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Dr. Hatem Zurob

Professor, Chair

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Microstructural evolution in engineering materials and the effect of microstructure on mechanical properties
Areas of Specialization:
Research Clusters:
JHE 357/D
+1 905.525.9140 x 23515
JHE 349


Current Projects

  • Modeling the clustering of Mg and Si atoms in automotive Al-Mg-Si alloys during natural aging.
  • Grain refinement of microalloyed steels by thermomechanical processing.
  • Modeling the nucleation of recrystallization and the interaction between recovery and recrystallization.
  • Investigation of the interfacial conditions during the decomposition of austenite in Fe-C-X using traditional precipitation experiments as well as controlled decarburization.
  • Development of functionally graded steels and “steel-steel” composites.


B.Eng., Ph.D. (McMaster), P. Eng


Dr. Zurob obtained his PhD from McMaster University in 2003.  He held post doctoral fellowships at the Grenoble institute and Technology and Oxford University prior to joining McMaster as an Assistant Professor in 2005.  He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012 and Professor in 2017.  Dr. Zurob is presently serving as Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

The aim of Dr. Zurob’s research is to understand and control microstructure development in engineering materials with the goal of optimizing mechanical properties.  The applicant has made significant contributions to the areas of thermomechanical processing, recrystallization modelling, functionally-graded materials, austenite decomposition and structure property relationships.  Dr. Zurob is recipient of several prestigious awards including Sawamura Award and Guimaraise Award of ISIJ and the Best Young Researcher Award of Internationally Recrystallization and Grain Growth Conference.  In addition, Dr. Zurob is a dedicated educator who was recognized by several teaching awards at McMaster.  Dr. Zurob is also an active participant in professional societies including ASM, TMS and ASM Materials Camps Canada.



Articles in Refereed Journals:

 [1] T. Zhou, P. Zhang, K. Kuuskman, E. Cerilli, S-H. Cho, D. Burella and H.S. Zurob, 2017, Development of medium-to-high carbon hot-rolled steel strip on a thin slab casting direct strip production complex, Ironmaking and Steelmaking, March: 1.

[2] B. Langelier, H. Van Landeghem, G. Botton, H.S. Zurob, 2017, Interface Segregation & Nitrogen Measurement in Fe-Mn-N by Atom Probe Tomography, Microscopy & Microanalysis, 23: 385.

[3]  G. Zhou, Z. Li, D. Li, Y. Peng, H. S. Zurob, P. Wu, 2016, A Polycrystal Plasticity based Discontinuous Dynamic Recrystallization Simulation Method and its Application to Copper, International Journal of Plasticity, 91: 48.

[4] H.P. Van Landeghem, B. Langelier, B. Gault, D. Panahi, A. Korinek, G.R. Purdy and H.S. Zurob, 2017, Investigation of solute/interphase interaction during ferrite growth, Acta Materialia, 124: 536.

[5] M. Habibnejad-Korayem, M. Jain, H. S. Zurob, R. K. Mishra, 2016, Modelling of uniaxially pre-strained and annealed AZ31 magnesium sheet based on microstructural considerations, Acta Materialia, 113: 155

[6] F. Jiang, H.S. Zurob, G. R. Purdy, H. Zhang, 2016, Characterizing precipitate evolution of an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu-based commercial alloy during artificial aging and non-isothermal heat treatments by in situ electrical resistivity monitoring, Materials Characterization, 117: 47.

[7] H.P. Van Landeghem, B. Langelier, D. Panahi, G. R. Purdy, C. R. Hutchinson, G. A. Botton, H. S. Zurob, 2016, Solute Segregation During Ferrite Growth: Solute/Interphase and Substitutional/ Interstitial Interactions, JOM, 68: 1329.

[8] Md. J. Rahman, H. S. Zurob, J. J. Hoyt, 2016, Molecular Dynamics Study of Solute Pinning Effects on Grain Boundary Migration in the Al-Mg Alloy System, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 47, 1889.

[9] R. Roumina, M. Bruhis, J.P. Masse, H.S. Zurob, M. Jain, O. Bouaziz, J.D. Embury, 2016, Bending properties of Functionally Graded 300M Steels, Mater. Sci. Engrg. A, 653, 63.

