Marzieh Riahinezhad

Roles and responsibilities

Chemical engineer with expertise in material science and engineering focusing on research related to development and performance assessment of materials used in the construction or retrofit of buildings and infrastructure; material performance assessment relative to codes, standards, and market requirements for durability, service-life, climate resilience, and life-cycle carbon.

Current research and/or projects

  • Performance assessment of innovative liquid applied air barrier systems
  • Durability assessment of polymeric building envelope materials
  • Assessing the alkali resistance of construction sealants
  • Long-term durability assessment of building membranes in contact with low embodied carbon hempcrete
  • Effects of hydrolytic aging on the long-term performance of spruce wood treated with silicone dioxide used in building envelope
  • Development of durable and weather-resistant organic photovoltaics
  • Outdoor natural aging of construction sealants to validate a crack growth model


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Institute for Polymer Research, Chemical Engineering Department, University of Waterloo (2015)
  • M.Sc., Polymer Engineering, Iran Polymer and Petrochemical Institute (2009)
  • B.Sc., Polymer Engineering, Azad University, Science and Research Branch (2007)

Professional activities/interests

  • Technical co-lead of working group on Service Life Prediction Methods at International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction CIB W080
  • Committee member at ASTM International, Committee G03 on weathering and durability
  • Mentor/supervisor of students at National Research Council Canada


  • Adjunct Professor in Civil Engineering Department at University of Ottawa
  • Registered Professional Engineer in Ontario
  • Registered Project Management Professional at Project Management Institute
  • Canadian Society for Civil Engineering
  • Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering
  • International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants


  • Construction Research Centre Director General Innovation Award, National Research Council Canada (2023)
  • Excellence in Occupational Health & Safety Award, Construction Research Centre, National Research Council Canada (2022)
  • Outstanding Achievement Awards, NRC President’s Award for Protecting Canadians, National Research Council Canada (2021)
  • Value for Canada Award, Construction Research Center, National Research Council Canada (2019)
  • Chemical Engineering Medal for Proficiency in Research (Park Reilly Medal), University of Waterloo, Canada (2016)
  • Best PhD Dissertation of the Year in Oil and Energy (finalist among over 500 submissions worldwide), ADIPEC Awards Ceremony and Conference, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2015)
  • Certificate in University Teaching Award, Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo, Canada (2015)
  • Merit Scholarship Award, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada (2015)
  • IPR Award for Academic Excellence in Polymer Science/Engineering, Institute for Polymer Research, University of Waterloo, Canada (2015)
  • Doctoral Thesis Writing Award, University of Waterloo, Canada (2014)
  • Merit Scholarship Award, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada (2013)
  • International Doctoral Student Award, Waterloo, Canada (2011)
  • Provost Doctoral Entrance Award for Women in Engineering, Waterloo, Canada (2011)
  • Excellence Award: Selected as the Best Student in Science and Engineering, Azad University, Science and Research Branch, Iran (2004)



  • Professional Engineer (PEng)
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)


  • Confined Space Awareness and Entry (Auspice Safety Inc.)
  • Managing Projects (TwentyEighty Strategy Execution)
  • Comprehensive Project Management (Canadian Management Centre)
  • Fundamentals of Project Management (Mitacs Inc.)
  • Tools for Polymerization Troubleshooting: A case Study and Problem Solving Approach (University of Waterloo)

Key publications

  • Book chapter entitled Overview of Durability and Methods of Service Life Prediction for Building Adhesive and Sealant Products, Riahinezhad, M., Hallman, M., Masson, J.-F., Lacasse, M.A., Published in the Durability of Building and Construction Sealants and Adhesives: 7th Volume, STP 1633, 2022.
  • The Impact of Vacuum Pressure on the Effectiveness of SiO2 Impregnation of Spruce Wood, Lemaire-Paul, M., Ariadne Beuthe, C., Riahinezhad, M., Foruzanmehr, M.R., Wood Science and Technology, 57, 2022.
  • Degradation and Service-Life Prediction of Silicone Rubber in a Highly Alkaline Environment Simulating Concrete, Masson, J-F, Lopez-Carreon, I., Wu, J., Obukohwo, O., Collins, P., Riahinezhad, M., Engineering Failure Analysis, 138, 2022. 
  • Resistance of a Silicone Membrane to Long-term UV and Moisture Aging in Light of Climate Change, Masson, J-F, Collins, P., Riahinezhad, M., Lopez-Carreon, I., Johansen, J., Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 49, 2022.
  • Critical Review of Polymeric Building Envelope Materials: Degradation, Durability and Service Life Prediction, Riahinezhad, M., Hallman, M., Masson, J-F., Buildings Journal, Special Issue of Advances in Building Materials, 11(7), 2021.
  • Innovative Construction Products: From Qualification and Performance Assessment to Quality Control, Riahinezhad, M., Masson, J-F, Collins, P., Di Lenardo, B., Lacasse, M. A., Johansen, J., Journal of Architectural Engineering, Special Collection on Housing and Residential Building Construction, 2020.
  • Field Temperature and Moisture Loads from a Building Envelope as the Basis for Accelerated Aging of Barrier Membranes; Riahinezhad, Marzieh, Eve, Augusta; Armstrong, Marianne; Collins, Peter; Masson, J-F; Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering; 46, 2019.
  • Condition Monitoring and Remaining Life Assessment of Polymeric Compounds in Nuclear Power Plants; Riahinezhad, Marzieh; Rouison, David; Ireland, Michelle; 68th Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering Conference; Toronto, Canada, 2018.
  • Ageing Management of Low Voltage Cables at Darlington Nuclear Station; Rouison, David; Riahinezhad, Marzieh; 11th International Conference on CANDU Maintenance and Nuclear Components; Toronto, Canada, 2017.
  • Failure Analysis of Polymeric Materials; Riahinezhad, Marzieh; Rouison, David; 67th Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering Conference; Edmonton, Canada. 2017.
  • How Can Material Characterization Support Cable Aging Management?; Riahinezhad, Marzieh; Rouison, David; 18th Environmental Degradation of Materials in Nuclear Power Systems - Water Reactors Conference, Portland, US, 2017.
  • Polymer Failure Analysis: A Problem-Solving Approach; Riahinezhad, Marzieh; Rouison, David; 66th Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering Conference, Quebec City, Canada, 2016.

Previous work experience

  • Polymer Engineer/Scientist, Kinectrics Inc., Toronto, Canada, Feb 2016-May 2018

International experience and/or work

  • Polymer Engineer, Barez Industrial Group, Tehran, Iran, 2008-2011
  • Polymer Engineer, Razi Metallurgical Center, Tehran, Iran, 2007-2008
Marzieh Riahinezhad

Marzieh Riahinezhad

Associate Research Officer
1200 Montreal Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6
Preferred language: English
Telephone: 613-993-2433

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Materials, Nanomaterials, Polymer Composites, Polymers, Sciences, Engineering, Material processing