Academic staff

  • Professor Nick Birbilis

    Professor Nick Birbilis

    Head, Materials Science and Engineering, and Woodside Innovation Chair
    nick.birbilis@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 54919
    Office:
    Room 109, 22 Alliance, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    Metallic biomaterials, Functional coatings., Fundamental characterisation of corrosion processes on the nano/micro-scale, Corrosion and corrosion control, Development of corrosion resistant alloys, Additive manufacturing
  • Professor Udo Bach

    Professor Udo Bach

    Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
    Udo.Bach@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 56264
    Homepage:
    http://www.udobach.com/
    Office:
    Room 108, 20 Research, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    Novel Electrolytes for Dye-Sensitized Tandem Solar Cells, New infrared sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells, Size-selective separation of gold-nanoparticles, Templated placement of individual nanoparticles onto surface nanopatterns through DNA-directed self-assembly, Dye-sensitized Tandem Solar Cells, Back-Contact Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells, Stamping of nanoparticle assemblies, DNA-Directed Nanofabrication
  • Associate Professor Qiaoliang Bao

    Associate Professor Qiaoliang Bao

    Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering & ARC Future Fellow
    Qiaoliang.Bao@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 54927
    Office:
    Room 256, 20 Research, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    Atomically thin optical materials (graphene, 2D transition metal dichalcogenides, topological insulators, perovskites) and their photonic, plasmonic and optoelectronic applications.
  • Associate Professor Laure Bourgeois

    Associate Professor Laure Bourgeois

    Microscope Manager, Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy & Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
    Laure.Bourgeois@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 55368
    Homepage:
    http://users.monash.edu/~bourgeoi/
    Office:
    Room 105, 10 Innovation, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    Application of advanced transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques to determine the atomic structure of inorganic materials and defects, in order to better understand the formation mechanisms and properties of these materials., Specific areas of interest:, Nucleation and growth of solid-state precipitates in aluminium alloys, Curved graphitic structures
  • Dr Laurence Brassart

    Dr Laurence Brassart

    Senior Lecturer, Materials Science and Engineering
    Laurence.Brassart@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 53670
    Homepage:
    https://www.laurencebrassart.com/
    Office:
    Room 252, 20 Research, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    Multiscale modelling, Chemo-mechanical couplings in solids, Solid mechanics, Mechanics of soft and/or active materials, Micromechanics, Constitutive modelling
  • Professor Neil Cameron

    Professor Neil Cameron

    Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
    Neil.Cameron@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 20774
    Homepage:
    http://users.monash.edu.au/~cneil/index.htm
    Office:
    Room 352, 20 Research, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    Our research interests lie at the interface between materials chemistry and biology. We use modern synthetic chemistry to create designed macromolecules and materials that interrogate, interrupt or mimic biological systems and processes. This in turn leads to opportunities to create novel systems with therapeutic or biotechnological applications. Research projects fall into one or more of the following interlinked themes., New Tools for Biology: scaffolds for 3D cell culture; glycopolymers; polypeptides, New Tools for Chemistry: supported catalysts, organocatalysts, biocatalysts and, reagents; novel materials; new mass spectrometry methods for polymer sequencing, Materials for Medicine: tissue engineering; regenerative medicine; nanomedicine;, targeted delivery, Synthetic Biology: polymersomes as protocells, Current work in the group is exploring i) polypeptide nanoparticles and nanocapsules for drug delivery to the posterior segment of the eye; ii) glycosylated giant polymersomes as protocells; iii) emulsion templated and electrospun porous scaffolds as 3D cell culture substrates; iv) biodegradable emulsion templated scaffolds for the regeneration of ligaments and tendons; v) surface chemical functionalisation of porous materials to allow attachment of molecules of interest; vi) self-assembling nanostructures from biocompatible polypeptide block copolymers; vii) the application of novel mass spectrometry methods to polymer sequencing; viii) chemical functionalisation of cellulose; ix) network polymers of enhanced chemical resistance.
  • Professor Yibing Cheng

