Post-Doctoral Fellows

Sina Alavi CACT

Dr. Sina Alavi, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering

Sina Alavi obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran, under supervision of Prof. Mohammad Passandideh-Fard. His M.Sc. thesis along with his research on the electrowetting phenomenon, digital microfluidics, thermal spray processes, and micro-mixers, earned him the title of “Researcher of the Year” at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in 2011. He is also a co-founder of the Micro/Nanofluidics Laboratory (MNL) at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. Sina joined CACT in 2013 as a research assistant and Ph.D. student under supervision of Prof. Mostaghimi. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2018, and has been working as a post-doctoral fellow since then. His main research interests are in developing new methods for ICP-OES/MS, simulation of thermal plasmas, interfacial phenomena including phase change, digital microfluidics, and thermal spray technologies.


Dr. Michael Gibbons, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Ph.D. Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Michael Gibbons is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (MIE) at the University of Toronto, which he joined in 2017. Michael received his doctorate in Engineering at Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin in 2017. He was awarded a Foundation Scholarship from Trinity College Dublin in 2011, a Gold Medal from Trinity College Dublin in 2012 for his academic excellence, and a Postgraduate Scholarship from the Irish Research Council (IRC) in 2012. Michael worked as a Research and Development engineer with Dolomite Microfluidics in 2014. He was a member of the Trinity College Dublin research team that investigated droplet evaporation in microgravity and electric fields with the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2017. Dr. Gibbons’ core focus is in thermal engineering, with specific interests in heat and mass transfer, fluid mechanics, two-phase systems, heat pipes, liquid interfaces, physics of drops and sprays, surface wettability, electrohydrodynamics, microfluidics and space applications.