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Biomaterials


Biomaterials are essential in engineering devices to solve today’s healthcare challenges.

Evidence shows that in ancient Egyptian society, people used biomaterials such as wood for prosthetic devices and gold in dentistry. Today, biomaterials include all classes of synthetic materials such as metals, ceramics, composites, and polymers. The field of biomaterials combines materials engineering principles, which control the structure-property-performance relationships of materials, with an application in the biological or medical sciences. More recently, the field has grown to encompass the study of natural tissues and biological materials.

Our department is at the forefront of biomaterials research. A key emphasis of research is on the development of novel ceramic and metallic materials for bone regeneration, orthopaedics and dentistry, such as ceramic scaffolds, new coating technologies, and metallic implants. Research also focuses on novel low-temperature processing methods, such as electrophoretic deposition, and unique characterization approaches with high-resolution electron microscopy. Our department pioneered new methods for the development of nanocomposites containing hydroxyapatite, bioactive glass, bioceramics, advanced biopolymers, proteins, enzymes, drugs, antimicrobial agents and other functional materials. New strategies have been developed for the manufacturing of efficient biosensors and advanced materials for controlled release of drugs and antimicrobial agents. Fundamental investigations have resulted in the development of novel biomimetic techniques in nanotechnology.

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Dr. Kathryn Grandfield

Assistant Professor

biomaterials; osseointegration; electron microscopy; mineralized tissues; electron tomography; atom probe tomography

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Dr. Oleg Rubel

Assistant Professor

solar cells; lasers; LEDs

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Dr. Igor Zhitomirsky

Distinguished Engineering Professor

biomaterials, nanomaterials, energy storage, electrochemical technologies, functional materials

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Functional Materials


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Dr. Nabil Bassim

Associate Professor

Structure-Processing-Property Relationships, Electron Microscopy, Focused Ion Beam Microscopy, Nanomaterials, 2-D materials, Image Processing, Beam-Sample interactions

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Dr. Gianluigi Botton

Professor, Associate Chair - Undergraduate

nanostructures; energy materials; battery materials; fuel cells; light-emitting diodes; plasmonics; oxides electronics; corrosion; structure of alloys

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Dr. Anthony Petric

Professor (Emeritus)

fuel cells; batteries; ceramics; thermodynamics

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Dr. Oleg Rubel

Assistant Professor

solar cells; lasers; LEDs

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Dr. Igor Zhitomirsky

Distinguished Engineering Professor

biomaterials, nanomaterials, energy storage, electrochemical technologies, functional materials

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Materials Characterizations


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Dr. Nabil Bassim

Associate Professor

Structure-Processing-Property Relationships, Electron Microscopy, Focused Ion Beam Microscopy, Nanomaterials, 2-D materials, Image Processing, Beam-Sample interactions

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Dr. Gianluigi Botton

Professor, Associate Chair - Undergraduate

nanostructures; energy materials; battery materials; fuel cells; light-emitting diodes; plasmonics; oxides electronics; corrosion; structure of alloys

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Dr. Kathryn Grandfield

Assistant Professor

biomaterials; osseointegration; electron microscopy; mineralized tissues; electron tomography; atom probe tomography

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Dr. Jeffrey Hoyt

Professor (Emeritus)

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Dr. Anthony Petric

Professor (Emeritus)

fuel cells; batteries; ceramics; thermodynamics

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Dr. Andre Phillion

Associate Professor

Solidification of Engineering metals; Mathematical modelling of materials and Processes; X-ray tomographic imaging; 4D materials science

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Dr. Oleg Rubel

Assistant Professor

solar cells; lasers; LEDs

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Dr. David Wilkinson

Distinguished University Professor

Ductile fracture of metals and alloys; lightweight materials for fuel efficient vehicles; advanced high strength steels.

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Dr. Igor Zhitomirsky

Distinguished Engineering Professor

biomaterials, nanomaterials, energy storage, electrochemical technologies, functional materials

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Materials Performance


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Dr. Nabil Bassim

Associate Professor

Structure-Processing-Property Relationships, Electron Microscopy, Focused Ion Beam Microscopy, Nanomaterials, 2-D materials, Image Processing, Beam-Sample interactions

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Dr. Andre Phillion

Associate Professor

Solidification of Engineering metals; Mathematical modelling of materials and Processes; X-ray tomographic imaging; 4D materials science

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Dr. David Wilkinson

Distinguished University Professor

Ductile fracture of metals and alloys; lightweight materials for fuel efficient vehicles; advanced high strength steels.

