Research & Development

Meet our team of experts

Cutting-edge is precisely the place that Gerakopulos and his R&D team like to work. The growing team has deep roots in advanced nanotechnology, chemistry, and innovation culture; multiple PhDs in material science;  others have Masters-level degrees in mechanical and mechatronics engineering. Among their achievements: 

Gerakopulos, who has an M.Sc. in mechanical and mechatronics engineering from the University of Waterloo, has co-authored 13 peer-reviewed scientific publications and is the founder of NanoQuan, a materials science and nanotechnology startup. The co-inventor of eight pending patents, he was the recipient of the 2019 Innovation Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for innovations in nanotechnology-related to new techniques for fabricating nanocomposites. 

The Nam Long Doan, with a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, has co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed scientific publications and is the co-inventor of three pending patents.  

Jeff Mirza, with a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Guelph, has co-authored nine peer-reviewed scientific publications and has developed material formulations for fraud prevention and as a graduate student developed an environmentally friendly process for gold extraction. 

Ryan Gerakopulos
Ryan Gerakopulos, M.Sc.
Director of Research & Development

The Nam Long Doan
The Nam Long Doan, Ph.D.
Experimental Formulations Lead Engineer
Jeff Mirza
Jeff Mirza, Ph.D.
Lead Formulation Scientist

Click here to view all of Ryan Gerakopulos's publication details on Google Scholar

Publication Year
Mass Production of Nanocomposites Using Electrospinning
CJ Angammana, RJ Gerakopulos, SH Jayaram
IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications 55 (1), 817-824
2018
Novel Time-Resolved Pressure Measurements on an Airfoil at Low Reynolds Numbers
S Yarusevych, R Gerakopulos
41st AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit, 3568 
2012
Direct Mass Production of Polymeric Nano-Fibers
EE Koslow, R Gerakopulos, C Angammana, J Tindale
INSIGHT 2012
2012
Novel time-resolved pressure measurements on an airfoil at low Reynolds numbers
R Gerakopulos, S Yarusevych
41 AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit 
2011
Investing Flow over an Airfoil at Low Reynolds Numbers Using Novel Time-Resolved Surface Pressure Measurements
R Gerakopulos
University of Waterloo 
2011
Aerodynamic characterization of a NACA 0018 airfoil at low Reynolds numbers
R Gerakopulos, M Boutilier, S Yarusevych
40th Fluid dynamics conference and Exhibit, 4629 66 
2010
Investigating Separated Shear Layer Development over an Airfoil with an Embedded Microphone Array
S Yarusevych, R Gerakopulos
APS Division of Fluid Dynamics Meeting Abstracts 63, GF. 009
2010
Effect of Wind Tunnel Wall Adaptation on Flow Development Over a Circular Cylinder
M Bishop, R Gerakopulos, S Yarusevych
39th AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference, 4045 
2010

Click here to view all of The Nam Long Doan's publication details on Google Scholar

Publication Year
Highly sustainable zinc anodes for a rechargeable hybrid aqueous battery
KEK Sun, TKA Hoang, TNL Doan, Y Yu, P Chen
Chemistry–A European Journal 24 (7), 1667-1673
2018
Effect of fumed silica concentration and separator type on the electrochemical performance of gel electrolyte in the rechargeable hybrid aqueous battery
N Nguyen, TNL Doan, TKA Hoang, H Zhao, P Chen
Materials today energy 8, 73-79
2018
Suppression of dendrite formation and corrosion on zinc anode of secondary aqueous batteries
KEK Sun, TKA Hoang, TNL Doan, Y Yu, X Zhu, Y Tian, P Chen
ACS applied materials & interfaces 9 (11), 9681-9687
2017
Sustainable Gel Electrolyte Containing Pyrazole as Corrosion Inhibitor and Dendrite Suppressor for Aqueous Zn/LiMn2O4 Battery
TKA Hoang, TNL Doan, JH Cho, JYJ Su, C Lee, C Lu, P Chen

ChemSusChem 10 (13), 2816-2822
2017
Sustainable gel electrolyte containing Pb2+ as corrosion inhibitor and dendrite suppressor for the zinc anode in the rechargeable hybrid aqueous battery
TKA Hoang, M Acton, HTH Chen, Y Huang, TNL Doan, P Chen

