Engineering Pedagogy, Learning Analytics, Molecular and Mathematical Modeling, Gas Hydrates, Unconventional Energy Sources, Green Flow Assurance, Anti-freeze Proteins
Assistant Professor of Teaching
Office:
CHBE 433
Education
University of British Columbia, 2015, Ph.D.
University of British Columbia, 2010, M.A.Sc.
Sharif University of Technology, 2008, B.Sc.
Research Interests

I am passionate about the practice of teaching and learning in general and my specific pedagogical interests include learning analytics and community-engaged learning. As a facilitator of students’ learning, I aim to (1) build course experiences focused more on doing rather than knowing, and (2) encourage students to take responsibility and ownership of their own learning. Instead of producing little living libraries on the subject matter, I strive to get students engaged in the process of acquiring knowledge and becoming competent independent problem solvers. Working on community-engaged projects allows students to develop these skills and at the same time feel the impact of their work on society and therefore get inspired and stay excited about their chosen field of study.

Furthermore, throughout different courses as well as the whole four-year program a large amount of data is collected from students. I am very interested in using those data, and possibly designing new surveys/tests to gather more useful data, and apply advanced data analysis techniques to extract meaningful information and actionable items to adapt my teaching strategies, assess students’ progress, and continually improve the quality of education in our program.

On the technical side, though not an active researcher at the moment, I have used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and molecular modeling techniques to understand the inhibition mechanism of anti-freeze proteins on formation of gas hydrates in the oil and gas pipelines. The ultimate goal is to use this piece of knowledge and design new synthetic inhibitors for green flow assurance practices.

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Journal articles

8. S. A. Bagherzadeh, S. Alavi, J. A. Ripmeester, and P. Englezos, Formation of Methane Nano-bubbles during Hydrate Decomposition and Their Effect on Hydrate Growth, Journal of Chemical Physics 2015, 142(21): 214701-214708, [Featured Article], {press release}

7. S. A. Bagherzadeh, S. Alavi, J. A. Ripmeester, and P. Englezos, Why Ice-Binding Type I Antifreeze Protein Acts as a Gas Hydrate Crystal Inhibitor, Journal of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 2015, 17: 9984-9990

6. V. K. Walker, H. Zeng, H. Ohno, N. Daraboina, H. Sharifi, S. A. Bagherzadeh, S. Alavi and P. Englezos, Antifreeze Proteins as Gas Hydrate Inhibitors, Canadian Journal of Chemistry 2015, 1-11

5. S. A. Bagherzadeh, S. Alavi, J. A. Ripmeester, and P. Englezos, Evolution of Methane During Gas Hydrate Dissociation, Fluid Phase Equilibria 2014, 358: 114-120

4. S. A. Bagherzadeh, P. Englezos, S. Alavi, and J. A. Ripmeester, Influence of Hydrated Silica Surfaces on Interfacial Water in the Presence of Clathrate Hydrate Forming Gases, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 2012, 116(47): 24907-24915

3. S. A. Bagherzadeh, P. Englezos, S. Alavi, and J. A. Ripmeester, Molecular Modeling of the Dissociation of Methane Hydrate in Contact with a Silica Surface, Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2012, 116(10): 3188-97

2. S. A. Bagherzadeh, P. Englezos, S. Alavi, and J. A. Ripmeester, Molecular Simulation of Non-Equilibrium Methane Hydrate Decomposition Process, The Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics 2012, 44(1): 13-19

1. S. A. Bagherzadeh, I. L. Moudrakovski, J. A. Ripmeester, and P. Englezos, Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Gas Hydrate Formation in a Bed of Silica Sand Particles. Energy & Fuels 2011, 25(7): 3083-3092

Conference proceedings

6. S. A. Bagherzadeh, S. Alavi, J. A. Ripmeester, and P. Englezos, Mechanism of Binding of Type I Antifreeze Protein as an Inhibitor to the Hydrate Surface, in Proceedings of the Industrial Chemistry Conference, Edmonton AB, Canada, November 12-14, 2014

5. S. A. Bagherzadeh, P. Englezos, S. Alavi, and J. A. Ripmeester, The Evolution of Methane Gas During Hydrate Dissociation, in Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Properties and Phase Equilibria for Products and Process Design (PPEPPD2013), Iguazu, Argentina, May 26-29, 2013

4. S. A. Bagherzadeh, P. Englezos, S. Alavi, and J. A. Ripmeester, The State and Fate of Water in a Slit-like Silica Pore in the Presence of Clathrate Hydrate Forming Gases, in Proceedings of the nd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, Vancouver, Canada, October 14-17, 2012

3.S. A. Bagherzadeh, P. Englezos, I. L. Moudrakovski, and J. A. Ripmeester, New Insights on Gas Hydrate Formation in Sand Through Magnetic Resonance Imaging, in Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Gas Hydrates, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 17-21, 2011

2. S. A. Bagherzadeh, P. Englezos, S. Alavi, R. Kumar, and J. A. Ripmeester, Molecular Dynamics Simulations of CH4 Clathrate Hydrate Dissociation Adjacent to Hydrated Silica Surfaces, in Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Gas Hydrates, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 17-21, 2011

1. J. Ripmeester, S. Hosseini, P. Englezos, and S. Alavi, Fundamentals of Methane Hydrate Decomposition, in Proceedings of Canadian Unconventional Resources and International Petroleum Conference; Calgary, Alberta, Oct. 19-21, 2010

Professional Affiliations

APEGBC
Chemical Institute of Canada
American Chemical Society

Courses

CHBE 241 Material & Energy Balances
CHBE 351 Transport Phenomena II
CHBE 376 Computer Flowsheeting & Fluid Properties Estimation
CHBE 457 Process Synthesis
CHBE 464 Chemical Engineering Laboratory
CHBE 474 Process Control Engineering
CHBE 551 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
APPP 506 Capstone Projects – MEL CEEN
CEEN 501 Energy System Fundamentals