U of A Students

Alyx Aarbo

I was born in Victoria, B.C.. When I was little I moved around quite a bit, but I spent my high school days in a small town called Elk Point. I did my B.Sc. in Chemistry at King’s University in Edmonton. My research is focused on using silicon nanocrystals as catalysts and combining them with metals to see what other properties emerge. In my free time I enjoy reading books, traveling, watching movies (especially Disney movies), and playing sports/games.

Email: aarbo[at]ualberta.ca

Chris Robidillo

I'm from the island nation of the Philippines. I obtained my Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from the University of the Philippines Manila and my Master's degree in Chemistry from the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. I previously worked with carbohydrate-encapsulated gold nanoparticles and used them for probing multivalent carbohydrate-protein interactions. Now, I'm part of the Veinot group where my research will primarily involve the fabrication of functional hybrid nanomaterials. When not hanging out with friends, I can just usually be found comfortably settled in my room getting my self lost in a good book.

 

Email: robidill[at]ualberta.ca

Emmett (Haoyang) Yu

I was born in China, and I studied abroad for my B.Sc. degree at Carleton University in 2011. In September of 2015 I started graduate studies at the U of A and joined the Veinot group. I am now working on the synthesis and functionalization of very rarely explored germanium and related nanoparticles. When I am not busy in school, I like hiking and exploring landscapes with my camera. Edmonton is a very nice place; the Rockies are close by and you have the chance to watch the excitation of atmospheric constituents emits light of varying colors at night (I mean the aurora).

Email: hy1[at]ualberta.ca 

Yingjie (Jay) He

I grew up in Hunan, China before I came to University of Alberta for my undergraduate studies. I chose to stay at UofA for my graduate studies because I’m familiar with the environment and people here and I really like the Veinot group’s versatile research direction. Right now, my research interest lies in developing catalyst for Zn-air battery. In my spare time I love reading novels and watching high quality TV shows.

Email: yingjie3[at]ualberta.ca

Sarah Milliken

I joined the Veinot group in September of 2017. I earned my BSc. at the University of Waterloo in a co-operative Chemistry program with a Materials specialization. My previous research involved paper substrates for SERS and Au NR superlattice for SERS detection of cannabinol. As a graduate student in the Veinot group I am interested in hybrid and doped nanomaterials for use in catalysis, imaging and therapy. In my free time I like to spend time with friends, explore Edmonton, play games or read a good book.

Email: smillike[at]ualberta.ca 

 

Kevin O'Connor

I am originally from Vancouver, British Columbia and I completed my B.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of British Columbia in 2018. The University of Alberta hosts some of the field leading faculty in materials science and I’ve since moved to Edmonton to join the Veinot group. I’m interested in developing silicon nanoparticles as materials for alternative ion-based battery anodes and metamaterials. I enjoy traveling, board games and playing ice hockey on the Chemistry Graduate Student team.

Email: kmoconno[at]ualberta.ca

I Teng (Emily) Cheong

I grew up in Macau SAR, China and completed my bachelors degree at the University of Alberta. I am continuing my graduate studies in the Veinot group (joined Sept 2018) because of the great people and the accessible resources (e.g. NanoFab, ATUMS, etc.). I am interested in studying applications of nanomaterial hybrids. When not in the lab, I enjoy cooking with friends and traveling to learn about different cultures.

Email: iteng[at]ualberta.ca

Ziqi (Amber) Li

Born and raised in Zhejiang, China, Ziqi received her B.Sc in chemistry from the University of Toronto. She has previously researched the surface of the PbS nanocrystals that she was synthesizing via the PbCl (Cademartiri/Weidman) route. Now pursuing her Master Degree here in Edmonton, she is currently working on the functionalization of silicon nanocrystals with elastic proteins. Her hobbies include watching movies, reading novels and being terrible at cooking.

Email: ziqi14[at]ualberta.ca

Martin (Chuyi) Ni

I was born in Changsha, Hunan, China and I finished my B.Sc. Degree at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou. I think UofA is a great university to study and pursue my Ph.D. degree. I joined the Veinot group in 2019 and my previous research revolved around nanomaterials especially perovskites. Now I want to explore more in the area of nanomaterials and solid-state NMR. Besides chemistry, I like playing sports and games with my friends.

