Research Interests

My research interests lie in the fields of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering - in fundamental science and engineering applications, in the field of value-added metallurgy, and in the area of Chemistry and Processing of Materials.

My primary interest is the electrochemical engineering of molten salt electrolysis. Specific areas of fundamental research are the thermodynamic, electrochemical and spectroscopic properties of reactive metal halide systems as apply to the production of the metals or coating of the metals. In addition I explore the recycling of reactive metals, and utilization of minerals in metal matrix composites. Metals of serious interest to me include the light, refractory and rare earth groups.

Other topics include electrochemical aspects of copper and nickel production from aqueous solutions. As well as the application of potentiodynamic techniques, cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in the investigation of passivation and corrosion of materials.

Another major interest of mine is the development and processing of powder metallurgy (P/M) light metals alloys as a means to sustainability of parts manufacturing. I model the processes used in the production of P/M automotive components as well as study the mechanical properties. I examine surface engineering and its role in the corrosion protection of reactive metals P/M alloys

My secondary interests in engineering applications include the development of electrochemical sensors for use in the process control and optimization of high temperature chemical processes.

In the area of materials science and engineering my interest is in the study of the chemical stability of the interface between the second phase modification agent and the metal matrix in composites and powder metallurgy alloys. I work on the application of potentiodynamic techniques, cyclic voltammetry and impedance spectroscopy in the investigation of the corrosion of boride coatings on the surface of powder metallurgy alloys.

My work also explores the application of the scientific principles in the study and the development of phase-change materials. As a corollary of these studies the electrodeposition of metal matrix composites is also being investigated.

The primary value-added metallurgy component of the research explores the potential application of certain naturally-occurring industrial mineral fibres/whiskers/particulates as reinforcement in metal-matrix composites. The use of certain minerals benification wastes as additives to metallurgical processes or as reinforcement in metal-matrix composites are also investigated. A secondary component of the research interests refer to the use of minerals in the development of inexpensive phase-change materials (PCM) for thermal storage.


Refereed Scientific Journals 100+
Refereed Conference Proceedings 61
Books (Chapters, Editor) 9
Invited Plenary Presentations 24
Confidential Research Publications* 14
General Motors Publications 5
Special Professional Contributions 10

*GENERAL MOTORS PUBLICATIONS: Author or co-author in fourteen (14) research reports or memoranda prepared for General Motors Corporation the quality of which is equivalent to publications in a refereed journal. These reports are on the subject of the development of processes to produce rare earth metals or alloys which are strategic to the manufacturing of (Rare Earth)-Fe-B permanent magnets and on the development of electrolytic processes for the production of magnesium metal. Due to proprietary confidential information contained in these reports the titles of the reports cannot be announced outside the General Motors Corporation (Letters supporting this statement are available).


G.J. Kipouros, “Sub-coating coated metal corrosion measurement”, U.S. Patent 8,926,823, January 6, 2015. A patent on the corrosion of pipelines under insulation (CUI).


1. Academic Grants

Agency Year Amount
NSERC Operating/Discovery 2017-2022
University of Saskatchewan Equipment
Start up grant
Research grant
NSERC, Strategic grant
Hot Forging of Emerging Aluminum Powder Metallurgy Alloys
(with D.P. Bishop, W.F. Caley and GKN Metals)
NSERC, MFA grant
Materials Characterization Facility
(with M.A.White & others)
NSERC Equipment
(with J.M. Lee)

2. Industry Grants

Agency Year Amount
Carbide/Graphite Group (with W.F. Caley) 2005-2006 $10,000 USD
Carbide/Graphite Group (with W.F. Caley) 1999-2000 $10,141
GKN Sinter Metals (with W.F. Caley) 1999-2001 $30,000
Steel Dynamics 2009-2011 $15,000
Travel Grant:Going Global Europe 1992 1993
Greek Ministry of Research 1996-1998 $10,000/y
NATO Science for peace 1999-2001 $10,000/y
Atlantic Innovation Fund
Passivation layers
Alloy Development
(with D.P. Bishop and W.F. Caley)


$ 60,000
Materials Network, Alloy Development
(with D.P. Bishop and W.F. Caley)
2006-2007 $13,000
User Access Facility to Materials Technology Laboratory of CANMET (with David Wilkinson, McMaster & others)
Pilot project
Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada (PRAC)
Advanced Ceramic-Metal Composites for Demanding Corrosion-Wear Environments (with K. Plucknett, Z, Farhat)
2009 $151,900


Undergraduate Student Research Assistants 21
Master Students 37
PhD Students 14
Visiting Professors 4


i. Current

Name Degree Title Year
Yuan Ding M.A.Sc Electroplating/electrolees plating 2017, Dalhousie
Afolaabi Ayeni Ph.D. Mineral processing 2019
William Judge Ph.D. Rare earth extraction 2019, To UofT
Abulmaali Taher Visiting Prof. Corrosion of pipelines 2017

