Leili Tafaghodi

Leili Tafaghodi

Assistant Professor

Department of Materials Engineering

Research focus:

Leili Tafaghodi research focuses on sustainable high-temperature processing of materials. She specializes in synthesis and refining of high-quality metals and alloys, with an emphasis on alternative approaches for purification of silicon for solar applications. The long-term objective is replacing the current energy-intensive, complex purification process with a simpler and less expensive method. Her areas of expertise also include liquid mixing in metallurgical baths, non-intrusive monitoring of metallurgical operations. The results of the above research can be used to optimize the amount of energy required for bath homogenization in metallurgical operations.

Prior to UBC:

Leili started her research career at Sharif University in Iran and moved to the University of Toronto for her graduate studies. During her graduate studies, she developed a strong international collaboration with the University of Tokyo. Her PhD research on silicon refining was partially done at the University of Tokyo. Prior to joining the UBC Extractive Metallurgy Chair in the Department of Materials Engineering, Leili taught Mineral Processing and introduction to the Resource Industries at the University of Toronto


Leili’s work has been published in Metallurgical and Materials Transaction B, the Journal of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, the Journal of the Iron and Steel Institute of Japan and recently in Alloys and Compounds. She received the best paper award from TMS Light Metal Division. She held NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship as a PhD student at the University of Toronto.

Personal interests:

Leili loves vintage things, good food and great company. In her free time she enjoys travelling, hiking and camping (without grizzlies).

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