Distinguished Lecture Series

The Department of Materials Science & Engineering is pleased to present the Distinguished Lecture Series. This lecture serie is designed to provide students, alumni and the greater applied science and engineering community the opportunity to enhance their understanding of materials innovation and to hear from renowned speakers on state of the art contributions to the field of materials science and engineering.

All are welcome to attend; RSVP is not required.



Microstructure formation in electronic solder joints

February 28, 2020 | 1:00pm to 2:00pm| GB248

Dr. Chris Gourlay | Department of Materials, Imperial College London, UK

Kirigami-Inspired Metamaterials – from Morphable Structures to Soft Robots

January 24, 2020 | 1:00pm to 2:00pm| WB 116

Prof. Katia Bertoldi | Professor of Applied Mechanics, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, USA

Biological and Bio-inspired Materials Processing

October 4, 2019 | 12:00pm to 1:00pm| GB 221

Prof. Matt Harrington | Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Probing the structural and electronic properties of materials with electron microscopy

October 18, 2019 | 12:00pm to 1:00pm| GB 221

Prof. Gianluigi Botton | Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, McMaster University, Hamilton

Computational Materials Discovery by RESCU

November 1, 2019 | 12:00pm to 1:00pm| GB 221

Prof. Hong Guo | Professor, Department of Physics, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

At the Intersection of Technology, Innovation and Diversity in Mining

November 29, 2019 | 12:00pm to 1:00pm| GB 221

Dr. Nathan Stubina (MMS PhD 8T8) | VP, Sherritt International


Color and light in forming butterfly scales, stretchy fibers, and iridescent droplets

March 25, 2019 | 1:00pm to 2:00pm| BA 1130

Prof. Mathias Kolle | Associate Professor, Mechanical EngineeringMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Towards greener electronics

January 14, 2019 | 1:00pm to 2:00pm| GB 119

Prof. Clara Santato | Professor, Department of Engineering Physics, Polytechnique Montréal

High Temperature Kinetics from the Lab to the Steel Plant

December 3, 2018 | 1:00pm to 2:00pm| BA 1180

Prof. Ken Coley | Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, McMaster University

Transparent Soil, Programmable Ecosystems, and Sustainable Nanochemistry: Working at the Boundaries of Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, and Environmental Science

November 12, 2018 | 1:00pm to 2:00pm| BA 1180

Prof. Ludovico Cademartiri | Professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, Iowa State University of Science and Technology

Transforming Cellulose Nanocrystals into Sustainable Products through Surface Engineering

October 1, 2018 | 1:00pm to 2:00pm| BA 1180

Prof. Emily Cranston | Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, McMaster University


Bottom-up approach to epitaxial functional oxide nanostructures and nanocomposite thin films

April 10, 2018 | 11:00 am to 12:00pm | SF 1105

Prof. Xavier Obradors | Director, Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona

Elastomeric Surfaces for the Rational Synthesis, Assembly, and Fabrication of Adaptive, Functional Materials

March 20, 2018 | 4:00pm to 5:00pm | MB 128

Prof. Stephen Morin | Professor, Department of Chemistry, The University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Advances and Challenges in Lithium Ion Batteries

December 4, 2017 | 4:00pm to 5:00pm | MB 128

Dr. Sankar Das Gupta | Co-Founder & CEO, Electrovaya

Correlative Microscopies for Investigating Bone and Biomaterials Interfaces

November 20, 2017 | 4:00pm to 5:00pm | MB 128

Prof. Kathryn Grandfield | Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, McMaster University

Bio-inspired Functional Materials Templated from Natural Species

October 16, 2017 | 4:00pm to 5:00pm | MB 128

Prof. Di Zhang| Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Epitaxial Film Growth and Some Applications of Functional Oxides

October 3, 2017 | 12:00pm to 1:00pm| WB 116

Prof. Hiromichi Ohta |  Research Institute for Electronic Science, Hokkaido University

A far from average talk: Distributions and the non-steady state in predicting alloy response

September 18, 2017 | 4:00pm to 5:00pm | MB 128

Prof. Chad Sinclair | Professor, Department of Materials Engineering, University of British Columbia


Nucleation Theory and the Austenite to Ferrite Transformation in Steels

October 28, 2016 | 1:00pm to 2:00pm | GB 119

Prof. Jeffrey Hoyt | Chair, Materials Science and Engineering Department, McMaster University

3M: Mining the Microscopy Makerspace

November 25, 2016 | 4:00pm to 5:00pm | SF 1105

Prof. Christopher Yip | Director, IBBME

Materials Challenges and Innovation in Welding and Joining Research

February 3, 2017 | 4:00pm to 5:00pm | SF 1105

Prof. Y. Norman Zhou | Director, Centre for Advanced Materials Joining, University of Waterloo

From Atomic-Scale Ordering to Materials Properties: Aberration-Corrected STEM, Spectroscopy, and Simulation

March 17, 2017 | 4:00pm to 5:00pm | SF 1105

Prof. David W. McComb| Professor & Ohio Research Scholar, Materials Science and Engineering and Director, Center for Electron Microscopy and Analysis, The Ohio State University, USA

Functional magnetic nanostructures for electromagnetic and biomedical applications

April 20, 2017 | 4:00pm to 5:00pm | BA 1130

Prof. Hari Srikanth | Professor of Physics, Fellow, American Physical Society, University of South Florida