MATECSS student training primarily targets PhD students, providing support throughout their programmes. Shorter-term training is availabile in the form of internships.


Postdoctoral Fellows

Fabiola Navarro Pardo

Postdoctoral Fellow

Fabiola received her PhD degree in Materials Science from the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico in 2013. During this time she mainly worked at the Centre of Applied Physics and Advanced Technology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Her research focused on polymer composites based on carbon nanomaterials. She also conducted research related to composites obtained from carbon nanotube fibres at the University of Cambridge. Fabiola now holds a postdoctoral position at the INRS-EMT under the supervision of Prof. Federico Rosei. Her current research interests include the design of hybrid nanostructures and the optimization of their functional applications in solar energy conversion devices. Specifically, her research is focused on the development of one-dimensional structured materials for their use in diverse components of photoelectrochemical cells.


PhD Students

Juan Carlos Abrego

2016 MATECSS Excellence Scholar

After having obtained a Master degree in CIDETEQ in Mexico, I’m now a PhD student under the supervision of Prof. Mohamedi and Prof. Sun. My project consists of the synthesis of catalysts, both anodic and cathodic with a focus on reducing the methanol crossover effect for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs). Additionally, my work includes the design, fabrication and testing of micro fuel cell devices with optimized channel geometry for enhanced performance.


Ivy Asuo

2015 MATECSS Excellence Scholar

Ivy Asuo’s PhD research, under the supervision of Prof. Alain Pignolet, Prof. Sylvain Cloutier, and Dr. Riad Nechache, is on the synthesis and characterization of novel organometallic halide perovskite materials (with lead replaced by other elements) for solar cell and optoelectronic applications (e.g. light emitting diodes). Thus she focuses on 1) the growth of thin films and the characterization of the properties of these new materials, such as their light absorption, photovoltaic properties, and piezoelectric properties; and 2) on the synthesis of epitaxial layers and nanocrystals of these new materials, in order to characterize their intrinsic properties along different crystalline directions.


Ifeanyichukwu Amaechi

2015 MATECSS Excellence Scholar

Ifeanyichukwu Amaechi holds a Master’s degree in Condensed Matter/Solid State Physics of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (2014). He researched with the Materials Science and Nano-Research Group (MSNRG) of the Department of Physics/Astronomy of the aforesaid University between 2011 - 2015. In 2015, he received the MATECSS Excellence Scholarship to do his PhD at the EMT-INRS under the joint supervision of Prof. Shuhui Sun and Prof. Andreas Ruediger. His current research deals with ferroelectric perovskite polar oxides for high efficient photocatalytic degradation and water-splitting.


Hui Zhang

2015 MATECSS Excellence Scholar

Hui received his master's degree of Materials Engineering from Sichuan University, China, in June 2015. His research focused on nanocomposite materials and their application in the field of electrochemistry. He has joined INRS-EMT as a PhD student supported by MATECSS Excellence Scholarship, majoring in Energy Science and Materials under the joint supervision of Prof. Federico Rosei and Prof. Shuhui Sun. He currently focuses on synthesis of nanomaterials and their applications for green energy.


Nathanael Komba

2014 MATECSS Excellence Scholar

Nathanael grew up in Songea, in the south of Tanzania. He was among a few selected to join secondary school, and in 1995 joined teachers college where he obtained a diploma in science education in 1998. He was then employed at Peramiho Girls’ secondary school, teaching chemistry and biology. In 2000, he joined University of Dar es Salaam for undergraduate studies, graduating with a BSc with Education degree in 2004. He then taught Feza secondary schools to 2006. In 2007, he was offered tutorial assistant position at Chemistry Department, University of Dar es Salaam and was promoted to assistant lecturer position following completion of the MSc degree in 2012. An assistant lecturer post is a training position therefore Nathanael was mandated to acquire a PhD degree in order to continue with his career at the University of Dar es Salaam. After receiving a MATECSS Excellence Scholarship in 2014, Nathanael has joined the research groups of Prof. Shuhui Sun and Prof. Federico Rosei to pursue his PhD at INRS-EMT.


