People

Cathy Chin

Principal Investigator

Professor Ya-Huei (Cathy) Chin

Contact information: cathy.chin AT utoronto DOT ca

Education

PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2011
MS in Chemical Engineering, University of Oklahoma, Norman, 2000

Professional Experience

May 2011 to date Assistant Professor University of Toronto
Aug 2005 – Apr 2011 Research Assistant University of California, Berkeley
Apr 2000 – July 2005 Research Engineer/Senior Research Scientist Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Biography

 

Graduate Students

Petar Lachkov

PhD Candidate in Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto, Sept 2012 to date
BSc in Chemical Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada, 2012

My research is focused on CO and C3H6 oxidation, and CO2 methanation reactions on dispersed transition metal catalysts. For each reaction, I am examining the reaction mechanisms with the goal of maximizing catalytic rates, product selectivity, and catalyst lifetime. My hobbies include soccer, tennis, skiing, and reading.


 

Junnan Shangguan

PhD Candidate in Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto, Sept 2013 to date

My research focused on hydrogenation of oxygenates from bio-oil in aqueous phase over transition metal cluster. The objective is to understand the molecular evolution route and design a well-defined catalyst structure that enable the re-assembly of all the effective energy carrier in the bio-oil and transform them into a sustainable liquid fuel.


 

Haiting Cai

PhD Candidate in Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto, Sept 2014 to date
MASc in Organic Chemistry, University of Science and Technology of China, 2014
BSc in Chemistry, Zhejiang Normal University, 2011

With my previous experience on studying palladium-catalyzed C-H bond activation and halopalladation, I have developed a strong desire to study the dynamics of heterogeneous catalytic reactions. My current research is on supported transition metal sulphide catalyzed hydrodenitrogenation. We need to interpret the rate of each elementary step and find out the rate-determining step. I like dancing, hiking, playing guitar and tasting food in my spare time.


 

Haoyu Nie

PhD Candidate in Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto, Sept 2015 to date
BSc in Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University of Science & Technology, China, 2015

As more I have been involved in scientific research close-knitted with catalytic reactions, the more I have realized the importance of kinetics of heterogeneous catalysis. Currently, my research is focused on investigating the influence of transition metal sulfide structures on the hydrogenation activities as well as clarifying surface kinetic pathways of cleaving the C-N bond and C-S bond.

Zhenwei Wu

PhD Candidate in Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto, Sept 2016 to date
BS in Chemistry, Peking University, China, 2015

In my undergraduate study, I first became interested in molecular catalysis, a branch of chemistry that helps to reveal the mechanism of chemical reactions at the molecular level. Now, my research is on gas phase catalytic hydrogenation reactions. While a mature technology, there is still has a lot to be understood, especially about the mechanism and periodic reactivity trends. My hobbies are skiing and swimming.

Visiting Scholars

Haojie Geng

PhD Candidate in Power Engineering, Chongqing University, Sept 2015 to date
Visiting Scholar in Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto, Sept 2016 to date

My research focuses on surface reaction of methane over transition metals. The objective is to discover the effect and trends (Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, etc.) of several key metallic properties on methane reactions, as well as to show the similarities between various kinetic pathways of methane reactions (oxidation, reforming with water, reforming with CO2, decomposition, etc.) on transition metals.

Rui Yao

Visiting Scholar in Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto, Sept 2017 to date
PhD Candidate in Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University, China, Sept 2014 to date
BSc in Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, China, 2014

My research mainly focuses on the reaction of methane oxidation catalyzed by transition metals. The objective is to establish different kinetic pathways and their catalytic requirements during methane reactions over supported transition metal clusters by rate measurements, kinetic isotopic studies and density functional theory calculations.

Undergraduate Students

Lilly Yu

BSc in Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto, Sept 2014 to date

I am a 4th year thesis student currently finishing my undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering. I have developed an interest in reactor, reaction, and catalyst design after my third year reaction kinetics course. I am currently helping with the investigation into the water promoting effect on the hydrogenation of aldehydes and ketones over Ru catalysts.

Alumni

Postdoctoral Fellows

Weifeng Tu (2014-2015, 2016)
Yifei Yang (2015-2016)
Dae-Woon Jeong (2015)

PhD Students

Fan Lin (2011-2016)

Masters Students

Sara Eskandarifar (2013-2015)

MEng Students

Siwei Liu (2012-2013)

Visiting Scholars

Niklas Pfriem (2016-2017)
Alessandro Quarantotto (2015-2017)
Stephanie Gschöderer (2015)
Ehsan Shafia (2014)
Lansana Souane (2014)
Weifeng Tu (2011-2013)
Jing Ma (2012-2013)
Linus Schulz (2013)
Jun Li (2012-2013)
Peng Cheng Wang (2012-2013)

4th Year Thesis Students

Manyi Zhao (2015-2016)
Yinan Xu (2015-2016)
Hyun Kim (2013-2014)
Jay Lin (2013-2014)
Marty Tzolov (2012-2013)
Atif Vaniyambadi (2012-2013)
Peter Zhao (2011-2012)
Kai Ling Phon (2011-2012)

Summer Students

Julia Lu (2017)
Jose de Jesus Montaño (2017)
Rudan Zheng (2017)
Gabriel Negrelli Garcia (2016)
Ziyu Bao (2016)
Chen Fan (2015)
Yinan Xu (2013, 2014, 2015)
Jieyu Wu (2014)
Odo Wang (2014)
Manyi Zhao (2014)
Carlos Filho (2013)
Artur Franco Silva Alves (2013)
Rafael Heilbuth (2013)
Andre Schadeck (2013)
Atif Vaniyambadi (2013)
Ee Fang Wong (2013)
Han-Yue Fu (2012)
Hui-Huang Hoe (2012)
Jay Lin (2012)