Dr. Hani Henein |

Research Areas: Materials Processing, Particulate Processing, Powder Metallurgy, Rotary Reactors and Drums, Atomizing Processing, Metal-Matrix Composites Processing, Computer Aided Instructions.

Dr. Henein is the Director of the Advanced Materials and Processing Laboratory. Research projects are carried out in collaboration with colleagues at McMaster University, Ecole des Mines a Nancy (France), Bremen University (Germany) and INSA de Lyon (France). 

Dr. Douglas Ivey |

Douglas Ivey has more than twenty years research experience in such diverse areas as the development of hydrogen storage materials, fuel cell materials, microalloyed steels, design and characterization of semiconductor metallizations (both compound and elemental semiconductors), microelectronic packaging and characterization of clays and minerals in oil sands. He has expertise in several microstructural characterization methods, including electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and surface science techniques.  

Douglas Ivey is currently director of the Alberta Centre for Surface Engineering and Science (ACSES).

Dr. J. Barry Wiskel |

Barry has more than 14 years research experience in a number of areas including heat transfer during atomization, thermal modelling of heat treating of steels and laminar cooling systems, microstructure characterization using quantitative XRD, nano precipitate analysis using SANS, finite element modelling and constitutive equation development for pipe forming operations and the use of infrared imaging for surface oxide characterization. He also teachings courses for the ASM on Steel Metallurgy, Metallurgy for the Non-Metallurgist and Heat Treating Steel and a course on Steel Welding Metallurgy.

Dr. Jingli Luo |
Dr. Leijun Li |
Dr. Ahmed Qureshi |
Dr. Anastasia Elias |
Dr. Walied Moussa |


Research Associates


Dr. Abdoul-Aziz Bogno|

After leaving his home country Cameroon with a high school leaving certificate, Aziz successively received a B.Sc. in Mechanical engineering from IUT in Bangladesh, a M.Sc. in Materials Science and engineering from KTH in Sweden then a Ph.D. in the same field at IM2NP-Aix-Marseille in France. Throughout his journey in Materials science, he has gained a lot of experience in Metals foaming, Foundry Processing, and X-ray radiography as a tool for characterization of solidification microstructures to name a few. Aziz joined this group as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in 2012 and has been working on a French-Canadian project in collaboration with Novelis, aiming at optimizing the effects of minor Scandium addition on Al-Cu rapid solidification microstructures and properties. He loves sports, music, cinema, poetry, photography, traveling and discovering new cultures and languages.

Dr. Jonas Valloton|

Jonas joined the Advanced Materials and Processing Laboratory in April 2013 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow. He was located at the German Space Agency in Cologne, Germany until October 2014, when he moved to Edmonton. His research focuses on solidification of undercooled melts of D2 tool steels and Al-Cu-Sc alloys using ElectroMagnetic Levitation facilities. In particular, the relationship between dendrite growth velocity and undercooling as well as the resulting microstructures are investigated.

Before joining the U of A, Jonas obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Materials Science and Engineering at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. In 2012 he completed his Ph.D. at EPFL in the Computational Materials Laboratory. His thesis work focused on experimental investigations and modeling of low speed solidification of hypoperitecitic Cu-Sn alloys. Outside of the lab, he enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, skiing, and cooking.



PhD Students


Mehdi Arjomandpur|
Mehdi received his BSc degree in Metallurgical Engineering in 2010 from Imam Khomeini International University and MSc degree in Materials Engineering in 2012 from the University of Tehran. Before joining the University of Alberta in 2017, he worked as a sessional instructor and R&D engineer in steel industry. Here in AMPL group, his research centers around the study of precipitation in microalloyed steels.
Dylan Rose|

Dylan Rose completed his degree in April 2016 in Materials Engineering CO-OP at the University of Alberta. Throughout his undergraduate degree, Dylan had the opportunity to hold various positions at a variety of companies located in the Edmonton area, as well as completing a research term abroad. Dylan is currently working toward his MSc.

