Dr Luigi Vandi

Research Fellow - Project Mgr Eng

School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 336 56195


Luigi Vandi has an expertise in advanced composite materials and manufacturing; which began working at Ferrari Formula 1 Team, where he was responsible for the manufacture of carbon fibre suspensions and gearbox of the F1 car. He gained a unique knowledge in innovative manufacturing techniques, which he strengthened with a year of research at Advanced Composite Structures Australia followed by a PhD in hybrid aerospace composites, in collaboration with Airbus. Luigi is currently working on the development of fully sustainable biocomposites and has a strong focus on industry relevant research to deliver tangible benefits and practical outcomes. He is also the first author of 2 active patents related to advanced composite materials.


  • Master of Engineering, National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine
  • Doctor of Philisophy, The University of Queensland


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Humphry, Jarrad, Vandi, Luigi-Jules, Martin, Darren and Heitzmann, Michael Tobias (2017). Time-temperature transformation modelling for the in situ processing of thermoplastics as a composite matrix. In: Twenty-Fifth International Conference on Processing and Fabrication of Advanced Materials (PFAM-XXV). International Conference on Processing and Fabrication of Advanced Materials (PFAM), Auckland, New Zealand, (). 22-25 January 2017.

  • Chan, C., Vandi, L., Pratt, S., Halley, P., Richardson, D., Werker, A. and Laycock, B. (2016). Processing and characterisation of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA)-based wood plastic composites: effect of non-reactive additives. In: Fibre Value Chain Conference and Expo 2016: Pulp and Paper Bioenergy Bioproducts, Rotorua, New Zealand, (57-66). 12 - 14 October 2016.

  • Heitzmann, Michael T., Ali, Afifah Md, Legras, Angelica, Vandi, Luigi J. and Milne, John (2015). Hemp hurd flour as an alternative low cost filler in wood plastic composites. In: Dilum Fernando, Jin-Guang Teng and Jose L. Torero, Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Performance-based and Life-cycle Structural Engineering (PLSE 2015). International Conference on Performance-based and Life-cycle Structural Engineering, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (109-115). 9-11 December 2015. doi:10.14264/uql.2016.419

  • Heitzmann, Michael Tobias, Torres, Juan Pablo, Vandi, Luigi-Jules and Schaber, Sarah (2015). Probabilistic design: a new approach to look at composite design. In: Composites Australia and CRC-ACS Composites Conference and Trade Show 2015, Gold Coast, Australia, (). 21-23 April 2015.

  • Virk, Amandeep, Vandi, Luigi-Jules, Meeuwissen, Marieke and Heitzmann, Michael (2012). Bond surface analysis using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). In: 'Diversity in Composites' : Proceedings of the 2012 Composites Australia and CRC-ACS Conference. Diversity in Composites 2012 Conference, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia, (). 15-16 March 2012.

  • Vandi, Luigi-Jules, Hou, Meng, Veidt, Martin, Truss, Rowan W., Heitzmann, M. and Paton, R. (2012). Interface diffusion and morphology of aerospace grade epoxy co-cured with thermoplastic polymers. In: ICAS 2012 CD-ROM Proceedings. 28th International Congress of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS 2012), Brisbane, Australia, (1984-1992). 23-28 September 2012.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

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