Post-Doctoral Fellows

Sina Alavi CACT

Dr. Sina Alavi, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering

Sina Alavi obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran, under supervision of Prof. Mohammad Passandideh-Fard. His M.Sc. thesis along with his research on the electrowetting phenomenon, digital microfluidics, thermal spray processes, and micro-mixers, earned him the title of “Researcher of the Year” at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in 2011. He is also a co-founder of the Micro/Nanofluidics Laboratory (MNL) at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. Sina joined CACT in 2013 as a research assistant and Ph.D. student under supervision of Prof. Mostaghimi. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2018, and has been working as a post-doctoral fellow since then. His main research interests are in developing new methods for ICP-OES/MS, simulation of thermal plasmas, interfacial phenomena including phase change, digital microfluidics, and thermal spray technologies.


Dr. Chen Feng, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering

Chen Feng received his B.ASc. in Automotive Engineering from University of Windsor, ON, Canada, in 2012. Since 2012 he had been studying at the Centre for Advanced Coating Technology at University of Toronto. In 2014, he received his M.A.Sc, with a thesis entitled “ Using thermal spray technology to make heat spreaders for LED cooling”. In 2019 he obtained his Ph.D. at CACT with a thesis on "Fabrication of Thermal Management Devices Using Thermal Spray Technology". His research interests are in the area of thermal spraying, flow in porous media, analytical heat transfer modeling, and design and characterization of heat spreaders.


Dr. Pengyun Xu, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering

Pengyun Xu obtained his Bachelor and Master degree in Mechanical Engineering from China University of Petroleum in 2011 and 2014 respectively, with a master thesis focusing on “laser cladding on cast iron”. In September 2014, he enrolled in the Ph.D. program in CACT under the supervision of Prof. Javad Mostaghimi and Prof. Thomas W. Coyle. In 2019, he obtained his Ph.D. degree with a thesis on “Fabrication of superhydrophobic ceramic coatings via solution precursor plasma spray under atmospheric and low-pressure conditions”. His research interests are coating fabrications via powder plasma spray, suspension plasma spray and solution precursor plasma spray including superhydrophobic coatings, thermal barrier coatings, and SOFC electrolytes, etc