and he has co-authored several publications in reputed journals. Also, he received several prestigious national and international awards and scholarships. Amir currently is working on the application of green nanoparticles derived from biomaterials for producing green foams. His research is co-supervised with Dr. Steven Bryant.

Amir Varamesh  - Ph.D.

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Brett graduated with distinction from the University of Calgary in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering specialized in biomedical engineering.  He completed an honour thesis in the University of Calgary’s Pharmaceutical Production Research Facility where he helped to develop bioreactor protocols for the scale-up production of regenerative therapies with a focus on stem cell bioprocessing. His work he won first place at the 2018 Alberta Biomedical Engineering conference for best undergraduate poster presentation. In the Hu group Brett brings his knowledge of stem cell tissue culture to the focus of bacterial cellulose based tissue engineering and biomaterial functionalization. Brett enjoys snowboarding in the winter months and hiking and waterskiing in the summer.

Brett Abraham - Ph.D

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Behina completed her bachelor's degree in Polymer Engineering at the Amirkabir University of Technology in 2022, earning the distinction of graduating with honors. Her primary focus lies in biomaterials and their modification to achieve remarkable advancements in biomedical applications. Presently, as a graduate student in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Calgary, she is actively involved in utilizing biomaterials for the purpose of wound healing applications.

 Behina Tabatabaei - M.Sc.

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Zhangkang Li is currently a Ph.D. student under Professor Hu’s supervision in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at University of Calgary. He received his M.S. degree in materials engineering from Jiangnan University in 2019. Before joining Professor Hu's group, he had a seven-month stint at University of Sherbrooke. His research focuses on functional cellulose-based materials and tissue engineering. He likes basketball, football and swimming.

Zhangkang Li  - Ph.D.

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Yingying Fan received a master's degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology in 2021. Her main research interests during her master's degree were the synthesis of nano materials, photocatalytic hydrogen production and degradation of organic pollutants. She has published several  research articles in reputed journals. At present, she is a PhD student in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at  University of Calgary, under the guidance of Dr. Jinguang Hu and Dr. Zhangxing Chen. Her research focuses on designing photocatalytic materials based on TMDs for sustainable hydrogen production.

Yingying Fan - Ph.D

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Yunzhe Wen - M.Sc.

Yunzhe Wen received her BSc degree in Bioengineering from Jiangnan University in 2022. Her graduate project was achieving endoglucanase with high heat resistance from recombinant strain and its side-directed mutants. 

She then worked as a technician in the laboratory animal centre of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, helping students to conduct animal experiments.  

She is currently an MSc student in the Department of Chemical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Jinguang Hu. Her research focuses on the production of high-value compounds using carbon dioxide as a substrate through metabolic engineering. 

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Jiu Wang received his B.Sc. degree and M.Sc. degree from Wuhan University of Technology with a major in Materials Science and Engineering in 2017 and 2020, respectively. His M.Sc. project mainly focused on designing highly-efficient photocatalysts for CO2 photoreduction and he had several publications in reputed journals. He is currently a CFREF funded PhD student in the department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Jinguang Hu and Dr. Md Kibria. His research mainly focuses on the design and synthesis of functional catalysts for sustainable hydrogen and value-added products from sunlight driven reforming of biomass.

Jiu Wang -​ Ph.D.

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Hui Wang is a PhD student under the guidance of the Dr. Hu. She obtained her MSc degree in Light Industry Technology&Engineering from Tianjin University of Science & Technology in 2021. In this year, she was awarded by China Scholarship Council to pursue her PhD degree. Her MSc project mainly focus on the sustainable preparation of functional Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) and its application in stabilizing Pickering emulsion. Currently, her research interest is 3D bioprinting of nanocellulose for tissue engineering

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Hongguang received his MSc degree in Chemical Engineering from the Ocean University of China in 2020. His research interest mainly focused on the synthesizing of the nanomaterials, HER and organic pollutant removal using photocatalysis technology. He has published several research articles in the reputed journals. Also, he received Chinese National Scholarship for Graduate Student in 2019. Prior to joining in the Dr. Hu’s group, he worked as a research assistant in the Shandong Analysis and Test Center and Pilot National Laboratory Currently, He is a MSc student under the guidance of the Dr. Hu and Dr. Kibria and working on the biomass photoreforming using MXene-based photocatalyst.

