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The Award for Best Graduate Student Paper Published in The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering is presented for outstanding published work by a graduate student.

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The 2020 winner of the Award for Best Graduate Student Paper Published in The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering is:

Mohamed M. Khattab
Ryerson University

For the paper “Functionalized bacterial cellulose nanowhiskers as long-lasting drug nanocarrier for antibiotics and anticancer drugs,” Can. J. Chem. Eng. 2019, 97(10), 2594 by Mohamed M. Khattab and Yaser Dahman.

Dr. Mohamed Khattab received his Bachelor of Chemistry (distinction with class honour) and later his M.Sc and Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Cairo University, Egypt. He was recently awarded his second doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, under the supervision of Prof. Yaser Dahman. He secured a position of Research Associate at Ryerson University, and conducted his research in the Nanocomposites and Biomaterials Engineering Laboratory and Centre of Green Research Technology. His credentials also include two visiting scientist fellowships to the Institute of Applied and Synthetic Chemistry, Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria. Dr. Khattab also served as an Instructor of Inorganic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, United Arab Emirates University.

Dr. Khattab has vast experience in the field of coordination chemistry, such as developing and testing novel Pd(II) and Fe(II) complexes that have antitumor and spin-crossover (SCO) activities, respectively. His current research work focuses on several emerging areas in the field of bio/nano-technology, with a special interest in designing, synthesizing, and testing novel nano-structured biomaterials and biodegradable polymers for utilization in regenerative medicine and drug delivery applications. Completing his second Ph.D. in chemical engineering has acquainted Khattab with the required engineering-focused skills to bring his research ideas into the market where they can benefit real people, rather than staying locked away in the private vault of academia.

Past Winners


Khushaal Popli

University of Alberta
Society: CSChE

Michaela K. McGurn

Weber Manufacturing Technolgies
Society: CSChE

Chaimongkol Saengow

Queen's University
Society: CSChE

Aida Sharif Rohani

University of Ottawa
Society: CSChE

Ali Sarvi

ROSEN Canada
Society: CSChE

Ali Shekari

École Polytechnique de Montréal
Society: CSChE

Mohammed Alaqqad

University of British Columbia
Society: CSChE