Professor Mingxing Zhang

Professor

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
mingxing.zhang@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 68709

Overview

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.

Research Interests

  • Surface treatment of metallic materials
    The research aims at developing new surface treatment techniques and/or modify the current techniques in order to effectively imporve the surface properties of metal components.
  • Grain refinement of cast metals
    The research focuses on seeking new grain refiners for cast metals based on fundamental research results and to refine the as cast grain size, and to improve the properties of cast metals
  • Crystallography of phase transformations in solids
    Understanding of the crystallography of phase transformation will leads design more effective materials processing techniques and therefore to produce higher quality materials.
  • Thin film solar cells
    The project aims to investigate the crystallographic features of thin film polycrystalline solar cells using the edge-to-edge matching model and advanced material characterisation techniques. This is an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to the study of solar cells. It also targets the formulation of key criteria for highperformance solar cells and at development of novel solar cells. The work will generate new scientific knowledge in the areas of material science and physics and promote the applications of this type of clean energy. Hence, the research has scientific and technological significance. It will also be beneficial to the environment and climate change.

Qualifications

  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Engineering, N'western Poly
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Taotou UIST.

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • To produce metallic materials with high performance, understanding of phase transformations is essential because they control the microstructures that govern the properties. The project aims to develop a unified crystallographic theory through integration of the current two models based on an innovative approach of regarding the different transformations as part of a continuous spectrum. The new theory overcomes the deficiencies and weaknesses of current models/theories and provides a comprehensive understanding of phase transformations. The research impacts the field of physical metallurgy by generating new scientific knowledge. It clarifies and eliminates decades of controversy associated with the displacive-diffusional transformations.

  • The project aims to investigate the crystallographic features of thin film polycrystalline solar cells using the

    edge-to-edge matching model and advanced material characterisation techniques. This is an innovative and

    interdisciplinary approach to the study of solar cells. It also targets the formulation of key criteria for highperformance

    solar cells and at development of novel solar cells. The work will generate new scientific

    knowledge in the areas of material science and physics and promote the applications of this type of clean

    energy. Hence, the research has scientific and technological significance. It will also be beneficial to the

    environment and climate change.

  • Kinetic metallization (KM), a novel cold spray process, will be used to deposit amorphous metallic coatings, metallic coatings and particle reinforced composite coatings on light metal substrates in order to significantly improve their wear resistance and corrosion resistance. As KM coating can be performed at temperatures as low as room temperature, it provides a unique tool for surface modification of light metals that have low melting temperatures and high oxidation tendencies. The research will lead to much wider applications of light metals in automotive and aircraft manufacturing, and therefore reduce the weight of vehicles and increase fuel efficiency.

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Publications

Book

  • Progress in surface treatment. Edited by Nahed El Mahallawy and Mingxing Zhang Zurich, Switzerland: Trans Tech Publications, 2008. doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/KEM.384

Book Chapter

  • Wang, Q. and Zhang, M. (2015). Cold-spray coatings on magnesium and its alloys. In T. S. N. Sankara Narayanan, Il-Song Park and Min-Ho Lee (Ed.), Surface modification of magnesium and its alloys for biomedical applications (pp. 379-405) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-1-78242-078-1.00014-1

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Sun, Yong, Qian, Zhen, Luzin, Vladimir, Daniel, William J. T., Zhang, Mingxing and Ding, Shichao (2017). Numerical Investigation of Residual Stresses in Chain-die Formed AHSS U-Channels. In: Thomas M. Holden, Ondrej Muránsky and Lyndon Edwards, International Conference on Residual Stresses 2016: ICRS-10. International Conference on Residual Stresses, Sydney, Australia, (1-6). 3 July - 7 July 2016. doi:10.21741/9781945291173-1

  • Venezuela, Jeffrey, Zhang, Mingxing, Zhou, Qingjun and Liu, Qinglong (2016). Hydrogen permeation in dual phase (DP) and quenched and partitioned (Q&P) advanced high strength steels (AHSS) under cathodic charging and simulated service conditions. In: 2016 European Corrosion Congress, Montpellier, France, (). 11 - 15 September 2016.

  • Luzin, Vladimir, Spencer, Kevin, Zhang, Mingxing and Matthews, Neil (2014). Residual stress in coatings produced by cold spray. In: H. G. Brokmeier, Mechanical Stress Evaluation by Neutrons and Synchrotron Radiation VI. 6th International Conference on Mechanical Stress Evaluation by Neutrons and Synchrotron Radiation (MECA SENS VI 2011), Hamburg, Germany, (155-159). 7-9 September 2011. doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.772.155

  • Zhang, Mingxing and Wang, Qiang (2013). Bonding mechanism of cold spray coating on magnesium alloys. In: Advances in Surface Engineering: Alloyed and Composite Coatings II - TMS 2013 142nd Annual Meeting and Exhibition, San Antonio, United States, (). 3-7 March 2013.

  • Zhang, Mingxing and Shoumou, Miao (2013). Development of novel packed powder diffusion coating techniques. In: Novel Synthesis and Consolidation of Powder Materials - TMS 2013 142nd Annual Meeting and Exhibition, San Antonio, United States, (). 3-7 March 2013.

  • Wang, Feng, Qiu, Dong, Liu, Zhilin, Taylor, John, Easton, Mark and Zhang, Mingxing (2013). The mechanism of grain refinement of aluminium by zirconium. In: Cast Shop for Aluminum Production - TMS 2013 142nd Annual Meeting and Exhibition, San Antonio, United States, (). 3-7 March 2013.

