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Roger Newman

Roger Newman

Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
University of Toronto

Chair Title

NSERC/UNENE Industrial Research Chair in Corrosion Control and Materials Performance in Nuclear Power Systems

Chair Program

Industrial Research Chairs Program


Chairholder since 2004


This is one of the NSERC Industrial Research Chairs that are co-funded by the University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE). The Chairholder is a materials scientist and corrosion specialist by training, and has a strong interest in the corrosion and protection of metallic materials used in nuclear power systems. For CANDU plants, these include several steam-generator tubing alloys, carbon steel, zirconium alloys, stainless steels, weld metals and other materials of construction. He also has an ongoing activity in the synthesis and modification of useful nanomaterials that are created by selective dissolution processes in alloys.

In its first term, the Chair program focused on the mechanisms, prediction and mitigation of corrosion and stress corrosion cracking in nuclear materials, as well as fundamental studies on model alloys, including atomistic simulation. Insights were gained into corrosion mechanisms and mitigation at both low and high temperatures. The industrial partners within UNENE benefited through direct operational relevance, through longer-term research needs and through access to gifted students and technical advice. The interaction with the partners was structured via a Technical Advisory Committee. The program helped to raise the visibility of Canada in both fundamental and applied corrosion science. A key objective of the second five-year term is the training of graduate students in fields that are of direct interest to the industry. This is important for current challenges in the operation and refurbishment of CANDU plants, and will also feed into new plant design and construction, including, in due course, Generation IV plants.


  • Ontario Power Generation Inc.
  • Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL)/Énergie atomique du Canada Ltée (EACL)
  • Bruce Power

Contact Information

Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry
University of Toronto
200 College Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 3E5

Tel.: 416-419-0411
Fax: 416-978-8605

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