Post-Doctoral Fellows

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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.

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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.

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Dr. S. Morteza Javid, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering

Morteza Javid 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 desalination systems led him to be graduated with honors from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad and become a member of Iran's National Elites Foundation. Morteza joined CACT in 2016 as a research assistant and Ph.D. student under supervision of Prof. Mostaghimi. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2020, and has been working as a post-doctoral fellow since then. During his Ph.D., he received “Best PhD student based on academic metrics”, and “Best Teaching Assistant” awards. His main research interests are multiphysics modeling, high-performance computing, and thermal spray technologies.

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Dr. Elham Dalir, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering

Elham Dalir is a Mitacs postdoctoral research fellow working with Prof. Javad Mostaghimi at the Centre for Advanced Coating Technologies (CACT) and PyroGenesis Canada Inc. Her post-doc project aims to reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions by thermal plasma torches and use them as a direct replacement for fossil fuel burners in industrial applications. She has received her Ph.D. from CACT in 2021, where she developed a numerical model to simulate the plasma jet oscillations, including the arc dynamics within a commercial direct current (DC) plasma torch. The developed model was then extended to simulate the suspension plasma spraying (SPS) process to understand the fundamentals of the droplets dynamics, heat transfer, and phase change within the process. Her research interests include thermo-fluid sciences, thermal spray technologies, surface engineering, and computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer.

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Dr. Saeed Mohammadkhani, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Ph.D., Materials and Energy

Saeed Mohammadkhani obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Materials Engineering from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran. He received his Ph.D. in Materials and Energy from INRS, QC, Canada, in 2021, where in collaboration with TSMF laboratory at Concordia university he used SPS and HVOF techniques to develop protective oxide coatings for anodes and wettable TiB2 coatings for cathodes in primary aluminum production. Saeed joined CACT in 2022 as a post-doctoral fellow under supervision of Prof. Dolatabadi. His post-doctoral project aims to manufacture cathode and solid-state electrolyte for solid-state batteries using thermal spray techniques. His main research interests are surface engineering, thermal spraying, materials and electrochemistry.

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Dr. Aleksandra Nastic, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering

Aleksandra Nastic has obtained her PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ottawa in 2021 under the supervision of Dr. Bertrand Jodoin. Her doctoral thesis is nominated to receive a prize. In 2019, she has won the Journal of Thermal Spray Volume 27 Best Paper Award and has been awarded the Excellent Article Award by the Journal of Material Science and Technology in 2018. She has joined the CACT in 2022 as a post-doctoral fellow under the supervision of Dr. Ali Dolatabadi. Aleksandra’s research interests are the study of water and solid high-speed impacts related phenomena, including multiphase, multiscale and multiphysics experimental and numerical modeling work. Dr. Nastic is a member of the International Committee of judges for the Journal of Thermal Spray Technology Award Committee since 2020 and a member of the NSERC Scholarships and Fellowships Selection Committee for Mechanical Engineering. 

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Dr. Reza Attarzadeh, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Reza Attarzadeh is a post-doc fellow in the department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at U of T. Prior to this, he was a post-doc fellow in LinneFlow center, in the department of Engineering Mechanics at KTH-Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. He obtained his B.Sc. (2009) and M.Sc. (2011) in Mechanical engineering, followed by his Ph.D. (2017) in Mechanical and Aerospace engineering from Concordia University. Dr. Attarzadeh has been a visiting researcher at the zero-gravity laboratory of Toronto Metropolitan University, as well as the center of multi-scale and multi-physics in Pusan National University. He also worked at Pratt and Whitney Canada and Siemens as CFD specialist and gas turbine performance analyst. His research interests are computational modeling of fluid and thermal systems, spraying and multi-phase flows, micro-droplet, data-driven modeling and predictive models (AI) for design exploration and optimization of complex systems.

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Dr. Mehdi Jadidi, Research Associate, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Jadidi received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Concordia University in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Dolatabadi. His doctoral study on compressible reactive multiphase flows primarily concerned the understanding of physical phenomena involved in suspension thermal spray processes. Following his Ph.D., he investigated the droplet impact dynamics on solid surfaces at École Polytechnique de Montréal as a post-doctoral fellow. He returned to Concordia University to design and develop a liquid cold spray system. This new machine will be used for coating deposition, manufacturing new metallic components, and repairing worn or damaged components. In 2020, he joined the Dworkin research group at Toronto Metropolitan University, focusing on simulation of combustion processes. He developed novel machine/deep learning models for the low-cost prediction of soot emissions and chemistry in laminar/turbulent flames. He joined CACT in 2022 as a research associate. His main research interests are in the area of thermal spray and surface engineering, cold spray additive manufacturing, CFD, multiphase flows, atomization and sprays, combustion, and machine/deep learning approaches.