Ph. D. Candidate
M. Sc. Candidate
J. Heyes (UBC) 2016
Ms. Manai Shimada (University of Yamanashi, Japan)2015
Mr. Takashi Mochizuki (University of Yamanashi, Japan) 2014.
Mr. Lukas Metzler (University of Freiburg, DE) 2014
Ms. Elizabeth Kitching (Dalhousie University) 2014
Mr. Bryton Vargu 2013
Mr. Mads Møller Nielsen, (foreign exchange student, Danish Technical University), 2011
Ms. Tina Lu 2011
Mr. Andrew Wright 2011
Mr. Nauman Mithani (CHEM 481) 2010
Mr. Thomas Weissbach (foreign exchange student from Germany) 2009
Ms. Mathilde Lildaal (foreign exchange student from Denmark) 2009
Ms. Claudia Liebner (foreign exchange student from Germany) 2006
Ms. Ami Yang 2006
Ms. Alison Palmer 2001
Ms. Jennifer Gilchrist 2001
Mr. E. Swanson, 2001
Mr. K. Zychowka, 1999
Mr. C. Thai, 1998
Mr. M. Maddess, 1997
Ms. A. Siu, 1997
Mr. M. Abley, 1997
Mr. K. Yeung, 1995
Mr. C. Bartels, 1995
Mr. Simon Law, 1994
Ms. E. Lai, 1994
Mr. Ernest Wong, 1992
Mr. G. Diaz-Quijada, 1991
Mr. Tim Freitas, 1990
Mr. J. Lowe, 1990
Structure-property Relationships in Sterically-congested Proton-conducting Poly(phenylene)s: The Impact of Backbone Linearity
L. Wei, M.Sc, 2019
Poly(arylene imidazolium)s: Towards Stable Hydroxide Ion Exchange Membranes
M. Adamski, Ph.D, 2019
Synthetic design and development of proton conducting polyphenylenes for electrochemical energy conversion devices
>PDF, Holdcroft group, Simon Fraser University
T. Holmes, M.Sc, 2019
Reaction of Hydroyl Radicals with Sulfonated Phenylated Polyphenylenes
T. Skalski, Ph.D, 2019
Synthesis of Sulfo-Phenylated Terphenylenes: Molecules, Polymers and Copolymers
P. Fortin, Ph.D, 2019
Conjugated organic polymers as photocathode materials in organic photoelectrochemical cells
>PDF, Ionomr Innovations Inc.
B. Britton, Ph.D, 2018
Fully hydrocarbon ionomer catalyst layers in proton- and anion-exchange membrane fuel cells
>Chief Strategy Officer, Director & Co-founder, Ionomr Innovations
T. Weissbach, Ph.D, 2017
Ion Exchange Materials with Enhanced Stability
>Chemnitz University, Germany.
C. Zhang, Ph.D, 2017
Towards Stable Polymer Solar Cells through Crosslinking and Sidechain Cleavage
>Ionomr Innovations Inc.
J. Luo, Ph.D, 2017
Water Transport Through Ion Conducting Polymer Membranes
>PDF, Lawrence Berkeley Labs
D. Novitski, Ph.D, 2017
Oxygen Mass Transport Parameters in Ionomer Films under Controlled Relative Humidity
>MITACS Fellow, AFCC
A. Wright, Ph.D, 2016
Synthetic Design and Development of Sterically-Protected Hydroxide-Conducting Polymers for Energy Conversion Devices
>Carbon Inc. CA
G. Suppes, Ph.D., 2015
Poly 3-Hexylthiophene as a Photocathode for Solar Water Splitting
A. Yang, Ph.D., 2014
Structure-Property Relationships of Proton Exchange Membranes
K. Soo, M.Sc., 2013
Poly(benzimidazole) Anion Exchange Membranes.
E.M. Tsang, Ph.D., 2011
Structure-Property Relationships Of PEMS Using Fluorous-Ionic Copolymers.
>Instructor, Hong Kong Univ
O.Thomas, M.Sc., 2011
Poly(benzimidazoles) as Ion Exchange Membranes.
