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Hatem Zurob

Associate Professor and Chair B.Eng., Ph.D. (McMaster), P. Eng.JHE 357D
Phone: (905) 525-9140, 23515 Website: Steel Research Centre
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Research Areas Include:
Microstructural evolution in engineering materials and the effect of microstructure on mechanical properties.
Current Projects
  • Modeling the clustering of Mg and Si atoms in automotive Al-Mg-Si alloys during natural aging.
  • Grain refinement of microalloyed steels by thermomechanical processing.
  • Modeling the nucleation of recrystallization and the interaction between recovery and recrystallization.
  • Investigation of the interfacial conditions during the decomposition of austenite in Fe-C-X using traditional precipitation experiments as well as controlled decarburization.
  • Development of functionally graded steels and “steel-steel” composites.


Selected Journal Publications
  1. c) Journal Articles

[1] C. Qiu, H.S. Zurob, C.R. Hutchinson, 2015, The Coupled Solute Drag Effect during Ferrite Growth in Fe-C-Mn-Si Alloys Using Controlled Decarburization, Acta Materialia, 100, 333.

[2] F. Jiang, H.S. Zurob, G.R. Purdy, H. Zhang, 2015, Static softening following multistage hot deformation of 7150 aluminum alloy: Experiment and modeling, Materials Science and Engineering A, 648, 164.

[3] A.G. Kostryzhev, H. Zurob, E.V. Pereloma, Hot deformation behaviour of Ni-30Fe-C and Ni-30Fe-Nb-C model alloys, 2015, Materials Science and Engineering A, 641, 160.

[4] M. Goune, F. Danoix, J. Agren, Y. Brechet, C.R. Hutchinson, M. Militzer, G. Purdy, S. van der Zwaag, H. Zurob, 2015, Overview of the current issues in austenite to ferrite transformation, Materials Science and Engineering R, 92, 1.

[5] D. Panahi, H. Van Landeghem, C.R. Hutchinson, G. Purdy, H.S. Zurob, 2015, New Insights into the Limit for Non-Partitioning Ferrite Growth, Acta Materialia, 86, 286.

[6] M. Guo D. Panahi, H. Van Landeghem, CR Hutchinson, G Purdy, HS Zurob, 2015, A Comparison of Ferrite Growth Kinetics under Denitriding and Decarburizing Conditions, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 46, 2449.

[7] T. Zhou, HS Zurob, R O’Malley, K Rehman, 2015, Model Fe-Al Steel with Exceptional Resistance to High Temperature Coarsening. Part I: Coarsening Mechanism and Particle Pinning Effects, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 46, 178.

[8] T. Zhou, P. Zhang, R. O’Malley, HS Zurob, M Subramanian, 2015, Model Fe-Al Steel with Exceptional Resistance to High Temperature Coarsening. Part II: Experimental Validation and Applications, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 46, 190.

[9] H Hu, HS Zurob, G. Xu, D Embury, G. Purdy, 2015, New insights to the effects of ausforming on the bainitic transformation, Materials Science and Engineering A, 626, 34.

[10] M Fraser, H Zurob, P Wu, O Bouaziz, 2014, Analytical Model of the Unbending Behavior of

Corrugated Reinforcements, Advanced Engineering Materials, 16, 872.

[11] MJ Rahman, HS Zurob, JJ Hoyt, 2014, A comprehensive molecular dynamics study of low angle grain boundary mobility in pure aluminum system, Acta Materialia, 74, 39.

[12] M Militzer, JJ Hoyt, N Provatas, J Rottler, CW Sinclair, HS Zurob, 2014, Multiscale Modeling of Phase Transformations in Steels, JOM, 66, 740.

[13] JP Masse, B Chehab, H Zurob, D Embury, X Wang, O Bouaziz, 2014, An Original Way for Producing a 2.4 GPa Strength Ductile Steel by Rolling of Martensite, ISIJ international, 54, 235.

[14] X Zhang, G Xu, X Wang, D Embury, O Bouaziz, GR Purdy and HS Zurob, 2014, Mechanical Behavior of Carbide-free Medium Carbon Bainitic Steels, Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 45, 1352.

