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Ehsan Toyserkani


Contact InformationEhsan Toyserkani

Phone: 519-888-4567 x37560
Location: EC4 1031


Biography Summary

Dr. Toyserkani, who is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, holds the University Research Chair in Additive Manufacturing (AM) and has over 17 years of experience in different aspects of AM research and development, from mechatronics AM system development to AM applications in medicine and engineering. He established the first AM laboratory at a Canadian university - the Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing (MSAM) Laboratory – which focuses on the development of the next generation of AM processes and applications. With recent investments from FedDev Ontario and Ontario’s Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science (MRIS), worth $15.1 million, his lab is now the largest AM facility in Canada and one of the top 10 academic AM facilities in the world. His extensive experience in AM and leadership have allowed him to devote his academic life to addressing AM challenges holistically and promoting this strategic research area at the national and international level.

His research programs focus on next generation additive manufacturing processes. To this end, the lab explores novel techniques to develop advanced materials, innovative products, modeling and simulation tools, monitoring devices, closed-loop control systems, quality assurance algorithms and holistic in-situ and ex-situ characterization techniques.

He has six granted/pending patents on monitoring and real-time control of laser AM, AM technologies for embedding optical sensors within metallic structures, and AM of porous structures. He has actively transferred his innovative technologies to industry. To name a few, he transferred an AM process for personalized biodegradable biphasic porous scaffolds for bone substitutes, osteochondral, and cranial/ maxillofacial osteosynthesis applications to Mount Sinai Hospital and Sunnybrook Hospital (Toronto); and, a novel micro-scale AM for making advanced sensors to GE Aviation. Two start-up companies have been established that stem from his R&D programs. His work has been highlighted by major newspapers, such as “The Globe and Mail”.

Research Interests

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Monitoring And Closed-loop Control Of Additive Manufacturing
  • Laser Material Processing
  • Mechatronics Design
  • Bio-additive Manufacturing
  • Additive Manufacturing Of Smart Structures With Embedded Optical Sensors


  • 2003, Doctorate, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo
  • 1995, Master's, Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnic (Amirkabir) University of Technology
  • 1992, Bachelor's, Mechanical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology


  • MTE 262 - Introduction to Microprocessors and Digital Logic
  • ME 739 - Manufacturing Processes Topics

