ZhenBang (Seven) Qi
I graduated with a B.A.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from University of Toronto in 2014. As part of my undergraduate internship, I worked at a field office in Alberta as a Production Engineer for twelve months where I learned not only various cold heavy oil production methods, but also the challenges of heavy oil extraction and limitations of current technologies. I have since become interested in heavy oil extraction processes and wished to explore this field in depth. Currently, I am investigating solvent based recovery methods (requiring less energy and water supply than SAGD) in upstream heavy oil extraction.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering (BEng) from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China, 2015. During my undergraduate studies, my research experiences included: traditional heat exchanger design and improvement, ink-jet printing for anti-counterfeiting and molecular dynamics simulation on nanoscale systems for impact mitigation.
With the wide-scale exploitation of shale gas, the phase change of hydrocarbons in shale with nanopores and nanochannels has attracted much attention in both academia and industry. As a member of SintonLab, I am investigating condensation of hydrocarbons within the nanoscale using Lab-on-chip. We aim to develop new and efficient methods for directly observing and detecting phase change phenomena in the nanoscale.
Yi (Sheldon) Xu
Sheldon graduated with a B.A.Sc (2016) in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto, specializing in energy and mechatronics.
In 2016, he joined the SintonLab. His research focuses on high pressure and high temperature micro- and nano- reactors. More specifically, he is developing micro- and nanofluidics-based platforms for fluid phase behavior measurement and high pressure electrocatalysis.
Jonathan graduated from the University of Toronto's Mechanical Engineering program in 2016 (BASc). As an undergrad, he performed a 15-month internship doing mechanical design for machinery in the battery manufacturing industry. He joined Sintonlab in 2016 as an MASc student with a focus on using electrocatalysis and microfluidics to develop CO2 conversion devices.
Tian graduated from the University of Toronto with a BASc in Mechanical Engineering (2016). She conducted her undergraduate research on the topic of optimizing the electro-conductivity of foamed CNT-Polypropylene. For her 4th year capstone project, she worked on the design of a plasma torch for inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS).
As an MASc student in SintonLab (2016), she will work on male fertility diagnostics using microfluidic approaches, focusing on a mobile health application: screening on paper-based chips for male fertility.
Nash graduated from the University of Calgary in Chemical Engineering in 2014 (BSc). He then worked in the oil and gas industry for 16 months. During his work term, he developed a strong interest in research studies. In 2016, he joined Sinton Lab as an MEng student, focusing on a research project aiming to develop an oil fractionation/composition chip.
Colin completed his BEng in Mechanical Engineering and Management from McMaster University in 2017. He graduated with a specialization in Thermofluids and Energy Systems and developed his knowledge through work as an Undergraduate Research Assistant, his employment refining vacuum systems for mass spectrometers, and his capstone project. In 2017, he began research on carbon dioxide reduction through electrocatalysis for his MASc in the SintonLab.
Mohammad completed his BASc in Electrical Engineering from the AmirKabir University of Technology in 2015. Then he received his MASc from the Sharif Unversity of Technology in 2017. He worked on developing microdevices and microfluidic chips for biomedical applications.
He joined the SintonLab in 2018 as a PhD student. His current research is focused on developing microfluidic devices for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART).
Yawen graduated from the University of Toronto with a BASc in Chemical Engineering (2018). She conducted her undergraduate 4th year thesis research on the topic of enhancing the anaerobic biodegradation rate of benzene. For her 4th year capstone project, she worked on the Application of Fuel Cells for Hydrogen Recycling from the Sodium Chlorate Process.
Now a MASc student in the SintonLab, she works on high throughput tools and strategies to study the interactive effects and ecological implications of climate change and other anthropogenic stressors (i.e., nanopastics, antibiotics) on ecosystems.
Sa earned a B. Eng Honours (2015) in Electrical Engineering and M. Eng (2018) in Biomedical Engineering from McGill University. His undergraduate research, including his Honour’s thesis, focused on the fabrication and characterization of two-dimensional nanomaterials. His master’s research focused on the development of a miniaturized in vitro gastrointestinal tract (GIT) that could support GIT microbiota from live human fecal samples for the testing of various foods, drugs, or supplements to study the broader role of the GIT microbiota pertaining to human health and disease.
He joined the SintonLab in 2018, with a focus in the fertility field. More specifically, he is developing a microfluidic array platform for the testing of sperm cells in a high throughput and multiplexed manner to study the effects of various drugs or toxicology on sperm for the treatment of infertility, along with providing a platform to study contraceptives and toxicological effects.
I graduated with a B.Sc. (2014) and a M.Sc. (2017) in Chemical Engineering at the University of Calgary, with a focus on fluid mechanics.
I joined the SintonLab in September 2018. My research focus is on developing platforms to evaluate multiple environmental stresses using microfluidic devices and implementing machine learning techniques to predict environmental impact.
Adnan earned his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Dokuz Eylul University in 2015 and completed the Master of Applied Science program in the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Department of the University of Waterloo in 2018. Early on in his carrier, he focused on modeling, manufacturing, characterization, and performance testing of both direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs) and proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs).
In 2018, he joined the Sinton Lab as a Ph.D. student with a focus on carbon dioxide reduction through electrocatalysis.