Dr. Phuong Nguyen-Tri
University Professor


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Professor Phuong Nguyen-Tri is a regular professor at the Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Physics, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), Quebec, Canada. He is the founder of the Laboratory of Advanced Materials for Energy and Environment (Nguyen-Tri Lab) at UQTR and holds the UQTR Research Chair of Advanced materials for Health and Security at work. He obtained his M.Sc. degree from École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Mulhouse, France and a Ph.D. degree in Material Sciences from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris, France in 2009. He worked for two years (2009-2011) as a non-tenure track Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Polymers (now Laboratoire Procédés et Ingénierie en Mécanique et Matériaux, Paris) at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris. During 2011-2015, he worked at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS), Montréal, Canada as a researcher for the Research Chair in Protective Materials and Equipment for Occupational Health and Safety. From 2015 to 2019, professor Nguyen-Tri worked as a Research Officer in the Department of Chemistry at the Université de Montréal (UdeM), Canada before accepting a professorship position at UQTR. His main research interests are nanomaterials, hybrid nanoparticles, smart coatings, polymer crystallization, polymer aging and polymer blends and composites. He is also visiting Professor at UdeM and associate Professor at ETS of Montréal, regular member of I2E3, CQMF and CREPEC of Quebec.

Postdoctoral fellows

Lab manager

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Dr. Nhu Nang Vu obtained his B.S. in Chemistry from Hanoi University of Sciences, Viet Nam, in 2014. He entered Université Laval, Canada and completed his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering, in 2020. His graduate work focused on development of photocatalysts for water splitting and CO2 reduction using solar energy. He joins Nguyen-Tri lab as a postdoctoral fellow after receiving his doctorate. His current research is focusing on development of advanced nanomaterials for anti-bacteria and antivirus. Dr. Nhu Nang Vu is also the manager of the Nguyen-Tri Lab.

Dr. Mostafa Eesaee

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Dr. Mostafa Eesaee was born in Iran, in 1988. He received the B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from Amirkabir University, Tehran, Iran, in 2010, the M.Sc. degree in Polymer engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2012, and his PhD in material science from École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) in Montreal, Canada, in 2019. He is working in Nguyen-Tri Lab as a postdoctoral fellow. His research interests include advanced characterizations and the development of new materials based on thermoplastic polymers.


Visiting researcher

Dr. Alireza Saidi
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With an academic background in textile engineering and holding a Ph. D degree applied to the development of flexible printable electronics from Grenoble Institute of Technology in France, Alireza Saidi is a professional researcher at the Robert-Sauvé Research Institute in occupational health and safety (IRSST) where his research focuses on the development of smart personal protective equipment using smart textiles and advanced materials. Before joining IRSST, he worked for several years as a project manager in industrial research and development groups in fields such as technical textiles, smart textiles and flexible and expandable electronics. He is the author and co-author of several scientific publications.

Graduate students

Safa Ladhari
Ph.D student

Safa Ladhari completed double Engineering degrees; a B. Eng in Technical Textile and Fibers from École Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs Sud Alsace, France (The National School of Engineers in Southern Alsace  – ENSISA) and another B. Eng in Textile Engineering from Ecole Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Monastir, Tunisia (The National School of Engineers in Monastir – ENIM) in 2018 after being selected for the (ENSISA-ENIM) dual degree program funded by a full scholarship from the State of Tunisia. She also obtained her Master of Research degree (M2) in 2017 in Mechanics and Fiber Sciences from (ENSISA), France. She is currently enrolled as a PhD student in the Doctorate Program in Energy and Materials Sciences, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), Quebec, Canada, under the supervision of Professor Phuong Nguyen-tri at the Laboratory of Advanced Materials for Energy and Environment (Nguyen-Tri Lab). The research focuses on the development of new textile materials based on antiviral nanoparticles for protective equipment against SARS-COV-19.

Payman Ghassemi
Ph.D student

Payman Ghassemi obtained his Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 2011 from UTM, Malaysia. He worked as a research assistant at DTU Conversion Energy, Denmark. His research interests are preparation/synthesis of novel functional polymers, composite materials, polymer membranes, nanomaterials, crystallization, and nanoscale characterization, renewable energy, water treatment, and gas separation technology. At present, he is a Ph. D candidate at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), under the supervision of Prof. Phuong Nguyen-Tri. His thesis topic is related to the functional polymers for separation technology.