Selected/Recent Publications

  • Jabari, Elahe and Toyserkani, Ehsan, Aerosol-Jet printing of highly flexible and conductive graphene/silver patterns, Materials Letters, 174, 2016, 40 - 43
  • Marzbanrad, B and Toyserkani, E and Jahed, H, Cyclic hysteresis of AZ31B extrusion under load-control tests using embedded sensor technology, Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures, 2016
  • Russo, Paola and Liang, Robert and Jabari, Elahe and Marzbanrad, Ehsan and Toyserkani, Ehsan and Zhou, Y Norman, Single-step synthesis of graphene quantum dots by femtosecond laser ablation of graphene oxide dispersions, Nanoscale, 8(16), 2016, 8863 - 8877
  • Sheydaeian, Esmat and Vlasea, Mihaela and Woo, Ami and Pilliar, Robert and Hu, Eugene and Toyserkani, Ehsan, Effect of glycerol concentrations on the mechanical properties of additive manufactured porous calcium polyphosphate structures for bone substitute applications, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials, 2016
  • Marzbanrad, Bahareh and Jahed, Hamid and Toyserkani, Ehsan, On the sensitivity and repeatability of fiber Bragg grating sensors used in strain and material degradation measurement of magnesium alloys under cyclic loads, The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 2016, 1 - 9
  • Basalah, Ahmad and Esmaeili, Shahrzad and Toyserkani, Ehsan, Mechanical properties of additive-manufactured porous titanium bio-structures with oriented macro-scale channels, The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 2015, 1 - 8
  • Jabari, Elahe and Toyserkani, Ehsan, Laser heat treatment of aerosol-jet additive manufactured graphene patterns, Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 48(37), 2015
  • Liravi, Farzad and Darleux, Robin and Toyserkani, Ehsan, Nozzle dispensing additive manufacturing of polysiloxane: dimensional control, International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing, 5(1), 2015, 20 - 43
  • Vlasea, Mihaela and Pilliar, Robert and Toyserkani, Ehsan, Control of structural and mechanical properties in bioceramic bone substitutes via additive manufacturing layer stacking orientation, Additive Manufacturing, 6, 2015, 30 - 38
  • Azhari, Amir and Toyserkani, Ehsan and Villain, Carole, Additive Manufacturing of Graphene--Hydroxyapatite Nanocomposite Structures, International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, 12(1), 2015, 8 - 17
  • Jabari, Elahe and Toyserkani, Ehsan, Micro-scale aerosol-jet printing of graphene interconnects, Carbon, 91, 2015, 321 - 329
  • Vlasea, Mihaela and Toyserkani, Ehsan and Pilliar, Robert, Effect of gray scale binder levels on additive manufacturing of porous scaffolds with heterogeneous properties, International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, 12(1), 2015, 62 - 70
  • Basalah, Ahmad and Esmaeili, Shahrzad and Toyserkani, Ehsan, A novel additive manufacturing-based technique for developing bio-structures with conformal channels and encapsulated voids, Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express, 1(4), 2015
  • Azhari, Amir and Liang, Richard and Toyserkani, Ehsan, A novel fibre Bragg grating sensor packaging design for ultra-high temperature sensing in harsh environments, Measurement Science and Technology, 25(7), 2014
  • Hu, Youxin and Shanjani, Yaser and Toyserkani, Ehsan and Grynpas, Marc and Wang, Rizhi and Pilliar, Robert, Porous calcium polyphosphate bone substitutes: Additive manufacturing versus conventional gravity sinter processing—Effect on structure and mechanical properties, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials, 102(2), 2014, 274 - 283
  • Toyserkani, E and Rasti, N, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada, Laser Surface Engineering: Processes and Applications, 2014
  • Rasti, N and Toyserkani, E and Ismail, F, Formation of a Pseudo-periodic Microstructure on Titanium Surfaces Under Pulsed Nanosecond Fibre Laser Irradiation: Topographical and Mechanical Properties., Lasers in Engineering (Old City Publishing), 27, 2014
  • Jabari, Elahe and Tong, Steven and Azhari, Amir and Toyserkani, Ehsan, Non-planar interconnects in double-sided flexible Cu-PET substrates using a laser-assisted maskless microdeposition process: 3D finite element modeling and experimental analysis, Optics and Lasers in Engineering, 54, 2014, 117 - 127
  • Shanjani, Yaser and Hu, Youxin and Toyserkani, Ehsan and Grynpas, Marc and Kandel, Rita A and Pilliar, Robert M, Solid freeform fabrication of porous calcium polyphosphate structures for bone substitute applications: in vivo studies, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials, 101(6), 2013, 972 - 980
  • Alemohammad, Hamid R and Foroozmehr, Ehsan and Cotten, Bradley S and Toyserkani, Ehsan, A dual-parameter optical fiber sensor for concurrent strain and temperature measurement: design, fabrication, packaging, and calibration, Journal of Lightwave Technology, 31(8), 2013, 1198 - 1204
  • Vlasea, Mihaela and Shanjani, Yaser and Bothe, Annabel and Kandel, Rita and Toyserkani, Ehsan, A combined additive manufacturing and micro-syringe deposition technique for realization of bio-ceramic structures with micro-scale channels, The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 68(9-12), 2013, 2261 - 2269
  • Zhang, Xixi and Alemohammad, Hamidreza and Toyserkani, Ehsan, Sensitivity alteration of fiber Bragg grating sensors with additive micro-scale bi-material coatings, Measurement Science and Technology, 24(2), 2013
  • Vlasea, Mihaela and Toyserkani, Ehsan, Experimental characterization and numerical modeling of a micro-syringe deposition system for dispensing sacrificial photopolymers on particulate ceramic substrates, Journal of Materials Processing Technology, 213(11), 2013, 1970 - 1977
  • Mozaffari, Ahmad and Fathi, Alireza and Khajepour, Amir and Toyserkani, Ehsan, Optimal design of laser solid freeform fabrication system and real-time prediction of melt pool geometry using intelligent evolutionary algorithms, Applied Soft Computing, 13(3), 2013, 1505 - 1519
  • Basalah, Ahmad and Shanjani, Yaser and Esmaeili, Shahrzad and Toyserkani, Ehsan, Characterizations of additive manufactured porous titanium implants, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials, 100(7), 2012, 1970 - 1979
  • C. Hulls, S. Bedi, T. McElveny, M. Mitchell, B. Coady, E. Toyserkani, ME 780: Design for Manufacturing, An Integrated Authentic Learning Experience, 04 2015, University of Waterloo.
  • Zalzal, Paul and Toyserkani, Ehsan and Hurtig, Marc and Grynpas, Michael and McKee, Mark and Boitano, Marilyn and Pillar, Robert and Kandel, Rita, Regenerative Medicine and Restoration of Joint Function, January 2014,
  • Toyserkani, Ehsan and Liang, Tian You Richard and Azhari, Amir, MULTI-PARAMETER OPTICAL SENSOR AND METHOD FOR OPTICAL SENSOR MANUFACTURING, January
  • Alemohammad, Hamidreza and Toyserkani, Ehsan, Optical fiber sensor and methods of manufacture, January
  • Toyserkani, Ehsan and Vlasea, Mihaela and Shanjani, Yaser, Systems and methods for additive manufacturing of heterogeneous porous structures and structures made therefrom, January