The objective of the partnership between Professor Yue and Mr. Brahimi was initially to provide a scientific basis to deal with the phenomenon of hydrogen embrittlement. It has quite rapidly evolved into a multi-purpose resource to deliver consultation, technical support and highly qualified personnel to all industrial sectors and academics that are confronted with this scientifically perplexing and industrially critical problem.


McGill University’s hydrogen embrittlement (HE) research program began in 2006 as a collaborative research and development (CRD) project, co-sponsored by a number of industrial partners and the government of Canada. The ongoing research follows multiple distinct tracks such as:

  1. i) Fastener materials susceptibility,
  2. ii) Interactions of fastener materials with coatings and coating processes, and
  3. iii) Aerospace materials and Coatings