CMSC 2023


The 34th Canadian Materials Science Conference was held at the University of Manitoba on June 27-30, 2023.

  • With over 120 students and professional attendees​​
  • 117 oral presentations​ and 10 poster presentations
  • Short course on In-situ Nanoindentation: Fundamentals and Hands-on Demonstrations
  • Short course on Synchrotron Applications in Materials Research
  • Microscopy Competition – Art & Indigenous Culture

Organizing Committee​

CMSC organizing committee member

Chair: Dr. Olanrewaju Ojo,

Professor and Head of Department​​

CMSC organizing committee member

Co-Chair: Dr. Guozhen Zhu,

Canada Research Chair, Assistant Professor

Student leaders:


Additive and advanced manufacturing​

Chair: Dr. Solomon Boakye-Yiadom, York University
Co-chair: Dr. Gbenga Asala, Red River College Polytechnic Technology Access Center for Aerospace and Manufacturing​

Additive manufacturing (AM) process fundamentals, material properties, design rules, qualification methods, cost and value analysis, and industrial and consumer applications of AM. AM technologies for polymers, metals, ceramics and composites, and related design principles and part performance. The AM techniques include selective laser melting, direct metal deposition, wire arc deposition, cold spray, powder binder jetting, electroplating, fused deposition modeling (FDM) and stereolithography (SLA).

Physical metallurgy and characterization​

Chair: Dr. Guozhen Zhu, University of Manitoba​

Defect Engineering, Phase transformations and microstructure evolution, Development of complex alloy systems (High Entropy Alloys, Metallic glasses), Advanced characterization methods (in-situ and ex-situ), Nanoscale mechanical behavior, Fundamentals of low dimensional materials, Functional nanomaterials, Self-organizing nano-structured materials.​

Advanced synchrotron techniques for materials research, Synchrotron X-ray diffraction and micro-CT. Analytical electron microscopy, Elemental/ Chemical analysis of materials using EDS/EELS/WDS/CL/XPS, Auger electron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Crystal structure determination using XRD and electron diffraction, in situ electron microscopy, Correlative microscopy, Crystal orientational mapping using EBSD, 4D-STEM analysis techniques.

Biomaterials and soft materials​

Chair: Dr. Malcolm Xing, University of Manitoba​

Advanced biomaterials for biomedical implants; advances in biomaterials for 3D printing of scaffolds and tissues, Bio-nano interfaces and engineering, mechanics and physiological adaptation of biomaterials and biological tissues, cellular interrogation and manipulation, engineered living materials, peptide and protein-based materials, unconventional polymer networks, soft matter materials and mechanics of haptic interfaces, etc.

Materials theory, computation and data​

Chair: Dr. Chuang Deng, University of Manitoba​

Computational materials science, simulations involving molecular dynamics, density functional theory, phase field and other materials modeling approaches, multiscale modeling; materials theory; applications of materials simulations; machine learning and artificial intelligence for materials design and exploration; designing materials descriptors; materials informatics, data-driven multiscale studies of materials.

Green and Sustainability

Chairs: Dr. Jing Liu, University of Alberta,
Dr. Farzaneh Sadri, University of Alberta,
Dr. Christian Kuss, University of Manitoba​

Catalytic water-splitting, CO2 capture and Ammonia Synthesis using electrochemical and photoelectrochemical methods; Materials Circular Economy for Urban Sustainability (Recycling), Materials for renewable energy generation and storage.​

Radiation damage of in-core materials; CANDU, SMR, and fusion reactor materials; stability of spent fuel repository long-term storage materials; micromechanical testing of irradiated materials; computational modelling of radiation damage; data science and nuclear materials.​

Green energy materials; Battery Materials; Fuel Cells; Supercapacitors; Catalysis for energy storage and environmental applications; Organic materials for energy storage and PV applications; Cycling induced surface/structural/chemical defects in batteries; Photovoltaic and Optoelectronic materials; Excitonic materials and Quantum dots for energy conversion; Thermoelectric, Piezoelectric and Triboelectric materials.

Functional materials and structures ​

Chair: Dr. Nan Wu, University of Manitoba​

Piezoelectric materials; Optomechanical materials; shape-memory materials, electro active polymers, CNT-fibers, piezoelectric actuators, honeycomb structures, nanotubes and helical membranes, piezoelectric nano composites, bio-inspired and self-organizing or potential-based designs, smart materials, magnetostrictive materials, electrostrictive materials, flexoelectric materials, triboelectric, cell designs, cell performance, etc.​

CMSC 2023 Award Winners

D.K.C. MacDonald Memorial Lecturer​

CMSC 2023 award winner

Gianluigi Botton
McMaster University

From Electrons to Photons and From Plasmons to Phonons. What can we Learn from State-of-the-Art Characterization Techniques?

Metal Chemistry Award​

CMSC 2023 award winner

Edward (Ted) Roberts
University of Calgary

Metal Chemistry in Electrocoagulation and Redox Flow Battery Technologies

Metal Physics Award

CMSC 2023 award winner

Chad Sinclair
The University of British Columbia

A Scientific Approach to Sustainable Development: What Can Metal Physics Offer?

CMSC 2023 Student Oral Presentation Winners

Physical Metallurgy and Characterization

  • Zhina Razghi, University of Manitoba

    Controlling TiO2 Nanowire Growth Direction, Morphology, and Shape by ​Manipulating the Surface Characteristics of the Seed

  • Hamed Shirazi, University of Alberta

    Crack Growth Behavior of Circumferential Near-Neutral pH Corrosion Fatigue in a ​Bent Pipeline

Additive and Advanced Manufacturing

  • Toan Truong, University of Saskatchewan

    Texture and Damage Evolution in Additively Manufactured 18%Ni-M350 ​Maraging Steel under Dynamic Impact Loading: Effects of Heat Treatment and ​Process Parameters

Materials Theory, Computation and Data

  • Ziqi Cui, McGill University

    Vacancy Patterns in Nitride Precipitates and Implication to Hydrogen Embrittlement of High Strength Steels

  • Abu Anand, University of Toronto

    Origin of Gamma Surface Asymmetries in Body-centered Cubic Refractory High ​Entropy Alloys

Biomaterials and Soft-materials

  • Xiaozhuo (Chelsea) Wu, University of Manitoba

    Injectable and Ultra-compressible Shape-memory Mushroom: Highly Aligned ​Microtubules for Ultra-fast Blood Absorption and Hemostasis

Green and Sustainability

  • Graeme Francolini, University of Ontario institute of Technology

    Developing an Elevated Temperature Pourbaix Diagram of Zirconium and ​Zircaloy-4

  • Mariam Odetallah, University of Manitoba

    Investigating the Effect of Electrode Microstructure on Battery Performance Using ​IL-TEM

Functional Materials and Structures

  • Anita Amir, Labonno, University of Alberta

    N-halamine-based Antimicrobial Fabric Finish for Frontline Workers – Application ​Techniques and Performance Evaluation

CMSC 2023 Student Poster Presentation Winner

  • Kelsey Duncan, Simon Fraser University​

    Tracking of Cathode Degradation in LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 Lithium-Ion Batteries ​through Intermittent Post-Mortem Material Characterizations

CMSC 2023 Microscopy Competition Awards​

  • Rasool Mokhtari Homami, University of Manitoba​
    Artistic-Scientific category winner​

  • Zhina Razghi, University of Manitoba
    Indigenous Culture category winner​