Staff and Visiting Professors
Jason Riordon, PhD
My PhD thesis at the University of Ottawa focused on the design, fabrication and characterization of microfluidic volume sensors. I demonstrated lab-on-chip devices capable of measuring individual cell volumetric growth at high resolution, and sorting cells at high purity.
Since joining Prof. Sinton’s Energy and Fluids research group in 2014, I have advanced microfluidic projects geared towards global challenges in energy and health. My expertise is in the design & development of lab-on-chip micro/nano-fluidic systems.
Ali Abedini, PhD
I obtained my BSc (2007) and MSc (2009) degrees in Petroleum Reservoir Engineering from Petroleum University of Technology, and my PhD in Petroleum Systems Engineering from the University of Regina in 2014, where I performed extensive studies on hydrocarbon/solvent phase behaviour (solubility, swelling/extraction, IFT, miscibility, and asphaltene precipitation) and CO2/sovent-based oil recovery processes in tight and heavy oil formations. I also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship (2015) there, fabricating various glass micro-model patterns using laser facilities, while conducting micro-scale studies on the displacement efficiency of EOR techniques, and investigating cyclic solvent injection in heavy oil formations through sand-pack flooding experiments. I joined SintonLab as a PDF (2015) where my focus is on the mechanistic analysis of phase behaviours and recovery performance during solvent and thermal-based recovery techniques (e.g., VAPEX, N-Solv, SAGD, and SA-SAGD) in heavy oil and bitumen formations using micro/nanofluidic approaches. Applications lay in disclosing recovery mechanisms and displacement phenomena occurring in the pore network of reservoir rocks aimed toward optimizing the operational parameters associated with various field practices.
Huawei Li, PhD
Huawei Li received his BSc in Electronics from Harbin University of Science and Technology in 2003 (China), his MSc in Optics Engineering from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in 2006 and his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Calabria in 2009 (Italy). Huawei did his first postdoctoral research in King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia, 2010-2013), where he focused on polymer-based microfluidics. Then, he continued his postdoctoral research in the Sinton group (2014-2016) and focused on micro- and nano-fluid dynamics using microfluidic and nanofluidic devices.
Huawei has been working as an associate professor in Guangdong University of Technology (China) since Aug. 2016, where he is leading a team focusing on the design and applications of microfluidic devices.
In Dec. 2017, Huawei returned to the Sinton group as a visiting associate professor, and his current research is focused on the development of microfluidic platforms for efficient sperm separation and selection, and the investigation of fluid dynamics with nanoconfinement.