Researcher biography

Professor Mingxing Zhang’s research interests are in the application of crystallography to engineering and functional materials, surface engineering of metals, grain refinement for cast metals and epitaxial growth.

Prof Zhang is a world leader in the area of crystallography of phase transformations and its applications in engineering materials, and is recognised as one of the top researchers in the area of surface engineering. His research projects will develop novel surface treatment techniques for metallic materials to improve their surface durability, and to develop new light weight alloys and processes

Prof Zhang obtained his Bachelor of Engineering from the Inner Mongolian University of Science and Technology and Master of Engineering from Northwestern Polytechnical University, China. In 1997 he was awarded his PhD degree by The University of Queensland. His research expertise and interests include crystallography of phase transformations, grain refinement and alloy development of aluminum and magnesium alloys, surface modification and coatings, bainitic transformation and bainitic steels.

Prof Zhang’s research hopes are to apply his fundamental research results to develop new generation metallic materials and to improve the current materials processing techniques. His research outcomes will also offer materials scientists a totally new way to undertake surface treatment for metallic materials, therefore to significantly improve the surface durability of this type of materials. For example, the recently developed new packed powder diffusion coating technique for titanium alloys will enable the replacement of the highly costive superalloys with Ti alloys. The research also hopes to enhance Australia’s competitive ability in international markets in light metals and contribute significantly to material science with the study of the mechanism of phase transformations in solids.

Since obtaining his PhD degree, Prof Zhang has built his international reputation in the areas of crystallography of phase transformation in solids, grain refinement for cast metals and surface engineering of light metals.