B. Gholamkhass, Ph.D., 2011
A Study on Structure-Property Relationships of P3HT-Based Conjugated Polymer for Photovoltaic Devices.
>PDF, UBC; Ionomr Innovations
Z. Zhou, Ph.D., 2010
Towards Control Of Phase Segregation In Donor-Acceptor Blends By Post-Functionalization Of Conjugated Polymer.
>Saltworks Corp. Vancouver
T. Soboleva, Ph.D., 2010
Water-Sorption in Fuel Cell Catalyst Layers.
>NSERC Ind. PDF, AFCC Burnaby
M. Adachi, Ph.D., 2010
Water-Permeation through Fuel Cell Membranes.
>Research Scientist, Toyota Corp, Japan
G. Shultz, Ph.D., 2009
Ir-bound Conjugated Polymers.
> Univ. Ulm, Germany
X. Han, Ph.D., 2009
Thermally-Reactive Conjugated Polymers.
>PDF, Stanford Univ.
T. Astill, Ph.D., 2008
Hydrocarbon-Based Solid Polymer Electrolytes for Fuel Cell Catalyst Layers.
>Technical Representation, Perkin Elmer, Vancouver.
T. Gordon, Ph.D., 2008
Direct Thermal Lithography. Past Position: PDF, Univ. Alberta;
>Research Scientist, Chemical Company, AB
M. Rodgers, Ph.D., 2007
Proton Conducting Membranes.
>Research Faculty, Florida State University
J. Schmeisser, Ph.D., 2007
Proton Conductivity of Polymer Membranes.
>Lecturer in Liberal Arts College, Detroit.
O. Savard, M.Sc., 2007
Proton Conducting Polyimides.
>Technical Advisor and Marketing, Perkin Elmer, London, UK
A. Siu, Ph.D., 2006
Electrochemistry and Methanol Permeability of Ion Conducting Polymers.
>Research Associate NRC/IMI.
G. Vamvounis, Ph.D., 2005
Luminescence of Conjugated Polymers.
>ARC Fellow (faculty member), Chemistry, Univ. Queensland, AUs
T. Navessin, Ph.D., 2004
Fuel Cell Electrochemistry
> Research Officer NRC/IFCI;
>Founder and CEO, Blueprime Management Technologies
K. Shi, Ph.D., 2004
Synthesis of Ionically Conducting Membranes.
> Senior Research Officer, NRC/IFCI
Carmen Chuy-Sam, Ph.D., 2002
>Research Scientist, AFCC, Burnaby, BC
J. Yu, Ph.D., 2002
Photolithography of Pi-Conjugated Polymers.
>Research Manager, Chemical Company, Shanghai, China
V. Basura, Ph.D., 2000
Electrochemistry of Proton Exchange Membranes.
>Team Leader, Research, Ballard, Burnaby, BC
C. Yang, Ph.D., 1999
Optical and Fluorescent Properties of Thiophene-based Conjugated Polymers.
Current Position: Research Manager, Chemical Company, Zuzhou, China
G.A. Diaz-Guijada (co-supervised with BM Pinto), Ph.D., 1999
Regiochemical Analysis of Polythiophenes and Conformational Analysis of Oligothiophenes.
>Research Officer NRC/NINT
M.V. Lauritzen, M.Sc., 1998
Solvato-Controlled Doping of Poly(3-alkylthiophenes) and Other Conjugated polymers Using Silver (I) Triflate.
J.K. Lowe, Ph.D., 1997
Synthesis, properties and Photolithography of Polythiophene derivatives.
>BCIT, Burnaby, BC
E.K. Lai, M.Sc., 1995
Conducting Polymer Films for the Electrocatalytic Reduction of Oxygen.
> Team Leader, Research, AFCC, Burnaby
M.S. Abdou, Ph.D., 1995
Towards “Macromolecular” Electronics Photochemical and Electrical Properties of pi-conjugated Poly(3-alkylthiophenes)
R. Hader, M.Sc., 1994
Towards the Synthesis of Segmented Polythiophenes
M. Arroyo, M.Sc., 1994
Synthesis and Properties of Water Soluble Conducting Poly(3-alkylsulfonate) thiophenes
Dr. Shaoyi Xu, 2017 to 2018 -
Dr. Hsu Feng Lee, 2016-2017 – Ionomr Innovations Inc.
