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Dr. Hadis Zarrin

Hadis Zarrin
Assistant Professor
BSc, MSc, PhD
KHS 241-O
416-979-5000 ext. 554077

Areas of Academic Interest

Multifunctional nanoengineered materials

Nano-hybrid composite membranes

Microporous materials for gas storage

Clean energy storage and conversion

Batteries, fuel cells, supercapacitors, electrolysers

Wearable electronics

Environmental remediation


Year University Degree
2014 University of Waterloo PhD
2008 Iran University of Science and Technology
2004 Azad University   BSc

Selected Courses

Course Code Course Title
CHE 715 Membrane Technology
CE8331 Membrane Technology


For Hadis Zarrin, life as an engineer is an adventure. “There are always problems to solve, and many possible routes to get to the solution,” she says. “You have to take risks and get creative.”

It’s a sensibility she brings to her classroom, which Zarrin keeps exciting with hands-on demonstrations that engage and challenge her students. A natural mentor, she’s always encouraging them to be undeterred by the prospect of failure, and to branch out and explore new things. “It’s the only way to grow and develop, as an engineer and as a person.”

While creativity and a sense of adventure are crucial to innovation, Zarrin is quick to remind her students of the importance of mastering the foundations. “Before you can invent and redesign, you need a solid knowledge of materials,” she says. “Once you have that, you can get as creative as you want—improving technology and really making an impact.”

Hadis Zarrin

“It’s an adventure to be an engineer.”

  • Honorable Mention recipient of the 2014 Dr. Bernard S. Baker Student Award for Fuel Cell Research, Fuel Cell Seminar and Exposition.
  • NSERC’s Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship - CGS ($70,000), 2012-2014.  
  • Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology (WIN) Fellowship ($20,000), University of Waterloo, 2012-2014.  
  • Waterloo President Graduate Scholarship ($20,000), University of Waterloo, 2012-2014.
  • H. Zarrin, S. Sy, J. Fu, G. Jiang, K. Kang, Y. S. Jun, A. Yu, M. Fowler, Z. Chen, “Molecular Functionalization of Graphene Oxide for Next-Generation Wearable Electronics”, Applied materials & Interfaces (2016), 8 (38), 25428-25437.
  • H. Zarrin, J. Fu, G. Jiang, S. Yoo, J. Lenos, M. Fowler, Z. Chen, “Quaternized Graphene Oxide Nano-Composites as Fast Hydroxide Conductors”, ACS Nano (2015), 9, 2, 2028-2037.
  • H. Zarrin, Z. Chen, M. Fowler, “Highly Ion-Conductive Nano-Engineered Porous Electrolytic Composite Membrane for Alkaline Electrochemical Energy Systems”, Patent WO 2014012188 A1 (2014).
  • H. Zarrin, J. Wu, Z. Chen, M. Fowler, “High Durable PEK-based Anion Exchange Membrane for Elevated Temperature Alkaline Fuel Cells”, Journal of Membrane Science (2012), 394-395, 193-201.
  • H. Zarrin, D. Higgins, Y. Jun, Z. Chen, M. Fowler, “Functionalized Graphene Oxide Nanocomposite Membrane for Low Humidity and Intermediate Temperature PEMFCs”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2011), 115, 20774-20781.
  • Co-organizer of “Energy and Natural Resources” Track and “Clean Energy and Greenhouse Gas Technologies” Symposium at XXIX Interamerican Congress of Chemical Engineering Incorporating the 68th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Toronto, ON, October 2018.