[15] O. Bouaziz, H. Zurob and M. Huang, 2013, Driving force and logic of development of advanced high strength steels for automotive applications, Steel Res. Int., 84, 937.

[16] R. Roumina, D. Embury, O. Bouaziz and H. S. Zurob, 2013, Mechanical behavior of a compositionally graded 300M steel, Mater. Sci. Eng. A, 578, 140.

[17] C. Qiu, H.S. Zurob, D. Panahi, Y.J. Brechet, G. R. Purdy, C. R. Hutchinson, 2013, Quantifying the solute drag effect on ferrite growth in Fe-C-X alloys using controlled decarburization experiments, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 44, 3472.

[18] H. S. Zurob, D. Panahi, C. R. Hutchinson, Y. Brechet and G. R. Purdy, 2013, Self-consistent model for planar ferrite growth in Fe-C-X alloys, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 44, 3456.

[19] T. Furuhara, J-F. Nie, W. Zhang, J.M. Howe, S. Babu, H.S. Zurob, 2013, Foreword: Atomistic effects in migrating interphase interfaces – Recent progress and future study, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 44, 3434.

[20] Md. K. Rehman, H. S. Zurob, 2013, A novel approach to model static recrystallization of austenite during hot rolling of Nb microalloyed steel. Part I: Precipitate-free case, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 44, 1862.

[21] X. Wang, H. S. Zurob, G. Xu, Q. Ye, O. Bouaziz, D. Embury, 2013, Influence of microstructural length scale on the strength and annealing behavior of pearlite, bainite, and martensite, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 44, 1454.

[22] R. Cicoria, B. Chehab, H. S. Zurob, 2013, Diffusion as a method for producing architectured materials, Scripta Materialia, 68, 17.

[23] R. Wei, M. Enomoto, R. Hadian, H. S. Zurob, G. R. Purdy, 2013, Growth of austenite from as-quenched martensite during intercritical annealing in an Fe-0.1C-3Mn-1.5Si alloy, Acta Materialia, 61, 697.

[24] T. H. Zhou, A. E. Gheribi, H.S. Zurob, 2013, Austenite particle coarsening and delta-ferrite grain growth in model Fe-Al alloy, Can. Metall. Quarterly, 52, 90.

[25] M.D.H. Lay, H.S. Zurob, C.R. Hutchinson, T.J. Bastow and A.J. Hill, 2012, Vacancy Behavior and Solute Cluster Growth During Natural Aging of an Al-Mg-Si Alloy, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 43, 4507.

[26] D.G. Cram, X.Y. Fang, H.S. Zurob, Y.J.M. Brechet and C.R. Hutchinson, 2012, The effect of solute on discontinuous dynamic recrystallization, Acta Mater., 60, 6390.

[27] C. L. Miao, C. Shang, H. S. Zurob, G. D. Zhang and S. V. Subramanian, 2012, Recrystallization, precipitation and refinement of austenite grains in high Mn, high Nb steel, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 43, 665.

[28] T. Zhou, H. Zurob, E. Essadiqi and B. Voyzelle, 2011, Kinetics of Delta-Ferrite to Austenite Phase Transformation in a Two-phase Fe-Al-C Alloy, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 42, 3349.

[29] J. McDermid, H.S. Zurob, Y. Bian, 2011, Stability of Retained Austenite in High-Al, Low-Si TRIP Steels Processed via Continuous Galvanizing Heat Treatments, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 42, 3627.

[30] T. Zhou, H. S. Zurob, 2011, Abnormal and Post-abnormal Austenite Grain Growth Kinetics in Nb-Ti Microalloyed Steels, Can. Metall. Quarterly., 50, 389.

[31] G. Purdy, J. Agren, A. Borgenstam, Y. Brechet, M. Enomoto, T. Furuhara, E. Gamsjager, M. Goune, M. Hillert, C. Hutchinson, M. Militzer, H. Zurob, 2011, ALEMI a ten-year history and a prognosis, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 42, 3703.

