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
Tian He (Ph.D)
Post Doctorates and Research Associates
Undergraduate Students
Zheyuan 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)
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)

Troy received his BASc in Engineering Physics with a specialization in Materials Science from Queen’s University in 2020. He began his MASc under the co-supervision of Professors Patrick Lee and Ning Yan in 2021. His research focus lies in the development of a bio-based and biodegradable alternative to flexible packaging made from polylactic acid reinforced with cellulose fibers. The composite will then be processed through a micro-/nano-layered co-extrusion assembly to create a multi-layered structure containing micro-sized layers in order to quantify the effects of fibril alignment and confined crystallization on the mechanical and barrier properties of the composite.

Kabirat Bello (Ph.D)

Office: ES 2016 Email: kabirat.bello@mail.utoronto.ca
Development of Bio-based Insulating Polyurethane Foams for Construction Applications

Kabirat received her Bachelor’s degree in Wood Products Engineering from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 2012 and Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from African University of Science and Technology, Abuja, Nigeria in 2017. She joined Prof. Ning Yan’s group in May 2021 and would focus on developing novel bio-based insulating Polyurethane foams for construction applications using Lignin containing cellulose nanofibrils (LCNF).  She enjoys cooking, planning events and movies.

Mohammad Mahaninia (Ph.D)

Mohammad completed his BSc in Chemistry (2008) and obtained two MSc degrees in applied and physical chemistry from Tehran Polytechnic (2010) and University of Saskatchewan (2014). He started his PhD study at department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry under supervision of Prof. Yan in 2021. His research focuses on the synthesis of bio-based polymers. These types of polymers are anticipated to have considerable applications in many fields (e.g., environmental science, 3-D printing) due to their tunable and recyclable properties.

Visiting Students

Tian He (Ph.D)

I’m Tian He, joined Professor Yan’s group in April 2021 as a joint Ph.D student. I obtained the Bachelor’s degree in 2015 from Shaanxi University of Science and Technology, and then I joined SCUT in September 2015 as a Master of School of Light Industry and Engineering focusing on chitosan improves cellulose protection and delignification in ozone bleaching of pulp, and transferred into PhD in 2018. My current project is about the synthesis lignin-based functional materials from nano-lignin and lignin, and preparation of Pressure sensor materials by functionalized modification of LCNF. I like traveling, taking photos and drawing pictures.


Postdoctoral Fellows/Research Associates and Assistants

Undergraduate Students

Zheyuan Miao