Dr. Jiantao Fan 2014 to 2017 – Faculty, Southern University of S&T, Shenzhen
Dr. Pankaj Choudhury 2014 to 2016
Dr. Lida Gassemzadeh 2012 to 2014 →Researcher, Ballard Power Systems
Dr. Anthony Lee 2013-2014 →Faculty, Fuzhou University
Dr. M. Kulkarni 2009 to 2013 →Researcher
Dr. J. Li 2011 to 2012
Dr. A. Mani, 2008 to 2010
Dr. J. Brusso, 2008 to 2009 (→Prof., U Ottawa))
Dr. A. Leung, 2008 to 2009 (→Research Associate NRC/IFCI)
Dr. Z. Zhang, 2004 to 2006 (→Research Scientist, Ciba Shanghai)
Dr. B. Easton, 2002 to 2004 (→Prof., U Ont. Inst. Tec, UOIT)
Dr. G. Kwak, April 2002 to 2003 (→Prof., Nara Institute of S&T, Japan)
Dr. Y. Li, Feb. 2000–Feb. 2002 (→Prof., Univ. Waterloo)
Dr. S. Reddy, Jan. 2001 –June 2001
Dr. J. Ding, September 1998 – 2000 (→Senior Research Associate NRC/ICPET)
Dr. P. Beattie, March 1997- 1999 (→Research Manager, Ballard, Burnaby)
Dr. E. Simon, March 1996- April 1998 (European Space Agency, NL)
Dr. T. Yang, Jul. 1990 - Feb. 1991
Dr. H. Mao, Sept. 1990 - Dec. 1991
Dr. Y. Son, Apr. 1992 - Apr. 1993 (→Researcher Moli Energy, BC)
Dr. M.S.A. Abdou, Jan. 1995 -Dec. 1995 (→Dupont, Wilmington)
Mr. Owen Thomas, 2011 to 2014
Dr. U. Thanganathan, 2008 to 2009
>faculty, Nagoya Inst. Tech
Ms. Zhoa-Lan Jia, 2010
Dr. X. Chen, 2003 to 2008 (NSERC).
>Research Officer, CSIRO, Melbourne
Dr. Y. Yang, June 2001 -2007, NSERC
>Research Scientist, AFCC,Burnaby
Dr. F. Orfino, January 1994-2000
Mr. Z. W. Xie, (part-time) Sept. 1990 - 1994
Dr. B. Xu, February 1992 - December 1993
Dr. M. Lebedev, Aug. 1993 - 1996, NSERC
Evelyn Lai, January 1995 - 1996
Y. Gu, January 1995 - 1996
Apurva is a visiting research student in Holdcroft’s group.
She completed her MSc in Energy Science from IIT Bombay, her masters project focused on the mechanism(s) of hydrogen sorption in metal hydrides. Currently she is continuing her PhD at IIT Bombay.
Her current research project in Holdcroft’s group focuses on the analysis of transport properties in ion exchange membranes.
Apurva loves to paint in her spare time and is fond of Madhubani paintings.
Qiliang completed his PhD study at INRS-EMT, Canada; after that, he joined Holdcroft Group at SFU as a postdoc fellow.
His research has been focusing on various electrochemical catalysis and energy storage/conversion devices.
In spare time, he likes playing sports, such as basketball, ping pong, badminton, etc.
Luigi graduated with a B.Sc. in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Milan (Italy).
His main scientific interests are chemical characterization and learning new analytical techniques. His project focuses on the relationship between the chemical structure of Proton Exchange Membranes (PEM) and their degradation process.
In his free time, he’s the stereotypical geek: he plays videogames, writes fantasy novels and collects random pieces of trivia to impress his friends.
Kate has an MChem from Lancaster University in the UK, with her research focussed upon developing small molecules for solar thermal fuels.
