Dr. Yimin Zeng

Research Scientist

Research in materials and corrosion science for clean energy production, transportation and end-use

Natural Resources Canada

Current research and/or projects


My interest in corrosion and materials research was inspired by the fact that corrosion is one of the largest single expenses in global economy, over 3% of the world's GDP. It is still fascinating to me that implementing appropriate prevention practices can result in a significant saving of that cost. My research goals here aim at tackling corrosion challenges and developing innovative and applicable solutions with my terrific colleagues for successful deployment of advanced clean energy generation, distribution and end-use systems to improve our competitive, social and environmental performance every day.

Research and/or project statements

Current Research Projects:

  • Develop innovative materials technology solutions for cost-effective construction of advanced biorefineries; 
  • Identify the impacts of impurities on CO2 phase stability and corrosivity on sc-CO2 pipeline transportation to minimize the risks to public safety and the environment; 
  • Investigate corrosion performance of candidate alloys for cost-effective construction of advanced energy systems for power, steam and heat generation; 
  • Assess s corrosion resistance and stress corrosion cracking susceptibility of candidate high-temperature alloys for use in GenIV SCWR design; 
  • Develop new Al based sheet alloys for advanced automotive heat exchanger units operated at temperatures up to 300°C.

Professional activities / interests

  • Co-supervision of Ph.D. and MSc. students at McMaster University and University of Alberta.
  • Invited review of scientific papers in Corrosion Journal, Journal of Canadian Metallurgical Quarterly, and Society of Automotive Engineers International conference proceedings etc.

Education and awards

Ph.D in Physical and Analytic Chemistry, University of Western Ontario, 2009. 

M.Sc. in Material Engineering, University of Alberta, 2002. 

M.Eng. in Material Engineering, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, 1996. 

B.Sc. in Material Engineering, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, 1993.

Key publications

  1. Zeng, Y. and Guzonas D., “Corrosion Assessment of Candidate Materials for Fuel Cladding in Canadian SCWR”, The Journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, 68 (2016), p.475.
  2. Yan N., Zeng Y., Wang W., Gao T., Rothenberg G., and Luo J., “Discovery and Understanding of the Ambient-Condition Degradation of Doped Barium Cerate Proton-Conducting Perovskite Oxide in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells”, Journal of electrochemical society, 162 (2015) p.1408.
  3. Sun, Y., Li J. H., Zeng, Y., Amirkhiz, B., Wang M., Behnamian Y., and Luo J., “A-site deficient perovskite: The parent for in situ exsolution of highly active, regenerable nano-particles as SOFC anodes”, Journal of materials chemistry A, 3 (2015), p.110148.
  4. Zeng Y, Arafin M., Shi C., and Zavadil R.,” Influence of Impurity Hydrogen Sulfide on the Corrosion Performance of Pipeline Steels in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Stream”, NACE Corrosion 2015, Paper #: 7223.
  5. Zeng, Y, Li J., Shalchi Amirkhiz B., Zheng W., Matchim M. and Podlesny M., “Corrosion and Stress Corrosion Cracking of UNS S31008 and UNS N08810 Alloys in Supercritical Water”, NACE Corrosion 2015, Paper #: 5755.