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. Ning Gao
Visiting Professor

Email: ng51@queensu.ca

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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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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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

Postdocs

 

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. Fei Long
Postdoctoral fellow

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

Dr. Kazi Ahmmed
Postdoctoral fellow

Research Interest: Characterization of Materials Deformation Behavior, Thermal Creep Analysis of Zirconium based Materials, Microstructural evaluation analysis by Line Profile Analysis (X-ray, Neutron Diffraction Data).
Currently working at Reactor Materials Testing Laboratories (RMTL) and involved in multi projects for the development of Proton Ion Radiation Sample Holder.
Phone: (613)929-2775
Email: kazi.ahmmed@queensu.ca
Links: Research Gate
LinkedIn

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. Matthew Topping
Postdoctoral fellow

Research Interest: Nuclear Materials, proton-irradiations to understand the mechanisms of dislocation loop evolution, ion irradiations in a number of systems including Zirconium and Nickel, electron microscopy (SEM and TEM).
Email: matthew.topping@queensu.ca
Links: Research Gate
LinkedIn

PhD Students

 

Travis Skippon
PhD Student

Research Interest: Nuclear materials, micromechanisms of deformation in metals, x-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction, EBSD, self-consistent modelling.
Email: travis.skippon@queensu.ca
Links: GitHub

Chris Cochrane
PhD Student

Research Interest: Phase transformations in zirconium alloys, metastable phases, transformation-induced plasticity, applications of diffraction to materials science, statistics of measurement.
Email: 6cjc@queensu.ca
Links: Tutorials for MATLAB and MTEX to analyse EBSD data, with Travis Skippon.
LinkedIn

Pooyan Changizian
Postdoc 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

Qiang Wang
PhD Student

Research Interest: Nuclear Materials, Irradiation damages, Mechanisms of nano/micro-deformation in metals, Finite element modeling.
Email: qiang.wang@queensu.ca

Yuhan Mao
PhD Student

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

Zhouyao Wang
PhD Student

Research Interest: Mechanical testing of nuclear materials, fracture mechanism of Zr, Digital Image Correlation(DIC) Analysis, Finite Element Modeling(FEM).
Email: zhouyao.wang@queensu.ca

Cong Dai
PhD Student

Research Interest: Atomistic simulations of irradiation-induced defects, Computational Thermodynamics
Phone: (613)539-3696
Email:dai.cong@queensu.ca,
congdai1220@gmail.com
Links: Google Scholar

Nima Nikpoor Badr
PhD Student

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

Oksana Shiman
PhD Student

Research Interest: Hydride formation in Zr-2.5Nb alloy. Degradation of the mechanical properties of zirconium-based alloys by hydrogen embrittlement.
Email: 14os4@queensu.ca
Links: LinkedIn
Synchroton X-ray Diffraction Study Article
Measurement of Hydride Precipitation Article

Qinshan Dong
PhD Student

Research Interest: Irradiation damage, irradiation hardening and plastic deformation in Zr-Nb-Cu and Mg alloys.
Email: qingshan.dong@queensu.ca
Links: Google Scholar

Segun Aiyeru
PhD Student

Research Interest: Nuclear Materials, Modelling, Mechanical Design, Well Design.
Phone: (613)539-6919
Email: s.aiyeru@queensu.ca

Igor Cherubin
PhD Student

Research Interest: Zr-2.5%Nb and hydride characterization (Nanoindentation and SEM), hydride formation in Zr alloys and DHC.
Phone:(613)770-6199
Email: igor.cherubin@queensu.ca
Links: LinkedIn

Sean Hanlon
Part-time PhD Student, employed at CNL

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

Yubin Zhao
PhD Student

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

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

Shuai Xu
PhD Student

Research Interest: My research topic is ODS steel. I fabricated the ODS steels in University of Science and Technology, Beijing. I am interested in the study of the microstructure and strengthening mechanism of Al-added ODS steels.
Phone: (613)770-2290
Email: 17sx18@queensu.ca

Keyvan Ferasat
PhD Student

Research Interest: Nuclear Materials, Atomistic Simulations.
Email: 17kf7@queensu.ca

 

MASc Students

 

Mitch Mattucci
MASc Graduate

Research Interest: Material Characterization, Micromechanisms of deformation in irradiated metals, Nanoindentation.
Phone: (905)442-8975
Email: mitch.mattucci@gmail.com
Links: LinkedIn

Jordan Soloman
Master’s Student


Email: j.solomon@queensu.ca

Brodie Moore
Master’s Student

Research Interest: Nuclear Materials and Irradiation Creep.
Phone: (403)861-0308
Email: 13bjm@queensu.ca