Materials Engineering and Processing Research
• Welding and Joining
• Electronic Packaging
• Water Treatment
• Sensors and Actuators for Reliability Testing
• Reliability and Sustainability of Materials
• Advanced Manufacturing for Automotive, Aerospace, Energy, and Medical Industries
Professor Esmaeili’s group conducts multi-length scale experimental and modelling investigations on the fundamentals of structural transformations during processing in light alloys for transportation and multi-functional applications.
Areas of Expertise
- Processing, structure and properties of light alloys
- Precipitation hardening
- Metallic biomaterials
- Advanced surface modification of metals and alloys
Professor Esmaeili has collaborated nationally and internationally with acclaimed universities and research institutes, as well as industrial partners. Her current external collaborations are with CanmetMATERIALS, Honda R&D Americas, Alcoa, Promatec, and Novelis Global Research and Technology Center.
- Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN)
- Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCar)
- Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology (CBB)
- Physical Metallurgy Of Welded Components
- Mechanical Properties Of Pipeline Welds
- Friction Stir Welding Of Dissimilar Materials
- Materials Characterization Using Quantitative Electron Microscopy
- Roll Bonding
- Overlay Welding
- Durability of Concrete Corrosion, Erosion and Wear
- Advanced materials joining processes
- Sensor technology
- Microfabrication technology
- Thermosonic and ultrasonic wire bonding
- Spatial Atomic Layer Deposition
- Photovoltaic Solar Cells
- Nanoelectronics And Sensors
- Nanostructured and amorphous materials for solid state hydrogen storage
- MgB2-based nanostructured superconductors
- Process modelling
- Hot deformation of metallic materials
- Casting of light metals
- Boiling water heat transfer
- Microstructure/processing models
- Materials (Thin Films, Nanowires and Nanotubes) for Nano and Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (N/MEMS)
- Nanojoining and Nanojunctions for Nano and Microelectronics
- High Temperature Superconducting Materials
Norman Zhou is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, and is also a member of the Waterloo Institute of Technology at the University of Waterloo, and the Director of the Centre for Advanced Materials Joining (CAMJ) at the University of Waterloo. He has authored and co-authored over 270 refereed journal papers and several books, including “Microjoining and Nanojoining” and “Joining and Assembly of Medical Materials and Devices”. Professor Zhou is a fellow of ASM International and the American Welding Society, as well as a co-founder of SmarterAlloys.com.
Areas of Expertise
- Laser and resistance welding for automotive applications.
- Microjoining for medical devices and electronic components: wire bonding, laser and resistance microwelding, soldering, etc
- Science and technology of welding and joining: process development and optimization, metallurgy and bonding mechanisms, and numerical modeling and simulation.
- Diffusion brazing for aerospace applications.
A list facilities can found at https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-advanced-materials-joining/
Professor Zhou has been working with a large number of universities and research institutes from North America, Asia and Europe, and also companies from the microelectronics, medical, and automotive industries.
Centre for Advanced Materials Joining (CAMJ): https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-advanced-materials-joining/
Corbin, S.F., Adjunct Professor, Dalhousie University
Lenard, J.G., Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Plumtree, A., Distinguished Professor Emeritus