[10] C. Qiu, H.S. Zurob, C.R. Hutchinson, 2015, The Coupled Solute Drag Effect during Ferrite Growth in Fe-C-Mn-Si Alloys Using Controlled Decarburization, Acta Materialia, 100, 333.

[11] F. Jiang, H.S. Zurob, G.R. Purdy, H. Zhang, 2015, Static softening following multistage hot deformation of 7150 aluminum alloy: Experiment and modeling, Mater. Sci. Engrg A, 648, 164.

[12] A.G. Kostryzhev, H. Zurob, E.V. Pereloma, Hot deformation behaviour of Ni-30Fe-C and Ni-30Fe-Nb-C model alloys, 2015, Mater. Sci. Engrg A, 641, 160.

[13] M. Goune, F. Danoix, J. Agren, Y. Brechet, C.R. Hutchinson, M. Militzer, G. Purdy, S. van der Zwaag, H. Zurob, 2015, Overview of the current issues in austenite to ferrite transformation, Mater. Sci. Engrg R, 92, 1.

[14] D. Panahi, H. Van Landeghem, C.R. Hutchinson, G. Purdy, H.S. Zurob,  2015, New Insights into the Limit for Non-Partitioning Ferrite Growth, Acta Materialia, 86, 286.

[15] M. Guo D. Panahi, H. Van Landeghem, CR Hutchinson, G Purdy, HS Zurob, 2015, A Comparison of Ferrite Growth Kinetics under Denitriding and Decarburizing Conditions, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 46, 2449.

[16] T. Zhou, HS Zurob, R O'Malley, K Rehman, 2015, Model Fe-Al Steel with Exceptional Resistance to High Temperature Coarsening. Part I: Coarsening Mechanism and Particle Pinning Effects, Metal. Mater. Trans. A, 46, 178.

[17] T. Zhou, P. Zhang, R. O'Malley, HS Zurob, M Subramanian, 2015, Model Fe-Al Steel with Exceptional Resistance to High Temperature Coarsening. Part II: Experimental Validation and Applications, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 46, 190.

[18] H Hu, HS Zurob, G. Xu, D Embury, G. Purdy, 2015, New insights to the effects of ausforming on the bainitic transformation, Mater. Sci. Engrg. A, 626, 34.

[19] MJ Rahman, HS Zurob, JJ Hoyt, 2014, A comprehensive molecular dynamics study of low angle grain boundary mobility in pure aluminum system, Acta Materialia, 74, 39.

[20] M Militzer, JJ Hoyt, N Provatas, J Rottler, CW Sinclair, HS Zurob, 2014, Multiscale Modeling of Phase Transformations in Steels, JOM, 66, 740.

[21] X. Zhang, G. Xu, X. Wang, D. Embury, O. Bouaziz, G. R. Purdy and H. S. Zurob, 2014, Mechanical Behavior of Carbide-free Medium Carbon Bainite, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 45A, 1352.

[22] J.P. Masse, B. Chéhab, H. Zurob, D. Embury, X. Wang and O. Bouaziz, 2014, An original way for producing a 2.4 GPa strength ductile steel by rolling of martensite, ISIJ Int., 54, 235.

[23] M. Fraser, H. S. Zurob, P. Wu and O. Bouaziz, 2014, Analytical Model of the Unbending Behaviour of Corrugated Reinforcements, Adv.  Eng. Mater., 16, 872.

[24] O. Bouaziz, H. Zurob and M. Huang, 2013, Driving force and logic of development of advanced high strength steels for automotive applications, Steel Res. Int., 84, 937.

[25] T. Furuhara, J-F. Nie, W. Zhang, J.M. Howe, S. Babu, H.S. Zurob, 2013, Foreword: Atomistic effects in migrating interphase interfaces, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 44A, 3434.

[26] T. H. Zhou, A. E. Gheribi and H. S. Zurob, 2013, Austenite particle coarsening and delta-ferrite grain growth in model Fe–Al alloy, Can. Metall. Quart., 52, 90.

