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Dr. Sana Jahanshahi Anbuhi, University Research Chair

Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Chemical and Materials Engineering

Dr. Sana Jahanshahi Anbuhi, University Research Chair


Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering 

Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science 

Concordia University  (LOYOLA CAMPUS) 

Science Hub, HU- 265C

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Ph.D. (2015) in Chemical Engineering 
         McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada. 

B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering 
         Sharif University of Technology (SUT), Tehran, Iran. 

Research Areas

Paper-based microfluidic devices, and fabrication of ready-to-use analytical devices for point-of-care (POC) diagnostic, bio-sensing, and on-site detection of analytes such as pesticides, heavy metals, microorganisms, etc. 

Teaching activities

CHME 6981)


Journal Publications

  •  Seyed Hamid Safiabadi Tali, Hasti Hajimiri, Zubi Sadiq, SanaJahanshahi-Anbuhi. “Engineered detection zone to enhance coloruniformity on paper microfluidics fabricated viaParafilm®-heating-laser-cutting”, 2023, Sensors and Actuators B:Chemical, Volume 380, (Impact Factor: 9.221)

  •  Zubi Sadiq, Seyed Hamid Safiabadi Tali, Hasti Hajimiri, MunaAl-Kassawneh & Sana Jahanshahi-Anbuhi. “Gold Nanoparticles-BasedColorimetric Assays for Environmental Monitoring and Food Safety Evaluation”, 2023,Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry, (Impact Factor: 6.535)

  • Muna Al-Kassawneh,Zubi Sadiq, Sana Jahanshahi-Anbuhi. “Pullulan-stabilized goldnanoparticles tablet as a nanozyme sensor for point-of-care applications”, 2022,Sensing and Bio-Sensing Research, (Impact Factor: 4.124)

  • Zubi Sadiq, SeyedHamid Safiabadi Tali, and Sana Jahanshahi-Anbuhi.“Gold Tablets: Gold Nanoparticles Encapsulated into Dextran Tablets andTheir pH-Responsive Behavior as an Easy-to-Use Platform for MultipurposeApplications”, 2022, ACS Omega, (Impact Factor: 4.132)

  • Seyed Hamid Safiabadi-Tali, Jason J. LeBlanc, Oyejide Damilola Oyewunmi, Z. Sadiq,Carolina Camargo, Narges Armanfard, Selena Sagan, S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi. “ToolsAnd Methods For The Diagnosis of SARS-Cov-2/COVID-19”, 2021,  Clinical Microbiology Review. (Impact Factor: 26.135)

  • Amir R. Rouhani EsfahaniZubi SadiqSeyed Hamid Safiabadi-Tali, Oyejide Damilola Oyewunmi, Ndifreke Usen, Daria Camilla Boffito, and S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi.“Portable, stable and sensitive assay to detect phosphate in water with goldnanoparticles (AuNPs) and Eu3 -dextran tablet”, 2021Analyst(Impact Factor: 4.616)

  • OyejideDamilola Oyewunmi , Seyed Hamid Safiabadi-Tali, and  S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi. “Dual-Modal Assay Kit for the Qualitative andQuantitative Determination of theTotal Water Hardness Using a Permanent Marker Fabricated MicrofluidicPaper-Based Analytical Device”, 2020Chemosensors,8 (97), 1-19 (ImpactFactor: 4.200)

  • Leung,V.; Mapletoft, J.; Zhang, A.; Lee, A.; Vahedi, F.; Chew, M.;  Szewczyk,A.;  S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, S.; Ang, J.; Cowbrough, B.; Miller,M.S.; Ashkar, A.; Filipe, C. D. M. Scientific reports. 2019,9,7631. (Impact Factor: 4. 259)

  • S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, B. Kannan,  K. Pennings, M. MonsurAli, V. Leung, M. Liu, K. Giang, J. Wang, Y. Li, R. Pelton, J. D. Brennan, andC. D. M. Filipe. “Automating Multi-Step Paper-Based Assays UsingIntegrated Layering of Reagents”, Lab Chip, (17) 943-950, 2017. DOI: 10.1039/C2LC41005B. (Impact Factor:6.914)