​Hongguang Zhang- Ph.D

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Yiran Liu is a PhD student in Department of Chemical and Petroleum engineering in University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Jinguang Hu. Her research focus on development of cathode active material integration process for Lithium-ion batteries. She work as a Master student from 2022 to 2023 in University of Calgary on electrochemically exfoliate graphene.

​Yiran Liu- Ph.D

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Hangtian Hu - Ph.D.

Hangtian Hu received his B.Sc. degree and M.Sc. degree from Zhejiang University with a major in Energy Engineering in 2020 and 2023, respectively. His M.Sc. project mainly focused on designing highly efficient absorbents to capture carbon dioxide and had several publications in reputed journals. He is currently a CFREF-funded PhD student in the department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Jinguang Hu. His research mainly focuses on the design and synthesis of functional photocatalysts to convert carbon dioxide into value-added products.

Hangtian Hu received his B.Sc. degree and M.Sc. degree from Zhejiang University with a major in Energy Engineering in 2020 and 2023, respectively. His M.Sc. project mainly focused on designing highly efficient absorbents to capture carbon dioxide and had several publications in reputed journals. He is currently a CFREF-funded PhD student in the department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Jinguang Hu. His research mainly focuses on the design and synthesis of functional photocatalysts to convert carbon dioxide into value-added products.

Hangtian Hu - Ph.D

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Peng is currently a Ph.D. student, and  completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Saskatchewan. In May 2023, He joined Professor Hu's research group to pursue his doctoral studies. During his Ph.D. study, he will focus on the bacteria rational design integrated with photocatalysis to produce high value-added products from organic waste. In his free time, He enjoys fitness and skiing. 

Peng Teng - Ph.D

I am an MSc student specializing in Chemical Engineering - Energy & Environment at the University of Calgary. My academic journey commenced with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Azad University, Science and Research Branch, followed by the acquisition of a Master of Engineering degree in Environmental Engineering from University of Windsor.

At present, my scholarly pursuits are centered within the Biomass & Biorefinery Research Lab. I am dedicated to exploring the cutting-edge realm of amino regeneration for carbon capture, utilizing advanced and modified membrane technologies. This compelling research forms the cornerstone of my thesis, an undertaking undertaken in close partnership with SepPure Technologies Ltd., a prominent industry player.

Pardis Nazemizadeh Ardakani - M.Sc.

Visiting Scholars

Tiantian Wang joined Dr. Hu’s group in November 2023 as a visiting student. She received her master's degree in Light industry technology and engineering from Shaanxi University of Science and Technology. She is currently a Ph.D. student at China University of Petroleum (Beijing). Her research mainly focuses on the mechanism of in-situ hydrogen production from heavy oil.

Tiantian Wang

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Dr. Feiyue Shen became a visiting scholar in Dr. Hu's group in January 2024. He is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Resources and Environment from Sichuan Agricultural University. His research primarily focuses on the treatment of agricultural waste and its high-value conversion, including biomass straw refining, preparation of pesticide nanocarriers, and photothermal evaporation for wastewater purification. 

Feiyue Shen

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Qi Gao joined Dr. Hu’s group in January 2024 as a visiting student. He received his B.Eng degree at Sichuan Agricultural University in 2019. He is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Chinese Academy of Forestry. His research mainly focuses on the biomass pyrolysis and biochar.

Qi Gao

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Lab Alumni Members

Zhongyu Tang - Visiting Scholar

Yubo Yan - Visiting Scholar

Xi Chen - M.Sc Student

Heng Zhao - Postdoc Fellow

Hang Xu - Visiting Scholar

Guichun Hu - Postdoc Fellow

Hamed Shirvani - M.Sc. Student 

Xinti Yu - M.Sc. Student 

Shakil Ahmed Shetu - Summer Student 

Hong Zhao - Visiting Scholar

Jia Lee - Pos-doctoral Fellow

Mohd Adnan Khan - Research Associate

Nael Yasri - Research Associate

Qing Wang - Visiting Scholar

Xinxing Wu - Visiting Scholar

Fen Li - Visiting Scholar

 

Ragesh Prathapan - Pos-doctoral Fellow 

Abdulhameed Al-Ghabkari - Pos-doctoral Fellow

Shengjie Li  - M.Sc. Fellow

 

Juan Sebastian - Undergrad Student 

Xinyao Liu - M.Sc. Student

Ugochukwu Nwosu  - M.Sc.

Bruna Palma - M.Sc.

Haibo Chang - Visiting Scholar

Xia Du-Visiting Scholar

Dhwanil Trivedi - M. Sc.

      Pawan Kumar - Pos-doctoral Fellow

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