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Remon Pop-Iliev
BASc, MASc, PhD (Toronto), PEng

Professor
Former NSERC Senior Chair in Innovative Design Engineering (2005-2018)

Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

Contact information

2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario L1G 0C5
Office: ACE 2020

905.721.8668 ext. 5717
905.721.3370 (fax)

remon.pop-iliev@ontariotechu.ca

Office hours:
Friday 10:00 - 12:00


Research topics

  • Processing Functionally Graded Polymeric Composites and Nanocomposites
  • Fabrication of Biodegradable Nanocomposites for Bone Tissue Regeneration
  • Manufacturing Multifunctional Nanocomposite Fibers
  • Rapid Rotational Foam Molding
  • Innovative Design Engineering Education

Education

  • PhD (Mechanical Engineering), University of Toronto, 2003
  • MASc (Mechanical Engineering), University of Toronto, 1999
  • BASc (Mechanical Engineering), University of Skopje, 1982

Courses

  • Capstone Systems Design I and II
  • Concurrent Engineering and Design
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Engineering Design
  • Integrated Manufacturing Systems
  • Innovative Design Engineering
  • Design by Failure

Research and expertise

Publications and presentations

  • Selected publications and presentations

    Selected Journal Publications

    • Karimipour-Fard, P., Bidgoli, A., Rahnamayan, S., Pop-Iliev, R., Rizvi, G., 2022, “Multi-objective Designing of 3D Printed Polycaprolactone/Nano-Hydroxyapatite/Chitin-Nano-Whisker Nanocomposite Bone Tissue Scaffolds Using Genetic Programing based Meta-modeling,” American Institute of Physics (AIP) Journal (accepted, January 24, 2022)
    • Karimipour-Fard, P., Pop-Iliev, R., Rizvi, G., 2022, “Biodegradation Assessment of 3D Printed Polycaprolactone/Nano-Hydroxyapatite/Chitin-Nano-Whisker Nanocomposites,” American Institute of Physics (AIP) Journal (accepted, January 24, 2022)
    • Tariq, M., Utkarsh, Ahmed Syed, N., Behravesh, A., Pop-Iliev, R., Rizvi, G., 2022, "Synergistic Enrichment of Electrically Conductive Polypropylene-Graphite Composites for Fuel Cell Bipolar Plates," International Journal of Energy Research, (https://doi.org/10.1002/er.7898)
    • Utkarsh, Ahmed Syed, N., Tariq, M., Mohany, A., Pop-Iliev, R., Rizvi, G., 2022, “Experimental Investigation of Low-Frequency Sound Absorption Characteristics of Electro-spun Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) Nanofiber Membranes,” Polymer, Vol. 245, 6 April 2022, 124704 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polymer.2022.124704).
    • Karimipour-Fard, P., Jeffrey, M. P., Jones-Taggart, H., Pop-Iliev, R., Rizvi, G., 2021 “Development, Processing and Characterization of Polycaprolactone/Nano-Hydroxyapatite/Chitin-Nano-Whisker Nanocomposite Filaments for Additive Manufacturing of Bone Tissue Scaffolds,” Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, Volume 120 (August 2021): 104583. (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmbbm.2021.104583).
    • Karimipour-Fard, P., Naeem, I., Mohany, A., Pop-Iliev, R., Rizvi, G., 2021, “Enhancing the Accuracy and Efficiency of Characterizing Polymeric Cellular Structures Using 3D-based Computed Tomography,” Journal of Cellular Plastics, vol. 57, 5: pp. 623-642., September 2021, (First Published online August 5, 2020). (DOI:10.1177/0021955X20948556).
