Dr. Shiva Mohajernia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta (U of A). Before joining U of A, she was the catalysis group leader at the University of Siegen, Germany. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2020 in the department of Material science and engineering at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. She gained her Master's and Bachelor's degrees in materials science and engineering from the University of Tehran and Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in Iran, respectively.
I grew up in Muscat, Oman where I studied Chemical and Process Engineering at Sultan Qaboos University. My first venture during undergrad into research started with synthesis of carbon nanotubes from date palm stems and their characterization. I started my studies at the University of Alberta in September 2022 as an MSc student prior to switching to the PhD program and joining NRGMATs, where I am studying the fabrication of hydrogen evolution electrocatalysts for water electrolysis. Outside of work I enjoy reading books and painting.
I was born in Montreal, but have spent most of my life in Edmonton. I started my Materials Engineering Undergraduate Degree in 2020 and will be entering my fourth year this fall. I am very excited to be joining NRGMATs for the summer through an NSERC award. This is my first experience working in a lab, and I am passionate about the topics that we are studying as they relate to climate issues. In my free time I like to travel, read, and attend live music events. I also enjoy spending time outdoors, and am currently training for a 300km bike tour in the mountains this summer.
Growing up in South India, I always had a fascination for science and technology. I pursued my bachelor’s degree in the field of chemical and electrochemical engineering at CSIR- Central Electrochemical Research Institute, where my initial research focused on polymers and MXenes for electrocatalytic Hydrogen production. Later my research focused on catalyzing and characterizing PEM fuel cells. In September 2023, I began my journey as an MSc student at the University of Alberta, where I was thrilled to join the NRGMATs team and continue my exploration of electrochemical technologies and advancements.
In 2019, I was enrolled in the Ph.D. course at the Indian Institute of Technology, Jodhpur, India, under the direction of Prof. Ambesh Dixit, at IIT jodhpur my research focused on nanostructured metal oxide-based materials for gas sensing and memory devices beyond von Neumann architecture applications. Currently, I am a SERB-OVDF fellow at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, for a period of one year (sept 2023 to sept 2024) while continuing to pursue my Ph.D. in dynamic group CEAES and NRGMATs whose principal investigators are Dr. Jing Liu and Dr. Shiva Mohajernia, and my study will concentrate on the synthesis of binder-free bifunctional catalysts for electrochemical water splitting.