Yufeng Zhou

2014 MATECSS Excellence Scholar

Yufeng graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China with a Masters Degree of Analytical Chemistry in 2013. Afterwards, she worked as research assistant in the Chengdu Green Energy and Green Manufacturing Technology R&D Center for one year. Her research focus there was on the preparation of multifunctional advanced nano-materials, their formation mechanisms and their application in adsorption and catalysis. Yufeng received a MATECSS Excellence Scholarship in 2014. She is now a PhD student in INRS-EMT, majoring in Energy Science and Materials under the joint supervision of Prof. Dongling Ma and Prof. Federico Rosei. Her current research interests are non-toxic nano-materials for green and clean energy technologies.


Fabian Ambriz-Vargas

Fabian Ambriz-Vargas obtained his M. Sci. degree in metallurgical engineering at the Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico. He started his PhD at the INRS-EMT beginning 2015, with Prof. Andreas Ruediger. He investigates ferroelectric BaTiO3 tunnel junctions for ultra-fast and high density non-volatile memories. His fields of interest concern thin film growth, materials physics of complex oxides, and nanoscale characterization, notably scanning force microscopy for studying domains, switching and polarization dynamics in ferroelectric materials.


Binod Bastola

Binod Bastola is since October 2014 a PhD student at the INRS-EMT in Prof. Andreas Ruediger’s group. His research is a collaborative project with MPB Communications Inc., focused on fibre sensors using a ‘Bragg grating’ operating in harsh environments for aerospace applications. The main challenges to be addressed are the extension of the fibres’ stability above 1000-1300 degree centigrade, and the improvement of their resistance against radiation. The activities involve basic research regarding designing, fabrication and testing of fibre sensors. Prior to his PhD, Binod studied nanoscience and materials science (Nanomat) as part of the Master of Physics and Applications in Pierre and Marie Curie University, France. He completed his MSc Physics from St. Xavier’s college, Nepal.


Shahinez Dab


Shahinez Dab is since October 2014 a PhD student at INRS-EMT in Prof. Andreas Ruediger’s group. Her research topic concerns Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS) and the study of the electromagnetic near field interaction with anisotropic materials. Shahinez also investigates surface plasmon resonances in these materials.


Qiliang Wei


Qiliang Wei joined INRS-EMT as a PhD student in 2014, majoring in Energy Science and Materials under the supervision of Prof. Shuhui Sun and Prof. Ana Tavares. His current research interests are advanced nanomaterials for clean energy and environmental applications. Specifically, he is developing various techniques (e.g., wet-chemistry, hydrothermal) to fabricate non-precious metal catalysts for oxygen reduction reactions in fuel cells and wastewater treatment applications.



Internship Students


Abdelkarim Mars

Summer student, Summer 2015

During his summer training Abdelkarim will prepare and characterize thin films of FeS2, FeSe2, FeSxSe1-x for photovoltaic applications. During his thesis work he tries to better understand the structural and electro-optical behavior of these binary (FeS2 and FeSe2) and ternary compounds FeSxSe1-x and to identify the important parameters allowing to improve their performance as absorber layer in the photovoltaic cell.


Juan Carlos Abrego

Internship Student, Autumn 2015

Juan Carlos Abrego came to INRS for a 6 months internship under the supervision of Prof. Mohamedi. He is a student of the master program in electrochemistry at CIDETEQ in Mexico. His research topics concern energy conversion and storage, more precisely design and fabrication of fuel cells and synthesis of catalysts for their use in microfluidic fuel cells, especially cathodes for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). The main objectives are the synthesis and physicochemical characterization of Pt-based cathodes prepared by the Pulsed Laser Deposition technique, besides the electrochemical evaluation of the catalysts for the ORR.


Orsen Zamor

Summer student, Summer 2014

Orsen is a chemical engineering student at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. Growing up in a third world country (Haiti) and now living in Canada has helped him realize the importance of energy in society's development and has given him a great interest for renewable energy. He worked under the supervision and leadership of Prof. Rosei and Dr. MacLeod on the development of teaching materials relating to the UNESCO Chair MATECSS in order to facilitate a mechanistic understanding of sustainable energy technologies.


Abdellah Henni

Internship Student, Fall 2014