[27] C. Qiu, H.S. Zurob, D. Panahi, Y.J.M. Brechet, G.R. Purdy and C.R. Hutchinson, 2013, Quantifying the Solute Drag Effect on Ferrite Growth in Fe-C-X Alloys Using Controlled Decarburization Experiments, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 44A, 3476.

[28] H.S. Zurob, D. Panahi, C.R. Hutchinson, Y. Brechet, and G.R. Purdy, 2013, Self-Consistent Model for Planar Ferrite Growth in Fe-C-X Alloys, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 44A, 3456.

[29] X. Wang, H. S. Zurob, G. Xu, Q. Ye, O. Bouaziz and D. Embury, 2013, Influence of Microstructural Length Scale on the Strength and Annealing Behavior of Pearlite, Bainite, and Martensite, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 44A, 1454.

[30] MD. Kashif Rehman, H. S. Zurob, 2013, A Novel Approach to Model Static Recrystallization of Austenite During Hot Rolling of Nb Microalloyed Steel. Part I: Precipitate-Free Case, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 44A, 1862.

[31] R. Wei, M. Enomoto, R. Hadian, H.S. Zurob and G.R. Purdy, 2013, Growth of austenite from as-quenched martensite during intercritical annealing in an Fe-0.1C-3Mn-1.5Si Alloy, Acta Mater., 61, 697

[32] R. Roumina, J.D. Embury, O. Bouaziz, H.S. Zurob, 2013, Mechanical Behavior of a compositionally Graded 300M Steel, Mater. Sci. Engrg. A, 578, 140.

[33] R. Cicoria, B. Chehab and H. Zurob, 2013, Viewpoint Paper:  Diffusion as a method for producing architectured materials, Script. Mater., 68, 17.

[34] M.D.H. Layt, H.S. Zurob, C.R. Hutchinson, T.J. Bastow and A.J. Hill, 2012, Vacancy Behavior and Solute Cluster Growth During Natural Aging of an Al-Mg-Si Alloy, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 43, 4507.

[35] D.G. Cram, X.Y. Fang, H.S. Zurob, Y.J.M. Brechet and C.R. Hutchinson, 2012, The effect of solute on discontinuous dynamic recrystallization, Acta Mater., 60, 6390. 

[36] C. L. Miao, C. J. Shang, H. S. Zurob, G. D. Zhang and S. V. Subramanian, 2012, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 43, 665.

[37] T. Zhou, H. Zurob, E. Essadiqi and B. Voyzelle, 2011, Kinetics of Delta-Ferrite to Austenite Phase Transformation in a Two-phase Fe-Al-C Alloy, Metall. Mater. Trans. A., 42, 3349.

[38] J. McDermid, H.S. Zurob, Y. Bian, 2011, Stability of Retained Austenite in High-Al, Low-Si TRIP Steels Processed via Continuous Galvanizing Heat Treatments, Metall. Mater. Trans. A., 42, 3627.

[39] T. Zhou, H. S. Zurob, 2011, Abnormal and Post-abnormal Austenite Grain Growth Kinetics in Nb-Ti Microalloyed Steels, Canadian Metall. Quarterly., 50, 389.

[40] G. Purdy, J. Agren, A. Borgenstam, Y. Brechet, M. Enomoto, T. Furuhara, E. Gamsjager, M. Goune, M. Hillert, C. Hutchinson, M. Militzer, H. Zurob, 2011, ALEMI a ten-year history and a prognosis, Metall. Mater. Trans. A., 42, 3703.

[41] O. Bouaziz, H. Zurob, B. Chehab, J.D. Embury, S. Allain and M. Huang, 2011, A Global Description of the Mechanical Behaviour of Twinning Induced Plasticity Steels as a Function of the Chemical Composition, Mater. Sci. Tech., 27, 707.

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  • Sawamura Award and Guimaraise Award of ISIJ (2006)
  • Best Young Researcher Award at the 5th Recrystallization & Grain Growth meeting (2013). 
  • MSU Teaching Awards (2007 & 2008)

 Community Engagement:

  • Chair of the ASM Ontario Chapter (500 members) for the 2008-2009 year. 
  • Chair of ASM Materials Camps-Canada (2010-present)
  • Secretary of the Alemi Group (