[32] O. Bouaziz, H. Zurob, B. Chehab, J.D. Embury, S. Allain and M. Huang, 2011, A Global Description of the Mechanical Behaviour of Twinning Induced Plasticity Steels as a Function of the Chemical Composition, Mater. Sci. Tech., 27, 707.

[33] C. R. Hutchinson and H. S. Zurob, 2010, Mesoscale simulations of the kinetics of solid–solid phase transformations: Selecting the relevant interfacial compositions for shape-preserved growth, Comptes Rendus Physique, 11, 257-264. Invited

[34] B. Chehab, X. Wang, J-P Masse, O Bouaziz, H Zurob and D Embury, 2010, Bulk Nano-scale Steel Products, Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 240, 012135.

[35] B.A. Bouwhuis, B. Chehab, O. Bouaziz, D. Embury, H. Zurob, G.D. Hibbard, 2010, Deformation Twinning as a Strengthening Mechanisms in Microtruss Cellular Materials, Scripta Mater., 63, 609-612.

[36] C-L Miao, C-J Shang, G-D Zhang, G-H Zhu, H. Zurob, S. Subramanian, 2010, Studies on softening kinetics of niobium microalloyed steel using stress-relaxation technique, Front. Mater. Sci. China, 4, 197-201. Invited

[37] T. Zhou, R. O’Malley and H. S. Zurob, 2010, Study of Grain Growth Kinetics in Delta ferrite and Austenite with Application to Thin-Slab Cast Direct-Rolling (TSCDR) Microalloyed Steels, Metall. Mater. Trans. A., 41, 2112-2120.

[38] X. Wang, H. S. Zurob, J. D. Embury, X. Ren and I. Yakubtsov, 2010, Microstructural Features controlling the Deformation and Recrystallization Behaviour Fe-30%Mn and Fe-30%Mn-0.5%C, Mater. Sci, Eng. A., 527, 3785-3791.

[39] B. Chéhab, H. Zurob, D. Embury, O. Bouaziz and Y. Brechet, 2009, Compositionally Graded Steels: A Strategy for Materials Development, Adv. Eng. Mater., 11, 992-999.

[40] B. K. Dhindaw, D. P. Guru, G. Purdy, H. S. Zurob, 2009, Decarburization as a tool to explore parallels between solid-solid and liquid solid transformations: Fe-C-Mn-Si steels, Trans. Indian Inst. Metals, 62, 255-260.

[41] Y. Brechet, H. S. Zurob, C. R. Hutchinson, 2009, On the Effect of Pre-Recovery on Subsequent Recrystallization, Inter. J. Mater. Res., 100, 1446-1449.

[42] D.G. Cram*, H.S. Zurob, Y.J.M. Brechet and C.R. Hutchinson, 2009, Modelling Discontinuous Dynamic Recrystallization Using a Physically-based Model for Nucleation, Acta Mater., 57, 5218-5228.

[43] F. Lefevre-Schlick, Y. Brechet, H. S. Zurob, G. Purdy and D. Embury, 2009, On the Activation of Recrystallization Nucleation Sites in Cu and Fe, Mater. Sci. Eng. A, 502, 70-78.

[44] X. Liang, W. Wang and H. S. Zurob, 2009, Microstructural characterization of transformable Fe–Mn alloys at different length scales, Mater. Char., 60, 1224-1231.

[45] X. Liang, J.R. McDermid, O. Bouaziz, X. Wang, J.D. Embury and H.S. Zurob, 2009, Microstructural evolution and strain hardening of Fe–24Mn and Fe–30Mn alloys during tensile deformation, Acta Mater., 57, 3978-3988.

[46] H. Seyedrezaei, D. Grebennikov, P. Mascher and H. S. Zurob, 2009, Study of The Early Stages of Clustering in Al-Mg-Si Alloys Using The Electrical Resistivity Measurements, Mater. Sci. Eng. A, 525, 186-191.

[47] H. S. Zurob and H. Seyedrezaei, 2009, A Model for the Growth of Solute Clusters Based on Vacancy Trapping, Scr. Mater., 61, 141-144.

[48] H. S. Zurob, C. R. Hutchinson, Y. Brechet, H. Seyedrezaei and G. R. Purdy, 2009, Kinetic transitions during non-partitioned ferrite growth in Fe–C–X alloys, Acta Mater., 57, 2781-2792.

