Novel Technologies for Joining and Processing of Advanced Materials
Next-generation technologies for joining and processing advanced materials will enable the assembly and manufacture of 3D printed nanomaterial devices. These innovations can be used in water treatment; as lightweight but strong automobile body structures; as defect-free aerospace engine parts; as highly reliable implantable pacemakers; and as faster nano-electronic memory chips. But developing these technologies is challenging in the context of ever-growing demands to reduce costs while enhancing performance and reliability.
Dr. Norman Zhou, Canada Research Chair in Advanced Materials Joining and Processing, is developing a wide range of these technologies. He and his research team use a multidisciplinary approach to address the challenges, applying science and engineering principles from physics, chemistry, and materials science and metallurgy to better understand the relationship between process, structure (including atomic- and micro-structures) and property in advanced materials joining and processing.
Their studies will support the development of innovative solutions and guidelines for reliable and cost-effective joining and processing technologies, which encompass many different materials (such as steel and nanomaterials), processing techniques (such as laser welding and electro-spark deposition) and applications. Two examples are laser assembly of medical implants and fabricating nanomaterial devices for water treatment.
Zhou’s research program will also provide state-of-the-art training for future generations of engineers, strengthening Canadian manufacturers’ ability to compete in the automotive, medical, electronics and aerospace sectors, among others.