I am currently working towards a PhD in Applied Science in Chemical Engineering (Nanotechnology) at the University of Waterloo in Canada in collaboration with CelluForce Inc. I am doing research under supervision of Dr. Leonardo C. Simon - Canada's top 40 under 40 in 2010 - and Dr. Richard Berry - VP and CTO of CelluForce.  My research area is in materials science and polymer nanocomposites.  Specifically, I am working with a new nanomaterial called Nanocrystalline Cellulose (NCC) as a reinforcing agent for different polymer systems.  You can read more about NCC here or check out the video below put together by the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry.  The work with NCC is a continuation of the research that I began during my Master of Applied Science (MASc) thesis entitled, "Cellulose – Polycarbonate Nanocomposites: A novel automotive window alternative." A PDF copy of my MASc thesis can be downloaded from the University of Waterloo Library here.

I was in the first graduating class of the new BASc in Nanotechnology Engineering program at the University of Waterloo. This degree exposed me to the multidisciplinary area of nanotechnology including strong emphasis on materials science, electronics, medicine, and instrumentation. I believe that nanotechnology is a natural evolution of science and now is the time where each of these previously separate industries are beginning to overlap.

I have been employed in laboratory and research settings for my previous co-op positions with Xerox Research Centre of Canada’s New Material Design and Synthesis group, SC Johnson and Son’s QA Lab, Dr. Leonardo Simon's Nanomaterials lab group in the Chemical Engineering department at the University of Waterloo, andDr. Sharizad Esmaeili in the Mechanical Engineering Department pursuing research in microhardness evolution in aluminum alloys.

Making MEMS (Micro Electrical Mechanical Systems) devices in a Class 1000 Clean Room Microfabrication Lab at the University of Waterloo

Through this laboratory experience I have developed practical and analytical skills and received a great deal of exposure to tools and techniques pertinent to nanotechnology research. This includes nanoparticle synthesis, optical microscopy, electron microscopy, spectroscopic techniques, and semiconductor fabrication with performance evaluation. The Nanotechnology Engineering academic recipe has allowed me to gain a breadth of knowledge in the areas of chemistry, biology, physics, materials science and engineering.

Specialties: Materials Science, Semiconductors, Microfabrication and Thin Films, Macromolecular Science, Nanosystem CAD, Surface Science and Catalysis.

If you would like to learn more about my research or nanotechnology engineering please contact me.