Ibrahim G. Ogunsanya


Ibrahim G. Ogunsanya is a professor in the department of Civil and Mineral Engineering, a professional engineer in Ontario, and a member of professional society such as American Concrete Institute (US), NACE International (US), Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (US).

His research focuses on the durability and sustainability of materials and structures across several engineering sectors. He studies the processing-structure-property-degradation relationship to develop new (durable and sustainable) materials, but also improve existing materials, from ferrous (iron and steel) and non-ferrous (aluminum, nickel, copper, etc.) alloys and superalloys to cement and concrete.

Over the years, majority of his study has been on durability and sustainability of reinforced structures because we continue to expose our infrastructures to harsher environmental conditions but asks more of their service life. His role has, therefore, been to select “appropriate” construction material (reinforcing bars, cement and concrete) combinations that solves our immediate and future needs of economy, safety, durability and sustainability.

He is known for his research work on electrochemistry and corrosion.


Education and Designations

BSc, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, University of Lagos

MASc, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo

PhD, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo

PDF, University of Waterloo & University of Toronto

PEng, Professional Engineers of Ontario

Research Interests

Metals and alloys (processing-structure-property-degradation relationship)

Electrochemistry and corrosion

Surface engineering and coatings

Durability and sustainability of reinforced-structures & non-destructive testing

Cement and concrete chemistry

Material characterization techniques

Research Team and Potential Students

Individuals with similar research experience and interests willing to join my research group should send an email introducing themselves and their research experience/interest included with a CV, unofficial transcripts, relevant publications, and a brief research proposal. Candidates are advised to put effort into their emails and attached documents, and I will respond when spots are available.


Selected/Recent Journal Publications

  1. I. G. Ogunsanya, M. Zakeri, R. Newman. “Effect of Ti and Al impurities in the internal oxidation of alloy 690 and Ni-based model alloys” in preparation.
  2. I. G. Ogunsanya. “Corrosion properties of retrogression-formed and warm-formed precipitation hardened AA7075 alloy: Part 2: influence of forming temperature, strain rate, and heating rate during forming” Materialia, submitted December 2021.
  3. I. G. Ogunsanya. “Corrosion properties of retrogression-formed and warm-formed high strength precipitation hardened AA7075 alloy: Part 1 – influence of retrogression and pre-aging temperature and time” Materialia, submitted December 2021.
  4. I. G. Ogunsanya, L. Kristufek, P. Le Meur, C. M. Hansson. “Influence of cations on pore solution chloride and critical chloride threshold of carbon steel rebar”. Journal of Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, https://doi.org/10.1080/23789689.2021.1931755.
  5. M. J. Benoit, I. G. Ogunsanya, S. Winkler, C. M. Hansson, M. Worswick. “Internal corrosion of warm formed aluminum alloy automotive heat exchangers”. Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance, vol. 30, pp. 2876–2889, 2021.
  6. I. Brock, I. G. Ogunsanya, H. Asgari, S. Patel, M. Vlasea. “Relative performance of additively manufactured and cast aluminium alloys”. Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 760-782, 2021.
  7. C.B. Van Niejenhuis, I.G. Ogunsanya, C.M. Hansson, “Analysis of pore solution of different cements with and without chloride”. ACI Materials Journal, vol. 117, no. 3, pp21-28, 2020.
  8. I. G. Ogunsanya and C. M. Hansson. “The critical chloride threshold of austenitic and duplex stainless steel reinforcing bars”. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, vol. 51, no. 9, pp. 4685-4694, 2020.
  9. I. G. Ogunsanya, V. Strong, C. M. Hansson. “Corrosion behavior of austenitic 304L and 316LN stainless steel clad reinforcing bars in cracked concrete”. Materials and Corrosion, vol. 72, no. 7, pp 1066-1080, 2020.
  10. I. G. Ogunsanya and C. M. Hansson. “Reproducibility of the corrosion resistance of UNS S32205 and UNS S32304 stainless steel reinforcing bars”. Corrosion, vol. 76, no. 1, pp. 114-130, 2020.
  11. I. G. Ogunsanya and C. M. Hansson. “Influence of Sulphate on the Electronic and Electrochemical Properties of Passive Films Formed on Steel Reinforcing Bars”. Materialia, vol. 7, no. 111112, 2019.
  12. I. G. Ogunsanya and C. M. Hansson. “The semiconductor properties of passive films and corrosion behaviour of stainless steel reinforcing bars in simulated concrete pore solution”. Materialia, vol. 6, no. 100321, 2019.
  13. I. G. Ogunsanya and C. M. Hansson. “Detection of the critical chloride threshold of carbon steel rebar in synthetic concrete pore solutions”. RILEM Technical Letters, vol. 3, pp. 75-83, 2018.
  14. I. G. Ogunsanya and C. M. Hansson. “The Influence of Coating Thickness and Composition on the Corrosion Propagation Rates of Galvanized Rebar in Cracked Concrete”. Corrosion, vol. 74, no. 1, pp. 134-143, 2017.


Course CodeTitle & DescriptionSessionDay(s)Start TimeEndSection
CIV209HWinter Scheduled by the Office of the Faculty Registrar.

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Ibrahim G. Ogunsanya
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George St.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M5S 1A4


Office: SF 3001D

Email: ibrahim.ogunsanya@utoronto.ca

Phone: (416) 978-2867