Materials Engineering and Processing

Nano micro system lab
Materials interface foundry
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Materials Engineering and Processing Research

The Materials Engineering and Processing Group in the department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering of the University of Waterloo consists of faculty members with a wide range of academic and industrial research experience. Specific areas of research include:

Group professors

Biro, E.


  • Metallurgical transformations during welding
  • Post-weld properties
  • Improving weld process robustness (increasing manufacturability)
  • Effect of microstructure and mechanical property hetrogenity on weld performance
  • Physical simulation of the welding process
  • Weld defect formation
  • Welding advanced high strength steel (AHSS)
  • Dissimilar material welding

Gerlich, A.


  • 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

Kwan, C.F.


  • Physical Metallurgy
  • Mechanical Metallurgy
  • Materials Characterization
  • Fatigue and Failure of Materials
  • Deformation of Mechanisms

Mayer, M.


  • Advanced materials joining processes
  • Sensor technology
  • Microfabrication technology
  • Thermosonic and ultrasonic wire bonding

Musselman, K


  • Nanomaterials
  • Spatial Atomic Layer Deposition
  • Photovoltaic Solar Cells
  • Nanoelectronics And Sensors
  • Electrochemistry

Peng, P.


  • Micro/nano joining
  • Laser processing
  • Brazing
  • Welding Metallurgy
  • Materials Property
  • Devices

Wells, M.


  • Process modelling
  • Hot deformation of metallic materials
  • Casting of light metals
  • Boiling water heat transfer
  • Microstructure/processing models  

Wu, Y.


  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Materials Interfaces
  • Energy Materials
  • Solar Fuels
  • Batteries
  • In situ Multimodal Characterizations
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Connectivity and Internet of Things
  • Electronic and Photonic Materials
  • Responsive Materials
  • Sensing
  • Healthcare
  • Nanotechnology

Yavuz, M.


  • 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

Zhou, N.


  • 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.

Michael Benoit

Adjunct profes​sors

Corbin, S.F., Adjunct Professor, Dalhousie University

Lenard, J.G., Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Reti​red professors

Esmaeli, S., Professor Emeritus, Adjunct PEng

Carolyn Hansson, Professor Emerita

Slawson, P.R., Professor Emeritus

Varin, R.A., Professor Emeritus, Adjunct