    Professor Yibing Cheng

    Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
    Yibing.Cheng@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 54930
    Office:
    Room 101, 20 Research, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    nano-TiO2 based dye sensitised solar cells (DSSCs), ceramic processing, inorganic materials and composites, synthesis of nano materials, development of non-oxide ceramics and composites, especially sialons, microstructure development, materials applications in aggressive conditions
  • Professor Joanne Etheridge

    Professor Joanne Etheridge

    Director, Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy & Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
    joanne.etheridge@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 51836
    Office:
    Room G05, 10 Innovation, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    Ultrahigh resolution electron diffraction and imaging., The theory and application of high energy electron scattering in solids. Determination of atomic structure and bonding, particularly in nanostructured materials.
  • Associate Professor John Forsythe

    Associate Professor John Forsythe

    Associate Professor, Materials Engineering
    John.Forsythe@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 59609
    Homepage:
    http://www.forsythebiomaterials.com/
    Office:
    Room 226, 20 Research, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    light responsive hydrogels and bioprinting, neural stem cells, Neural tissue engineering, biointerfaces, Parkinson's disease, nano-fibrous electrospun scaffolds, spinal cord injuries
  • Dr Jess Frith

    Dr Jess Frith

    Senior Lecturer, Materials Science and Engineering
    Jessica.Frith@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 51967
    Homepage:
    http://frithlab.com/
    Office:
    Room 301, 20 Research, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    My interests lie at the interface of biology and engineering. By combining aspects of biomaterials, stem cell biology and genomics, I hope to understand how stem cells are guided by physical cues from their surrounding microenvironment and apply this knowledge to promote the repair and regeneration of damaged body tissues, such as bone, cartilage and intervertebral disc.
  • Professor Christopher Hutchinson

    Professor Christopher Hutchinson

    Professor, Materials Science and Engineering & ARC Future Fellow
    Christopher.Hutchinson@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 55288
    Office:
    Room 249, 20 Research, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    My research is focused on two principle areas: i) the thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformations and microstructural changes in the metallic solid state, and ii) the relationship between mechanical properties and microstructure of metals and alloys. This work contains both experimental and theoretical components with an emphasis on model development at the mesoscale.
  • Associate Professor Jacek Jasieniak

    Associate Professor Jacek Jasieniak

    Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering & Director, Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute
    Jacek.Jasieniak@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 59584
    Homepage:
    http://www.jacekjasieniak.com
    Office:
    Room 216, 20 Research, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    Advanced Coatings, Printed Electronics, Solar cells, photoconductors, light emitting devices, energy storage systems and chemical sensors., Nanomaterials
  • Dr Julie Karel

    Dr Julie Karel

    Academic Research Fellow
    Julie.Karel@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 55343
    Office:
    Room 316, 20 Research, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    Thin film growth, nanostructuring and device fabrication, Magnetic materials, Liquid electrolyte gating, X-ray spectroscopy: hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES), X-ray absorption spectroscopy/X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XAS/XMCD), X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS)
  • Professor Dan Li

    Professor Dan Li

    Professor, Materials Science and Engineering & Co-Director, Monash Centre for Atomically Thin Materials
    Dan.Li2@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 59673
    Homepage:
    https://www.monash.edu/atomically-thin-materials
    Office:
    Room 257, 20 Research, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    Scalable synthesis of novel functional soft materials (colloids, hydrogels and cellular materials) based on graphene and other two dimensional materials including their nanocomposites with polymers and biomaterials, Nanoionics based on nanoporous membranes for energy storage and conversion devices, water purification, smart membranes, drug delivery, biological tissue engineering and other new nanoionic devices, Superelastic cellular materials for flexible electronics, soft robotics, tissue engineering, thermal management and high-performance nanocomposites, Electrochemistry of nanoporous materials , New techniques for characterization of complex soft materials , R&D strategies for commercialization of new materials
  • Associate Professor Chris McNeill

