Principal Investigator

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Dr. Sami Khan

Assistant Professor, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering, Simon Fraser University



Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2020

S.M. Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2016

S.M. Technology and Policy Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2016

B.A.Sc. Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto, 2012


Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University, September 2020 - present

Science and Technology Advisor, Natural Resources Canada, April - August 2020

Postdoctoral Associate, Azimi Lab, University of Toronto, January - April 2020



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Selected Honours and Awards:

  • Action Canada Fellow (2021) (link)

  • Finalist, Hydrogen Can Science Slam Competition held at the Berlin Science Week (2020) (link)

  • Marcel Pourbaix Prize (1st place) for Best Poster, Annual NACE Corrosion Conference (2019)

  • William Stewart Award for Leadership and Student Service, received from MIT’s Chancellor (2019) (link)

  • Best Research Pitch, MIT Microsystems Technical Lab Annual Research Conference (2018 and 2014) 

  • Public Service Fellowship received from the MIT Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center (2017)

  • NSERC PGS-D Graduate Award (2016-2019) (link)

  • Finalist, Patagonia Eco-Innovation Business Case Competition (2016)

  • Young Researcher Award received at the World Hydropower Congress in Beijing (2015) (link)

  • Hydro Research Foundation Award from the US Department of Energy (2014) (link)

  • Ernest Walton medal received from the President of Ireland for undergraduate thesis (2012) (link)

  • Gordon Cressy Leadership Award, received from the President of University of Toronto (2012) (link)

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) for graduate studies (awarded) (2012)

  • German Academic Exchange (DAAD) Scholarship for summer internship in Munich (2011) 

  • Accenture Scholarship for academic performance and volunteerism (2011)

  • Chemical Institute of Canada Toronto Section Book Prize (2010)                                               

  • Robert G. Auld Student Paper Award, 2nd place, CSChE Conference, Saskatoon (2010)               

  • Risings Stars of Research Conference Participant, UBC (2010)                                        

  • R.W. Missen Prize - for highest class mark in Engineering Thermodynamics (2010)                   

  • SAP North America Scholarship (2009)


Dr. Sami Khan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Sustainable Energy Engineering at Simon Fraser University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under the supervision of Dr. Kripa K. Varanasi. Prior to his Ph.D. studies, Dr. Khan pursued a Bachelors' degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Toronto with a minor in Sustainable Energy, and a Masters in Technology and Policy Studies from MIT. In his Ph.D. research, Dr. Khan studied the role of interfacial engineering towards impacting electrochemical phenomena, including CO2 electroreduction. Dr. Khan has obtained two years of professional engineering experience in the rare-earth mining industry and has worked in the nuclear industry through an internship at Ontario Power Generation. He has taught engineering design to first year undergraduate students as well as served as an industrial advisor to final year energy engineering students in their capstone projects. 

PhD Students

Elahe Tajbakhsh 

Elahe joined the EISEn group as a Ph.D. student in Fall 2021. She completed her M.Sc. degree in Chemistry at SFU. During her M.Sc. studies, she focused on the design and electrochemistry of organometallic materials and electrocatalysis, including reduction of CO2 to value-added chemicals and fuels. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). In her undergraduate research, she focused on the development of mononuclear metal complexes for water oxidation for the production of H2 as an alternative for fossil fuels. Outside of the lab, Elahe enjoys hiking, cycling and cooking. 

Masters Students


Elaheh Hantoosh Zadeh

Elaheh completed her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2019. In her bachelor thesis, she worked on mechanical and morphological properties of biomaterials for bone tissue engineering applications. She is a MASc candidate at the School of Sustainable Energy Engineering at SFU. Elaheh’s research at SFU focuses on colloidal stability. She was awarded a Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship from SFU. In her free time, Elaheh enjoys outdoor cycling and drawing portraits. 

Gahee Im

Gahee is a MASc student at the School of Sustainable Energy Engineering at SFU. She received her bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Gangneung-Wonju National University. She studied biodiesel production using waste as feedstocks and catalysts in her university's Bioenvironmental Energy Lab.
Gahee enjoys doing yoga, traveling, and drinking coffee.

Undergraduate Students


Yoonsoo (Clara) Park

Clara is a third year undergraduate student in the Sustainable Energy Engineering program at SFU. She has joined the EISEn lab as a Fall and Spring term co-op student and will be developing both micro and nano textures for electrocatalytic and wettability applications. Clara enjoys exploring new cultures, baking and acrylic painting!