Materials today energy 4, 34-40
2017
Performance of Thixotropic Gel Electrolytes in the Rechargeable Aqueous Zn/LiMn2O4 Battery
TKA Hoang, TNL Doan, C Lu, M Ghaznavi, H Zhao, P Chen
ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 5 (2), 1804-1811
2017
Corrigendum: Sustainable Gel Electrolyte Containing Pyrazole as Corrosion Inhibitor and Dendrite Suppressor for Aqueous Zn/LiMn2O4 Battery
TKA Hoang, TNL Doan, JH Cho, JYJ Su, C Lee, C Lu, P Chen
ChemSusChem 10 (15), 3160-3160
2017
Novel rechargeable M 3 V 2 (PO 4) 3//zinc (M= Li, Na) hybrid aqueous batteries with excellent cycling performance
HB Zhao, CJ Hu, HW Cheng, JH Fang, YP Xie, WY Fang, TNL Doan, ...
Scientific reports 6 (1), 1-10
2016
Rechargeable hybrid aqueous batteries using silica nanoparticle doped aqueous electrolytes
C Lu, TKA Hoang, TNL Doan, H Zhao, R Pan, L Yang, W Guan, P Chen
Applied Energy 170, 58-64
2016
Binder-free flexible LiMn2O4/carbon nanotube network as high power cathode for rechargeable hybrid aqueous battery
X Zhu, X Wu, TNL Doan, Y Tian, H Zhao, P Chen

Journal of Power Sources 326, 498-504
2016
Influence of different silica gelling agents on the performance of aqueous gel electrolytes
C Lu, TKA Hoang, TNL Doan, M Acton, H Zhao, W Guan, P Chen

Journal of industrial and engineering chemistry 42, 101-106
2016
Graphene-based ultrathin microporous carbon with smaller sulfur molecules for excellent rate performance of lithium–sulfur cathode
Z Peng, W Fang, H Zhao, J Fang, H Cheng, TNL Doan, J Xu, P Chen
Journal of Power Sources 282, 70-78
2015
Synthesis and electrochemical properties of LiFePO4/graphene composite as a novel cathode material for rechargeable hybrid aqueous battery
G Yuan, J Bai, TNL Doan, P Chen
Materials Letters 158, 248-251
2015
Experimental and mathematical studies on cycle life of rechargeable hybrid aqueous batteries
Z Han, D Askhatova, TNL Doan, TKA Hoang, P Chen
Journal of Power Sources 279, 238-245
2015
Simple, scalable, and economical preparation of sulfur–PAN composite cathodes for Li/S batteries
A Konarov, D Gosselink, TNL Doan, Y Zhang, Y Zhao, P Chen

Journal of Power Sources 259, 183-187
2014
Synthesis and electrochemical investigation of nanosized LiMn2O4 as cathode material for rechargeable hybrid aqueous batteries
G Yuan, J Bai, TNL Doan, P Chen
Materials Letters
2014
Cyclability of sulfur/dehydrogenated polyacrylonitrile composite cathode in lithium–sulfur batteries
TNL Doan, M Ghaznavi, A Konarov, Y Zhang, P Chen

Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry 18 (1), 69-76
2014
Recent developments in synthesis of xLi2MnO3 · (1 − x)LiMO2 (M = Ni, Co, Mn) cathode powders for high-energy lithium rechargeable batteries
TNL Doan, K Yoo, TKA Hoang, P Chen

Frontiers in Energy Research 2, 1-7
2014
The effect of sulfur loading on the electrochemical performance of a sulfur–polymer composite cathode coated on aluminium foil
TNL Doan, D Gosselink, TKA Hoang, P Chen

Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 16, 13843-13848
2014
Effect of nanosized Mg0. 6Ni0. 4O prepared by self-propagating high temperature synthesis on sulfur cathode performance in Li/S batteries
Y Zhang, Z Bakenov, Y Zhao, A Konarov, TNL Doan, KEK Sun, ...

Powder technology 235, 248-255
2013
A novel sulfur/polypyrrole/multi-walled carbon nanotube nanocomposite cathode with core–shell tubular structure for lithium rechargeable batteries
Y Zhang, Y Zhao, TNL Doan, A Konarov, D Gosselink, HG Soboleski, ...
Solid State Ionics 238, 30-35
2013
Binding mechanism of sulfur and dehydrogenated polyacrylonitrile in sulfur/polymer composite cathode
TNL Doan, M Ghaznavi, Y Zhao, Y Zhang, A Konarov, M Sadhu, ...
Journal of power sources 241, 61-69
2013
One-step synthesis of branched sulfur/polypyrrole nanocomposite cathode for lithium rechargeable batteries
Y Zhang, Z Bakenov, Y Zhao, A Konarov, TNL Doan, M Malik, T Paron, ...
Journal of power sources 208, 1-8
2012
Polymer Electrolytes for Lithium/Sulfur Batteries
Y Zhao, Y Zhang, D Gosselink, TNL Doan, M Sadhu, HJ Cheang, P Chen
Membranes 2, 553-564;
2012
Effect of spray pyrolysis temperature on physical and electrochemical properties of LiCoPO4/C nanocomposites
TNL Doan, I Taniguchi
Powder technology 217, 574-580
2012
Cathode performance of LiMnPO4/C nanocomposites prepared by a combination of spray pyrolysis and wet ball-milling followed by heat treatment
TNL Doan, I Taniguchi

