Jian Li

Research Scientist

Current research and/or projects


I have extensive experience in focused ion beam (FIB) microscopy, and developed new techniques using FIB microscopes for microstructure characterization. Prior to my current position, I was working as a research scientist in FIBICS Incorporated, a private company focused on semi-conductor failure analysis and device modification. I also developed a patented process to modify semiconductor devices that has copper metallization. I have authored and co-authored more than 120 papers published in peer reviewed journals, conference proceeding and book chapters.

Research and/or project statements

Current Research Projects:

  • Materials for high temperature applications.
  • Materials for automotive applications.
  • Advanced electron microscopy techniques.

Education and awards


Ph.D. in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Queeen’s University, 1997.

M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering, Technical University of Nova Scotia, 1991.

B.Sc. in Materials Science, Beijing Polytechnique University, China, 1985.


NRCan Minerals and Metals Sector (MMS) Merit Award, 2009.

TMS Symposium Best Paper award, 2012.

NRCan MMS Award for Innovation, 2013.


Key publications

  1. Li, Jian, Zheng, W., Penttila, S., Liu, P., Woo. O.T., and Guzonas, D. Microstructure Stability of Candidate Stainless Steels for Gen-IV SCWR Fuel Cladding Application, Journal of Nuclear Materials, vol.454, 7-11, 2014.

  2. Li. Jian, Liu, P., Zavadil, R., and Penttila, S. Effect of Surface Modification on Candidate Alloys for Canadian SCWR Fuel Cladding, Journal of Materials Characterization and Engineering, vol.2, 129-134, 2014.

  3. Li, Jian. Advances in Materials Engineering Using State-of-the-art Microstructural Characterization Tools, in “New Material Science Research”, Nova Science Publishers Inc., Invited. Ed. Lawrence V. Olivante, Nova Science Publisher, ISBN-13: 978-1-60021-654-1, 2008.

  4. Li, Jian. Advanced Techniques in TEM Specimen Preparation, in: “The Transmission Electron Microscope", ISBN: 979-953-307-311-7, ed. Maaz Khan, 2011.

  5. Li, Jian. The Detection of Local Plastic Strain in Microscopic Scale, Materials Letters, vol. 62, issu.6-7, 804-807, 2008.

  6. Li, Jian, Elboujdaini, M., Gao, M., and Revie, R.W. Formation of Plastic Zone at the SCC Tip in a Pipeline Experienced Hydrostatic Testing, Materials Science and Engineering A, vol. 486, 496–502, 2008.


Research facility

183 Longwood Rd South
Hamilton, ON L8P 0A5


Member of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)

Technical advior for Journal of Metal

Past Chair of the Materials Characterization Committee (TMS)