People

Ashlee   J.   Howarth

Principal Investigator


Ashlee Howarth

Ashlee J. Howarth was born and raised in London, Ontario. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario in 2009, and then went on to do her PhD in inorganic materials chemistry at the University of British Columbia under the supervision of Michael O. Wolf. Before joining the faculty at Concordia, she completed an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern University with Joseph T. Hupp and Omar K. Farha. In 2018, Ashlee was recognized by Forbes Magazine as a “30 under 30” in Science for her contributions to research in the field of wastewater treatment, and the detoxification of chemical warfare agents. At Concordia, the Howarth group is focused on the design and synthesis of rare-earth metal–organic frameworks targeting applications in wastewater remediation, catalysis, and chemical sensing.

Hudson Bicalho

PhD Student


Hudson Bicalho

Hudson is originally from Minas Gerais, Brazil. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at CEFET-MG (Brazil) and his master’s degree in Chemistry at UFMG (Brazil). Hudson works on the development of new iron-based MOFs for applications in adsorption and catalysis.

While not in the lab, Hudson plays more video games than he should and watches lots of TV series and movies of questionable taste.


Victor Quezada

PhD Student


Victor Quezada

Victor is an international student from Chile. He is currently working on the synthesis of new rare-earth MOFs by applying complex linkers. Victor’s main goal is to study their potential applications as adsorbents in wastewater treatment, and catalytic oxidation of hazardous substances. He is also interested in the synthesis of carbon-dot/RE-MOF composites, mixed RE-MOFs, and synthesis of new organic linkers in order to achieve complex topologies. One of his dreams is to create a material with real environmental applications.


Felix Saraci

MSc Student


Felix Saraci

Felix is originally from Vancouver, British Columbia and completed his undergraduate degree at Queen’s University. He performed his undergraduate thesis project under the supervision of Dr. Suning Wang in synthesizing luminescent organoboron compounds. He currently works on the design and synthesis of rare-earth metal-organic frameworks (RE-MOFs) and their applications as chemical sensors.


Paola Marino

MSc Student


Paola Marino

Paola completed her BSc Specialization in Biochemistry at Concordia University. She works on the design, synthesis, and functionalization of metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) for biomedical applications. Her research interests are related to environmental and health sciences and devoted to green chemistry and pharmacology.


Zvart Ajoyan

MSc Student


Zvart Ajoyan

Zvart completed her undergraduate degree at Concordia University. She joined the Howarth research group in February 2018 and is currently completing her graduate studies on reticular synthesis and the design of metal-organic frameworks. In her free time, Zvart likes to travel, cook and garden.


Pedro Donnarumma

MSc Student


Pedro Donnarumma

Pedro was born in Rosario, Argentina. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at UNR (Argentina). For his undergraduate thesis project, he worked under the supervision of Dr Sepliarsky at the Physics Institute of Rosario, performing computational calculations of perovskites. Currently a MSc student in the Howarth lab, his MOF research is focused on the catalytic side of these versatile materials. He dislikes writing bios and likes making meta-jokes.


Elissa Mariani

BSc Student


Elissa Mariani

Elissa is an undergraduate Chem 419 student at Concordia. She is currently working on determining the stability of various rare earth MOFs in aqueous solution. When not in the lab, she enjoys playing sports like soccer and hockey.


Anthony Falgiani

BSc Student


Anthony Falgiani

Anthony was born & raised in Montreal, Quebec. He will be graduating from Concordia’s chemistry program in May 2020. He works on the design and synthesis of MOFs.

When not in the lab Anthony works at a local elementary school (part of the EMSB) getting children excited about science. He also enjoys travelling and playing soccer.


Jaina Cardenas Paez

BSc Student


Jaina Cardenas Paez

Jaina is completing her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Concordia University. She works on the synthesis, characterization, and activation of rare-earth MOFs.


Petar Bebic

BSc Student


Petar Bebic

Petar is in his 4th year of undergraduate studies at Concordia; he is specializing in biochemistry and is volunteering in the Howarth lab trying to synthesize a new Y-based MOF. In his free time, Petar likes to read, workout, and make music.


Yolla Fallouh

Bsc Student


Yolla Fallouh

Yolla is in the last year of her undergraduate program. Currently a Chem 419 student, she is working on the synthesis and activation of rare-earth MOFs. Previously, she was volunteering in the Howarth lab for the past year, exploring procedures for activating a new Y-based MOF.


Meggy Mengele

BSc Student


Meggy Mengele

Meggy has a diverse background, having lived in Ukraine, Tanzania and Toronto, prior to Montreal. She is currently completing her undergraduate degree with a specialization in chemistry. In the Howarth lab, she focuses on studying the stability of MOFs. Outside of academics, she is a fitness enthusiast and also an avid marathoner of Netflix. Meggy is keen on exploring all aspects in the science world, from biochemistry to astrophysics.


Soraya Manya Toussaint

BSc Student


Soraya Manya Toussaint

Soraya is a biochem undergraduate student at Concordia University. She was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti and came to Canada a few months after the earthquake in 2010. Soraya is currently a volunteer in professor Howarth's lab and is working with MOFs and carbon dots. Outside of school, Soraya likes to dance, run and eat. She hopes to make a difference in the world for less fortunate countries and their people, hopefully through the use of MOFs :)


Laure-Anne Dubuc-Kanary

BSc Student


Laure-Anne Dubuc-Kanary

Laure-Anne completed her BSc Specialization in Ecology in 2016, and began a BSc Specialization in Chemistry in 2019. Currently, her work in the Howarth lab consists of increasing the stability of a new Y-based MOF. Outside of the lab, Laure-Anne is a technician at Apple, she volunteers weekly at a hospital, and now builds websites.


Reginald Gratia

BSc Alumnus


Reginald Gratia

Reginald is a recent graduate from the chemistry undergraduate program at Concordia. Reggie entered the workforce to gain more experience, but his desire to continue learning has kept him volunteering in the Howarth research group during his spare time.

Alumni


Carmen Yan

Then: CHEM 450 Student

Adriana Danko

Then: CHEM 419 Student

Now: Graduate Diploma Student in Chemical and Materials Engineering Concordia

Molly Clark

Then: Exchange Student

Now: MChem University of Southampton

Tiffany Te

Then: CEGEP Student

Now: Undergraduate student in Science at McGill University

Iris Radu

Then: CEGEP Student

Emily Deligia

Then: CEGEP Student