Lu Sun obtained her M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Material Science and Engineering at Beihang University in China. She has worked as a material engineer in Beijing for 7 years. In 2017, she moved to Canada with her family and started her Ph.D. study in University of Alberta. Her research focuses on hydrogen behavior in pipeline steel and finite element modelling. She enjoys outdoor activities, movies, and astronomical observations.


Masters Students


Lily Ren|

Lily Ren is a recent graduate of B.Sc. Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta. She has research experience in the fields of bioremediation, additive manufacturing, powder coating, and surface engineering. Currently, Lily is pursuing her M.Sc. Materials Engineering under the supervision and guidance of Dr. Hani Henein. Her research interest focuses on the high-temperature fluid properties of slag materials. As a Teaching Fellow at the Peter Lougheed Leadership College, she teaches interdigitated leadership courses to third and fourth-year undergraduate scholars. Lily is passionate about gender equity in STEM fields and interdisciplinary pedagogy.

Patrick Flood|

Patrick received his BSc. in Materials Engineering from the University of Alberta, in the cooperative education program. He completed three different work terms during his undergraduate degree at Inland Concrete, Acuren and Imperial Oil, where he learned about quality control, pipeline integrity, failure analysis and reliability. He was also able to conduct undergraduate research in the areas of plasma transferred arc welding, metal matrix composites and impulse atomization. Now a member of the AMPL, Patrick will be conducting research on the physical properties of molten steel through the discharge crucible and electromagnetic levitation methods.

Steffen Gawor|

Steffen Gawor obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Process Engineering at the University of Bremen in Germany. He has now started his Master's studies in Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta. He enjoys photography, traveling, discovering new cultures, music and cooking.

Akankshya Sahoo|

Akki is a BTech graduate in Ceramic Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India and is currently working on her MSc in Materials Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Hani Henein at University of Alberta. Her current research deals with rapid solidification of Al-Si-Sc alloys. The research will focus in detailed characterization work to examine the effect of rapid solidification and the addition of alloying elements in the microstructure and properties of Al alloys. When she is not working, she loves to read books - particularly fiction, binge-watch series and movies, and travel with friends.

Sandy Ibrahim|

Sandy Ibrahim obtained her BSc in Mechanical Engineering, with a concentration in Materials Science from the American University in Cairo (AUC) in June 2016. She then worked for a year after her graduation as a research assistant in the field of Materials Science and has co-authored one conference publication and one journal publication. She then moved to Edmonton in September 2017 to pursue her MSc in Materials Engineering under the supervision of Prof. Henein. Her thesis topic will be focused on Additive Manufacturing using Plasma Transfer Arc welding. Sandy enjoys all outdoor activities, traveling, and astronomy.

Rishav Raj|

Rishav received his bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. During his undergraduate studies he gained significant exposure to various synthesis and characterisation techniques. His bachelor’s thesis was on synthesis and characterisation of Fe based magnetocaloric alloys. Rishav joined Dr. Henein's research group as a Master of Science student, studying the segregation behaviour of alloying additions during continuous casting. Apart from academics, Rishav enjoys playing badminton, watching movies and listening to music.

Nancy Bhardwaj|

Nancy is a recent graduate of the University of Alberta, where she completed her BSc. in Materials Engineering. During her undergraduate degree, she conducted research in the areas of additive manufacturing, polymer-metal-ceramic composites and surface engineering at both the University of Alberta and InnoTech Alberta. Currently, she is continuing her research in additive manufacturing under the supervision of Dr. Hani Henein while pursuing her M.Sc. Materials Engineering. Nancy enjoys reading, yoga and travelling.

Daniela Diaz|

Daniela obtained her BSc in Materials Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2018. Her MSc project focuses on the effect rapid solidification has on hypereutectic Al-Si and hypoeutectic Al-Ni alloys. When not in the lab, she enjoys doing yoga, reading all sorts of books, and admiring her magnificent cat.

Bilal Bharadia|