Current Lab Members

Meet Ning Yan’s Group:
Graduates
Nicole Tratnik (Ph.D)
Shrestha Roy Goswami (Ph.D)
Lunding Fan (Masters)
Troy Su (Masters)
Kabirat Bello (Ph.D)
Mohammad Mahaninia (Ph.D)
Visiting Students
Liu Liu (Ph.D)
Tian He (Ph.D)
Post Doctorates and Research Associates
Dr. Nicolas Tanguy
Dr. Dan Li
Undergraduate Students
Zhenyuan Miao

Graduate Students

Shrestha Roy Goswami (Ph.D)
Office: ES 2016 Email: shrestha.roygoswami@mail.utoronto.ca
Starch-based wood adhesives

Shrestha completed her B. Tech in Biotechnology (2014) and MSc in Bioresource Engineering (2016). She joined Prof. Ning’s group in September 2016 as a Ph.D. student. Her research focus is on the synthesis of starch maleates in ionic liquids. Ionic liquids (ILs) are a class of green solvents which can dissolve and catalyze derivatization reactions of biopolymers without additional catalysts. The developed starch maleates are highly functionalized and have thermoplastic applications.

Nicole Tratnik(Ph.D)
Office: ES 2015 Email: nicole.tratnik@mail.utoronto.ca
Synthesis of Bio-based Formaldehyde Free Wood Adhesive from Starch

Nicole received her Bachelors in Honors Chemistry at the University of Waterloo while completing co-op terms at Crosslink Technologies and the Woodbridge Group in Toronto, Canada, Krka pharmaceutical company in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, and the Radiation Lab at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA. She joined Professor Ning Yan’s group in September 2016 as a Master of Science in Forestry Student focusing on the synthesis of a bio-based formaldehyde free wood adhesive made from starch and has since transferred into her PhD. Nicole is also part of the Forestry Graduate Students’ Association and enjoys organizing the woodsports team, playing ultimate frisbee, going out with friends, and backpacking.

Lunding Fan (Masters)
Office: ES 2016B Email: lunding.fan@mail.utoronto.ca

Lunding received his Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto. He joined Professor Yan’s group in 2019 as an MASc student in Chemical Engineering. His research focus is the room temperature curing of the novel vanillin-based phosphorus-containing flame-retardant epoxy adhesive developed by Dr. Gnanasekar.

Troy Su (Masters)

Kabirat Bello (Ph.D)

Mohammad Mahaninia (Ph.D)

Visiting Students

Liu Liu (Ph.D)
Office: ES 4017 Email: shely.liu@mail.utoronto.ca
Study of Intelligent Response and Structural Design of Nanocellulose Materials

Liu Liu joined Professor Yan’s group in October 2019 as a joint Ph.D student. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in 2016 and then becoming a Ph.D candidate at Central South University of Forestry and Technology in China. She has focused on the research of preparation and utilization of wood nanocellulose, such as temperature sensitive nanocellulose hydrogels. Her current project is about the confined self-assembly of cellulose nanocrystals and aims at obtaining functional materials with controllable structure. During her leisure time, Liu likes novels, movies, and broadcasts. 

Tian He (Ph.D)


Postdoctoral Fellows/Research Associates and Assistants

Dr. Nicolas Tanguy
Office: ES 2016 Email: nicolas.tanguy@mail.utoronto.ca
Development of semiconductive nanostructures for energy storage and sensing applications.

Nicolas studied his Ph.D. under Professor Ning Yan supervision from January 2014 to March 2019. His Ph.D. focused on the design of wireless sensors for monitoring ammonia gas. His specialties include the synthesis of polyaniline, polyaniline nanocomposites, reduced graphene oxide and doped reduced graphene oxide. Nicolas is currently continuing his Ph.D. work as a Post-Doctoral Fellow as well as exploring the potential of polyaniline/graphene/nanocellulose nanocomposites as part “green-electronics” for energy storage applications. Nicolas’ hobbies include running, cooking and travelling.

Dr. Dan Li

Undergraduate Students

Zheyuan Miao