University of Toronto
Dept. of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
5 King’s College Road
Toronto, Ontario M5S-3G8, Canada
Post Doctoral Fellows and Research Associates
Dr. Tongfeng Zhang
Tongfeng received his BSc (2010) and MSc (2012) from Department of Thermal Engineering at Tsinghua University in China. He received his PhD degree in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2017. Tongfeng’s research is in the area of characterization of combustion generated nanoparticles (soot). He is developing optical measurements to investigate the soot particle nanostructure, size distribution, and the soot aggregate formation. He is also working on the development of soot modeling to study the fundamental soot formation and oxidation processes.
P.hD. Research Assistants
Anton joined the University of Toronto Combustion Research Lab after receiving his Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University in 2014. Anton’s research focuses on the development of novel experimental techniques and applying these methods to the development of nanoparticles and combustion research. Anton’s work partners with Hitachi Higher Technologies, for developing techniques to directly observe, nanoparticles as they react, burn, or changes in the structure inside an electron microscope. This work has since been cited by review papers on PM and won the “Distinguished Paper” award at the International Symposium on Combustion in 2016. Anton’s current projects focus on studying the effects of pressure, temperature, and catalysts on particulate matter emissions.
Apart from combustion research, Anton has also worked for Atomic Energy Canada Limited (2010-2014) with the Severe Accident Research group and Volvo Penta (2017) on modeling diesel engines with advanced neural networks.
Tirthankar received his B.Sc in Chemistry from University of Calcutta (Presidency College), India in 2012. After that, he joined Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India for his Masters and secured the first position in his class in Masters. During his Masters, he worked on reaction mechanisms involved in coal pyrolysis using different instruments like TGA, GC-MS, SEM-EDAX, TGA+FTIR, DSC etc.Using thermodynamic data he studied the gas phase as well as the solid phase reactions involved during coal pyrolysis in different gases.Chemical analysis was carried out on the remains of the pyrolysis product to understand the effect of inorganic elements in pyrolysis. He also tried to find out the changes in chemical structures during pyrolysis using experimental results.He received his M.Sc in Energy in 2015. He joined the Combustion Research Lab in September 2015 to pursue his Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Murray Thomson. His research involves measurement of PAHs for aromatic fuels using GC/MS. He is also developing an improved chemical mechanism which can capture the aromaticity of the fuel and give a better understanding of PAH formation for aromatic fuels. Currently, he holds MIE fellowship.
Ali received his BASc degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Tehran and joined CRL as a master student in September 2014. His research consists of the formation of particulates in premixed flames using detailed modeling. He is currently a Ph.D. student and holds MIE international student fellowship.
Carson graduated from the University of Toronto with a BASc in Mechanical Engineering in 2011. He began his MASc in Sept 2014, with a research focus on soot formation from liquid fuel using the Laser Induced Incandescence (LII) technique. Carson will join CRL to start his Ph.D. studies from January 2017. Before pursuing his MASc at the University of Toronto, Carson worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff (Asia), responsible for mechanical design of various infrastructure projects.
Muhammad graduated from the NED University of Engineering and Technology with a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering in 2009. He served as a Lab Engineer/Lecturer at NED University for 2 years where he conducted undergraduate laboratories, delivered lectures and managed projects.He received his Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo with the specialization in Green Energy in 2013 followed by a 1 year of experience in an industry before joining the University of Toronto in Fall 2015. His current research involves component level study in the development of compression ignition engine that can be fueled with wood pyrolysis oil. Moreover, he is also looking towards reducing corrosion and erosion effects through distillation of Wood Pyrolysis Oil.
MASc. Research Assistants
Derek graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2015 with a BASc in Chemical Engineering. During his undergrad, Derek gained experience in both the oil and gas industry in Alberta and the petrochemical industry in Qatar. He began his MASc in September 2016, with a focus on improving the combustion of wood pyrolysis oil in a compression ignition, indirect combustion engine through the modification of fuel and engine properties.