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Research Areas

Materials Engineering


The Materials Group in MME includes experts in processing, structural/chemical characterization, mechanical testing, and modelling of metals and ceramics. There are particular research strengths in materials for the NuclearAutomotive materials, Aerospace, and Energy Conversion industries. Other materials research areas at Queen’s can be found in collaborating Departments:


We have a comprehensive suite of characterisation equipment including:

  • Accelerator laboratory: 4MV tandem producing 8MeV H or 12MeV He; for damage or implantation studies.
  • Electron Microscopy Laboratory: FEI Osiris FEG-TEM (STEM, EDS, EELS, in situ heating & straining), FEI FEG-Nova NanoSem (EBSD, EDX, in situ heating and straining).
  • Mechanical Testing Laboratory (quasi-static; fatigue; fracture; delayed hydride cracking; digital image correlation measurements; nano- and micro-indentation from ambient to elevated temperatures).
  • X-ray Laboratory (Xradia micro-CT; texture; diffraction; in situ deformation and heating; thin film).
  • A wide range of sample preparation techniques (including 50kV focused ion beam, ion milling, electropolishing, etc.) is also available.

Research by Faculty

J. Doug Boyd

  • Steel Physical Metallurgy
  • Metal Matrix Composites

Brad Diak

  • Microstructural Phenomena in Metals and Alloys
  • Materials for Transportation Applications
  • X-ray/Electron Scattering Techniques

Mark Daymond

  • Micromechanisms of Deformation in Metals, Ceramics and Composites
  • Advanced Neutron and X-ray Scattering Techniques
  • Engineering Mechanics, Components and Processes


Vlad Krstic

  • Ceramics Processing and Properties
  • Ceramic Matrix Composites
  • Thin Films

A. Keith Pilkey

  • Material Failure Mechanisms
  • Metallographic Image Analysis
  • Metal Forming

Richard A. Holt

  • Nuclear materials/zirconium alloys
  • Crystallographic texture/anisotropy
  • Modeling materials behaviour


Zhongwen Yao

  • Characterization of Micorstructures
  • Radiation induced defects in nuclear materials

Shig Saimoto

  • Metal Physics Fundamentals
  • Processing and Constitutive Modelling of Aluminum Alloys Performance

Materials Engineering Laboratories