MASc Student


Centre for Advanced Materials Joining (CAMJ)
Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
University of Waterloo

Contact Information

Phone: (519)-888-4567 ext. 33326
Office: E3-3110A

Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1

Biographical Information

2011: BASc, Nanotechnology Engineering, Option in Management Science, University of Waterloo

Research Projects

Improvement of corrosion and biocompatibility of shape memory alloys (SMA)

Shape memory alloys (SMAs) such as, but not limited to, nitinol, find increasing applications in many industries because of their unique properties. These unique properties include the shape memory effect (SME), pseudo-elasticity (PE), and biocompatibility. A state of the art processing technology, developed by Khan and Zhou at the University of Waterloo, has demonstrated the ability to locally alter the shape memory and pseudoelastic properties of NiTi. Customization of forces at different sections of the wire can be precisely controlled, and this technology has been shown to have great application in linear actuators and micromotors. At the same time, this process has showed improved corrosion resistance through surface homogenization and Ni reduction in preliminary studies and publications. Through a systematic study on biocompatibility of the post-processed NiTi, the confirmation of improved biocompatibility can open the gate way to customization of medical devices.

Project supervisor(s)

  • Professor Norman Zhou

Research Interests

  • Corrosion performance of shape memory alloys
  • Surface and pseudoelasticity modification of shape memory alloys
  • Advanced material processing
  • Medical device engineering
  • Surface interaction and reactions of nanostructures

Selected Publications

  • Jeff Wang, Anming Hu, John Wen, Y. Norman Zhou, John Persic, “Thermal Stability and Thermite Mechanism of Coated Al Nanoparticles with CuO”, (2010), Journal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids, vol 72, June 2011, 620-625

Thesis Supervisor(s)

  • Professor Norman Zhou
University of Waterloo