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The focus of the Materials Section is on all secondary processing of materials. The Section is concerned with aspects of the in-situ performance of materials, under a full range of service conditions (thermal, mechanical and chemical). Emphasis is also placed upon the micro design and engineering of high-performance materials, advanced processing technologies and microstructure and property characterization of both metallic and non-metallic inorganic materials.


COM 2024: "Advanced Manufacturing and Materials VII" and "Corrosion and Environmental Degradation of Materials" symposia

Bringing together the community to discuss Advanced Manufacturing and Materials; metallic materials, manufacturing, laser processing and more. Participate in the 63rd Annual Conference of Metallurgists taking place on August 19 – Thursday, August 22, 2024, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

CMSC 2024: The 35th Canadian Materials Science Conference will be at the University of Alberta on May 22-25, 2024

The premier gathering of the Canadian metallurgy and materials academic community to present and discuss leading-edge advances in their fields. The annual conference promotes and fosters graduate student research providing a forum to highlight contributions to the profession.

Current Initiatives

CrossTalk webinar series developed by the emerging professionals of the light metals section. Learn more by visiting our conferences and events section.

Awards & Scholarships

Our committee has created several awards for both professionals and students.

Metsoc Engineer in Materials Innovation Award

Metsoc Distinguished Materials Scientist Award


Hydrometallurgy is part of the wider field of extractive metallurgy where the science and technologies of aqueous solution chemistry are applied in an environmentally sound and cost effective ways for the recovery of metals from a wide variety of metal-bearing sources, such as ores, concentrates, intermediates and recycled materials, into useable products for the society.

Hydrometallurgy technologies form an integral part of a growing number of metallurgical processes, both in operation and in development. Canada is richly endowed with mineral resources and is a world leader in hydrometallurgical production plants, technology development and education.

The Hydrometallurgy Section serves the hydrometallurgy community in Canada and abroad by:

The Section operates through a committee comprised of representatives from major mining companies in Canada, academic and research institutions, as well as technology vendors and engineering companies that have a strong presence in the field of hydrometallurgy.


Gaofeng Li

National Research Council Canada

Gaofeng Li is working as a research officer in powder synthesis at the National Research Council’s (NRC) new advanced materials research facility in Mississauga.  Prior to joining the NRC, Gaofeng Li has worked for over 10 years in the field of steel making, Aluminum alloy development, and advanced powders development for advanced manufacturing, from which he had obtained rich experience in metallic, ceramic and composite materials design, synthesis, and characterization. Gaofeng Li’s current research is focused on applying plasma based technologies (thermal and non-thermal plasma) into materials (powders in micron and nano size) and processes (Green, efficient and low lost) innovation, with special focus on critical minerals for clean energy applications.

Members of the Materials Committee

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