Principal Investigator: Dr. Amira Abdelrasoul, P.Eng.
Laboratory Website: www.membranetech.ca
Dr. Abdelrasoul research projects focus on modelling, simulating, designing, developing, and synthesizing novel evolutional membranes with an advanced customized morphology and enhanced biocompatibility that can pave the way for new frontiers in the following areas:
-Biomimetic and bioinspired membranes for hemodialysis and other biomedical applications.
-Optimal membrane technologies for water and wastewater treatment, and the multiplicity of usage scenarios for various applications, including ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, forward osmosis and reverse osmosis membranes.
-Innovative membrane technologies for separation, purification and recovery.
-Multifunctional nanomaterials, advanced nanocomposite and mixed‐matrix membranes.
Abdelrasoul Research Group (Fall 2018)
University of Saskatchewan, Engineering Building 2D34
Dr. Ubong Eduok, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Ubong Eduok, PhD, joined Dr. Abdelrasoul’s group at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (Membrane Science and Technology Research Lab.), University of Saskatchewan in 2019 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. His current research interests revolve around the development of novel biomaterial designs and reaction routes for synthesizing new biocompatible coating nanocomposites that will have potential applications in biomedical hemodialysis, membrane filtration, wastewater remediation, etc. He is an experienced research associate who has previously been a Visiting Researcher at the Biomedical Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, UK. There, he was a part of a funded research project that designed biofunctionalized antifouling silicone coatings immobilized with thermophilic bacterial (e.g. Bacillus licheniformis) endospores. He is experienced in organic and inorganic synthesis, including those of small and macromolecules, as well as ceramic, metallic and polymeric nanoparticles. Dr. Eduok’s goal is to improve people’s lives by being a solution to End-Stage Renal Disease patients through sustainable and innovative membrane dialysis researches.
Dr. Shaghayegh Saadati (PhD Medicinal Chemistry)
Shaghayegh Saadati, PhD, completed her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Chemistry at University of Kurdistan then, she received her M.Sc. in Analytical Chemistry at University of Kurdistan in 2011. Then she pursued her graduate studies and the PhD degree in the field of Medicinal Chemistry at “Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and Health Services” in Tehran. Her research focused on design, synthesis & molecular modeling studies of new quinazolines and the evaluation of their cytotoxic influence. She joined Dr. Abdelrasoul research team as Visiting Researcher for her interest to apply her skills and knowledge to contribute in solving current health problems in Hemodialysis.
Arash Mollahosseini (PhD Student)
Arash Mollahosseini started his Ph.D. in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at the University of Saskatchewan in September 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Abdelrasoul. His current PhD research focuses on enhancing membrane biocompatibility for Hemodialysis applications. Arash received his M.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from Babol (Noshirvani) University of Technology in 2011 and his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Great School of Management in 2014. His previous experience focused on nanocomposite membranes, ultrafiltration membranes, as well as antibiofouling membranes. In addition to his research and teaching skills, he was able to show achievements in the area of management related to his MBA studies.
Heloisa Westphalen (PhD Student)
Heloisa Westphalen completed her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at Universidade Federal de Pernambuco in 2017. During the undergraduate program, she was awarded with a full scholarship from the Brazilian government to study at Ryerson University for one year. After that, she completed a Master of Applied Science degree at Ryerson University, and she received the M.Sc. Graduate Program Excellence Award for high academic and research achievements (2018). Her research focused on the application of membrane technology to industrial wastewater treatment using ultrasound-assisted fouling control. In 2019 she joined Dr. Abdelrasoul’s Research Group as a Ph.D. student and her research goal is to contribute to the advancement of membrane technology in biomedical applications.
Vu Bui (MSc Student)
Vu completed his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Hochiminh City University of Technology, Vietnam, in 2013. In 2014, he received the DAAD scholarship from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to pursue his M.Sc. degree in Water Resources Engineering and Management at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. His previous research focused on the synthesis and characterization of novel membrane materials, and the application investigation of advanced membrane technology for water and wastewater treatment. Vu joined Prof. Abdelrasoul Group with the aim of applying his skills and knowledge in synthesizing novel membranes for addressing some of the most pressing global challenges such as water quality.
Sana Daneshamoz (MSc Student)
Sana completed her bachelor’s degree in Applied Chemistry at Bu-Ali Sina University (2013), then she joined the Physical Chemistry department to start her research experience in collaboration with industry. In 2014, Sana entered the master’s program in Applied Chemistry and conducted research on liquid-liquid extraction with emphasis on the synthesis of nanoparticles. She was engaged in the multiphase project providing her with a strong background in chemistry. She was honored to be selected as an Outstanding Graduate Student in the Applied Chemistry department at the Bu-Ali Sina University in the academic year 2016-2017. After graduating in 2017, she enthusiastically continued her research in the laboratory which resulted in publishing two articles in the famous journal of Ultrasonics Sonochemistry. In September 2019, Sana joined Prof. Abdelrasoul’s research group at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada. Sana was awarded the Saskatchewan Innovation Scholarship and her project will focus on the innovative nanomaterials in biomedical applications. Her goals are to change people’s lives for the better through applying innovative research.