She moved to SFU for a PhD and is currently interested in developing structure – property relationships of poly(imidazolium)s for anion exchange membranes.
In her free time, Kate likes to be exploring BC on her bike or hiking up the mountains.
Kingsly has a diverse academic background. He received B.Eng from Central South University, China and M.Sc from University of Victoria, Canada, studying organometallic chemistry.
Kingsly enjoys his life and research in SFU. If he is not in the lab studying water permeation and catalyst layers, very likely he is playing squash or hunting for good restaurants in metro Vancouver.
He loves writing his gourmet blog in the pub.
Xin completed her B.Sc. degree in chemistry at St. Francis Xavier University focusing on electroactive materials modified carbon-based supercapacitors.
She is now pursuing her graduate study on water electrolysis using proton exchange membranes in Holdcroft’s group.
She is an amateur of Chinese traditional musical instruments and loves cooking in her spare time.
Philip Overton has Chemistry BSc (Imperial College London, UK), MSc Polymer Chemistry (Helsinki University, Finland), and Ph.D Polymer Science (Université Grenoble-Alpes, France).
His research experience is broadly within polymer synthesis and characterisation.
Philip’s present research interest is the structure-property relationships of poly(imidazolium)s for anion transport.
Amelia earned her BSc in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.
She studied the products of molten salt electrolysis at George Washington University before moving to Canada and pursuing graduate studies at SFU.
She is currently studying water electrolysis using anion and cation exchange membranes as well as developing bipolar membranes for the same purpose.
In her free time Amelia enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and paddle-boarding.
Binyu graduated with a B. Eng. in Chemical Engineering from East China University of Science and Technology and a M. Sc in Chemistry from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Before joining Dr. Holdcroft’s group, he worked on developing more efficient anode catalysts for direct ethanol fuel cells.
Now, he starts to study the water electrolysis on our anion exchange membrane (HMT-PMBI). In his free time, you may find him in the gym.
Sidney is a first year graduate student in the Holdcroft Lab interested in characterizing the ionic conductivity and permselectivity on anion exchange membranes.
She received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Waterloo in 2017 where she worked in Jean Duhamel’s lab during her thesis project and proved the ability of using Model Free Analysis (MFA).
In her spare time, Sidney enjoys playing piano, skiing and is a food lover.
Emmanuel got his bachelors degree in Engineering Physics at Obafemi Awolowo University, his research focus was on Dye Sensitised Solar Cells (DSSC).
He went on to work in the industry for two years before obtaining his M.Sc degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Cape Town focusing on PFSA catalyst coated membranes for PEMFC performance enhancement.
Emmanuel is a huge lover of nature and wildlife photography and in his spare time likes to teach life skills to kids.
Mike earned a B.Sc. from Wilfrid Laurier University with a focus on materials science.
He then promptly moved as far away from his home town as he could, and found himself in Vancouver.
His research focuses on the synthesis of next-generation ion-conducting polymers and their applications in electrochemical devices.
Outside the school world, Mike likes to explore the BC wilderness, climb things, ascend steep inclines, and ride down them.
My research is focused on the development of pre-functionalized monomers.
Different methods of polymerization are tried such as Yamamoto coupling, [3+2] Huisgen addition and [4+2] Diels-Alder cycloaddition to obtained well defined electrolytes polymers.
Applications are related to water purification, electrolyzer and Fuel – Cell.
I like hiking, biking, swimming, brewing beers
Simon has a B. Sc., M. Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Montpellier and a Ph. D. in Organic and Materials Chemistry from “Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier”.
Simon’s research focuses in the development of an understanding of the requirements for alkaline conducting membranes for CO2 reduction reactions.
During his free-time, Simon entertain people with close-up magic.
Pete has an MChem from the University of Southampton, UK, and a PhD in PEMFC technology from the Centre for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research at the University of Birmingham, UK.
His research interests are in the development and characterisation of new materials for PEMFCs and carbon dioxide electro-reduction cells. In his spare time you will likely find him on the mat training BJJ and Japanese Jiu Jitsu.