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XiaoYu Wu

XiaoYu Wu

Assistant professor

A focus on sustainable energy conversion and chemical production processes!

XiaoYu Wu is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering. He obtained his PhD at MIT, and his MS and BS degrees in Zhejiang University. He is enthusiastic about sustainability, especially how clean technologies can impact sustainability and how developing countries can incorporate sustainability in the development.

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Laetitia Uwineza

Postdoctoral associate

Laetitia Uwineza is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. She obtained her Ph.D. in Renewable Energy Engineering at the University of Science and Technology in February 2023.

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Jinhe Zhang

PhD student

Jinhe Zhang is a PhD student in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He obtained his MS and BS degrees in Dalian University of Technology. Jinhe joined our research group in Spring 2022.

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Carlo Cunanan

MASc student

Carlo Cunanan is a MASc. student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He obtained his BASc. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 2022. He joined the research group as a Master’s student in the Fall of 2022.

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Daniel Ding

MASc student

Daniel Ding is a MASc. student in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering. He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering degree at Xi'an Jiaotong University. He has an unwavering passion for clean and renewable energy solutions. He joined the research group in the Fall of 2022.

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PengCheng Zhao

MASc student

Pengcheng Zhao is a MASc student in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He obtained his BASc Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manitoba. He joined the research group as a Master’s student in the Winter of 2023 working on electrochemical cells for ammonia conversion. 

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Aamer Akhand

MASc student

Aamer Akhand is a MASc. student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He obtained his BASc. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 2023. His interests lies in mathematics and green accessible technology for all. He joined the research group in Spring of 2023.

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Emily Smyth

MASc student

Emily Smyth is a MASc. student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. She obtained her BASc. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 2023. She is very passionate about renewable energy and sustainability.

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Zhen Ye

MASc student

Zhen Ye is a MASc. student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He obtained his BASc. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 2023. He joined the research group as a master student in Fall of 2023, co-supervised by Dr.

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Arda Mert Cetin

MASc student

Arda Mert Cetin is a MASc. student in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering. He obtained his BASc. in Chemical Engineering, and his BA. in Economics at the Koc University. He joined the research group as a master’s student in the Fall of 2023.

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Grace Stephanie Parra Panchi

MASc student

Grace is a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of Waterloo. She is Ecuadorian and did her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering with a specialization in polymers at EPN University.

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Chenying Song

Visiting student

Chenying Song is a PhD student in South China University of Technology, where she obtained her Master's degree. She joined the research group as an International Visiting Graduate Student in Winter of 2024, co-supervised with Dr. Xianguo Li.

Milind Jain

Milind Jain

Undergraduate Researcher

Milind Jain is a 4A Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Waterloo. His fervour for sustainability began while he was young, and his goal is to leverage his engineering and business backgrounds, putting them to work in the fields of renewable energy generation and energy efficiency to leave behind a world of sustainable abundance.

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Benie Matoka Mabondo

Undergraduate Researcher

Benie Matoka Mabondo is a BASc. student in Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. For her interest in the Green and Sustainable Energy industry, she joined the group this Winter 2024.

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Matthew Aquino

Undergraduate Researcher

Matthew is a 3A Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Waterloo. Matthew enjoys using the knowledge learned throughout class and the workplace to tackle and solve large scale problems regarding energy and sustainability. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys divulging in finance, athletics, and racing.

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Mulei Mao

Undergraduate Researcher

Mulei Mao is a BASc. student in the Department of Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Currently, his research focuses on analyzing the environmental impact and technoeconomic feasibility of next generation bioethanol made from duckweed.

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Quinn Wesener

Undergraduate Researcher

Quinn Wesener is a 2A Chemical Engineering Student at the University of Waterloo. The energy transition has been a topic of interest for him since starting university and he is excited to use his skills to help Canada and the world move towards a greener future with more responsible forms of energy.

Alumni

Alumni

Master students

Faris Elmanakhly (September 2020 - April 2022)

Visting students

Ankit Singh (MASc, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, January - April 2022)

Soukaina Skribbe (MASc, RWTH Aachen University, November 2022 - November 2023)

Swayamprakash Biswal (PhD, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, September - November 2022)

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