[49] H. S. Zurob, C. R. Hutchinson, A. Beche, G. R. Purdy and Y. J. M. Brechet, 2008, A transition from local equilibrium to paraequilibrium kinetics for ferrite growth in Fe–C–Mn: A possible role of interfacial segregation, Acta Mater., 56, 2203-2211.

[50] C. R. Hutchinson, H. S. Zurob, C. W. Sinclair and Y. J. M. Brechet, 2008, The comparative effectiveness of Nb solute and NbC precipitates at impeding grain-boundary motion in Nb steels, Scr. Mater., 59, 635-637.

[51] A. Beche, H. S. Zurob, C. R. Hutchinson, 2007, Quantifying the Solute Drag Effect of Cr on Ferrite Growth using Controlled Decarburization Experiments, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 38, 2950-2955.

[52] Y.J.M. Brechet, C.R. Hutchinson, H.S. Zurob and C.W. Sinclair, Effect of Nb on Recrystallization and Austenite Decomposition in Microalloyed Steels, 2007, Steel Res. Inter., 78, 210-215.

[53] H. S. Zurob, Y. Brechet and J. Dunlop, 2006, Quantitative Criterion for Recrystallization Nucleation in Single Phase Materials: Prediction of Critical Strain and Incubation Time, Acta Mater., 54, 3983-3990.

[54] J. W. Dunlop, Y. J. M. Brechet, L. Legras and H. S. Zurob, 2006, Modelling isothermal and non-isothermal recrystallization kinetics, J. Nucl. Mater., 366, 178-186.

[55] H. S. Zurob, J. Nakano, G. R. Purdy, 2006, Modelling of the Dynamics of Transient Liquid Film Migration in Ternary Systems, J. Phase Equil. Diff., 27, 699-706.

[56] C. R. Hutchinson, H. S. Zurob and Y. Brechet, 2006, The Growth of Ferrite in Fe-C-X: the Role of Thermodynamics, Diffusion and Interfacial Conditions, Metal. Mater. Trans. A, 37, 1711-1720.

[57] H. S. Zurob, Y. Brechet, 2005, Effect of Structure on the Creep of Open-Cell Nickel foams, J. Mater. Sci., 40, 5893-5901.

[58] H. S. Zurob, G. Zhu, S. V. Subramanian, G. R. Purdy, C. R. Hutchinson, Y. Brechet, 2005, Effect of Mn on Recrystallization in High Nb Steels: Example of Alloy & Process Design, ISIJ Int., 45, 713-722.

[59] H. S. Zurob, C. R. Hutchinson, Y. Brechet and G. R. Purdy, 2004, Rationalization of the Softening and Recrystallization Behavior of Microalloyed Steels Using Mechanism Maps, Mater. Sci. Eng. A, 382, 64-81.

[60] C.R. Hutchinson, A. Fuchsmann, H.S. Zurob and Y. Brechet, 2004, A Novel Experimental Approach to Identifying Kinetic Transition in Solid State Phase Transformations, Scr. Mater., 50, 285-289.

[61] A. Phillion, H. S. Zurob, C. R. Hutchinson, H. Guo, D. V. Malakhov, J. Nakano and G. R. Purdy, 2004, Studies of the Influence of Alloying Elements on the Growth of Ferrite from Austenite under Decarburization Conditions: Fe-C-Ni Alloys, Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 35, 1237-1242.

[62] H. S. Zurob, C. R. Hutchinson, Y. Brechet and G. Purdy, 2002, Modeling recrystallization of microalloyed austenite: effect of coupling recovery, precipitation and recrystallization, Acta Mater., 50, 3075-3092.

[63] J. Wang and H. S. Zurob, 2002, The precipitation of NbC on dislocations in austenite, App. Phys. A, 74 [Suppl.] S1213-S1215.

[64] H. S. Zurob, Y. Brechet and G. Purdy, 2001, A Model for the Competition of precipitation and recrystallization in deformed austenite, Acta Mater., 49, 4183-4190.


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