  • M. M. Ali,C. L. Brown, S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, B. Kannan, Y.Li, C. DM. Filipe, and J. D. Brennan. “A Printed MulticomponentPaper Sensor for Bacterial Detection”, ScientificReports, Nature Publishing Group(7)1-10, 2017.  DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-12549-3. (ImpactFactor:4. 259)

  • P.Hsieh, M. M. Ali, Kh.Tram, S. Jahanshahi‐Anbuhi, C. L. Brown, J. D.Brennan, C. D. M. Filipe,and Y. Li   “RNAprotection is effectively achieved by pullulan filmformation”, ChemBioChem  (18)502-505,2017.  DOI:10.1002/cbic.201600643. (Impact Factor: 3. 088)

  • S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, B. Kannan, V. Leung, K. Pennings, M. Liu, C.Carrasquilla, D.White, Y. Li, R. Pelton, J. D. Brennan, and C. D. M.Filipe. Simple and ultrastableall-inclusive pullulan tablets for challenging bioassaysChem Sci, (7) 2342-23462016.  DOI: 10.1039/C5SC04184H(ImpactFactor: 9.063)

  • M.Liu, C. Y. Hui, Q. Zhang, J. Gu, B. Kannan, S. Jahanshahi‐Anbuhi, C.D. M. Filipe, J. D. Brennan, and Y. Li. Target‐induced andequipment‐free DNA amplification with a simple paper deviceAngew. Chem. Int. Ed., (128) 2759-2763, 2016.DOI:10.1002/ange.201509389 (Impact Factor: 12.959)

  • S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, K. Pennings, V. Leung, B. Kannan, J. D.Brennan, C. D. M. Filipe,and R. Pelton. Design rules for fluorocarbon-freeomniphobic solvent barriers in paper-based devices”, ACS Appl.Mater. Interfaces, (7) 25434-254402015. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b08301 .(ImpactFactor: 8.758)

  • B.Kannan; S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi;R. Pelton; Y. Li; C. Filipe; J.Brennan.  “All-in-One” PrintedPaperSensors for Serum Lactate Dehydrogenase using Pullulan-based Inks toImmobilizeReagents”, Anal. Chem, (87) 9288-9293, 2015.DOI:10.1021/acs.analchem.5b01923. (Impact Factor: 6.785)

  • C. Sicard,C. Glen , B. Aubie,D. Wallace,S.Jahanshahi-AnbuhiK. Pennings,G. T. Daigger,R. Pelton,J. D. Brennan,C. D.M.Filipe “Toolsfor Water Quality Monitoring and MappingUsing Paper-Based Sensors and CellPhones“, Water Research, (70)  360-369, 2015nDOI:10.1016/j.watres.2014.12.005(ImpactFactor: 9.130)

  • S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, K. Pennings, V. Leung, M. Liu, C.Carrasquilla, B. Kannan, Y. Li,R. Pelton, J. D. Brennan, and C. D. M. Filipe. “PullulanEncapsulation of Labile Biomolecules to Give Stable Bioassay Tablets”, Angew.Chem. Int. Ed., (24) 6155-6158, 2014. DOI:10.1002/anie.201403222 (ImpactFactor: 12.959)

  • S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi,  A. Henry, V. Leung, C.Sicard, K. Pennings,R. Pelton, J. D. Brennan, and C. D. M. Filipe. “Paper-BasedMicrofluidics with an Erodible Polymeric Bridge Giving Controlled Release andTimed Flow Shutoff”, Lab Chip, (14) 229-236 2014.DOI:10.1039/c3lc50762a. (Impact Factor: 6.914)

  • S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, P. Chavan, C. Sicard, V. Leung, S. M. Z.Hossain, R. Pelton, J. D.Brennan and C. D.M. Filipe. "Creating FastFlow Channels in Paper Fluidic Devices to Control Timing of Sequential Reactions", LabChip, (12) 5079-5085, 2012.  DOI: 10.1039/C2LC41005B. (ImpactFactor:6.914)

  • Z.Zhang, P. Wigmore, X. Deng, S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, V. Leung, R.Pelton, Y. Li, and C. D. M. Filipe. “Bi-Enzymatic Odour-GeneratingBiosensor with Enhanced Stability: Pullulan Based Smell-TellTablets forOn-Site ATP detection”, Analyst , Under Review. (Impact Factor:4.107)

  • Z.Zhang, R. Ng, X. Deng, V. Leung,  S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, P. Wigmore, J. Zhang, R. Pelton, Y. Li, and Carlos D. M. Filipe. “Detectingand Locating Water Leaks Using Odour and Colour Signals Based on PullulanFilm”, Analyst , Under Review. (Impact Factor: 4.107)

Disclosures and Provisional Patent Application​s

  • C Filipe, JD Brennan, R Pelton, SJahanshahi-Anbuhi, Y Li. “Method ofstabilizing molecules without refrigeration using water soluble polymers andapplications thereof in performing chemical reactions” US Patent App.17/304,872, 2022.

