About Professor Gisele Azimi
Dr. Azimi is an Assistant Professor joint-appointed between the Departments of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto. She is an expert in the fields of electrochemistry, thermodynamics, hydrometallurgy, supercritical fluids and  materials design. Her research interests include advanced recycling and urban mining utilizing supercritical fluids; carbon management utilizing green electrochemical technologies for metal extraction and refining; industrial solid waste reduction through waste valorization to produce strategic materials like rare earth elements; development of innovative materials with unique properties with far-reaching applications in structural and energy materials sectors, and energy storage focusing on the development of new generations (post Li) of rechargeable batteries.​​​​​​​
She has published several journal and refereed conference publications and she continues to present her research in national and international conferences. She is also a co-inventor in a number of patent applications and one awarded patent.
Dr. Azimi received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Her research involved chemical modelling and experimental investigation of hydrometallurgical systems with a focus on base metals extraction and scale mitigation. After receiving her Ph.D., she completed her first postdoctoral appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. Her research, sponsored by American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), involved the advancement of a breakthrough technology, molten oxide electrolysis, as a carbon-free process to extract iron from its ore for steelmaking.
Dr. Azimi completed her second postdoctoral appointment in the Mechanical Engineering Department (Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity) at MIT. Her research was focused on the development of advanced materials with controlled properties (e.g., hydrophobicity and scale resistance) to enhance the efficiency of a wide range of industries from energy storage to power and solar to desalination.


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2014 - present
Assistant Professor
Departments of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering
University of Toronto

2011-2014
Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 


2010-2011
Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 

2002-2005
Process Engineer
Namvaran Engineering & Management Company

EDUCATION  
2010 - Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto 

2004 - M.A.Sc. Chemical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology 

2002 - B.A.Sc. Chemical Engineering, (double major: Chemistry), Sharif University of Technology


HONOURS AND AWARDS 
2019 - Burgess Teaching Award, University of Toronto
2018 - Emerging Leaders of Chemical Engineering Award, Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering
2018 - Dean’s Spark Professorship, University of Toronto
2017 - Early Researcher Award, Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation, and Science
2017 - 2016 TMS Light Metals/Extraction & Processing Subject Award – Recycling,The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society
2015 - Connaught New Researcher Award, University of Toronto
2009 - Gordon Ritcey Outstanding Award, CIM
2008 - TATP Teaching Excellence Award, University of Toronto
2008 - CIM MetSoc Hydrometallurgy Award, University of Toronto
2007 - Tyrell Fellowship Excellence Award, University of Toronto
2006 - Wallberg Research Fellowship, University of Toronto
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