Chenni Abdenour
Ph.D student

Chenni Abdenour obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical engineering in 2011 and Master’s degree in Polymer Engineering Materials in 2013 from the University of BEJAIA, ALGERIA. From 2014 to 2019, he was lecturer in organic chemistry and thermodynamics courses and other analytical courses  at the University of BEJAIA. His main research interests include the development and characterization of biomaterials based on bio-polymers extracted from biomass waste using different manufacturing processes intended for use in different industrial fields. He joins Nguyen-Tri Lab to pursue his Ph.D studies which mainly forcuses on the conversion of biomasses into biopolymeres in combination with natural antibiotics for the fabrication of antimicrobial polymers.

Houssam-eddine Nemamcha
Ph.D student

Houssam-eddine Nemamcha is a Ph. D candidate in Energy and Materials Sciences program at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). He obtained the Master degree, on June 2020, in materials engineering process from the University 8 Mai 1945 Guelma – Algeria with excellent grades (Rank #1). His research work, under the supervision of Professor Phuong Nguyen-Tri, focuses on the preparation of nanomaterials and their use in the fields of energy, health and environment. He also has a high interest in scientific activities related to environment protection.

Quang-Thanh Dinh
Ph.D Student

Quang Thanh Dinh received his Engineer’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 2018 from Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam. Then, he enrolled in the master’s program in advanced material science and nanotechnology at University of Science and Technology of Hanoi (USTH), Vietnam. He joined Nguyen-Tri Lab, UQTR in March 2021 for the research internship after awarded Canada-ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED). During his internship, he was awarded the scholarship under “Programme d’aide à l’internationalisation de la recherche (PAIR)” to pursue doctoral studies in advanced nanomaterial at UQTR starting from summer 2021. His studies, under the co-supervision of Prof. Phuong Nguyen-Tri and Dr. Quynh Nguyen-Van (USTH), focus on the conversion of residual biomass to 2D materials for energy applications.

Marcos Antonio Polinarski
Ph.D Student

Marcos Antonio Polinarski is a Brazilian researcher. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering in 2018, and his Master’s degree in Energy Engineering in Agriculture in 2020. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Engineering and Technology at the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) in Brazil and a Ph.D. candidate in Energy and Materials Sciences program at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), under the supervision of Prof. Phuong Nguyen-Tri. His research focuses on the development of antiviral textile materials incoporated with chitosan-grafted silver nanoparticles.

Tuan Duy Doan
Ph.D Student

Tuan Doan Nguyen obtained his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Petro Vietnam University, Viet Nam, in 2020. He is currently a Ph. D candidate in Energy and Materials Sciences program at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), under the co-supervision of Prof. Adam Duong and Prof. Phuong Nguyen-Tri. His studies focus mainly on the synthesis and characterization of mixed ligand metal – organic frameworks for energy and environmental applications.

Camille Venne
M.Sc Student

Camille Venne received the B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) in 2020 after completing a technical program in Analytical Chemistry. Throughout her experiences, she had the chance to familiarize with biopolymers, analytical chemistry and functionalization of polysaccharides. She joins Nguyen-Tri’s lab as a master student and her research interests are surface modifications of textiles and advanced nanomaterials aimed towards the inactivation of bacteria and viruses.


Cedrick Boisvert
B.Sc student

Cédrik Boisvert is an undergraduate at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). He started his bachelor in chemistry in fall 2020. He joins Nguyen-Tri Lab for his internship on synthesis and evaluation of antimicrobial activity of hybrid nanoparticles.

Phillip Subranni
B.Sc student

Phillip Subranni is currently an undergraduate in physics at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). He joins Nguyen-Tri Lab for his internship, whose main objective is to recycle used protective masks from UQTR in order to transform them into graphene. In particular, the study consists of synthesizing graphene using a chemical vapor deposition method, using used masks within the UQTR as raw material.

Caroline Duchesnay
B.Sc student

Caroline Duchesnay is currently an undergraduate student in Biological and Ecological Science Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). She started her bachelor degree in 2019. She joins Nguyen-Tri Lab for her internship focusing on developement of advanced methods to measure biological activity of textiles and antimicrobial materials.

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