  • S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi,V. Leung, M. M Ali, and C. D.M. Filipe. "Method of Long-TermPreservation of Chemical and Biological Species Using Sugar Glasses”, USprovisional patent application, 62/572,928, 2017.

  • S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi,R. Pelton, C. D.M. Filipe, J. D. Brennan, M.M Ali, V. Leung, and K. Pennings."PullulanMixtures for Protection of Chemicals and Biological Materials", USprovisional patent application, 62/168,192, 2015.

  • B. Kannan,S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi,R. Pelton, C. D.M. Filipe, J. D. Brennan. "PrintedPaper Sensors for Serum Lactate Dehydrogenase Using Pullulan-Based Inks toImmobilize Reagents”, US provisional patent application,62/212,185, 2015.

  • S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi,C. D.M. Filipe, R. Pelton, J. D. Brennan, and Y. Li. "Method forStabilizing Various Molecules without Refrigeration Using Water SolublePolymers – Demonstration Using Pullulan", US provisional patentapplication. 61/901,784, 2013.

  • S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi,C. D.M. Filipe, R. Pelton, and J. D.Brennan. "Automatic FlowShut-off System forPaper-Based Microfluidics Formed through DissolvingPolymers", US provisional patent application 61/759,073, 2013.

  • S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi,C. D.M. Filipe, R. Pelton, J. D. Brennan, and K. Dalnoki-Veress."Methodsof Controlling Flow in Paper-Based Microfluidic Devices", US provisionalpatent application 61/645,144, 2012.


Selected Presentations

  1. Z, Sadiq, S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi.“Encapsulation of gold nanoparticles as a portable tablet sensor forpoint-of-use detection of acid-labile analytes”. Chemical Engineering ResearchDay Conference, Montréal, Canada. March. 2022

  2. S.H. Safiabadi Tali, S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi.“Parafilm-heating-laser-cutting fabrication of paper microfluidics enablingmicro-engineered detection zones with enhanced color uniformity”. ChemicalEngineering Research Day Conference, Montréal, Canada. March. 2022

  3. M, Al-Kassawneh, *SH, Safiabadi-Tali, S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi. “Colorimetricdetection of glucose based on catalytic behavior of polymer functionalized goldnanoparticles”. Chemical Engineering Research Day Conference, Montréal, Canada.March. 2022.

  4.  H, Hajimiri, *SH,Safiabadi-Tali, S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi. “Development of Passive Mixers forMicrofluidic Paper-based Analytical Devices”. Canadian Chemical EngineeringConference (CSChE 2021), Montréal, Canada. Oct. 2021

  5. M, Al-Kassawneh, SH, Safiabadi-Tali, S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi. “Tablet-based sensor for on-site colorimetric detectionof arsenic”. Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (CSChE 2021), Montréal,Canada. Oct. 2021

  6. Z, Sadiq, S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi.“AuNPs-Dextran as Next Generation Nanoprobes”. Canadian Chemical EngineeringConference (CSChE 2021), Montréal, Canada. Oct. 2021

  7. Morgan Rowe, Ritu Arora, SanaJahanshahi-Anbuhi, Gilles H. Peslherbe. MolecularDynamics Simulations of Biomolecules in Carbohydrate Solutions”, CCCE/IUPAC2021 Virtual Conference. 2021.

