Meet the Team

Meet the faculty, staff, and researchers of the Queen’s University Nuclear Materials Group.

Faculty

Dr. Mark Daymond
Professor

Research Interest: Micromechanisms of deformation in metals, ceramics and composites; slip, twinning, phase transformation, cracking. Both experimental and modelling.
Development and application of advanced neutron and x-ray scattering techniques in materials research, optimisation of diffraction optics, data analysis and statistical treatments. Both experimental and modelling.
Nuclear materials
Phone: (613)533-2193
Email: mark.daymond@queensu.ca
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Dr. Zhongwen Yao, LEL
Associate Professor

Research Interest: Ni-based superalloys, Oxide Dispersion-strengthened (ODS) Steels, Zr alloys, and other nuclear materials etc.
Nanostructure characterization in metals
Thin film coating technology
Transmission electron microscopy imaging technology
Phone: (613)-533-3435
Email: yaoz@queensu.ca
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Prof. Rick Holt
Emeritus professor

Research Interest: Performance of reactor components.
Phone: (613)533-6831
Email: richard.holt@queensu.ca

Dr. Malcolm Griffiths
Adjunct Professor

Research Interest: Radiation damage in nuclear reactor core materials and the development of improved materials to suit particular nuclear reactor applications.
Development of techniques and methods to quantitatively characterise material microstructures before and after irradiation using transmission electron microscopes and X-ray diffraction facilities.
Irradiation tests using electron, gamma, ion and neutron irradiation.
Modelling irradiation deformation and mechanical property changes.
Email: malcolm.griffiths@queensu.ca

Dr. Levente Balogh
Assistant Professor

Research Interest: Irradiation of Materials, Nuclear Materials, Structural Materials, Materials Characterization, X-ray and Neutron Diffraction, Microstructure and Mechanical Property Relations, Accelerator-based Neutron Generation and Spectroscopy.
Phone: (613)533-6000, ext. 7-4570
Email: levente.balogh@queensu.ca
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Dr. Suraj Persaud
Assistant Professor

Research Interest: Corrosion and Environmental Degradation of Materials, Materials Characterization, Nuclear Materials
Phone: (613)-533-6000 ext. 74015
Email: suraj.persaud@queensu.ca
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Dr. Laurent Béland
Assistant Professor

Research Interest: Computational materials physics. The types of methods I use include:

• Atomistic simulation on short timescales (molecular dynamics)
• Atomistic simulations on long timescales (accelerated dynamics)
• Mesoscale simulations
• Classical force-field development, based on empirical data and quantum mechanics

These simulations apply to materials such as:
• Metals and alloys
• Cements
• Oxides

Phone: (613)-817-5441
Email: laurent.beland@queensu.ca
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Staff

Tom Feuerstake
RMTL Manager


Email: tom.feuerstake@queensu.ca

Curtis McDonald
Accelerator Operator, Lab Technician

Duties: Operating and maintaining RMTL facilities and equipment. Safety supervision and training.
Phone: (613)548-8357
Email: curtis.mcdonald@queensu.ca
Links: Published Works

Candace Chabot
Administrative Research Assistant

Duties: Administrative duties, purchasing, invoicing, account reconciliation, web design and maintenance, event organization and booking.
Email: candace.chabot@queensu.ca
Links: LinkedIn

Research Associates

Kevin Daub
Research Associate


Email: kevin.daub@queensu.ca

Dr. Fei Long
Research Associate

Research Interest: Zirconium alloys; Irradiation damage; In-situ TEM characterization, deformation mechanism.
Email: f.long@queensu.ca
Links: Google Scholar

Postdocs

Dr. Jean-Francois Caron
Postdoctoral Fellow

Email: jfc3@queensu.ca

Dr. Pooyan Changizian
Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Radiation damage, Ni-based superalloys, Transmission/Scanning electron microscopy, Nano/Micro-mechanical tests, Deformation mechanism, Failure analysis.
Phone: (613)770-7402
Email: 13pc10@queensu.ca
Links: Google Scholar
LinkedIn

Dr.Qingshan Dong
Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Irradiation damage characterization, Deformation of metals, Interface analysis of particles.
Phone: (343)-333-6372
Email: qingshan.dong@queensu.ca
Links: Google Scholar

Dr. Hong Qin
Postdoctoral fellow

Research Interest: Additive manufacturing-microstructure characterization of selective laser melted (SLM) aluminum alloys and Inconel alloys.
Email: hq6@queensu.ca
Links: Initiation and Accomodation Article
Variant Selection Article
Effect of Dynamic Strain Aging Article
Microstructure and Texture Evolution Article

Dr. Peyman Saidi
Postdoctoral fellow

Research Interest: Studying equilibrium and non-equilibrium phase transformations utilizing atomistic simulation techniques such as molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo and DFT.
Email: peyman.saidi@queensu.ca
Links: Google Scholar
LinkedIn