    • Karimipour-Fard, P., Behravesh, A., Jones-Taggart, H., Pop-Iliev, R., Rizvi, G., 2020, “Effects of Design, Porosity and Biodegradation on Mechanical and Morphological Properties of Additive-Manufactured Triply Periodic Minimal Surface Scaffolds.” Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials 112 (2020): 104064–104064. (DOI: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2020.104064).
    • Utkarsh, Hegab, H., Tariq, M., Syed, N.A, Rizvi, G., Pop-Iliev, R., 2020, "Towards Analysis and Optimization of Electro-Spun PVP (Polyvinylpyrrolidone) Nanofibers" Advances in Polymer Technology, Wiley, Hindawi, Volume 2020, Article ID 4090747, 9 pages. (https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/4090747). Published May 04, 2020.
    • Pop-Iliev, R., Pao, W. Y., Karimipour-Fard, P., Rizvi, G., 2018, “Visualization and Morphological Characterization of Integral Skin Cellular Polymeric Composites Using X-Ray Microtomography”, Radiation and Applications (RAD Journal), Vol. 3, Iss. 2, pp. 143–146, (ISSN 2466-4294, doi: 10.21175/RadJ.2018.02.024)
    • Shahi, P., Behravesh, A., Sheikh, R., Rizvi, G., Pop-Iliev, R., 2017, "Morphological Analysis of Foamed HDPE/LLDPE Blends by X-ray Micro-Tomography: Effect of Blending, Mixing Intensity and Foaming Temperature", Cellular Polymers, Smithers Rapra Technology, Vol. 36, No. 5, pp. 221-249.
    • Shahi, P., Behravesh, A.H., Haghtalab, A., Rizvi, G., Pop-Iliev, R., Goharpei, F., 2016, “Effect of Mixing on Foaming Behavior of LLDPE/HDPE Blends in Thermal Induced Batch Process,” Polymer-Plastics Technology and Engineering, Vol. 55, No. 9, pp. 949-964.
    • Mircheski, I., Pop-Iliev, R., Kandikjan, T., 2016, “A Method for Improving the Process and Cost of Non-Destructive Disassembly,” Journal of Mechanical Design, ASME, Vol. 138, Iss. 12, PP. 121701-1 to 121701-15 (Paper No: MD-16-1065; doi: 10.1115/1.4034469)
    • Ahmed, S., Pop-Iliev, R., and Rizvi, G., April 13, 2015, “Evaluating Pigment Dispersion for Better Color in Plastics,” Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Plastics Research Online, DOI: 10.2417/spepro.005884.
    • Pop-Iliev, R., 2014, “Foaming Ability of Rotomolding Polyolefin Resins,” Periodical of Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 875-877: Material Research and Applications, pp. 1560-1564, Feb. 27, 2014, Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland, ISBN: 978-3-03785-993-3, (doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.875-877.1560)
    • Makki, N., and Pop-Iliev, R., 2013, “Developing a Wearable Multifunctional Composite Component,” Periodical of Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 683: Adv. Materials and Engineering Materials II, pp. 116-119, Apr. 24, 2013, Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland, ISBN: 978-3-03785-666-6, (doi: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMR.683.116).
    • Makki, N., and Pop-Iliev, R., 2012, “Battery-and Wire-less Tire Pressure Measurement Systems (TPMS) Sensor,” Microsystem Technologies, Springer, Volume 18, Issue 7, pp. 1201-1212
    • Platanitis, G., Pop-Iliev, R., and Barari, A., 2012, “Development of a DSM-Based Methodology in an Academic Setting,” Journal of Mechanical Design, February 2012, Vol. 134, Issue 2, 021007 (11 pages), http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/1.4005591
    • Pop-Iliev, R., 2011, “Processing of Integral Skin Cellular Polymeric Composites in Rapid Rotational Foam Molding,” Acta Physica Polonica A, Vol. 120, No. 2, Aug. 2011, pp. 292-297.