ii. Recent Graduates

Name Degree Title Year
Zhengwei Xiao Visiting professor Electroplating coatings for pipelines 2016
Dan Cluff (Dalhousie University) Ph.D. NiTi Shape Memory Alloy 2016
Simon Lavergne Visiting Energy recovering from wastes 2016
Pierre-Marie Bonduaeux Visiting Hydrotechtonics France
William Judge M.A.Sc. Electrochemistry of aluminum PM alloy 2015
Arthur Guillemot Visiting Biomedical Engineering France
Charles Galliot Visiting Lap splices study France
Ilias Lekkas USRA EIS of Cu/Ni alloys Dalhousie
Nicolas Gardies Visiting Surface Engineering and EIS France
Maxence Dubos Visiting SEM analysis of EIS France
Natacha Rostomov Visiting EIS of aluminum PM alloys France
Cyril Moulene Visiting BET surface analysis in solids France
Andrew Spencer USRA Continuous casting mold powders Dalhousie
Taylor MacLellan USRA Magnesium PM sintering Dalhousie
Abdulwahab Ibrahim Ph.D. Powder Metallurgy alloys  
Chukwuma Candidus Onuoha Ph.D. Corrosion, Wear and Mechanical Properties of Titanium Cermets Newfoundland
Joulien Gervais Visiting Surface Engineering France
Clement Romero Visiting Surface Engineering of PM alloys Connectible, France
Remy Tisseyre Visiting EIS of aluminum PM alloys Bosch France
Aurelien Kitiaschvili Visiting EIS of magnesium PM alloys Bosch France
Sebastien Demouron Visiting Surface Engineering ATR aerospace
Cui Lin Professor Electrochemistry – Corrosion (Sabbatical Leave from Nanchang Hangkong University, China) 2011
D. Clark Murray M.A.Sc. Nickel Based Superalloys Dahousie
Stephen Buchholz M.A.Sc. Melt Infiltration of Titanium Carbonitride Cermets 2011
Melanie Holmes M.A.Sc. Corrosion of Titanium Carbonitride Cermets Mining Equipment    
Paul Burke Ph.D. Development of PM magnesium alloys Post Doctoral; MIT
Julien Roy Visiting Corrosion of powder metallurgy alloys Airbus Toulouse
Claire Rigaud Visiting Surface engineering - metrology France
Florian Saint-Febes Visiting Thermal effects on sintering Latec, Toulouse
Gavin Steedman Res. Assoc. Pycnometry of PM alloys MASC Dal
Winston Mosher M.A.Sc. Powder Metallurgy alloys Engineer, Ontario
Chris Boland M.A.Sc. Powder Metallurgy alloys Ontario
Sonia Yakoubi Visiting Thermal effects by DSC Nexans, Draveil France  
Mathieu Leto Visiting Intermetallics by DSC THALES ALENIA SPACE
David Walker M.A.Sc. Slag modification for steelmaking PhD, McGill
Chloe Petit Visiting Fundamentals of powder forging Ratier-Figeac, France
Vincent Vuaroqueaux Visiting Role of inert gas in Mg powder metallurgy OTV France Ouest
Michael Mosher M.A.Sc. Cr additions to aluminum PM alloys Corrosion Research Alberta
Guillaume Lamy Visiting Fundamentals of powder forging Hydro Building Systems, France
Abu Taher Ph.D. Development of Cu-Ni alloys Corrosion Research Alberta
Jason Milligan Res.Assoc Development of heat treatment of aluminum PM alloys PhD, McGill
Paul Burke M.A.Sc. Development of PM magnesium alloys Post Doctor MIT
Khalid Shartal M.A.Sc. Anodization of light metals Libya
Miguel Lamsaki M.Eng. Corrosion under insulation Oil, Nova scotia
Vianney Laverdiere Visiting Magnesium powder sintering 2007
Damien Fancelli Visiting Magnesium powder sintering Airbus Toulouse
Xichang Shi Visiting Scientist Electrochemical techniques-anodization Central South University, PRC

iii. Previous Graduates

Name Degree Title Year
George Jarjoura Post Doctoral EIS- Electrochemical measurements Faculty Dal
Brent Paton M.A.Sc Development of Bearing P/M alloys 2004
George Jarjoura Ph. D Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy Faculty Dal
Nazila Dadvand Ph.D. Corrosion of Electroless Ni-P and Ni-B Coatings Canada Mint
Paul Bishop Ph.D. Diffusion based Micro Alloying of Aluminum Alloy 2O14 with Trace Additions of Tin Faculty Dal
Vivek Rosario M.A.Sc Production of Functionally Graded Material by Combustion Synthesis Techniques Enkei USA
George Jarjoura M.A.Sc Effect of Nickel on Copper Anode Passivation Ph.D.
Paul Bishop M.A.Sc Reaction Sintering of Alloy 2O14/Mineral Mixtures GKN Metals

iv. Undergraduate NSERC Awards (selected)

Name Degree Title Year
Yuan Ding USRA EIS instrumentation Undergraduate student U of S
Ilias Lekkas USRA EIS of Cu/Ni alloys Undergraduate student Dalhousie
Andrew Spencer USRA Continuous casting mold powders Steel Dynamics
Taylor MacLellan USRA Magnesium PM sintering Engineer
Greg Sweet   Slag modification for steelmaking M.A.Sc.
Adam Doyle   Powder metallurgy of magnesium Carbide Industries, USA
Eric Moreau   Carbide production research Ph.D., MUN
Xavier Michaud   Rheology of aluminum alloys M.A.Sc, McMaster
Jason Milligan   Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy PhD, McGill
Kendall Dunnett   Development of P/M alloys M.A.Sc, McMaster
Anne Marie Lampow   Development of P/M alloys 2002
David Wiesgerber   Development of Steelmaking admixtures Alberta
Ian Nener, B.Eng. The processing of P/M alloys XTRATA
Christian Prest, B.Eng. Development of Steelmaking admixtures Nova Forge, NS
Melanie MacDonald, B.Eng. Electrorefining of Copper Ontario
George Jarjoura, B.Eng. The processing of Alloy 2O14/Spodumene Composites DAL Faculty
Nina Sampson , B.Eng. Prediction of Thermodynamic Properties Using Binary Systems Information Linamar Ontario
Moira MacLeod, B.Eng. An Equilibrium Transient Study of Neodymium Trichloride USA
Joann Lawless, B.Eng. The Reinforcement of Zinc Aluminum Alloys with Wollastonite MBA