Natalia Semagina


Natalia Semagina obtained her undergraduate degree in biotechnology and PhD degree in chemical kinetics and catalysis from the Tver State Technical University in Russia. After several years of service as a senior lecturer and researcher at the same university, she worked as a research associate in the group of catalytic reaction engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL).

In 2008 she joined the University of Alberta, where she now holds a position of Associate Professor at the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering.


Jing Shen, Postdoctoral Fellow


Jing obtained her B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering at the University of Alberta.

Her research projects involve the synthesis of heterogeneous catalysts and precise control over the nanostructures. The applications are ring opening, hydrodesulphurization, wet methane combustion, methane and CO2 reforming, photoreduction of CO2, and water electrolysis.

Jing loves doing experiments in the lab. She also loves Tim Horton’s coffee.

Ali Mansouri, Postdoctoral Fellow


Ali obtained his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Alberta. His research interests include heterogeneous catalysis and reaction engineering, nanoscale structure-controlled synthesis of catalytic materials, and in-situ structure-performance studies of catalysts. Ali’s research project aims to develop metal sulfide catalysts for hydtrotreating of heteroatom organic compounds.

XueHai (Mike) Tan, Postdoctoral Fellow


Mike obtained his BSc in Engineering Physics (Nano-engineering Option) in 2009 and PhD in Materials Engineering at 2015 at the University of Alberta.

Mike’s research experiences include hydrogen storage in Mg-based alloys and composites, Pt-based electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction, Sn-Sb as sodium ion battery anode, CdTe thin film photovoltaic devices and materials. Current research project: Ir-based electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution reaction.

Hanieh Nassiri, Ph.D. student


Hanieh obtained her B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Tehran and her M.Sc. degree in Polymer Engineering at the Polymer and Petrochemical Institute in Iran.

Hanieh’s Ph.D. project at the University of Alberta is on palladium-platinum catalysts for low-temperature wet methane combustion used in catalytic converters in natural-gas vehicle (NGV) exhaust. The focus is on the rational controlled bimetallic catalyst design to achieve high activity and stability in lean-burn wet combustion. The traditional methods of altering size via impregnation and calcination may not allow intrinsic bimetallicity. Therefore, in this research, the desired structures are synthesized and studied in the catalytic combustion.

Amir H. Habibi, Ph.D. student


Amir obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Chemical Engineering at the Sahand University of Technology and Sharif University of Technology in Iran, respectively.

During his Ph.D. research work at the University of Alberta, Amir designs, synthesizes, and evaluates a new generation of encapsulated methane combustion catalysts for applications in natural-gas vehicles. Amir’s research interests also include reaction engineering, reactor design, heterogeneous catalysis (design, synthesis and applications), nanomaterials for energy and environmental applications, synthesis using supercritical carbon dioxide, and computational fluid dynamics.

Somaye Nasr, Ph.D. student


Somaye obtained her B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Isfahan University in Iran and her M.Sc in Chemical Engineering from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After working for 2 years in the industry she started her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.

The primary focus of her research is catalyst development for wet methane combustion.

Amir Rouhi, Ph.D. student


Amir obtained his B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering at the Isfahan University of Technology (IUT) and his M.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering (Catalyst and Reaction Engineering) at the University of Tehran (UT). His research interests include heterogeneous catalysis and nano-structured materials (synthesis, characterization and application), design of experiments, reaction engineering, reactor design and environmentally benign processes.

Amir’s Ph.D. project at the University of Alberta aims to develop efficient catalysts based on Earth-abundant metals for hydrotreating operations.