Centre for Advanced Materials Joining

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
What the facility does

Develop new and innovative technologies for materials joining.

Areas of expertise

The Centre for Advanced Materials Joining is one of perhaps 10 facilities of its kind in the world, offering multidisciplinary expertise to develop new and innovative technologies for materials-joining. Joining technology is advancing rapidly and is crucial to global competitiveness. One of the fastest growing joining segments is microjoining, which has expanded beyond traditional interconnections and packaging for microelectronics. Today, microjoining is also vital in the development of sensors, transducers, medical devices and optoelectronics. This has given rise to new scientific questions requiring research.

Research services
  • Welding of advanced high-strength steel, Laser welding and resistance spot welding
  • Welding of magnesium, Electromagnetic welding, resistance spot welding and laser welding
  • Nanojoining and nanofabrication, Wet chemical work station, high-temperature furnaces, autoclave reactor, spin coating, Femtosecond laser systems, Nd:YAG laser system, nanoindentation
  • Wire bonding, Mechanical testing (tensile, hardness [microhardness & nanoindenter]), modelling and simulation (COMSOL, ABAQUS, ANSYS), microsensors (low-stress bonding, long-term reliability, bonding failure mechanism), sample preparation (mechanical polishing, ion milling, chemical etching), microscopy (optical & scanning electron microscopes)
  • Microwelding, Resistance micro-welding and laser micro-welding
  • Friction stir welding and processing, Lightweight alloys (Al, Mg), dissimilar material welding (Al, Mg to steel), friction stir processing of nanocomposites
Sectors of application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Automotive
  • Defence and security industries



Resistance spot welding equipment


Friction Stir Welder

Single Phase Spot Welder

MFDC Spot Welder

Unitek 500 Series Spot Welder

Miyachi Unitek Series 300 Spot Welder

THIN-LINE Series 80 Spot Welder

Micro-plasma welding equipment

Micro-plasma arc welder

Wire-bonding equipment

Automatic wire bonders

Manual wire bonders

Laser welding equipment

Miyachi LW-50A Low Power Laser

NUVONYX ISL-4000L Diode Laser

IPG YLR-500 Ytterbium Fiber Laser

IPG YLS-6000 Fiber Laser

Nanojoing and Nanofabrication

Wet chemical work station

High-temperature furnaces

Autoclave reactor, spin Coating

Femtosecond laser

Analytical equipment


Micro X-Ray Diffraction Machine

WYKO NT1100 Optical Profiler

Instron 5548 Micro Tester

Dage 4000 Multi Purpose Tester

Olympus BX51M System Metallurgical Microscope

Fischerscope X-Ray

Scientech SM124D Analytical Balance

Equipment for specimen preparation

Accuton-50 Wafer Cutting Machine

Model 1010 Low Angle Ion Milling and Polishing System

Ecomet 3 Variable Speed Grinder-Polisher

  • ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.
  • Canadian Solar Inc.
  • CenterLine (Windsor) Ltd.
  • Magna International Inc.
  • Smarter Alloys
  • Microbonds Inc.
  • Huys Industries
  • Emcara Gas Development Inc. TransCanada Corporation
  • Celestica Inc.
  • International Lead Zinc Research Organization
  • Medtronic of Canada Ltd.
  • Kulicke & Soffa
  • MK Electron Co. Ltd.
  • POSCO/RIST (Research Institute of Industrial Science and Technology)