Babak Shalchi, PhD

Research Scientist

Materials Research Using Transmission Electron Microscopy.

Current research and/or projects

Currently I am the lead Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) scientist at CanmetMATERIALS, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). My core expertise includes transmission electron microscopy, materials science and metallurgy. I have published more than 40 peer reviewed papers in metallurgy and materials science on materials for energy, automotive alloys, welding metallurgy, materials design for GenIV reactor.

Research and/or project statements

Current Research Projects:

  • study of the correlation between microstructure and mechanical properties of pipeline steels and their welds.
  • study of the microstructure of new aluminium and magnesium alloys for automotive.
  • study of new vanadium added high strength pipeline steels.
  • study of corrosion in stainless steels and nickel based alloys.
  • study of creep microstructure in stainless steels.

Professional activities / interests

Review for different scientific journals.

Review Editor for Frontiers in Energy Research.

Collaboration with Prof. Jingli Luo of University of Alberta on materials for energy research and the Canadian Center for Electron Microscopy (CCEM) at McMaster University (Dr. Gianluigi Botton).

Work with students providing electron microscopy expertise.



Education and awards

B.Sc. Materials Engineering, Ferdowsi University, Iran, 2003.

M.Sc. Materials Engineering, Welding, Sharif University of Technology (SUT), Iran, 2006.

Ph.D. Materials Engineering, Nanotechnology, University of Alberta, 2011.

Key publications

  1. Nafisi, S.; Amirkhiz, B.S.; Fazeli, F.; Arafin, M; Glodowski, R.; Collins, L. 2016. Effect of Vanadium Addition on the Strength of API X100 Linepipe Steel, ISIJ International 56(1):154-160.

  2. Huang, X.; Li, J.; Amirkhiz, B.S.; Liu, P. 2015. Effect of water density on the oxidation behavior of alloy A-286 at 625° C–A TEM study, Journal of Nuclear Materials 467(2):758-769.

  3. Shalchi Amirkhiz, B.; Xu, S. 2015. TEM Examination of Precipitation Behaviour of M23C6 and Sigma Phases and Dislocations in SS 310S under Creep Deformation at 800°C, Microscopy and Microanalysis 21(3):585-586.

  4. Amirkhiz, B.S.; Zahiri, B.; Kalisvaart, P.; Mitlin, D. Synergy of elemental Fe and Ti promoting low temperature hydrogen sorption cycling of magnesium, International journal of hydrogen energy 36(11):6711-6722.

  5. Kalisvaart, P.; Shalchi-Amirkhiz, B.; Zahiri, R; Zahiri, B.; Tan, X.H.; Danaie, M.; Botton, G.; Mitlin, D. 2013. Thermodynamically destabilized hydride formation in “bulk” Mg–AlTi multilayers for hydrogen storage, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 15(39):16432-16436.

Research facility

183 Longwood Rd South
Hamilton, ON L8P 0A5