    • Platanitis, G., and Pop-Iliev, R., 2010, “Establishing Fair Objectives and Grading Criteria for Undergraduate Design Engineering Project Work: An Ongoing Experiment,” International Journal of Research and Reviews in Applied Sciences (ISSN: 2076-734X, EISSN: 2076-7366), Vol. 5, Issue 3, Dec. 2010, Paper ID: ijrras-ST333, pp. 271-288.
    • VanWieringen, M., and Pop-Iliev, R., 2010, “Development of a Dual-Fuel Power Generation System for an Extended Range Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, Vol. 57, Issue 2, pp. 641 - 648, ISSN: 0278-0046, DOI Information: 10.1109/TIE.2009.2029516.
    • Pop-Iliev, R., 2009, “Novel Classes of Rotomolded Integral Skin Cellular Polymeric Composites”, World Journal of Engineering, Vol. 6, Issue Supplement 2009, pp. 817-818, ISSN: 1708-5284, (http://wjoe.hebeu.edu.cn/mulu.sup.2009.htm).
    • Barari, A., and Pop-Iliev, R., 2009, “Reducing Rigidity by Implementing Closed-Loop Engineering in Adaptable Design and Manufacturing Systems,” Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Vol. 28, Issues 2-3, pp. 47-54, ISSN: 0278-6125, DOI Information: 10.1016/j.jmsy.2009.04.003.
    • Pop-Iliev, R., Dong, N., Xu, D., and Park, C.B., 2008, “Visualization of the Foaming Mechanism of Polyethylene Blown by Chemical Blowing Agents under Ambient Pressure,” Advances in Polymer Technology, Vol. 26, Issue 4, pp. 213 – 222, DOI 10.1002/adv.20102.
    • Pop-Iliev, R., Lee, K-H., and Park, C.B., 2006, "Manufacture of Integral Skin PP Foam Composites in Rotational Molding,” Journal of Cellular Plastics, Vol. 42, No. 2, pp. 139-152.
    • Best Paper 2006 G. H. Duggan Medal Award CSME. Xu, D., Pop-Iliev, R., Park, C.B., and Fenton, R.G., 2005, “Fundamental Study of CBA-blown Bubble Growth and Collapse Under Atmospheric Pressure,” Journal of Cellular Plastics, Vol. 41, No. 6, pp. 519-538.
    • Pop-Iliev, R., Xu, D., and Park, C.B., 2004, "Manufacturability of Fine-Celled Cellular Structures in Rotational Foam Molding,” Journal of Cellular Plastics, Vol. 40, No. 1, pp. 13-25.
    • Pop-Iliev, R., Liu, F., Liu, G., and Park, C.B., 2003, "Rotational Foam Molding of Polypropylene with Control of Melt Strength,” Advances in Polymer Technology, Vol. 22, No. 4, pp. 280-296.
    • Xu, X., Park, C.B., Xu, D., and Pop-Iliev, R., 2003, "Effect of the Die Geometry on Cell Nucleation of PS Foams Blown with CO2,” Polymer Engineering and Science, Vol. 43, No. 7, pp. 1378-1390.
    • Rizvi, G.M., Park, C.B., Lin W.S., Guo, G., and Pop-Iliev, R., 2003, "Expansion Mechanisms of Plastic/Wood-Fiber Composite Foams with Moisture, Dissolved Gaseous Volatiles, and Undissolved Gas Bubbles," Polymer Engineering and Science, Vol. 43, No. 7, pp. 1347-1360.
    • Pop-Iliev, R., and Park, C.B., 2003, “Single-step Rotational Foam Molding of Skin-surrounded Polyethylene Foams,” Journal of Cellular Plastics, Vol. 39, No. 1, pp. 49-58.
    • Pop-Iliev, R., Rizvi, G.M., and Park, C.B., 2003, “The Importance of Timely Polymer Sintering While Processing Polypropylene Foams in Rotational Molding,” Polymer Engineering and Science, Vol. 43, No. 1, pp. 40-54.
    • Rizvi, G.M., Pop-Iliev, R., and Park, C.B., 2002, “A Novel System Design for Continuous Processing of Plastic/Wood-Fiber Composite Foams with Improved Cell Morphology,” Journal of Cellular Plastics, Vol. 38, No. 5, pp. 367-383.
    • Pop-Iliev, R., and Park, C.B., 2002, “Melt Compounding Based Rotational Foam Molding Technology for Manufacturing of Polypropylene Foams,” Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites, Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 101-120, (2002) and Vol. 21, No. 12, pp. 1079-1100.

