Abdallah Elsayed

Headshot of Abdullah Elsayed
Associate Professor
School of Engineering
Phone number: 
(519) 824-4120 ext. 56933
THRN 2523
Seeking academic or industry partnerships in the area(s) of: 
Materials development and materials characterization
Available positions for grads/undergrads/postdoctoral fellows: 


  • Optical and electron microscopy
  • Phase and structure analysis (XRD)
  • Thermal analysis (cooling curve and DSC)
  • Mechanical property evaluation (microhardness and tensile/compression)


  • Preparation of cast light metals (Al and Mg)
  • Sand and permanent mold casting processes
  • Hybrid manufacturing using additive manufacturing and investment casting

The equipment allows us to produce small samples of custom aluminum, copper and magnesium alloys using a variety of processes as well as conduct property evaluation for understanding of their structure-property relationships.

Education and Employment Background

Dr. Abdallah Elsayed received his PhD from Ryerson University in 2015. He then worked as a Research and Development Engineer at Nemak Canada Corporation in Windsor. He joined the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph in 2017 where he is an Associate Professor.

Research Themes

Elsayed’s research examines manufacturing and processing of light metals and alloys for the automotive and aerospace industries, with a focus on using fundamental concepts and experimental approaches to solve industry-related problems. His previous research projects have included improving the recyclability of light alloys and reducing the presence of defects that affect material performance. Emerging research themes are materials for environmental and food preservation. Key research themes include:

  1. Processing of high strength and specialty materials for automotive and aerospace applications. With this research, Elsayed explores developing high strength, lightweight, high castability alloys for the next generation aircraft and automobiles.
  2. Absorbable magnesium bio-medical implants. This area of interest focuses on the design and manufacture of biocompatible magnesium implants using additive manufacturing. These materials are produced using a combination of additive manufacturing and traditional solidification processes to produce defect-free, high performance, bio-compatible implants.
  3. Soil remediation with the development of novel contaminant absorbing materials. Here, Elsayed develops materials to capture environmental contaminants and treat soils.
  4. Materials for food packaging and preservation. This work explores the production and characterization to preserve and protect food items from temperature, humidity and damage.


  • Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum MetSoc Emerging Professional
  • Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers, American Society of Materials International, 2020
  • The Minerals, Materials, and Metals Society Young Leaders Professional Development Award, 2020
  • NSERC Discovery Grant, 2018
  • Shastri-Indo Canadian Institute Grant, 2017
  • Chair (since 2020) and executive (since 2017) of the American Society of Materials International Ontario Chapter, 2017

Media Coverage

Removing Impurities in Magnesium Alloys