Dr Jinguang Hu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Calgary, Canada. He received Ph.D. degrees from the University of British Columbia, and did his postdoc at the UBC BioProducts Institute (Canada) and Aalto-VTT HYBER center (Academy of Finland's Centre of Excellence in Molecular Engineering of Biosynthetic Hybrid Materials research), respectively. His current research is supported by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) and focuses on sustainable energy, biomass valorization, bioinspired materials/systems, and photo/bio-catalyst engineering for Energy and Environmental application. He has published over 120 papers including top journals such as Energy & Environmental Science, ACS Catalysis, Advanced Functional Material, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Green Chemistry etc. He is the External Advisory Board member of the Canada Biomass Energy Network, a Research Fellow of GBIC, a recipient of “S.C. Trindade Award”, and an active participator in the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy division and the “China-Canada Joint Centre for BioEnergy”.
Dr. Heng Zhao received his Ph.D. degree from Wuhan University of Technology majored in Material Science and Engineering in 2019. He is currently a GRI CFREF funded post-doctoral researcher in the department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at University of Calgary under the guidance of Dr. Jinguang Hu, Dr. Md Kibria and Dr. Stephen Larter. His research mainly focuses on the design and synthesis of functional catalysts for sustainable hydrogen and value-added bio-products co-production from biomass photoreforming.
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.
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..
Dr. Pawan Kumar completed his Ph.D. in chemical science from the CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun, India in 2016 under the guidance of Dr. Suman L. Jain. After his Ph.D., he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at RCPTM, Palacky University, Czech Republic, and the University of Alberta, Canada. Dr. Kumar’s research interest is mainly focused on materials synthesis and its application in photocatalysis, catalysis (organic transformation), and energy applications. Dr. Kumar is author/co-author of 60+ journal articles (including JACS, Adv. Mater., Adv. Funct. Mater., Appl. Catal. B, J. Mater. Chem. A, etc.), 3+ book chapters, and 1 patent;
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
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
Hamed graduated from Sharif University of Technology in 2020 with a B.Sc. degree in chemical engineering. His research interests include enzyme immobilization, protein engineering, and the application of enzymes in different fields. He has been involved in some research projects during his undergraduate studies, including the co-immobilization of enzymes for environmental applications and the synthesis of antibacterial nanocomposites. Hamed now works under Dr. Hu's supervision in the application of enzymes for the biodesulfurization of sulfur compounds. His co-supervisor in the BDS project is Dr. Li. In his free time, Hamed enjoys mountaineering, hiking, rock climbing, and of course, soccer.
Hamed Shirvani - M.Sc.
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.
Bruna Palma has received her B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (2017) from Rio de Janeiro State University, in Brazil, and had the experience of working as a research assistant at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro for more than a year. She is a M.Sc. student in our group and her research focus on the selective decomposition of lignin via heterogeneous photocatalysis.
Bruna Palma - M.Sc.
Dhwanil Trivedi - M.Sc.
Dhwanil has completed his Bachelor's in chemical engineering from D.J. Sanghvi College of Engineering, Mumbai. He is currently a master's student at the University of Calgary. Before joining the university, he was a research associate at ICT and Mumbai University where his field of study was heterogeneous catalysis. His current research focus is optimizing the photocatalytic conversion of HMF into various value-added chemicals using different photocatalysts.
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.
Ugo graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2016 with a B.Sc. in chemical engineering and is currently pursuing an M.Sc. in the same discipline. His research interests include photocatalysis, biochemistry, and chemical thermodynamics. In his free time, Ugo likes to stay active. His hobbies include playing soccer and basketball, dancing to music, and traveling
Ugochukwu Nwosu - M.Sc.
Xi Cheng - Ph.D
Xi Cheng obtained his MSc degree in Chemical Engineering and Technology from Qingdao University of Science and Technology in 2020. During his master’s degree, he got some achievements in splitting water to produce hydrogen under visible-light irradiation. Before joining Dr. Hu’s group, Xi worked as a research assistant at Henan University for wastewater degradation by Fenton reaction. Currently, under the supervision of Dr. Hu and Dr. George Shimizu, he is devoting himself to utilizing photo-thermo catalysts to convert biomass into high value-added chemical compounds over metal organic framework. Xi has various hobbies, such as basketball, singing, cooking, and traveling.
Faranak Afsar research focus on developing responsive gels for Enhanced Oil Recovery applications. Prior to joining the department, she completed her B.Sc. and M.Sc., in Chemical Engineering at Shiraz University and Ferdowsi University, respectively. Her M.Sc. project was about the synthesis and fabrication of polymeric membranes for the pervaporation process. Besides being passionate about making new materials in the lab, she likes dogs, baking, traveling around the world, and of course chocolate!
Faranak Afsar - Ph.D.
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- M.Sc.
Xinti Yu - M.Sc.
Xinti Yu completed her Bachelor’s degree in electronic information science and technology from Wuhan University of Technology in 2017. Currently, she is a master student at the University of Calgary with the supervision from Dr. Jinguang Hu. She is now working on photocatalyst design and preparation for selective biomass valorization and simultaneous H2 production.
Guichun Hu joined Dr. Hu’s group in February, 2020 as a visiting scholar. She received her Ph.D. degree from South China University of Technology majored in Pulp and Paper Engineering in 2015. Her research mainly focuses on the design and synthesis of cellulose-based flexible printed electronics.
Haibo Chang joined Dr. Hu’s group in September 2021 as a visiting scholar. She graduated from Jilin University with a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry. Her research mainly focuses on the synthesis and preparation of nano-photocatalyst materials and degradation of organic pollutants, and efficient conversion and utilization of biomass energy.
Xia Du joined Dr. Hu’s group in September 2021, as a visiting scholar. She received her Ph.D. degree from Harbin University of Science and Technology majoring in Material Physics and Chemistry in 2019. Her research mainly focuses on the design and screening of fluorination reagents, theoretical study on the fluorination reaction mechanism, and electronic transport characteristics of insulating materials.
Lab Alumni Members
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
Abdulhameed Al-Ghabkari - Pos-doctoral Fellow
Shengjie Li - M.Sc. Fellow
Juan Sebastian - Undergrad Student
Xinyao Liu - M.Sc. Student