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

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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-bacterial and antiviral applications. 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.

Dr. Aymen Amine ASSADI
Visiting researcher

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Dr. Aymen Amine Assadi has completed his Ph.D from Chemistry Engineer School ENSCR in Rennes, France. He joined ENSCR as associate professor in 2014. He obtained recently (June 2019) his Thesis Director Enabling Degree “HDR” (Photo-electrocatalytic Reactor Design for Advanced Oxidation Processes – University of Rennes 1) in Process Engineering. His field of expertise concerns environmental engineering and especially the study of physical and chemical treatments in relation with traces compounds. His research focuses mainly on processes involving electric reactor (nonthermal plasma) and photocatalysis oxidation of micro-pollution and / or processes involving a transfer to a solid phase. He has skills in modelling and simulation of depollution processes for industrial scale extrapolation. He published more than 85 A ranking publications and 2 patents. He is Editor of three Elsevier Books and has two book – chapters and presented more than 70 communications at international meetings. He is associate editor (Springer journals), guest editor and regular reviewer for many international peer reviewed journals. He joins Nguyen-Tri Lab as visiting researcher working on the topic of understanding the synergistic effect between cold plasma and photocatalysis for environmental applications.


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-2

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. 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 Fall 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.

Claire Stuppa
PhD candidate

Claire Stuppa is a PhD candidate in the Lignocellulosic Materials Science and Engineering program at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières (UQTR). She obtained her Master’s degree in materials engineering in October 2021 at the European School of Engineering in Materials in Nancy, France. Her future research work, under the supervision of Professors Phuong Nguyen-Tri and Simon Barnabé, focuses on the strategy of biopolymer-based multilayers for compostable cellulosic packaging. She is also very interested in any kind of activities related to environmental protection and nature preservation.

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 Duy Doan 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.

Hong-Van Vu
B.Sc student

Hong Van Vu is an undergraduate student in Medical Biology in University of Science and Technology of Hanoi (USTH) in Vietnam. She started her bachelor program in 2018. Currently, she is taking part in an exchange program in University of Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) with Canada- ASEAN Scholarships and Educational Exchanges for Development (SEED). She joins Nguyen-Tri Lab for her internship on preparation and characterization of antimicrobial activity of combined and hybrid nanoparticles.

Imen Hamouda
B.Sc student

Imen Hamouda is currently a 3rd year student in industrial chemistry engineering specializing in materials at the National Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology (INSAT). She began her engineering cycle in 2017. She joined the Nguyen-Tri Lab to develop the subject of synthetic rubber aging under accelerated conditions for her graduation project.

Rachid Amrhar
M.Sc student

Rachid Amrhar was born in Morocco in July 1996. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in materials chemistry in 2015 at Caddi Ayyad University in Morocco. Then, a master’s degree in materials science in 2020 at the University of Abdelmalek Essaâdi in Morocco. Currently he is a second-year student in innovative, intelligent and sustainable materials at the University of Toulon in France. During his academic career he had the opportunity to work on polymers, composites and their characterizations. He joined Phuong Nguyen-Tri’s laboratory as part of an internship for his graduation project on the aging of synthetic rubbers.


former members

POStdoctoral fellows

Dr. Sanil Rajak


Dr. Sanil Rajak obtained his B.Sc. Chemistry degree from the University of Mumbai, India, in 2011 and his M.Sc. Chemistry from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India in 2013. He worked as a professional researcher at BASF-The Chemical Company for one year before joining the Institut de recherche sur l’hydrogène of the University du Quebec a Trois-Rivieres, Canada, to pursue the Ph.D study in Science of Energy and Materials. His dissertation topic “Design and Development of Diaminotriazine based Molecular Catalyst for Light-Driven Hydrogen Production”. He has joined the Nguyen-Tri research lab group as a post-doctoral researcher from Feburary 2021 to May 2021. His work focused on “Heterogeneous Molecular Catalysts for Artificial Photosynthesis”.


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 joined Nguyen-Tri Lab from July 2021 to November 2021 for her internship focusing on developement of advanced methods to measure biological activity of textiles and antimicrobial materials.

Phillip Subranni
B.Sc Student

Phillip Subranni is currently an undergraduate in physics at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). He joined Nguyen-Tri Lab from May 1 to August 26, 2021 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.

Mohamed Anouar Belhaj
B.Sc Student

Mohamed Anouar Belhaj obtained his first bachelor degree in microbiology immunology from Université de Montréal in 2013. He worked as a researcher for 18 months in a Microbiology Research Lab in Université de Montréal, with research interest on microalgae for the production of biodiesel. He obtained his second bachelor degree in medical biology in 2020 from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, where he got two scholarships (BRPC) for the summer 2018 and summer 2019. His research interests was on bioremediation of contaminated soil, working on extractable polyphenols in cosmetics applications. He joined Nguyen-Tri Lab from January 2021 to June 2021 for his  internship research focusing on developement of advanced methods to measure antimicrobial activity of textiles.

Marine Lorrain
B.Sc Student

Marine Lorrain is an undergraduate student, enrolled in bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and biotechnology at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). She came to Québec and entered UQTR in 2017, after completing her studies in Guadeloupe, France. She joined Nguyen-Tri Lab from September 5 to December 15, 2020 to do internship research as part of her study program under the supervision of Professor Phuong Nguyen-Tri. Her works focused on developing methods to measure developing methods to measure antimicrobial activity of textiles.