CPE is excited to fund our first annual cohort of post-doctoral researchers, tackling research related to Just Transitions, Carbon and Measuring, Modelling and Markets. Learn more about the CPE researchers below!

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Alexandre Tugirumubano

Fellow in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Alexandre Is a postdoctoral fellow at UofT in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He holds a Master’s degree and Ph.D degree in Mechanical Engineering from Jeonju University, South Korea. In 2022, he was awarded postdoctoral fellowship by Climate Positive Energy to conduct research on improving mass transport in polymer electrolyte membrane electrolyzer for clean hydrogen production.

Jinjin Chen

Fellow in Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry

Jinjin primarily works on a project that harnessing a CRISPR/Cas9 system to genetically engineer Acidithiobacillus ferridurans JAGS for better biomining performance. My proposed project is about utilization of genetic engineered A. ferridurans JAGS in biomining-coupled biofuel production. We believe this research holds the promise to “kill three birds with one stone”: (1) using pyrrhotite (PO, Fe1−xS, x = 0-0.125) tailings as a mineral resource to prevent acid mine drainage production; (2) bioleaching Nickel from PO tailings; (3) fixing CO2 and using energy in PO tailings to produce alkenes. These would generate benefits for economics, environment, and climate, and meet the climate positive energy goals.

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Yizhi Zhou

Fellow in Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry

Yizhi’s research is on photothermal ice nucleation inhibiting coatings for improved clean energy equity.

Pengfei Ou

Fellow in Electrical and Computer Engineering

“I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Sargent Group at the University of Toronto. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Mining and Materials Engineering at McGill University with studies focused on two-dimensional materials and single-atom catalysts using density functional theory. My current research interests are data-driven high-throughput materials screening, mechanistic study related to electrocatalytic reactions using computational electrochemistry and microkinetic modeling.”

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Da Huo

Fellow in Civil Engineering

Da’s research is on modelling electric and hydrogen fuel cell pathways for Canadian light-duty vehicles, to meet climate targets.

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Harrison Mills

Fellow in Chemistry

Harrison’s research is on chemical recycling of consumer plastics by light-mediated photocatalytic processes.