Hadia Butt (MEng Student)
Hadia is a recent graduate and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 2017. For her academic excellence she has received several awards, including the Governor General Academic Medal, Government of Saskatchewan General Proficiency Award, and the Dean’s Honor Roll Award. She decided to continue her graduate studies and join Dr. Abdelrasoul research group, in September 2018, to work on cutting edge research in wastewater treatment using advanced membrane technology. Her goals are to find innovative research solutions that will immediately impact the industrial sector, and to act as a successful role model for women in Engineering (WIE) who can balance between her current job and graduate studies.
Research Internship International Students
Sishi Zhu is currently studying the third year of Chemical Biology at Northwest Forestry University in China (CGPA: 92%). She has been awarded the Professional Scholarship consecutively for four terms. She is interested in joining first-line research laboratories since October 2019, to study the chemical transformation and synthesis of different biomaterials that mimic nature, and she was awarded for her excellence. Zhu joined Dr. Abdelrasoul research group in 2021 as an intern for her interest in membrane technology. Her project focuses on an in-depth assessment of different membrane morphology using Synchrotron imaging.
Gibrán Saúl Rueda Plá
Gibrán is currently studying the second to last semester of Chemical Engineering at Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores Monterrey, in Mexico (CGPA: 92%) . Along with his studies, he has participated in a research project with Dr. Yamir Bandala Solano, to analyze chemical structures using Gaussian. He is studying instrumental chemistry, since he is interested in characterizing materials. He joined Dr. Abdelrasoul group to apply his knowledge to achieve his research goal in discovering and creating new knowledge. Furthermore, he would like to assess the possibility of conducting the same process on a larger scale and develop a project that can be applied in Mexico.
Joseph Munoz joined the Chemical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan in September 2016. His interest centers around wastewater treatment. He joined Prof. Abdelrasoul’s group to contribute the ongoing research in her Membrane Science and Nanotechnology. Joseph is so passionate to find innovative solutions that could optimize the industry and solve environmental problems.
Srija Argumeedi is an undergraduate student (4th year) at the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at University of Saskatchewan. She was awarded at the University of Saskatchewan in 2015 for her academic excellence. In addition, she received several awards for demonstrating leadership in the community, including Youth in Philanthropy Award (2014), Federated Limited Scholarship (2015), and Russell Memorial Award. (2018). She joined Dr. Abdelrasoul group in 2018 for her interest in nanomaterials. She aims to contribute to the ongoing research, to solve health and environmental problems.
Mahboobeh Maghami (MSc Student: Sep 2017- Aug 2019)
Current Position: Research Analyst at Bioriginal, SK
In September 2017, Mahboobeh joined Prof. Abdelrasoul’s group at U of S in Canada. Her project focused on the investigation of enhanced water transport across hydrophilic and hydrophobic membranes using molecular dynamics simulations, in addition to synthesis zwitterionic materials. Mahboobeh completed her undergraduate degree in Applied Chemistry at Kashan University (2005). Then, she completed her Master in Inorganic Chemistry at Isfahan University of Technology (2010) under the supervision of Prof. Hadadzadeh.
Raam Sirigiri (MEng Student: Jan 2019- Jan 2021)
Raam received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from R. V. R. & J. C. Engineering, India, in 2016 with Academic Excellence Award. In addition to Chemical Engineering he has experience in the Pharmaceutical industry. Raam joined Dr. Abdelrasoul research group as a Master of Engineering student in January 2019 in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at the University of Saskatchewan. His current interests focus on nanotechnology in biomedical applications.
Monica Kwong (Research Assistant)
Current Position: Process Engineer at Sofina Inc
Monica Kwong recently completed the undergraduate Chemical Engineering Co-op program at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. She chosed to study Chemical Engineering because of the numerous career paths it offers. Since at a young age, she has always had a passion for community involvement, as she feels the most accomplished when she feels that her contributions have made a difference. She has been recognized for her work through several awards such as the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education Award, Rona Hatt Engineering Ambassador Award in Chemical Engineering, and the Dennis Mock Student Leadership Award.
Maha Akram (Research Assistant)
Maha Akram is a recent Chemical Engineering graduate from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. She has intensive exposure to the industrial experiences through her coop program. Her interest to membrane science and its fascinated technology, started by working with Dr. Abdelrasoul on advanced computational modeling in Toronto. In 2018, Maha joined Dr. Abdelrasoul research to gain research skills in membrane science and nanotechnology, for her interest to apply the gained knowledge in the industry in her future career.