Graduate Students

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Benjamin T. Smith (MASc 2019 -)

Ben graduated from Cape Breton University Engineering Diploma program (2013) going on to complete a bachelors of Materials Engineering from Dalhousie University in 2016. He has returned to Dalhousie to pursue a Master of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering and apply his knowledge of materials science to the development of solar technology. Recipient of the Pengrowth innovation grant, Ben is researching advanced materials compatible with light interactive textiles. 

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Sean Thornton (PhD 2020 - )

Sean received a B.Eng. degree in Environmental Engineering from Dalhousie University in 2019. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering at Dalhousie University, under the supervision of Ghada Koleilat. Recipient of the Dr. Robert Gillespie Graduate Scholarship and the Bruce and Dorothy Rosetti Engineering Research Scholarship, his research is focused on low-dimensional organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite solar cells.

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Rashad F. Kahwagi (PhD 2020 - )

Rashad received a MSc degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Balamand in 2018 and is currently pursuing a PhD at Dalhousie University. His research focus is mainly on the different treatment development for perovskite materials in solar cells, with a future concentration on various energy generator applications.

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Alireza Ghasemi Ghodrat (MASc 2020 - )

Reza obtained his B.Sc. in chemical engineering from the Isfahan University of Technology in 2015. Prior to joining MUN in 2019 as a graduate student, he worked in some companies and collaborated with some scientific centres. Since his arrival in Canada, Reza and his teammates have raised over $15000 over entrepreneurial activities in funding. He is currently pursuing a Master of Applied Sciences Degree at Dalhousie University in the Process Engineering department, and his research focuses on developing new technologies for the healthcare industry

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Mal Hedrick (PhD 2021 - )

Mal Hedrick (they/them pronouns) received a Magisteriate in Applied Science in Biological Engineering at University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario in December 2020. They matriculated in January 2021 as a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Ghada Koleilat in Chemical Engineering at Dalhousie University. They are a recipient of Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship, Doctoral Level with research focusing on 2D/3D organic-inorganic perovskite solar cells.