  8. Z. Sadiq, SanaJahanshahi-Anbuhi. “Colorimetric Sensor for Phosphate Detection”, ChemicalEngineering Research Day Conference, Montreal, Canada, March 2021

  9. S. H. Safiabadi Tali, S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi."Point-of-care diagnostic tools for detection ofSARS-CoV-2/COVID-19: where we are and what to do next?", ChemicalEngineering Research Day Conference, Montreal, Canada, March 2021

  10. S. K. Mirhosseini, S. Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, YaserKhojasteh “Development of a novel CO2 capture andconversion process for ethanol production”, Chemical EngineeringResearch Day Conference, Montreal, Canada, March 2021

  11. Z. Sadiq, and S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, “Real Time Analysis ofHeavy Metal Ions withGold Nanoparticles”, Accepted for the oral presentationat the ChemEngResearch Day Conference, Montréal, Canada,March, 2020

  12. S.H. Safiabadi-Tali, and S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi. “MicrofluidicPaper-Based Analytical Devices forLead Detection”, Accepted for the oralpresentation at the ChemEngResearch Day Conference, Montréal,Canada, March, 2020

  13. S. H.Safiabadi-Tali, S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi“Paper-basedAnalytical Devices (PADs):the Technology Tree and Future Directions”, BIOFORInternationalConference, Montreal, Canada, Feb. 2020

  14. A. R.Rouhani Esfahani, S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi“Colorimetricsensor for determination ofphosphate ions using gold nanoplates and europiumions”, BIOFORInternational Conference, Montreal, Canada,Feb. 2020

  15. S. H.Safiabadi-Tali, S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi“MicrofluidicPaper-Based AnalyticalDevices: Fabrication Methods and EmergingApplications”, CQMF-QCAMStudent Symposium, Montreal, Canada,Nov. 2019

  16. A. R.Rouhani Esfahani, E. Usen,D.  Boffito, S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi“Colorimetricsensorfor determination of nitrate ions using gold nanoparticles”, CQMF-QCAMStudentSymposium, Montreal, Canada, Nov. 2019

  17. A. R.Rouhani Esfahani, S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi“Paperbased bio-sensor with goldnanoparticles for detection of phosphate inwater”, Chemical engineeringresearch day, Montreal, Canada,March 2019

  18. O. D.Oyewunmi, S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi“Paper-BasedAnalytical Devices: A Toolto Monitor The Hardness Level of Water”, CQMF-QCAMStudent Symposium,Montreal, Canada, Nov. 2019

  19. O. D.Oyewunmi, S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi“MicrofluidicDevice for Detection ofWater Hardness”, Alembic Study Tour,Montreal, Canada, July 2019

  20. O. D.Oyewunmi, S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi“PaperBased Microfluidic Device forDetection of Water Hardness”, Chemicalengineering research day,Montreal, Canada, March 2019

  21. S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, K.Pennings, V. Leung, M. Liu, C. Carrasquilla,B. Kannan, Y. Li, R. Pelton, J. D.Brennan, C. D. M. Filipe. “BioLabin Pills: Pills Based Assay Kit forDetection of Pesticide in DrinkingWater”, Biodefense World Summit,Bethesda, Maryland. June 2015

  22. S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, K.Pennings, V. Leung, M. Liu, C.Carrasquilla, B. Kannan, Y. Li, R. Pelton, J. D.Brennan, C. D. M.Filipe. “Pill-Based Assay Kit for Quick Detection ofWaterContamination”, 4th International Conference on Bio-SensingTechnology,Lisbon, Portugal. May 2015

  23. S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, K.Pennings, V. Leung, M. Liu, C.Carrasquilla, B. Kannan, Y. Li, R. Pelton, J. D.Brennan, C. D. M.Filipe. “Detection of Organophosphate Pesticide inDrinkingWater”, Industry Connect FIBRE Regional Conference,London,Ontario, Canada. March 2015

  24. S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, R.Pelton, and C. D. M. Filipe. “Paper-BasedBiosensor for Detection ofOrganophosphate Pesticides”, PaperWeekCanada 2015, Montreal,Canada, February 2015.

  25. S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, K.Pennings, V. Leung, M. Liu, C.Carrasquilla, B. Kannan, Y. Li, R. Pelton, J. D.Brennan, C. D. M.Filipe. “Simple Method for Long-term Preservation ofLabile Enzymes atRoom Temperature”, 64th Canadian Chemical EngineeringConference, NiagaraFalls, Canada, October  2014.

  26. S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, R.Pelton, and C. D. M. Filipe. “Biosensor-on-pills:Detection of theOrganophosphate Pesticides”, McMaster WaterWeek, Hamilton,Canada, October 2014.

