Norman Y Zhou

Canada Research Chair in Advanced Materials Joining and Processing

Tier 1 - 2017-11-01
University of Waterloo
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council

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Research involves

Developing advanced materials for novel joining and processing technologies.

Research relevance

This research will make Canada’s manufacturing sector more competitive and train future generations of engineers and scientists in automotive, medical, electronics and other industries.

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.