  • Qiu, Dong and Zhang, Mingxing (2010). Inoculation during Metal Castings: Beyond Grain Refining. In: Proceedings of: PRICM 7: Selected peer reviewed papers from the Seventh Pacific Rim International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing. 7th Pacific Rim International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing, PRICM-7, Cairns, Qld., Australia, (671-674). 2-6 August 2010. doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.654-656.671

  • Spencer, Kevin, Luzin, Vladimir and Zhang, Mingxing (2010). Structure and properties of cold spray coatings. In: Jian-Feng Nie and Allan Morton, Proceedings of: PRICM 7: Selected peer reviewed papers from the Seventh Pacific Rim International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing. 7th Pacific Rim International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing, Cairns, Australia, (1880-1883). 2 - 6 August 2010. doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.654-656.1880

  • Spencer, Kevin, Fabijanic, Daniel and Zhang, Ming Xing (2009). Cold spray of Al-MMC coatings on magnesium alloys for improved corrosion and wear resistance. In: M.S. Dargusch and S. Keay, Light Metals Technology 2009. 4th International Light Metals Technology Conference (LMT 2009), Gold Coast, Austraila, (377-380). 29 June - 1 July 2009. doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.618-619.377

  • Zhang, Ming-Xing, Hirmke, Joachim, Spencer, Kevin, Sun, Hai-Qing, Shi, Yi-Nong and Shi, Zhiming (2009). Surface treatment of cast AZ91 alloy. In: 2009 IMA 66th Annual World Magnesium Conference proceedings. 66th Annual World Magnesium Conference, San Francisco, California, (31-35). May 31 - June 2 2009.

  • Taylor, J.A., Qiu, D., Zhang, M.X. and Kelly, P.M. (2008). The Use of Edge-to-Edge Matching in Understanding the Grain Refinement of Aluminium Alloys. In: Hirsch, J., Skrotski, B and Gottstein, G., Aluminium Alloys: Their Physical and Mechanical Properties (2 Volumes). 11th International Conference on Aluminium Alloys (ICAA11), Aachen, Germany, (285-291). 22-26 September 2008.

  • Fu H.M., Zhang H.F., Wang H., Zhang M.X. and Hu Z.Q. (2007). Multifarious fracture features of CuZrAIGd(Ag) bulk metallic glasses. In: Advanced Materials and Processing IV - Selected, peer reviewed papers presented at the 4th International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing. 4th International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing, ICAMP-4, Hamilton, (47-50). December 10, 2006-December 13, 2006.

  • Kelly, P.M., Qiu, D., Taylor, J.A. and Zhang, M.X. (2007). The application of the edge-to-edge matching model to the grain refinement of casting alloys. In: Proceedings of the 5th Decennial International Conference on Solidification Processing. Solidification Processing 2007 (SP07), Sheffield, United Kingdom, (153-158). 23-25 July 2007.

  • Zhang, M. and Kelly, P. M. (2001). Stress-induced Martensitic Transformation and Transformation Toughening in Various Alloys. In: E Pereloma and K Raviprasad, Engineering Materials 2001. ENGMAT2001, Melbourne Australia, (111-116). 23-26 Sept 2001.

  • Zhang, M., Shi, Y. and Kelly, P. M. (2001). Surface alloying of aluminium and magnesium alloys by diffusion coating. In: E Pereloma and K Raviprasad, Engineering Materials 2001. ENGMAT2001, Melbourne, Australia, (225-230). 23-26 September 2001.

  • Kelly, P. M. and Zhang, M. (1999). Orientation relationship between ferrite and cementite in steels. In: The Japan Institute of Metals Proceedings Volume 12 - Solid-Solid Phase Transformations II, PTM'99. Solid-Solid Phase Transformations II, PTM'99, Kyoto, Japan, (1489-1492). 24-28 May 1999.

  • Zhang, M. X., Kelly, P. M. and Gates, J. D. (1999). Study of stress induced martensitic transformation in Fe-Ni-C alloy. In: The Japan Institute of Metals Proceedings Volume 12 - Solid-Solid Phase Transformations II, PTM'99. International Conference on Solid-Solid Phase Transformations II, PTM'99, Kyoto, Japan, (1032-1035). 24-28 May 1999.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • To produce metallic materials with high performance, understanding of phase transformations is essential because they control the microstructures that govern the properties. The project aims to develop a unified crystallographic theory through integration of the current two models based on an innovative approach of regarding the different transformations as part of a continuous spectrum. The new theory overcomes the deficiencies and weaknesses of current models/theories and provides a comprehensive understanding of phase transformations. The research impacts the field of physical metallurgy by generating new scientific knowledge. It clarifies and eliminates decades of controversy associated with the displacive-diffusional transformations.

  • The project aims to investigate the crystallographic features of thin film polycrystalline solar cells using the

    edge-to-edge matching model and advanced material characterisation techniques. This is an innovative and

    interdisciplinary approach to the study of solar cells. It also targets the formulation of key criteria for highperformance

    solar cells and at development of novel solar cells. The work will generate new scientific

    knowledge in the areas of material science and physics and promote the applications of this type of clean

    energy. Hence, the research has scientific and technological significance. It will also be beneficial to the

    environment and climate change.

  • Kinetic metallization (KM), a novel cold spray process, will be used to deposit amorphous metallic coatings, metallic coatings and particle reinforced composite coatings on light metal substrates in order to significantly improve their wear resistance and corrosion resistance. As KM coating can be performed at temperatures as low as room temperature, it provides a unique tool for surface modification of light metals that have low melting temperatures and high oxidation tendencies. The research will lead to much wider applications of light metals in automotive and aircraft manufacturing, and therefore reduce the weight of vehicles and increase fuel efficiency.