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Dr. Hadis Zarrin

Hadis Zarrin
Associate Professor
BSc, MSc, PhD

Areas of Academic Interest

Multifunctional nanoengineered materials

Nano-hybrid composite membranes

Clean energy storage and conversion

Batteries, fuel cells, supercapacitors, electrolysers

Wearable electronics and sensors

Environmental remediation

Smart coatings and textiles


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 44 Plant Design
CHE 414 Rate Processes in Chemical Engineering
CE 8410 Electrochemical Engineering


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.
  • Jasneet Kaur, Adel Malekkhouyan, Rajvi Taylor, Gupreet Singh Selopal, Federico Rosei, Hadis Zarrin*. (2021). Bidirectional Superionic Conduction in Surface-Engineered 2D Hexagonal Boron Nitrides. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 13(5): 6532-6544.
  • Ahmad Nawaz, Shaghayegh Goudarzi, M. Amin Asghari, Saravanan Pichiah, Gupreet Singh Selopal, Federico Rosei, Zhimming Wang, Hadis Zarrin*. (2021). Review of 1D/2D Hybrid Photocatalysts for Light Harvesting Applications. ACS Applied Nanomaterials. Accepted.
  • Ahmad Nawaz, Shaghayegh Goudarzi, Pichiah Saravanan, Hadis Zarrin*. (2021). Z-scheme Induced g-C3N4/WS2 Heterojunction Photocatalyst with Improved Electron Mobility for Enhanced Solar Photocatalysis. Solar Energy. 228: 53-67.
  • Omar Abdelkarim, Jasneet Kaur, Jiabin Liu, Fabiola Navarro-Pardo, Hadis Zarrin, Aycan Yurtsever, Ghada Bassioni, Zhiming M. Wang, Gurpreet Singh Selopal and Federico Rosei*. (2020). Two-Dimensional Functionalized Hexagonal Boron Nitride for Quantum Dot Photoelectrochemical Hydrogen Generation. Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 8(39): 20698-20713.
  • Marziye Mirbagheri, Jasneet Kaur, Hoang Vu Pham, Vahid Adibnia, Hadis Zarrin, Xavier Banquy, and Dae Kun Hwang*. (2020). Plasmon-Free Polymeric Nanowrinkled Substrates for Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy. Langmuir. 37(1): 322–329.
  •  Nano-Engineering Laboratory for Energy and Environmental Technologies
  • Co-Chair, Nano Ontario 2021 Conference, November 2021
  • Vice Chair of Energy Division of Chemical Institute of Canada