Email: cn2[at]ualberta.ca

Riley Hooper

I’m Riley and I am a joint PhD student in the Michaelis and Veinot research groups. I am originally from Wallaceburg, a small town in southern Ontario, and obtained an Honors Chemical Biology degree at the University of Western Ontario in 2019. I spent some time in the Veinot and Michaelis groups in 2017 in my undergrad as part of the Inorganic Chemistry Exchange, and decided to come back as a graduate student this year. I have previously worked on applying solid-state NMR spectroscopy to Silicon Nanoparticles to understand the atomic structure of these particles and will continue to investigate different syntheses or functionalization methods using ssNMR.

Email: rhooper[at]ualberta.ca


Veinot ATUMS Students

Buriak ATUMS Students

Mahmoud Almadhoun

Originally from Palestine, I was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. I received my B.Eng from Imperial College in London, UK and my M.Sc from KAUST in Saudi Arabia where my majors for both degrees was Materials Science and Engineering. Following 4 years of industrial experience with SABIC, I decided to move to the University of Alberta and pursue my graduate studies, working for Dr. Jillian Buriak. I was attracted to the University because of its unique research infrastructure and interdisciplinary research. My research will focus on bottom-up self-assembly of nanomaterials for memory and energy storage applications. Outside of work, I mainly enjoy spending my time with my wife and children, play football (or should I say soccer?), and occasionally learning some song covers on guitar.

Email: almadhou[at]gmx.ualberta.ca

Aaron Kirkey

I was born in Niagara Falls, ON. and completed my BSc at the University of Western Ontario working in labs focused on material chemistry. Knowing that I wanted to work on photovoltaics or batteries, I applied and was fortunate enough to join the Buriak group in September of 2017! I currently work on all-small molecule organic photovoltaic devices. In my spare time I like to discover and listen to music. I love to do triathlons, hike, and camp out in the mountains!

Email: kirkey[at]ualberta.ca

Gibbs ATUMS Students

Hansol Park

I was born in Daejeon, South Korea. I completed my undergraduate degree at Chungnam National University, South Korea after which I chose to come to the University of Alberta because I love Canada and the U of A has a good reputation, especially the Chemistry department! I decided to join the Gibbs-Davis group because the research area is multidisciplinary and also the combination of DNA and organic synthesis sounds like an attractive field. My research is on organic synthesis of modified DNA oligos and developing green chemistry methods for molecular electronics. When I have free time, I like watching movies, cooking and hanging out with my friends.

Email: hansol[at]ualberta.ca

Mokhtar Rashwan

Mokhtar RashwanI grew up in Beni Suef, Egypt. I did my undergrad in Chemistry at Beni Suef University in Egypt. I chose U of A since it is one of the most worldwide prestigious universities. Joining U of A will help me improve both my personal and technical skills. My research interests are analytical chemistry and using spectroscopic techniques for chemical analysis. In Sept. 2017 I joined the Gibbs group doing research on using nonlinear optical phenomena to understand the interfacial behavior of silica with other media. My project may involve using nonlinear optical phenomena to gain insight into the surfaces of semiconductor materials and photovoltaic devices. I’m really excited to be in such a nice group.

 Email: mrashwan[at]ualberta.ca

Nahida Akter

I was born in Bangladesh. I earned my B.Sc. (Hon’s) and M.Sc. in chemistry from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh and started my career in academia as a lecturer in the department of chemistry at Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET). I completed my M.Phil. program in chemistry at BUET alongside my lecturer job. Pursuing a PhD degree from a Canadian university was always my dream and I decided to come to the University of Alberta since it is one of the Canada’s top universities and the Department of Chemistry offers excellent research facilities. In September 2019 I joined the Gibbs group and my research project will focus on the synthesis of self-healing and self-replicating nanomaterials for application in solar cells/batteries. During my free time I enjoy reading novels, watching movies, and visiting new places.

