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Ghaus Rizvi
BE, MS, MASc, PhD (Toronto), PEng

Professor and Graduate Program Director

Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Contact information

2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario L1G 0C5
Office: ACE 3021

905.721.8668 ext. 5745
905.721.3370 (fax)

Office hours:
Wednesday - 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Research topics

  • Polymers and composites processing and characterization
  • Smart and advanced materials
  • Compounding of colours in plastics
  • Wood-plastic composites
  • "Green" Composites
  • Nano-composites
  • Processes and materials for tissue scaffolds and skeletal structures
  • Corrosion of ceramic coatings


  • PhD (Mechanical and Industrial Engineering), University of Toronto, 2003.
  • MASc (Mechanical and Industrial Engineering), University of Toronto, 1999.
  • MS (Mechanical Engineering), San Jose State University, California, 1982.
  • BE (Mechanical Engineering), Karachi University, Karachi, Pakistan, 1977.


  • Advanced Materials Engineering;
  • Structure and Properties of Materials;
  • Design for Manufacturing;
  • Manufacturing System Design I;
  • Quality Control;
  • Manufacturing & Production Processes;
  • Automotive Materials and Manufacturing (graduate course);
  • Advanced and Smart Materials (graduate course);

Research and expertise

Publications and presentations

  • Selected publications and presentations


    • C.B. Park, G.M. Rizvi, and H. Zhang, "Plastic Wood Fiber Foam Structure and Method of Producing Same," U.S. Patent 6,936,200, August 2005

    Book contributions:

    • G. Guo, G.M. Rizvi, and C.B. Park, "Chapter-11: Wood Composite Foams," in Wood-Polymer Composites, Oksman, K., and Sain, M., eds., Woodhead Publishing, pp. 227-256, 2008.
    • G.M. Rizvi and C.B. Park, "Chapter 14 - Wood Flour Composite Foams" in: Handbook of Polymeric Foams and Foam Technology, D. Klempner and V. Sendijarevic, eds., Hanser, pp. 409-446, 2004. 

    Selected Journal publications:

    • G.M. Rizvi and H. Semeralul, “Glass Fiber Reinforced Wood/Plastic Composites”, Journal of Vinyl & Additive Technology, v 14, n 1, pg. 39-42, March 2008
    • G.M. Rizvi, C.B. Park and G. Guo, "Strategies for Processing Wood Plastic Composites with Chemical Blowing Agents," Journal of Cellular Plastics, v 44, n 2, pg. 125-137, March 2008.
    • G. Guo, Y.H. Lee, G.M. Rizvi, and C.B. Park, “Influence of Wood Fiber Size on Extrusion Foaming of Wood Fiber/HDPE Composites”, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, v 107, n 6, pg. 3505 - 3511, March 15, 2008.
    • J. Zhang, C.B. Park, G.M. Rizvi, H. Huang, and Q. Guo, "Investigation on the uniformity of HDPE/Wood fiber composites in a twin-screw extruder", Journal of Applied Polymer Science, v 113, n 4, pg. 2081-2089, 2009.
    • K.B. Adhikary, M.R. Islam, G.M. Rizvi, and C.B. Park, "Effect of Extrusion Conditions on the Surface Quality, Mechanical Properties, and Morphology of Cellular Wood Flour/High-Density Polyethylene Composite Profiles", Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, submitted, July 2010.
    • J. Zhang, G. M. Rizvi, C. B. Park and Mohammad M. Hasan, “Study on cell nucleation behavior of HDPE–wood composites/supercritical CO2 solution based on rheological properties”, Journal of Materials Science, v 46, n 11, pg. 3777-3784, 2011.
    • K.B. Adhikary, M.R. Islam, G.M. Rizvi, and C.B. Park, “Effects of Lubricant Content on Extrusion Processing and Mechanical Properties of Wood Flour–High Density Polyethylene Composites”, Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, v 24, n 2,  pg. 155 — March 2011.
    • J. Zhang, G.M. Rizvi, and C.B. Park, “Effects of Wood Fiber Content on the Rheological Properties, Crystallization Properties, and Cell Morphology of Extruded Wood Fiiber/HDPE Composites Foams”, BioResources; v 6, n 4, pg. 4979-4989, 2011.
    • M. Mahmoodi, S. Park, and G. Rizvi, “Feasibility Study of Thin Micro Injection Molded Components” Polymer Engineering and Science, Vol. 52, no. 1 pg 180-190, 2012.
    • E Soury, A. H. Behravesh, G. M. Rizvi, N. J. Jam, “Rheological Investigation of Wood-Polypropylene Composites in Rotational Plate Rheometer”, Journal of Polymers and the Environment, Springer, Vol 20, 2012. DOI 10.1007/s10924-012-0502-x Published online July 8 2012.