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Dr. Nabil Bassim

Associate Professor

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Scientific Director, Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy (CCEM)

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Associate Member

Department of Engineering Physics

Structure-Processing-Property Relationships, Electron Microscopy, Focused Ion Beam Microscopy, Nanomaterials, 2-D materials, Image Processing, Beam-Sample interactions, Structural Materials (Concrete, Metallurgical Alloys), Nanofabrication
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Research Areas Include:

Structure-Property Relationships in Electronic, Optical, Bio and Nanomaterials; Advanced Microcopy Techniques, Transmission Electron Microscopy, Focused Ion Beam Microscopy, Tomography, Lithography, Mesoscale Materials Analysis


B.S. Mechanical Engineering – University of South Florida, M.Sc, Ph.D, University of Florida


Nabil Bassim is an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at McMaster University. His research focused on the development of novel electron microscopy techniques and ion microscopy and lithography techniques, including understanding the role of damage and doping in the manufacturing of novel nanostructured materials. He also served the Acting Scientific Director of the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy (CCEM -, a CFI-funded Major Science Initiatives National User Facility that is home to the most advanced, cutting edge analytical characterization tools in Canada. Besides studying ion-sample interactions, beam scanning strategies and machine learning-based optimization strategies for machine and depositing materials for microscale additive processes, he also applies these techniques to a diverse set of materials, ranging from structural materials such as cement/concrete and steel to nanomaterials and 2-dimensional materials. He is the author of 2 major review articles on the FIB and is the co-founder and co-organizer of the FIB-SEM User Meeting (, which is the largest FIB conference in the North America (12 years). He also serves as the Faculty lead for McMaster Engineering's Aerospace and Defense Initiative.