Dr. George Shimizu

George is originally from Winnipeg and has been at the University of Calgary since 1998. In 2015, George was the lead applicant for an NSERC CREATE Training Program on Carbon Capture. He has received the Strem Award for Pure or Applied Inorganic Chemistry from the Canadian Society of Chemistry and an NSERC Discovery Accelerator Award. George serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of CHEM (Cell Press), Chemistry of Materials (ACS) and CrystEngComm (RSC) as well as the MOF Committee of the International Zeolite Association. George has been a full professor since 2007 and has served as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies as well as Graduate Director and Associate Head (Research) in the Department of Chemistry. George has given more than 100 invited, keynote and plenary talks nationally and internationally and has authored over 90 publications.


Racheal Huynh

Racheal received her BSc. in chemistry at the University of Calgary in 2016. After doing undergraduate research with Dr. Shimizu, she continued her studies with his group as a Master’s student at the University of Calgary. Her project focuses on making porous, phosphonate based metal organic frameworks for CO2 capture applications. When she isn’t doing chemistry, Racheal likes to spend her time drawing, running, eating carbs, and snowboarding.


Nedal Marei

I am a PhD Candidate in the Chemical Engineering program-Energy and Environment specialization. I am actively involved in CO2 capture and conversion research at Shimizu MOF Group. As a part of my PhD work, I am trying to improve the CO2 reduction process using photocatalytic MOF applications, considering what I call "E4" (Energy, Environment, Economy, and Efficiency). My LinkedIn and Scholar may provide more details about my academic involvements and achievements.
I spend my free time volunteering with the Graduate Engineering Students' Consortium and the international mentorship program (iMentor), volleyball, swimming, and recently I started playing squash. I also enjoy trying different types of coffee, tea, juices, international food. If you think that we may have an effective conversation about something, just shoot me an email at


Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2016 to present.
M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering-Energy and Environment, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2014-2016
B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine, 2009-2014


Martin Glavinovic

Born and raised in Montreal, Martin obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. at McGill University in Chemistry, under joint supervision by Prof. Friščić and Prof. Lumb. His work at McGill focussed on synthesizing metal-catecholate and metal-semiquinone complexes. At the University of Calgary, Martin is a Ph. D. candidate working with George Shimizu. His current projects involve synthesizing new aryl-phosphonate ligands for MOF CO2 sorbents. In his spare time he enjoys food, coffee, running, card/board games and super smash brothers melee.


Jinfeng Zhang

After finished my undergraduate chemistry study in China, I went to Canada pursuing a master degree at the department of chemistry of the Memorial University of Newfoundland, which sits at the far east of Canada and surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Now I am a doctoral student in the Shimizu group focus on proton conducting metal-organic frameworks synthesis and applications. Calgary is a great city best for special people.


Osin Oluwatomiwa

Osin was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. He received the B.Sc. degree in Industrial Chemistry from Redeemer’s University, Nigeria, in 2014, and the M.Sc. degree in Environmental Science from Tongji University, China, in 2018. Osin’s M.Sc. work under the supervision of Professor Lin Sijie, focused on the synthesis and photocatalytic evaluation of novel nano-TiO2 photocatalysts and the use of Zebrafish embryo toxicity assay to provide an understanding of the fate and toxicity potentials of the synthesized nanomaterials. In 2018, he joined Shimizu’s research group as a Ph.D. student. His Ph.D. work focuses on the use Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) as precursors for the preparation of advanced catalytic materials for improved electro-photocatalytic/ photocatalytic degradation of hazardous components present in wastewater.

When Osin isn’t doing science, he is probably having fun playing football and video games, listening to music and travelling.


Nicholas Fylstra

Nick was born and raised in Sunnyvale, California.  He graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA in 2012.  He then began working as a lab tech at the Berkeley Geochronology Center from 2012-2017. His work focused on analyzing radioactive isotopes and their decay products in geological samples using gas source and multi collector inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS) for geo- and thermochronology projects with UC Berkeley professors, research scientists, and graduate students. 

Thinking on a geological time scale in the lab carried over to his personal life and he realized that his drive is participate in addressing one of the biggest issues facing his generation, anthropogenic climate change.  He joined the Shimizu group in September 2017 to pursue a career in carbon capture. Nick’s project is focused on the interface on materials chemistry and chemical engineering.  He is working to bind a mixed ligand MOF onto a catalyst support for enhanced mass transfer and mechanical stability to be used in post combustion CO2 capture processes.


Justin Perras

Hello, my name is Justin Perras and I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I completed by Honours B.Sc. at the University of Winnipeg in April 2018 and moved to Calgary in July 2018 to start my graduate studies here at the University of Calgary in the Shimizu Group. My undergraduate research focused on the synthesis of seleno- and tellurourea ligands and their coordination properties with group 10 transition metals. Currently, my research project focuses on the development of high-temperature proton conducting MOFs for use as electrolytes in proton-exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). Recently, I was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship from the Faculty of Graduate Studies.


Evan Gabert 

Evan was born and raised in Calgary. His first research experience was on the use of advanced oxidation processes for water treatment with the Langford group. He graduated with a BSc from the University of Calgary in 2018 and began research with the Shimizu group that same year. His current research is focused on the development of a templated metal organic framework for the capture, detection, and destruction of chemical warfare agents. In his free time, Evan enjoys spending time in the Rocky Mountains, traveling to new places, and competitive rowing.