Research Team

Current Team 

Education: Completed a BSc. in Chemistry at UNBC
Completed a Masters in Mathematical, Computer and Physical Sciences (Chemistry) with a focus on organic synthetic carbohydrate chemistry at UNBC. The objective of the research was to synthesize a tetrasaccharide which occurs in nature (rhamnogalacturonan I); a publication followed the successful completion of the research, with publication:
Reiffarth, D. and Reimer, K.B.; Synthesis of two repeat units corresponding to the backbone of the pectic polysaccharide rhamnogalacturonan I (2008), Carbohydrate Research, 343 (2), pp. 179-188.
For his PhD (NRES), Dominic investigated the use of plant-derived very long chain fatty acids (VLCFAs) as potential soil and sediment tracers. The tracing technique requires the use of compound-specific stable isotopes (CSSIs), namely the isotopic ratio of carbon-13 to carbon-12 of specific VLCFAs.
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Navjot Kaur
Nationality: Indian (Punjab)
Master’s in Science (Chemistry), UNBC, Prince George, Canada (2019 Sept. – Present)
Master’s of Science (Hons. School), Chemistry, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India (2015-2017).
Bachelor’s of Science (Hons. School), Chemistry, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, India (2012-2015)
Research Experience:
Masters Research Project (Duration: January 2020 – Present), UNBC, Canada.
My research project is to synthesize nanomaterials like Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for Catalysis, Drug Delivery and CO2 capturing from contaminated water.
Masters Research Project (Duration: July 2016 - June 2017), GNDU, India.
Title - Peptides based mimetics of Arachidonic acid that can act as anti-inflammatory drugs.
Kaur, B.; Kaur, N.; Garg, S.; Bhatti, R.; Singh, P. Engineered substrate for cyclooxygenase-2: A pentapeptide isoconformational to Arachidonic acid for managing inflammation. J. Med. Chem. 2019, 62, 6363-6376.

Farzana Nargis
  • M.Sc. in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies – Environmental Science at the University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC, Canada (September 2018 – Present)
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Chemical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2013-2017)
B.Sc. Thesis: Textile waste water treatment using Powdered and Granular Activated Carbon.
Research Interest:
Water and Waste Water Treatment, Industrial Waste Recycling & Reuse, Nutrient removal and recovery, Chemical & Bio Chemical Technology, Adsorption by alluminosilicate minerals e.g. Clay and Zeolite, Environment and Pollution control Management. 
M.Sc. Thesis project: Characterization and Modification of Natural Clay Deposits and Developing a Natural clay Based Adsorbent to Remove Phosphate from Contaminated Water.

Simisola Idim
Nationality: Nigeria
Current Position: Masters Student at the NRES Dept in the program of Environmental Science, UNBC (Sept 2018 – Present)
Research Topic: Modification of composting process of chicken manure using natural and Mg-Modified zeolite to generate a high nutrient product which can be used in growing along with soil. Expectation: Characterising and modifying the zeolite is expected to increase its adsorption capacity in order to help trap valuable nutrients such as nitrogen (which is usually released as ammonia) and phosphorus which ordinarily would be lost during composting process.

Dorna Sobhani
Nationality: Iranian
  • Master’s student in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies – Environmental Science at the University of Northern British Columbia, BC, Canada (September 2019 – Present)
  • Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran (2011-2013)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran (2006-2011)
Fields of interest: Adsorption by porous materials (e.g. Zeolites, Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs), Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks (ZIFs)), Water/Wastewater Treatment Techniques, Analytical Chemistry (Characterization Techniques).
Thesis Project: Development of novel Metal Organic Frameworks to be used as dual-functional adsorbents/catalysts for capturing and converting CO2 to polycarbonate polymers. 


Peter Zhao
Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, Canada (2015-2019)
Research project:
Application of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) in CO2 reduction
Porous MOF material as carbon host in Li batteries

Mya Schouwenburg



Bachelor's of Science (B.Sc.) in Chemistry, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC, Canada (2015-2020)

Co-op work term with NALS (2019)

International exchange with a focus on Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden (2017-2018)

Current Research: Quantification of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and metals in air born particulate matter (PM10) and road dust in Prince George, BC.

Mostafa Marzi
Nationality: Iranian

International Visitor student at University of Northern British Columbia
Ph.D. in Soil Chemistry at University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Masters in Soil Chemistry, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
Bachelor of Science at University of Shahid Bahonar, Kerman, Iran  

Mandeep Kaur
Nationality: Indian
  • Master’s Degree in Chemistry at University of Northern British Columbia, BC, Canada (September 2019 – Present)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry Honors form Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjab, India (2016 -2019)
Field of Interest:
  • Conversion of 3D Metal Organic Frameworks (MOF’s) to 2D MOF’s to increase its properties.
  • Application of 2D Metal Organic Frameworks in CO2 gas adsorption.

Charles Bradshaw
B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Victoria (2007) 
B.Sc.  in Biology from the University of Northern B.C. (2015) 
M.Sc. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science (current)


Saki Kondo
Nationality: Japan
Currently employed at Bureau Veritas as a Lab Analyst (Vancouver)
B.Eng, Applied Chemistry at Toyo University (2003 - 2007)
M.Eng Biological Applied Chemistry (2007 - 2009)
MSc. NRES Environmental Science (2017 - 2019)
Masters Thesis: On using modified zeolite for phosphate removal 

Sahar Ebadzadsahraei
Master of Science (M.Sc.): Natural Resources and Environment Studies (NRES)
Current, Prince George, BC, Canada. University of Northern British Columbia.
Proposed Research: Air pollution in the City of Prince George: Chemical Analysis
of Air Born of Particulate Matter (PM2.5).
Details: To measure particulate matter (PM2.5) and as one class of air pollutants, at
the Prince George (PG) neighborhood in warm and cold seasons.
Master of Science (M.Sc.): Chemical Engineering-Polymer Engineering
Proposed Research: (2013-2016)
Comparison of corrosion resistance of fibreglass/epoxy and fibreglass/polyester
composite pipes for application in natural gas transportation.
Details: Two types’ composites, fibreglass/epoxy and fibreglass/polyester were
compared for possible application to natural gas pipelines.

Visiting Scholars

Anara Omarova
Nationality: Kazakh
Education: Masters in Chemistry and technology of organic compounds, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (Almaty, Kazakhstan), 2015-2017.
2 year Ph.D. student, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (Almaty, Kazakhstan).
Current research: Development of MOF-based SPME fibres for volatile organic compounds measurement in air.

Sara Haghjoo
Nationality: Iran
University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria PhD of Environmental Science, 2019 up to now 
Karaj Azad University, Karaj, Tehran, Iran - Master of Science, Chemistry, Analytical chemistry, 2010- 2012 
Islamic Azad University, Saveh, Iran - Bachelor of Science, Applied Chemistry, 2004- 2008 
CFA-derived zeolite for removal of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) from contaminated media 
Modified biosensor electrode by Polyanilin/MWCNT nanocomposite for urea analysis.( MSc Thesis) 
Separation of different drugs with Thin-Layer Chromatography (TLC) (as a final project) 

Gangbin Yan 
Nationality: China
National Tsing Hua University - Exchange Student - Materials Science (2017 - 2018)
University of Northern British Columbia - Mitacs Research Intern - Environmental Science (Summer 2018)
Soochow University (CN) - BEng - BE - Materials Engineering
University of Chicago - PhD in Molecular Engineering (2019 - 2024)