NSERC CREATE and Specialized Graduate Programs

Veinot ATUMS Students

Alyx Aarbo

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 




Md Asjad Hossain

I was born in a small island called Sandwip in southern part of Bangladesh. I completed my B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemistry at Shahjalal University of Science & Technology, Bangladesh. During my undergrad research I worked on TiO2-Carbon Nanotube composite thin films for photocatalytic degradation of dyes. Before coming to Canada I worked at Square Toiletries Ltd. (a renowned toiletries & cosmetic industry in Bangladesh) for almost two years as a Product Development Executive. I then moved to Edmonton, Canada to pursue my higher studies at University of Alberta. I joined Dr. Veinot's Lab as a graduate student in September 2016 where I am interested in using hybrid silicon nanostructures in the application of Solar Cell, LEDs etc. I love to dream, but my dreams are bigger than my achievements. I like to travel and watch movies (specially detective ones like Sherlock Holmes) in my free time.

Email: mdasjad[at]ualberta.ca

Zach Zhang

I'm from China. I got both my Bachelor's and Master's degree from Jilin University. My hometown is located in the Northeast of China, which is literally the coldest area of the country. I have heard a lot about the long and cold winter of Alberta, and that makes me very curious about the first upcoming one. No matter what, here I am! It has been an exciting journey for me to begin my PhD research in Prof. Veinot's group. When I have spare time, I enjoy cooking (I am a pretty good chef, well Chinese dishes only for now. LOL) and staying at home to relax.

Email: xiyu4[at]ualberta.ca 


Yingjie HeYingjie He (Jay)

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 MillikenSarah 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