Email: nakter[at]ualberta.ca

Mar ATUMS Students

Fuwei Wen

I am originally from Tianjin, China. I received my undergraduate training at University of Alberta and I chose to continue studying at U of A for my PhD degree because I had an enjoyable time during my undergraduate studies. My research interests are focused on electrolyte and cathode components for Li and Na-ion batteries, and synthesis inorganic material using solid-state synthesis methods which is why I am currently studying in Prof. Mar’s group. Now that I am living in Edmonton, Canada my hobby has shifted from watching NBA to NHL so I am now an Oilers fan. Go Oilers! .

Email: fwen[at]ualberta.ca

Hegmann ATUMS Students

David Purschke

I was born and raised in Edmonton and I completed my undergraduate degree in Physics at the University of Alberta. I chose to stay to do my graduate studies in the Ultrafast Nanotools lab because of my great experience with research here as an undergrad. My scientific interests are focused on the use of intense terahertz pulses to probe nonlinear dynamics in transient states of matter. I am especially interested in luminescent materials and exploring the use of terahertz pulses to quench, enhance, and even drive light emission. Away from the lab, I like to be active in my free time by playing sports. I enjoy volleyball and basketball in the winter and ultimate frisbee and beach in the summer.

Email: purschke[at]ualberta.ca 

Charles Jensen

I attended the University of Alberta where I obtained an undergraduate degree in Astrophysics and a Masters degree in Physics. I am now a PhD student, and my research focuses on experimentally investigating light-matter interactions. I grew up in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and with nature at my doorstep I grew to enjoy hiking, camping, photography and woodworking.

Email: cjensen[at]ualberta.ca 

Howe Simpson

I was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. I moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia for a change of scenery and completed my undergraduate degree in physics at Dalhousie University. I decided to pursue my graduate studies at the University of Alberta because of the University's many different branches of physics, and to take the opportunity to immerse myself in different aspects of science. Particularly, I joined the Hegmann group to learn more about metals and semiconductors and to have the chance to work in terahertz scanning tunneling microscopy. Outside of academics I enjoy archery, camping, and playing board and video games. 

Email: hsimpson[at]ualberta.ca

Meldrum ATUMS Students

Kirsty Gardner

I moved to Canada from England in 2014 to pursue my PhD in condensed matter physics. After being welcomed into a very friendly lab group here, I’ve been working on a project where we make sensors using whispering gallery mode resonances in fluorescent-core microcapillaries. Recently, I’ve been working on improving the sensitivity of these devices by using different fluorescent media which can be made to lase.  Outside of the lab, I enjoy walking along the river trails, sometimes stopping to take photographs of Edmonton’s beautiful greenery and blue skies. I also occasionally join my labmates for bike rides and swing dancing.

Email: kgardner[at]ualberta.ca

William Morrish

I grew up in rural Alberta and graduated from the University of Alberta.  My background is primarily in physics and computing science.  I have a wide range of academic interests, including astro- and high energy physics, but especially condensed matter physics.  I am also very interested in the intersection of physics and computing, whether that be writing code to investigate physical principles or applying physics to make computers better, faster, and smaller.  My area of research is hybrid nanomaterials using ultrafast spectroscopy with a focus on the use of biomaterials as a lasing medium.  Outside of the lab, I enjoy photography, playing video games, spending time with my family, and reading.

Email: wmorrish[at]ualberta.ca

Hui Wang

I grew up in China and I also graduated from Shandong Normal University. The reason that I choose the UofA to continue my higher education is that I can find suitable projects and nice professors. My research is mainly about optics and lasers. I am very interested in this field.

Email: hui9[at]ualberta.ca

Tanisha Mehreen

I grew up in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where I received my Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in Physics at University of Dhaka. My research interest is mainly in the field of Condensed Matter Physics. The reason for choosing U of A for my higher studies is the opportunities for interdisciplinary research and versatile faculty members. I joined the Meldrum Research Group in Fall 2019, where I will be working in the Methane Sensing Project. Outside of the lab, I enjoy music, reading, visiting new places and spending time with my family.