  27. S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, K.Pennings, V. Leung, M. Liu, C.Carrasquilla, B. Kannan, Y. Li, R. Pelton, J. D.Brennan, C. D. M.Filipe. “Immobilized BioLab in Pills”, FiberConference, Vancouver,Canada, May 2014.

  28. S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, K.Pennings, V. Leung, M. Liu, C.Carrasquilla, B. Kannan, Y. Li, R. Pelton, J. D.Brennan, C. D. M.Filipe. “BioLab in Pills”, MUCEC, Hamilton,Canada,April 2014.

  29. S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, K.Pennings,V. Leung, C. Sicard, R. Pelton,J. D. Brennan and C. D.M. Filipe. “FullyAutomated BioactivePaper-Based Sensor for Detection of OrganophosphatePesticides”, PaperWeekConference, Montreal, Canada, February 2014.

  30. S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, A.Henry, V. Leung, C. Sicard, R. Pelton, J.D. Brennan and C. D.M. Filipe. " Paper-basedmicrofluidics witherodible polymeric bridge giving controlled release and timedflowshutoff", 247th ACS National Meeting and Exposition 2014,Dallas,Texas, March 2014.

  31. S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, A.Henry, V. Leung, C. Sicard, R. Pelton, J.D. Brennan and C. D.M. Filipe. "AutomaticTime-Dependent Flow Cut-OffSystem for Paper-Based Microfluidic Devices UsingErodible PolymericBridge", AIChE Annual Meeting, SanFrancisco, USA,November 2013.

  32. S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, A. Henry, V. Leung, C. Sicard, R. Pelton, J. D.Brennan and C. D.M.Filipe. "Developmentof an Automatic TimeDependent Flow Cut-Off System Using Rapid DissolvablePolymer", FIBREConference, Cornwall, Canada, May 2013.

  33. S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi, P.Chavan, C. Sicard, V. Leung, S. M. Z.Hossain, R. Pelton, J. D. Brennan and C.D.M. Filipe. "Speeding up theCapillary Flow in Paper-Based FluidicDevices for Rapid Diagnostics and Environmental SensingApplications", The 62nd Canadian Chemica lEngineering,Vancouver, Canada, October 2012.

  34. A. Haghtalab, S.Jahanshahi-Anbuhi,"Sequential Rate-Based Model for CO2 Absorber Column UsingMonoethanolamine Solution", 23rd International Conference onEfficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of EnergySystems ECOS2010, Lausanne, Switzerland, June 2010.


Selected International Broadcast and Interviews

1.      Le Devoir: “L’évolutiondes tests diagnostiques de la COVID-19”(2022-02-07Link

2.      Clinical Lab Manager:“Researchers Break Down the COVID-19 Diagnostic Arsenal”( 2021-‎‎06-16) Link

3.      Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering(CSChE): “CSChEBest Master’s Thesis Award 2021” (2021-10-15) Link

4.   HamiltonSpectator: “Smartphones get smart about water” (2015-05-14) Link

5.   TheGlobeand Mail: “Engineered to Change theWorld: Turning the Water TestingProcess Upside Down”(2014-11-05) Link

6.   WebIndia123: “Now,water-testing lab packed into a pill” (2014-04-29Link

7.   TheGlobeand Mail: “Forget the fridge: McMasterresearchers develop newstorage method for vaccines” (2014-09-25)Link

8.   CBC|Hamilton: “McMaster scientists workingon new melt in your mouth vaccine-Group receive$100K grant to study how breathstrip-like tablets” (2014-09-24) Link

9.   LabCanada: “Project to develop room-temperature storage forfragile biologics”(2014-09-23Link

10.TakePart:“Drop This Tiny Pill Into a Glass of Water to See IfYou're DrinkingPesticides” (2014-06-07)Link

11.MedicalDaily: “Contaminated Water May Soon Be Unmasked With A TinyPill VerySimilar to Minty-Fresh Breath Strips” (2014-06-06) Link

12.McMasterUniversityNews: “Sentinel Students take top twoprizes at national FIBREconference” (2014-05-22Link

13.Gizmag:“Water-testingpills draw on breath-freshening tech” (2014-05-01) Link

14.CBC|Radio Canada International: “Safedrinking water? Canadians developa simple test with a pill” (2014-04-30)Link

15.ScienceDaily: “Water test for the world: Simple pill brings lab towater to testfor contamination”(2014-04-28) Link



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