Centre for Advanced Materials Joining

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario
What the facility does

Develop new and innovative technologies for materials joining.

Area(s) 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
  • 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)