Workshops & seminars


Monday, August 30, 2021 –
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Christian Moreau, Pantcho Stoyanov and Ali Dolatabadi


Regular: 1500 CAD + tax / CIADI Alumni: 1200 CAD + tax





The Concordia Institute of Aerospace Design and Innovation (CIADI) is proud to offer a micro-certification and technical training program on coatings, tribology and surface engineering. The program is specifically focused on current and future coating processes and their applications in extreme conditions. This includes thermal spray processes, physical vapor deposition, chemical vapor deposition and cladding techniques. In addition, throughout this certification program, an overview of friction, wear and lubrication will be provided. This will be followed by material selection approaches in systems used for such tribological interfaces at a wide range of temperatures with the purpose to maintain wear control. The certification program will also include the latest development of multi-scale modeling strategies tailored for the various deposition techniques and tribological applications. Material selection strategies for advanced sealing technologies will also be discussed throughout the course.

Target audience: This program is intended for industry professionals and engineers currently working in the aerospace sector and who have an interest in learning more about next generation coating processes and tribological interfaces in the extreme environments.



Registration is now CLOSED.

Day 1: Coating systems

• Introduction and overview of coating systems
• Thermal Spray Coatings
• Physical Vapor Deposition
• Chemical Vapor Deposition
• Cladding techniques
• Plating
• Surface modification strategies

Day 2: Tribology

• Introduction and overview of tribology
• Standard procedures
• Surfaces
• Modes and mechanisms in tribological systems
• Contact mechanics
• Engineering tribology
• Material selection in tribology
• Materials selection for advanced sealing technologies
• To coat or not to coat?

Day 3: Surface Engineering and modeling

• Introduction to surface engineering
• Modeling in coating processes
• Super/icephobic coatings
• Slippery coatings
• Heating elements
• Anti-bacterial/viral coatings
• Virtual lab tours



Ali Dolatabali - Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto

Ali Dolatabadi is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. He received a BASc from University of Science and Technology, MASc from University of Tehran, and PhD from the University of Toronto (2002). Prior to joining the University of Toronto, he was a Tier 1 Concordia University Research Chair in Multiphase Flow and Thermal Spray. He is the founder and co-director of the Thermal Spray and Surface Engineering (TSSE) Research Centre at Concordia University. Dr. Dolatabadi has established research collaborations with a number of industry partners including Airbus, Pratt & Whitney, Bombardier, Siemens, and Rolls-Royce.

Dr. Dolatabadi’s research on multiphase flows develops fundamental understanding of sprays for thermal spray processes, and of droplet dynamics, heat transfer and phase change for development and characterization of novel functional coatings. His research group has developed electro-catalytically active electrodes for hydrogen evolution, micro filtration membranes, superhydrophobic, icephobic, and slippery coatings.

Dr. Dolatabadi is the recipient of Young Research Achievement Award and member of Provost’s Circle of Distinction, Concordia University. He has received multiple awards for excellence in teaching, including the President’s Award in 2018. He served as a member and co-chair of the NSERC-DG evaluation group, mechanical engineering (2016-2019) and also CRIAQ/CARIC Scientific evaluation committee (2018-2021). He was elected the President of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME) from 2014 to 2016. Currently, he is the President of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC).


Christian Moreau – Professor, Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering, and Director of CIADI, Research, Concordia University

Christian Moreau is a professor in the Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering Department at Concordia University since 2013. He is the holder of the Canada Research Chair in Thermal Spray and Surface Engineering and Director of the Concordia Institute for Aerospace Design and Innovation (CIADI). Since 2017, he leads the NSERC Canada Research Strategic Network on Surface Engineering for Advanced Manufacturing (Green-SEAM). He is also co-director and co-founder on the newly established Concordia Research Centre on Thermal Spray and Surface Engineering (TSSE).

Dr. Moreau has developed several sensors for monitoring thermal spray particles in flight and upon impact on a substrate. The patented optical diagnostic systems, DPV evolution and Accuraspary, are commercialized worldwide for advanced control of thermal spray processes in both production and research environments. His current research interests are in the treatment of materials by thermal spraying (plasma spraying, HVOF, cold spray, etc.), study of the relationships between the structure of coatings and their functional properties as well as diagnostics, modelling and control of thermal spray processes. His research focuses on nanostructured coatings deposited by suspension plasma spraying for industrial applications.


Pantcho Stoyanov – Associate Professor, Chemical and Materials Engineering, Concordia University

Pantcho Stoyanov is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at Concordia University. His research interest include aerospace coatings, tribology, surface characterization as well as material solutions for sealing and bearing technologies in demanding environments. He was previously a Principal Engineer and a Subject Matter Expert (SME) at Pratt & Whitney responsible for leading aerospace tribology programs from the discovery through development and commercialization. He holds a bachelor degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and a Ph.D. from McGill University with a focus on micro- and in situ tribology of aerospace coatings. He is currently a member of the Materials Tribology Technical Committee in the Society of Tribologists & Lubrication Engineers (STLE) as well as a session chair at the International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF). He has made contributions to the field of materials science and tribology with several journal publications, patents, and invited talks at leading technology events.

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