    Patents

    •  Patent Title: Internally Supported Modular and Non-modular Linked Structures
      • Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
      • Patent no.: CA 2763540
      • Patent Status: Granted
      • Inventors: S. Nokleby, R. Pop-Iliev
    • Patent Title: Rapid Rotational Foam Molding Process
      • Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
      • Patent no.: U.S. Patent 8,628,704 B2
      • Patent Status: Granted
      • Inventors: R. Pop-Iliev, K. Christian, and E. Abdalla
    • Patent Title: Production of Foamed Low-Density Polypropylene by Rotational Molding
      • Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
      • Patent no.: U.S. Patent 6,103,153
      • Patent Status: Granted
      • Inventors: C.B. Park, G. Liu, F. Liu, R. Pop-Iliev, S. D'Uva, and B. Zhang and
      • Date of Patent: December 02, 2000
      • Patent no.: CA 2300776
      • Patent Status: Granted
      • Inventors: C.B. Park, G. Liu, F. Liu, R. Pop-Iliev, S. D'Uva, and B. Zhang

    Selected Scholarly Addresses

    • (Invited Lecture) Pop-Iliev, R., 2019, “Functionally Graded Polymeric Composites and Nanocomposites and Respective Biomedical Applications,” Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ss. Cyril and Methodi University, Skopje, Macedonia, June 05, 2019.
    • (Invited Seminar) Pop-Iliev, R., 2019, “Developing Smart Nano-Composite Fiber-Based Structures for Industrial Applications,” Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ss. Cyril and Methodi University, Skopje, Macedonia, June 05, 2019.
    • (Invited Seminar) Pop-Iliev, R., 2018, “Novel Design Concepts for Processing Functionally Graded Integral-Skin Cellular Polymeric Composites in Rotational Foam Molding,” Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ss. Cyril and Methodi University, Skopje, Macedonia, June 27, 2018.
    • (Invited Lecture) Pop-Iliev, R., 2018, “Strategies for Designing Engineering Curricula that Foster Team-Based Multidisciplinary Design Engineering Professional Culture,” Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ss. Cyril and Methodi University, Skopje, Macedonia, June 12, 2018.
    • (Keynote Speech) Pop-Iliev, R., 2017, “Chemical Blowing Agent-based Processing of Integral-skin Polypropylene Cellular Composites in Rapid Rotational Foam Molding”, Proceedings of PPS-33, 33rdAnnual Meeting of the Polymer Processing Society, Reference Number: S04-509. Cancun, Mexico, December 13, 2017.
    • (Keynote Speech) Pop-Iliev, R., Cannon, K., 2017, “Chemical Blowing Agent-Based Processing of Integral-Skin Polyethylene Cellular Composites in Rapid Rotational Foam Molding”, Proceedings of ICSTEM 2017, 228th International Conference on Science, Technology, Engineering and Management, Paper ID: RW-ICSTEMSOUTHK-18087-4581, Seoul, S. Korea, August 19, 2017.
    • (Invited Seminar) Pop-Iliev, R., 2014, “The New Canadian Outcomes-Based Engineering Accreditation Framework,” Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ss. Cyril and Methodi University, Skopje, Macedonia, Feb. 27, 2014.
    • (Invited Seminar) Pop-Iliev, R., 2014, “Fundamentals of TRIZ for Engineers,” Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ss. Cyril and Methodi University, Skopje, Macedonia, Feb. 25, 2014.
    • (Keynote Speech), Pop-Iliev, R., 2012, “Processing Integral-Skin Cellular Polymeric Composites in Rapid Rotational Foam Molding,” The 2nd International Conference on Advanced Materials and Engineering Materials 2012 (ICAMEM 2012), Beijing, China, December 16-17, 2012.
    • (Invited Seminar) Pop-Iliev, R., 2011, “Educating Creative Mechanical Engineers,” Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ss. Cyril and Methodi University, Skopje, Macedonia, April 14, 2011.
    • (Invited Seminar) Pop-Iliev, R., 2010, “Designing Competent Design Engineers,” School of Engineering, AUT University (Auckland University of Technology), Auckland, New Zealand, November 26, 2010.
    • (Invited Seminar) Pop-Iliev, R., 2010, “Rapid Rotational Foam Molding,” Waikato Centre for Advanced Materials (WaiCAM), The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, December 7, 2010.
    • (Invited Seminar) Pop-Iliev, R., 2009, “The Mechanical Design Engineering Process,” Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ss. Cyril and Methodi University, Skopje, Macedonia, October 29, 2009.
    • (Invited Seminar) Pop-Iliev, R., 2009, “Sustainable Mobility Systems,” Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ss. Cyril and Methodi University, Skopje, Macedonia, October 28, 2009.
    • (Invited Seminar) Pop-Iliev, R., 2009, “Integral-skin Cellular Polymeric Composites,” Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ss. Cyril and Methodi University, Skopje, Macedonia, October 27, 2009.
    • (Keynote Speech), Pop-Iliev, R., 2008, “Extrusion-assisted Rotational Foam Molding”, Book of abstracts of the 24th Annual Meeting of the Polymer Processing Society 2008 (PPS 24), pp. II.65, Paper reference number: S04-391, June 15-19, 2008, Salerno, Italy.
    • (Invited Lecture) Pop-Iliev, R., Park, C.B., and D’Uva, S., 2002, “Importance of Processing Temperature Control in Single-step Rotational Foam Molding of Skin-Surrounded Polyolefin Foams,” SPE, RETEC, Advances in Materials and Processes in Rotomolding, pp. 85-104, Independence, Ohio.
    • (Invited Lecture) Pop-Iliev, R., and Park, C.B., 2000, "Sintering and Its Relationship to Chemical Blowing Agent Decomposition in Rotational Foam Molding of Polypropylene,” Proceedings of Foamplas 2000, Chicago, Illinois, USA, pp. 103-125.
    • (Invited Lecture) Pop-Iliev, R., Liu, G., Liu, F., Park, C.B., D'Uva, S., and Lefas, J.A., 1999, "Rotational Foam Molding of Polyethylene and Polypropylene,” SPE, RETEC, Innovations in Rotational Molding in the Year 2000 and Beyond, pp. 95-104, Strongsville, Ohio, USA.