Microsystems and Instrumentation

Alidad Amirfazli, PhD, PEng, FCSME, FEIC

Professor & Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Prof. Amirfazli founded the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2013. He formerly held the Canada Research Chair in Surface Engineering at the University of Alberta. He has more than 250 scientific contributions, many in prestigious peer reviewed journals; and given many invited talks at international level. Dr. Amirfazli has been the recipient of the Martha Cook Piper Research prize, Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award, and Killam Annual Professorship. In 2014 he was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College. He has been a consultant with various companies in USA, Europe, and Canada. He is a Fellow of EIC, and CSME.


Prof. Amirfazli’s group combines fluid mechanics and heat transfer concepts with physiochemical and thermodynamic principles to tackle many complex problems seen in aerospace, energy, and materials sectors. The group has produced exciting results in wetting behavior of surfaces, drop adhesion and shedding, drop impact, icing, direct laser patterning of self assembled monolayers and super-hydrophobic surfaces. The work is well recognized internationally; active collaborations with various research groups around the world allows many students to spent time in top laboratories or interacted with researchers we host annually in our lab from Germany, Italy, Spain, China, France, Belgium, UK and Switzerland.

Research Keywords: Thermofluid, Fluid Mechanics, Wetting & Capilarity, Icing, coating

Laboratory: Surface Engineering and Instrumentation Lab (SEiL)

Email: alidad2@yorku.ca

Office: BRG 437E

Nima Tabatabaei, PhD

Associate Professor


The focus of HBO Lab is on the design and development of thermal and optical imaging technologies and devices with applications in medical diagnosis and screening. Optics-based medical devices are of particular interest to us due to their intrinsic ability of revealing malignancies in their early stages. The early diagnosis of diseases improves the effectiveness of treatments, promotes prevention rather than medical intervention, and is probably the only approach for us to win the war on cancer.

One of the major challenges in optical imaging of endogenous tissue contrast is the poor specificity due to background signals from the healthy tissue. The HBO Lab’s vision is to overcome this shortcoming by separating excitation and detection channels (i.e, Hybrid methods). In this scenario, crosstalk between the channels takes place by energy conversion at malignant sites that are sensitive to the excitation.

Laboratory: Hybrid Biomedical Optics Lab

Email: nima.tabatabaei@lassonde.yorku.ca

Office: Bergeron 437E

Pouya Rezai, PhD, P.Eng

Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director

Dr. Pouya Rezai is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, a Professional Engineer in Ontario, and the director of the Advanced Center for Microfluidic Technology and Engineering. He obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from McMaster University in 2012. He is the founding Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program Director at the Lassonde School of Engineering. Dr. Rezai is a recipient of the Early Researcher Award, the CSME IW Smith Award, and the Early Researcher Lassonde Innovation Award. He is the Editor of the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineering bulletin and an editorial board member of Nanotechnology for Environmental Engineering Journal.


Dr. Pouya Rezai’s interdisciplinary research interest is in multi-phase flows within microfluidic and Lab-on-Chip (LoC) devices. At a fundamental level, it aims to understand the interactions between biological and physical nano- and micro-particles and various fluids in biomimetic microsystems. The generated knowledge and expertise are used at the applied level to develop point-of-care and LoC devices for disease studies and drug discovery, and point-of-need sensors for health-and-safety monitoring applications such as pathogen and pollutant detection in air, water, food, and/or human body fluids. See Dr. Rezai’s personal website for the list of his publications and other research outputs.

Research Keywords: Microfluidics, Lab on a Chip, Point of Care Diagnostics, Point of Need Detection, Health and Safety Monitoring

Laboratory: Advanced Center for Micro-fluidic Technology and Engineering (ACµTE)

Email: prezai@yorku.ca

Office: BRG 433B

Phone: +1-4167362100-44703