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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Supervision

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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

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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.