People

Director

Professor Aimy Bazylak

Prof. Aimy Bazylak is an Associate Professor in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. She is the Tier II Canada Research Chair in Thermofluidics for Clean Energy and the Director of the University of Toronto Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE). In 2008, she received the inaugural Bullitt Environmental Fellowship for leadership in the environmental field. She was awarded the I.W. Smith Award for Outstanding achievement in creative mechanical engineering within 10 years of graduation (2011) and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation Early Researcher Award (2012). In 2014 she became a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, and in 2015 she was named a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Postdoctoral Fellow

David Ouellette

Email: douellet@mie.utoronto.ca

David completed his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Carleton University in 2015. His dissertation focused on understanding the fundamental multiphase and multi-scale transport processes, and their interactions within a flowing electrolyte – direct methanol fuel cell (FE-DMFC). In 2016, David continued his FE-DMFC research at Dokuz Eylul University (Izmir, Turkey) as a post-doctoral researcher, and as a visiting researcher at the Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK-3) at Forschungszentrum Jülich (Jülich, Germany). David joined the TEAM laboratory in 2017 as a post-doctoral researcher to examine the multiphase flow behavior within PEMFCs and PEM electrolyzers.

Benzhong (Robin) Zhao

Email: zhaob@mie.utoronto.ca

Benzhong-ZhaoBenzhong (Robin) Zhao received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in February 2017. The first part of his Ph.D. research was focused on the fluid mechanics of geologic carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration. In particular, he studied the influence of capillary forces on the migration and trapping of CO2 in deep saline aquifers. The second part of his Ph.D. work revolved around studying the impact of wettability on multiphase flow in porous media using novel microfluidic techniques, whereby the surface energy of the microfluidic device can be precisely controlled. Robin joined the TEAM laboratory in 2017 as a post-doctoral researcher to study multiphase flow involved in electrochemical reduction of CO2.

Research Assistant

Daniel Muirhead, MASc.

Dan-MuirheadDan received his B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario) in 2015 and his M.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2017. Dan is advancing diagnostic methodologies to investigate mass transport losses in the PEM fuel cell.

Graduate Students

Manojkumar Balakrishnan

MASc Student
Email: m.balakrishnan@mail.utoronto.ca

Manojkumar graduated from the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) in 2017 with a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering. As an undergrad, he was the Control’s Team Lead with Huskie Formula Racing (HFR) where he was responsible for the design and manufacturing of the car’s brakes, steering, and shifting systems. During his co-op, he worked as a Performance Engineering Intern at SaskPower. With the TEAM lab, Manojkumar is exploring the effects of the gas diffusion layer’s geometry and structure on water transport behaviour in a PEM fuel cell.

Eric Chadwick

MASc Student
Email: chadwick@mie.utoronto.ca

Eric Chadwick

Eric graduated from the University of Guelph with a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering (Sustainable Energy Option). During his undergrad he investigated cooling and lubrication strategies for machining hard-to-cut materials and the design and optimization of an airlift pump for aquaculture applications. He also developed an automated system of thermal batteries that capture and release waste heat energy using phase change materials and conductive porous media. With the TEAM lab, Eric is modelling transport in porous media for lung tissue decellularization and recellularization.

Nan Ge

PhD Student
Email: beck.nan.ge@gmail.com

Nan graduated with an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2013. He is currently working in the area of x-ray based imaging for studying multiphase flows and material characterization for PEM fuel cell materials.

Chung Lee

PhD Student
Email: chunghyuk.lee@mail.utoronto.ca

Chung received his BEng in Chemical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His undergraduate research focused primarily on determining the electrical percolation of polymer/nanoparticle composites for energy applications. Chung joined the TEAM laboratory to investigate multi-phase flow in PEM electrolyzers using microfluidic approaches.

