Prof Norman Zhou


Centre for Advanced Materials Joining

Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo
N2L 3G1
PH: +1 (519) 888-4567
Fax: +1 (519) 888-6197
Email: [email protected]


Dr. Y. Norman Zhou, currently a holder of Canada Research Chair, is also Professor and Director of the Centre for Advanced Materials Joining, University of Waterloo. He has more than 25 years industrial, teaching and research experience in advanced materials joining, including microjoining and nanojoining. In the area of nanojoining and, more generally, nanofabrication, his research covers brazing of CNTs, low temperature bonding using Ag nanoparticles, and femtosecond laser welding of Au nanoparticles, and hydrothermal fabrication of nanomaterials such as BN, TiO2, ZnO nanotubes and nanowires for applications of sensing, energy storage, water treatment, etc. Some of the progress in this area has been published in Carbon, Diamond Relat. Mater., etc

Dr. Zhou received his B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China and Ph.D. from the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. He worked as a Lecturer at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tsinghua University and as a Materials Scientist at the Fuel Development Branch, Atomic Energy of Canada, Ltd, Chalk River, Ontario, Canada. He also worked as a Senior Research Engineer at the Microjoining and Plastics Group at the Edison Welding Institute, Columbus, Ohio, USA.

Dr. Zhou is currently leading a group about 25 graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and other researchers, working on various materials joining technologies (from laser and resistance welding, to ultrasonic welding, electromagnetic joining, soldering and brazing). His research is funded by funding agencies and industrial companies from all over the world. He is a member of the Board of Review for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A & B, and a principal reviewer for the Welding Journal. He has authored or co-authored over 120 journal papers and several books, including Microjoining and Nanojoining (the first comprehensive book in the field).

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