Journal of Power Sources 196 (3), 1399-1408
2011
Preparation of LiCoPO4/C nanocomposite cathode of lithium batteries with high rate performance
TNL Doan, I Taniguchi
Journal of Power Sources 196 (13), 5679-5684
2011
Synthesis and electrochemical characterization of LiCoxMn1− xPO4/C nanocomposites
I Taniguchi, TNL Doan, B Shao

Electrochimica Acta 56 (22), 7680-7685
2011
Preparation of carbon coated LiMnPO4 powders by a combination of spray pyrolysis with dry ball-milling followed by heat treatment
TNL Doan, Z Bakenov, I Taniguchi

Advanced Powder Technology 21 (2), 187-196
2010
LiCoxMn1-xPO4/C Composites Synthesis by a Combination of Spray Pyrolysis with Wet Ball-Milling and Their Electrochemical Properties
TNL Doan, I Taniguchi

ECS Meeting Abstracts, 357
2010
Preparation of LiCoxMn1-xPO4/C Composites by a Combination of Spray Pyrolysis with Wet Ball-Milling
I Taniguchi
ECS Meeting Abstracts, 396
2010
Synthesis and Characterization of LiMPO4/C (M= Fe, Mn and Co) Nanocomposite Cathodes of Lithium Batteries
TNL Doan, M Konarova, I Taniguchi

ECS Meeting Abstracts, 9
2010
LiMnPO4/C 複合体材料の合成とそのリチウム二次電池特性
谷口泉
化学工学会 研究発表講演要旨集 化学工学会第 42 回秋季大会, 812-812
2010
Carbon Coated LiMnPO4 Prepared by a Combination of Spray Pyrolysis with Dry Ballmilling and Its Electrochemical Properties
Z Bakenov, I Taniguchi

ECS Meeting Abstracts, 488
2009
燐酸マンガンリチウムとカーボンの複合体微粒子の合成とその電気化学特性
谷口泉
化学工学会 研究発表講演要旨集 化学工学会第 40 回秋季大会, 598-598
2008
Preparation and Activity of Precipitated Ni-MgO/Al2O3 Catalysts for the Partial Oxidation of Methane
LF Razon, CM Salazar, H Niiyama, LTN Doan
ASEAN Journal of Chemical Engineering 7
2007
Jessurun, GAJ, 125
RK Jourjikiya, MW Bienengraeber, JAA Borland, DK Bowles, ...
Vascular Pharmacology 42, 291-292
2005
Coffee in Vietnam
TN Doan, QS Phan, TT Hoang Hanoi:

Agriculture Publishing House
2000

Click here to view all of Jeff Mirza's publication details on Google Scholar

Publication Year
Gold nanorod arrays: excitation of transverse plasmon modes and surface-enhanced Raman applications
J Mirza, I Martens, M Grüßer, D Bizzotto, R Schuster, J Lipkowski
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 120 (29), 16246-16253
2016
A SERS characterization of the stability of polythionates at the gold–electrolyte interface
J Mirza, SR Smith, JY Baron, Y Choi, J Lipkowski
Surface Science 631, 196-206
2015
Quantitative SHINERS analysis of temporal changes in the passive layer at a gold electrode surface in a thiosulfate solution
SR Smith, JJ Leitch, C Zhou, J Mirza, SB Li, XD Tian, YF Huang, ZQ Tian, ...
Analytical chemistry 87 (7), 3791-3799
2015
Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy studies of the passive layer formation in gold leaching from thiosulfate solutions in the presence of cupric ion
EA Nicol, JY Baron, J Mirza, JJ Leitch, Y Choi, J Lipkowski
Journal of Solid State Electrochemistry 18 (5), 1469-1484
2014
A SERS Characterization of the Stability of Thiosulfate and Related Electrolytes at the Gold-Electrolyte Interface
J Lipkowski, S Smith, J Mirza, J Baron, Y Choi
Meeting Abstracts, 1050-1050
2014
SERS and electrochemical studies of the gold–electrolyte interface under thiosulfate based leaching conditions
JY Baron, J Mirza, EA Nicol, SR Smith, JJ Leitch, Y Choi, J Lipkowski
Electrochimica acta 111, 390-399
2013
Direct visualization of the alamethicin pore formed in a planar phospholipid matrix
P Pieta, J Mirza, J Lipkowski
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109 (52), 21223-21227
2012
Plasma free amino acid kinetics in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) using a bolus injection of 15N-labeled amino acids
JW Robinson, D Yanke, J Mirza, JS Ballantyne
Amino acids 40 (2), 689-696
2011
Fabrication of SERS Active Gold Nanoarrays for the Study of Adsorbed Phospholipids
J Mirza
Biophysical Journal 96 (3), 312a
2009

The Future

“We’re introducing things into the building and construction space that is radically new,” says Gerakopulos. “To do so, we have to be very methodical. Scientifically we have to be deliberate. It’s all about credibility and trustworthiness – we know how to chart our path forward. We know there are successful, important, outcomes out there.” 

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