Jason Lee

PhD Student
Email: leekeonh@mie.utoronto.ca

jason-lee

Jason received his B. Eng. from the University of Victoria in Mechanical Engineering. His undergraduate research was focused in multiscale manufacturing. In 2016, he obtained his M.A.Sc degree from the University of Victoria in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, where he specialized in the manufacturing of sensor fabrication using advanced materials and polymers. Jason joined the TEAM to research PEM electrolyzers.

Hang Liu

PhD Student
Email: liuhang@mie.utoronto.ca

Hang_ProfileHang Liu graduated from Harbin Institute of Technology in Harbin, China with a B.Eng. in Thermal Energy and Power Engineering. After a short period as a mechanical engineer in industry, he graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with an M.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. During his Masters research, he investigated oxygen transport resistance through Nafion thin films in PEMFCs. Hang joined the TEAM lab in the Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto to investigate the water management issues in the porous media of PEMFCs.

Pranay Shrestha

MASc Student

Pranay-ShresthaPranay Shrestha graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of (Mechanical) Engineering (hon.) in May 2015. As an undergraduate co-up student he worked at the Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell Division, where he furthered his interest in PEM fuel cells and clean energy.

Andrew Wong

MASc Student
Email: akcwong@mie.utoronto.ca

andrew-wong

Andrew graduated from the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta) in 2016 with a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical Option) and convocated with the Henry Birks and Son’s Medal. During his undergraduate studies, his research projects included the self-assembly of block-copolymers, developing nanocrystalline silver wound dressings, modeling joint biomechanics and computational studies of human dentition. As a co-op student, Andrew held positions at consulting engineering companies in the oil and gas sector. With the TEAM lab, Andrew is using pore network modeling to investigate water transport in PEM fuel cells.

Undergraduate Students

Hisan Shafaque

Hisan is a third year Engineering Science student specializing in Energy Systems Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is exploring various battery characterization techniques for lithium ion batteries used in today’s electric vehicles. He is also working with fuel cells; developing, testing and analyzing new microporous layer coatings for the Polymer Electrolyte Membrane.

Postdoctoral Alumni

Ali Kalantarian (2012)

Hanif Montazeri (2014)

Jon S. Ellis (2014)

Ronnie Yip (2014)

Mostafa Sharqawy (2015) (Former Research Associate)

James Hinebaugh (2016)

Stéphane Chevalier (2016)

Rupak Banerjee (2017)

Graduate Alumni

Zachary Fishman, M.A.Sc. (2010)

Meaghan Miller, M.A.Sc. (2010)

Jingwen Wang, M.A.Sc. (2011)

Jessica Yablecki, M.A.Sc. (2012)

Dillon Fuerth, M.A.Sc. (2012)

Pradyumna Challa, M.A.Sc. (2012)

Katie Pelletier, M.Eng. (2013)

Marina Freire-Gormaly, M.A.Sc. (2013)

Steven Botelho, M.A.Sc. (2014)

Roshanak Banan, Ph.D. (2015)

James Hinebaugh, Ph.D. (2015)

Ali Ebrahimi, Ph.D. (2015)

Mohammadreza Fazeli, M.A.Sc. (2015)

Patrick Antonacci, M.A.Sc. (2015)

Nan Ge, M.A.Sc. (2015)

Michael G. George, M.A.Sc. (2016)

Nico Bevilacqua, M.A.Sc. (2017) University of Ulm

Daniel Muirhead, M.A.Sc. (2017)

Jongmin Lee, Ph.D. (2017)

Faraz Arbabi, Ph.D. (2017)

Undergraduate Alumni

Farid Akhoundov, 2nd Yr Engineering Science

Craig Mascarenhas, 4th Yr Mechanical Engineering.

Hilary Leung, B.Sc. (2011)

Andrew Rofaiel, B.Sc. (2011)

Jane Chui, B.Sc. (2010)

Christian Sauerbeck, M.Sc. (2010)

Taha Sutarwala, B.Sc. (2009)

Jackie Lunger (2014)