Alireza Tabatabaei Naeini


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Dr. Alireza Tabatabaei received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2017 and worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Microcellular Plastic Manufacturing Laboratory (MPML) after his graduation. Soon after he joined the Woodbridge Foam Group which is a global systems solution provider, specializing in fully-integrated foam solutions.

Alireza’s research expertise is on manufacturing and characterization of the polymeric foams.

Research Area

  • Development of light weighed non-flammable engineering plastics foams
  • Microcellular extrusion and bead foaming
  • Material-Process-Structure-Properties relationships for polymeric foams

Journal Articles

  • Rizvi, A., Tabatabaei, A., Vahedi, P., Mahmood, SH., and Park, C.B., “Non-crosslinked thermoplastic reticulated polymer foams from crystallization-induced structural heterogeneities”, Polymer, 135 (2018), 185-192.
  • Tabatabaei, A. and Park, C.B., “In-Situ Visualization of PLA Crystallization and Crystal Effects on Foaming in Extrusion”, European Polymer Journal, 96 (2017), pp. 505-519.
  • Tabatabaei, A., Barzegari, M.R., Mark, L.H., Park, C.B., “A Study of Polypropylene Crystallization under the Influence of Supercritical CO2 in the Extrusion Foaming Process via Visualization”, Polymer, 122 (2017), pp. 312-322.
  • Tabatabaei, A., Mark, L.H., Park, C.B., “Visualization of polypropylene crystallites formed from a stressed melt in extrusion”, Polymer, 101 (2016), pp. 48-58.
  • Tabatabaei, A., Barzegari, M.R, Nofar, M., Park, C.B., “In-situ visualization of polypropylene crystallization during extrusion”, Polymer Testing, 33 (2014), pp. 57–63.
  • Nofar, M., Tabatabaei, A., Soujudinia, H., Park, C.B., Carreau, P.J., Heuzey, M.-C, Kamal, M.R., “Mechanical and foaming behaviors of PLA-PBAT and PLA-PBSA blends with different morphologies”, European Polymer J., 90 (2017), pp. 231-244.
  • Nofar, M., Tabatabaei, A., and Park, C.B., “Effects of Nano-/Micro-Sized Additives on the Crystallization Behaviors of PLA and PLA/CO2 Mixtures”, Polymer, 54 (2013), 9, pp. 2382–2391.
  • Rizvi, A., Tabatabaei, A., Barzegari, R., Mahmood H., and Park, C.B., “In situ Fibrillation of CO2-Philic Polymers: Sustainable Route for Manufacturing Polymer Foams in a Continuous Process”, Polymer, 54 (2013), 17, pp. 4645-4652.
  • Nofar, M., Tabatabaei, A., Ameli, A., and Park, C.B., “Comparison of Melting and Crystallization Behaviors of Polylactide under High-Pressure CO2, N2, and He”, Polymer, 54 (2013), 23, pp. 6471-6478.
  • Shaayegan, V., Mark, L.H., Tabatabaei, A., Park, C.B., “A New Insight into Foaming Mechanisms in Injection Molding via a Novel Visualization Mold”, eXPRESS Polymer Letters, DOI: 10.3144/expresspolymlett.2016.44

Conference Papers

  • Tabatabaei, A., Mark, L.H., Xie, Q., and Park, C.B., “Dynamic Solubility of Carbon Dioxide in Polypropylene Melt”, Society of Plastics Engineers, Annual Technical Conference – ANTEC, Conference Proceedings, Paper # 433, Indianapolis, Indiana, May 23-25, 2016.
  • Barzegari, M.R., Tabatabaei, A., Hossieny, N., Wang, H., and Park, C.B., “A Study on the Morphological Properties and Foaming Behavior of PS/Polyolefin Blends”, Society of Plastics Engineers, Annual Technical Conference, Technical Papers, Paper # 1591547, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 21-24, 2013
  • Nofar, M.R., Tabatabaei, A., Barzegari, M.R. and Park, C.B., “PLA Extrusion Foaming Behavior: Effects of Varying Isothermal Melt Crystallization Kinetics”, Society of Plastics Engineers, Annual Technical Conference, Technical Papers, Paper # 1591538, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 21-24, 2013

Chapters in Book

  • Nofar, M., Tabatabaei, A., and Park, C.B., “Chapter 8 – Innovative PLA Bead Foam Technology”, in: Polymeric Foams: Innovation in Process, Technology, and Products, Lee, S.T., ed., CRC Press, accepted, January 2016.


  • Glenn Jr, Robert Wayne, Todd Ryan Thompson, J. U. N. G. Ungyeong, Z. H. U. Changwei, and Alireza Tabatabaei-Naeini. “Process of Forming a Personal Care Article.” WO2014152085 A1, Sep 25, 2014


  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

Awards & Honors

  • Mechanical & Industrial Department Graduate Discovery Award (2017)
  • SPE Michael Reedy Scholarship (2017)
  • SPE Ananda Chatterjee Student Travel Award Honorable Mention (2017)
  • Mechanical & Industrial Department (UofT) Travel Grant (2016)
  • SPE Ananda Chatterjee Student Travel Award (2016)
  • SPE FOAMS 2016, Best Poster Award (2016)
  • PhD Doctoral Completion Award (2016)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2015)
  • Polymer Processing Society, Best Poster Award (2015)
  • University of Toronto Graduate Student Conference Grant (2015)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2014)