Email: tmehreen[at]ualberta.ca

Shankar ATUMS Students

Ryan Kisslinger

I was born and raised in Alberta, where I completed my B.Sc. in Materials Engineering in Edmonton. I spent two summers doing undergraduate research, and I quickly decided that wasn’t enough! I am currently pursuing my M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, where I am working on applications of optoelectronic nanomaterials and characterization of their properties. The interdisciplinary nature of this research is particularly exciting to me. When not in the lab, I usually spend my time either playing and watching hockey or camping and hiking, depending on the season.

Email: kissling[at]ualberta.ca

Ujwal Thakur

I was born and raised in Nepal. I received B. Sc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh.  I am a graduate student in the Shankar group. My research is focused on application of nanostructured materials to improve performance and stability of Perovskite solar cells. When not in the lab, I generally spend my time playing badminton, cricket or soccer. 

 

Email: ujwal[at]ualberta.ca

Ehsan Vahidzadeh

I was born and raised in Iran and obtained my bachelor and master degree from the University of Tehran. I then decided to join Prof. Shankar's group as a PhD student. My research is mainly about synthesis and characterization of semiconductors and the investigation of their applications as photocatalysts. When I'm not in lab, you can find me in the gym. I also enjoy traveling, camping and making origami!

Email: vahidzad[at]ualberta.ca

Harshitha Rajashekhar

I grew up in Tumakuru, Karnataka, India and pursued a Bachelor's degree in Telecommunication Engineering at the Siddaganga Institute of Technology.  I gained valuable research experience as a Project Assistant at the Indian Institute of Science while I completed my Masters in Nanotechnology at The National Institute of Technology. I joined the University of Alberta for my Doctoral studies because of the cutting edge research facilities available, especially in the area of Nanotechnology.  I am currently a graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering under Professor Karthik Shankar where I am working on Photovoltaic and Optoelectronic devices.

Email: hrajashe[at]ualberta.ca

Damini Vrushabendrakumar

I was born in Mysuru, Karnataka, India. I completed a B.E in Electronics and Communication from Vishweswaraya Technological University (VTU) in Belgaum, India where I did my project on Light fidelity. I also completed an M.Tech in Nanotechnology from the National Institute of Engineering (NIE)in Mysuru, India. In January 2020 I joined the Shankar group as a Ph.D. student. When not in the lab I enjoy doing yoga, art, dance, painting, listening to music, singing, and playing badminton.

Email: vrushabe@ualberta.ca

Michaelis ATUMS Students

Michelle Ha

I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta where I obtained by B.Sc right here at the University of Alberta. While volunteering with Prof. Wasylishen throughout my undergraduate degree, I fell in love with solid-state NMR and decided to join the Michaelis group. I am excited to study various hybrid organic-inorganic materials (such as functionalized silicon nanoparticles), as well as tackling different areas for NMR development. When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy listening to all different genres of music, assembling model kits, or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

Email: mha1[at]ualberta.ca

Madhu Sudan Chaudhary

I was born in Nepal and grew up at Sathya Sai Shiksha Sadan in Kathmandu. At the age of 17, I moved to India where I cherished my high school days at Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School in Prasanthi Nilayam. The ambience of this place persuaded me to stay more, and luckily I was admitted into an integrated program [B.Sc. (Hons.) and M.Sc.] in Chemistry at Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. I then worked in the industrial sector for 6 years. When I turned 29 years old in 2019 I decided to come to Canada and pursue the thrill of mysterious chemistry and study exotic nuclei under the tutelage of Prof. Vladimir K. Michaelis. When I’m not in the lab, I search for opportunities to volunteer at University of Alberta.

Email: mc13[at]ualberta.ca

Riley Hooper

I’m Riley and I am a joint PhD student in the Michaelis and Veinot research groups. I am originally from Wallaceburg, a small town in southern Ontario and obtained an Honors Chemical Biology degree at the University of Western Ontario in 2019. I spent some time in the Veinot and Michaelis groups in 2017 in my undergrad as part of the Inorganic Chemistry Exchange, and decided to come back as a graduate student this year. I have previously worked on applying solid-state NMR spectroscopy to Silicon Nanoparticles to understand the atomic structure of these particles and will continue to investigate different syntheses or functionalization methods using ssNMR.

Email: rhooper[at]ualberta.ca