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 Professor at the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. Natalia also serves as a Vice-Chair of Catalysis Division of the Chemical Institute of Canada.

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.

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.

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.

Luis Padilla Urbina, Ph.D. student


Luis has a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi in Mexico. He received his M.Sc. in Mining Engineering in 2016 at the Metallurgy Institute, also from the UASLP, where he worked as assistant researcher in the experimental testing and computational analysis of wastewater treatment processes by electrochemical methods. He started his Ph.D. program in 2017 and will focus his research on the fabrication, testing and design optimization of low Pt loading unitized regenerative fuel cells. The project is carried out in collaboration with Prof.  Marc Secanell.