Dr Luigi Vandi

Research Fellow - Project Mgr Eng

School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 334 66465


Luigi Vandi is a Research Fellow at the Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation, within the School of Chemical Engineering. He has a background in materials science, ranging from advanced manufacturing, in-life performance and end-of life conversion to higher value products. He obtained his PhD on hybrid materials from The University of Queensland, and his MSc from the National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine in France.

His translational research activities have a strong focus on industry relevant projects. His experience in high-performance composites manufacturing for automotive and aerospace applications, includes working at Ferrari F1 Team in Italy, where he was responsible for the manufacture of carbon fibre suspensions and gearbox of the F1 car. In Australia, he played a key role in developing a patented technology as part of a collaborative project with Airbus and CRC-ACS. He is the first author of 2 active patents related to advanced composite materials. At UQ, he is conducting research in the fields of advanced manufacturing, biocomposites and biopolymers, such as the development of novel sustainable materials based on wood and marine-degradable biopolymer, in collaboration with Norske Skog Paper Mills. In this project he also actively engaged with end users to explore applications and progress their adoption. More recently he has been working on novel materials developments for controlled release fertilisers, in collaboration with various national industry partners. With the aim of addressing the end-of-life management of material wastes, he has also been working to further develop a new technology for the conversion of plastic and organic waste into high value biofuels.

Luigi is driven by solution-based research, and in particular bringing latest innovations in materials science to the benefits of a future circular economy. His goal is to provide an expertise at the crossover between materials science and sustainable development to address the challenges of today’s linear economy.

Luigi lectured 4th year Aerospace Composites (course AERO4300), and 2nd year Engineering Investigation & Statistical Analysis (course CHEE2010)


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


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Book Chapter

  • Pratt, Steven, Vandi, Luigi-Jules, Gapes, Daniel, Werker, Alan, Oehmen, Adrian and Laycock, Bronwyn (2019). Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) bioplastics from organic waste. In Juan-Rodrigo Bastidas-Oyanedel and Jens Ejbye Schmidt (Ed.), Biorefinery: integrated sustainable processes for biomass conversion to biomaterials, biofuels, and fertilizers (pp. 615-638) Springer International Publishing: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-10961-5_26

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Chan, Clement Matthew, Vandi, Luigi-Jules, Pratt, Steven, Halley, Peter, Richardson, Desmond E., Werker, Alan and Laycock, Bronwyn (2017). Stability of polyhydroxyalkanaote (PHA)-based wood plastic composites upon UV sunlight exposure. In: Fibre Value Chain 2017 Conference. 2017 Fibre Value Chain Conference and Expo, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, (65-73). 14-16 November 2017.

  • 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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