Dr. Matthew Topping
Postdoctoral fellow

Research Interest: Nuclear Materials, proton-irradiations, Zirconium, Nickel, electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), in-situ mechanical testing in SEM.
Email: matthew.topping@queensu.ca
Links: Research Gate
LinkedIn

PhD Students

Adil Shaik
PhD Student

Research Interest:Mechanistic understanding of zirconium corrosion and hydrogen pick-up, Micromechanics of oxide scales
Phone:1-(343)333-8475
Email:19sa36@queensu.ca
Links:Google Scholar

Segun Aiyeru
PhD Student

Email: s.aiyeru@queensu.ca

Nima Nikpoor Badr
PhD Student

Research Interest: Hydride reorientation in Zr alloys.
Email: 14nnb1@queensu.ca

Igor Cherubin
PhD Student

Research Interest:Nuclear Materials, Zr-2.5%Nb and hydride characterization, hydride formation in Zr alloys, hardening mechanisms, and delayed hydride cracking (DHC).
Phone:(613)770-6199
Email: igor.cherubin@queensu.ca
Links: LinkedIn
Google Scholar

Keyvan Ferasat
PhD Student

Email: 17kf7@queensu.ca

Yasaman Ghaffari
PhD Student

Email: 18yg19@queensu.ca

Hooman Gholamzadeh
PhD Student

Research Interest:Corrosion, Stress Corrosion Cracking, Macro and Micro Mechanical testing, Materials Characterization and Microscopy Techniques.
Email:hooman.gholamzadeh@queensu.ca

Sean Hanlon
Part-time PhD Student

Research Interest: Environmentally assisted cracking of Zr alloys
Email: 15smkh@queensu.ca

Aditya Kamath
PhD Student

Research Interest:Molecular dynamics, cascade simulations on short time scales.
Email: 18aak19@queensu.ca

Yu Luo
PhD Student

Email: yu.luo@queensu.ca

Yuhan Mao
PhD Student

Research Interest: Nuclear Materials, Rate Theory Models.
Email: 14ym16@queensu.ca

Brodie Moore
PhD Student

Research Interest: In-situ Irradiation Creep in zirconium and zirconium alloys.
Phone: (403)861-0308
Email: 13bjm@queensu.ca

Vindel Ramsundar
PhD Student

Email: 19vsr@queensu.ca

Lucas Ravkov
PhD Student

Email: 12lar5@queensu.ca

Ronit Roy
PhD Student

Email: 19rr9@queensu.ca

Jordan Soloman
PhD Student


Email: j.solomon@queensu.ca

Iveta Steblevska
PhD Student

Research Interest:Accelerator technology; Control systems in the proton accelerator; Accelerator beam parameter measurements
Email: 18is13@queensu.caLinks: LinkedInGoogle Scholar

Adriano Yaedu
PhD Student

Research Interest:High-temperature oxidation, Corrosion, Failure Analysis, Damage Mechanisms
Email: 19aey@queensu.ca

Links: LinkedIn

Shengze Yin
PhD Student

Research Interest: Powder metallurgies in additive manufacturing; to study the composition, morphology, size distribution, and other powder characteristic properties and their effects on the parts made by selective laser melting process.
Email: s.yin@queensu.ca

Yubin Zhao
PhD Student

Research Interest: Irradiation creep.
Phone: (613)770-3891
Email: 17yz74@queensu.ca

MASc Students

Chris Anderson
MASc Student

Email: chris.anderson@queensu.ca

Robert Carson
MASc Student

Email: r.carson@queensu.ca

Amir Ghorbani
MASc Student

Email: amir.ghorbani@queensu.ca

Rong Guo
MASc Student

Research Interest:Proton irradiation sample holder, Temperature control, Helium cooling system, Secondary electron suppression.
Phone: (647)-629-2067
Email: Rong.Guo@queensu.ca

Xuan Liu
MASc Student

Research Interest: Ni-based ODS alloy
Phone: (647)-629-2067
Email: xuan.liu@queensu.ca

Thalles Lucas
MASc Student

Email: thalles.lucas@queensu.ca

Cam MacMaster
MASc Student

Research Interest:Nuclear Materials, ODS Steels, TEM Microscopy
Phone: (403)861-0308
Email: c.macmaster@queensu.ca

Mahya Moghaddam
MASc Student

Email: 19mmm10@queensu.ca

Des Williams
MASc Student

Email: 13dw29@queensu.ca

Past Members

Chris Cochrane
CNSC, PhD

Cong Dai
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, PhD

Mitch Mattucci
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Oksana Shiman
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, PhD

Travis Skippon
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, PhD

Qiang Wang
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, PhD

Zhouyao Wang
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, PhD

Shuai Xu
MASc Student