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Dr. Igor Zhitomirsky

Distinguished Engineering Professor

biomaterials, nanomaterials, energy storage, electrochemical technologies, functional materials

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Dr. Hatem Zurob

Professor, Chair

Microstructural evolution in engineering materials and the effect of microstructure on mechanical properties

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Nano Materials


Nanomaterials aims to uncover, exploit, and understand the new properties that materials exhibit when the size of these materials reaches th

When materials are synthesized with sizes in the range of a few nanometers (1nm = 1 billionth of a meter) the properties no longer resemble those of "bulk" materials. For example, gold is inert and very stable when produced in a size that we can see with the naked eye. However, when produced in very small particles with sizes in the range of 1-2nm, gold is a good catalyst and is no longer inert. Similarly, the strength of metals dramatically increases when crystalline grains of a material become smaller than 100nm. Other examples include the electronic or optical properties of materials, which change when they are produced in devices smaller than a few nanometers.

Researchers in Materials Science & Engineering work on the development and understanding of new materials with new properties to increase the efficiency of fuel cells, the energy storage capabilities in supercapacitors, high efficiency light emitting diodes and the stability of biomaterials implants.

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Dr. Nabil Bassim

Associate Professor

Structure-Processing-Property Relationships, Electron Microscopy, Focused Ion Beam Microscopy, Nanomaterials, 2-D materials, Image Processing, Beam-Sample interactions

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Dr. Gianluigi Botton

Professor, Associate Chair - Undergraduate

nanostructures; energy materials; battery materials; fuel cells; light-emitting diodes; plasmonics; oxides electronics; corrosion; structure of alloys

Kathryn-photo

Dr. Kathryn Grandfield

Assistant Professor

biomaterials; osseointegration; electron microscopy; mineralized tissues; electron tomography; atom probe tomography

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Dr. Oleg Rubel

Assistant Professor

solar cells; lasers; LEDs

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Dr. Igor Zhitomirsky

Distinguished Engineering Professor

biomaterials, nanomaterials, energy storage, electrochemical technologies, functional materials

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MATLS 3Q03Undergraduate / Technical Elective Materials for Electronic Applications Technical Elective List 1
MATLS 4FF3Undergraduate / Technical Elective Synthesis , Applications and Environmental Impact of Nanomaterials Technical Elective List 1
MATLS 4G03Undergraduate / Technical Elective Characterization of Nanomaterials Technical Elective List 1
MATLS 6FF3Graduate Synthesis, Applications and Environmental Impact of Nanomaterials
MATLS 724Graduate Materials Characterization by Electron/Ion Microscopy
MATLS 725Graduate Transmission Electron Microscopy

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Steel


Developing the next generation of advanced steel solutions.

Our department was founded in 1947 in order to address the needs of Hamilton’s flourishing steel industry. Since then, we have become world leaders in research and industrial innovation. Our faculty members, research staff and students are at the forefront of efforts to develop new steels including 3rd generation advanced high strength steels, linepipe steels, functionally-graded steels, architectured steels and composites and corrosion resistant steels. This is an exciting time to be in the steel industry as new steels are developing at an unprecedented speed. We are part of these exciting developments. We are also leading efforts to ensure steel is being produced in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly manner.

 

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Dr. Ken Coley

Professor

Reaction Kinetics, materials processing, pyro-metallurgy, slags, oxygen steelmaking, ladle metallurgy.

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Dr. Neslihan Dogan

Assistant Professor

High temperature materials processing, primary and secondary steelmaking, reaction kinetics

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Dr. Gordon Irons

Professor (Emeritus)

materials processing; mathematical modelling of processes; steelmaking; transport phenomena

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Dr. Joey Kish

Professor, Associate Chair - Graduate Studies

Corrosion prediction and protection of structural materials in the automotive, aerospace, energy generation and chemical processing industries.

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Dr. Andre Phillion

Associate Professor

Solidification of Engineering metals; Mathematical modelling of materials and Processes; X-ray tomographic imaging; 4D materials science

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Dr. David Wilkinson

Distinguished University Professor

Ductile fracture of metals and alloys; lightweight materials for fuel efficient vehicles; advanced high strength steels.

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Dr. Hatem Zurob

Professor, Chair

Microstructural evolution in engineering materials and the effect of microstructure on mechanical properties

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MATLS 721Graduate Advanced Thermodynamics and Phase Transformations

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