Leijun Li, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Chemical and Materials Engineering Dept


Professor, Faculty of Engineering - Chemical and Materials Engineering Dept
(780) 492-3472
12-217 Donadeo Innovation Centre For Engineering
9211-116 St
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



Leijun Li, P.Eng., obtained his B.S. degree in welding engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Xian Jiaotong University. He was a faculty member from 1990 to 1994, first as a lecturer, and then as an associate professor, in the welding engineering program at Wuhan University.  

In 1994 he moved to United States for graduate studies in physical metallurgy. He obtained a Ph.D. degree in materials engineering from the Warren “Doc” Savage Materials Joining Lab at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). From 2000 to 2002, he served as a tenure-track assistant professor of manufacturing at the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, Iowa). From 2002 to 2013, he served as a tenure-track and then tenured professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Utah State University (Logan, Utah). In 2013, he relocated from Utah to Alberta, and took up his present position at the University of Alberta.

Leijun Li has been active with American Welding Society, serving on the Technical Papers and Testing of Welds committees, and as a Principal Reviewer for the Welding Journal. He chaired the Joining Critical Technologies committee of ASM International, besides serving as a Key Reader for the Metallurgical and Materials Transactions. He is a Fellow of ASM International, American Welding Society, and Canadian Welding Association.


Prof. Leijun Li conducts sponsored research in physical metallurgy, welding metallurgy, and additive manufacturing by characterizing microstructure, measuring mechanical properties, and modeling the heat and mass transfer during non-equilibrium phase transformations.

Keywords: Physical metallurgy, Welding, Microstructure


MAT E 465 - Materials Design Project

Team materials design projects. Feasibility study and detailed materials design including: selection of materials and manufacturing processes; cost analysis; safety, social, and environmental considerations; failure modes; and microstructural specifications. Projects will require students to exercise creative and critical thinking, decision making, and demonstrate integration of Materials Engineering practice and synthesis of technical knowledge rather than simply analyse existing designs. Prerequisites: ENGG 404, MAT E 336, 345, 351 and 464.

Winter Term 2021
MAT E 473 - Processing of Materials

Conversion of raw materials to products. Microstructural evolution and structure- property-processing relationships in engineering materials (metals and alloys, polymers, ceramics, composites) as a function of processing methods (shaping, joining, and surface treatment). Heat treating of metals and alloys. Prerequisite: CH E 314. Corequisites: MAT E 336 and 351.

Winter Term 2021

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