    Associate Professor Chris McNeill

    Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering & ARC Future Fellow & VESKI Innovation Fellow
    Christopher.McNeill@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 24896
    Homepage:
    http://users.monash.edu.au/~cmcneill/
    Office:
    Room 107, 20 Research, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    Organic semiconductor device physics, Polymer solar cells, Organic field-effect transistors, Synchrotron-based soft x-ray techniques in particular NEXAFS and STXM
  • Associate Professor Nikhil Medhekar

    Associate Professor Nikhil Medhekar

    Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
    Nikhil.Medhekar@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 51421
    Homepage:
    http://users.monash.edu/~nikhilm/Home.html
    Office:
    Room 112, 20 Research, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    computational mechanics and materials science, structure, properties and processing of materials at nano- and micro-scale using computer simulations
  • Professor Laurence Meagher

    Professor Laurence Meagher

    Deputy Director/Director of Research, Monash Institute of Medical Engineering & Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
    Laurence.Meagher@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 59395
    Office:
    Room 310, 20 Research, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    Controlled radical polymerisation for biomedical applications, Bioactive surface coatings for biomedical device applications, Antibacterial polymers and surface coatings, Materials for stem cell expansion and control of phenotype, Cellular therapies
  • Dr Andrey Molotnikov

    Dr Andrey Molotnikov

    Lecturer, Materials Science and Engineering
    Andrey.Molotnikov@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 59996
    Office:
    Room 148, 20 Research, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    Additive Manufacturing, Hybrid materials, Constitutive modelling of the mechanical response of metals, Strain gradient dependent plasticity, Plastic instabilities and strain localisation, Microforming, Finite element modelling (FEM), Non-linear material behaviour
  • Associate Professor Philip Nakashima

    Associate Professor Philip Nakashima

    Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering & ARC Future Fellow
    Philip.Nakashima@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 59981
    Homepage:
    http://www.philipnakashima.com
    Office:
    Room 356, 20 Research, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    Convergent beam electron diffraction, Transmission electron microscopy, Detector characterisation, Chemical bonding and charge density studies, Crystallography, Metals physics, Atomic structure solution, Image processing
  • Professor Jian Nie

    Professor Jian Nie

    Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
    Jianfeng.Nie@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 59605
    Office:
    Room 206, 20 Research, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    Design and development of advanced magnesium alloys and aluminium alloys;, Thermomechanical processing (especially extrusion and rolling) of engineering light alloys; , Processing-structure-property relationships in metallic alloys;, Solute aggregation and segregation in metallic alloys;, Crystallography of phase transformations;, Precipitation and strengthening in metallic alloys;, Applications of advanced electron microscopy imaging techniques;, Biodegradable metallic materials
  • Dr Paul Rometsch

    Dr Paul Rometsch

    Senior Lecturer, Materials Science and Engineering
    paul.rometsch@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 53655
    Office:
    Room 217, 21 Alliance, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    Research interests include alloy development, strengthening mechanisms, phase transformations, heat treatment and various processing technologies that may be applied to the industrial production of aluminium or other metal products. Improved alloy performance, especially for aerospace, automotive and electrical conductor applications, is achieved by understanding and manipulating the process and its metallurgy along the whole value chain. This covers a broad spectrum of alloys and processing methods, including conventional cast/wrought products, advanced manufacturing such as laser additive manufacturing (3D printing) of metals, and high performance materials such as aluminium-scandium alloys or nickel-based superalloys. Experimental work is complemented by process-microstructure-property modelling where possible.
  • Dr Hsin-Hui Shen

    Dr Hsin-Hui Shen

    NHMRC Career Development Fellow
    Hsin-Hui.Shen@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 29518
    Office:
    Room 306, 20 Research, Clayton Campus
  • Professor George Simon

    Professor George Simon

    Deputy Dean, Engineering & Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
    George.Simon@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 54936
    Office:
    Room 144, 20 Research, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    Polymer Blends, Polymer nanocomposites, Thermosets and Their Toughening, Electrospinning of Nanofibers, Dendritic Materials
  • Associate Professor Nikki Stanford

    Associate Professor Nikki Stanford

    X-ray Platform Manager, Materials Science and Engineering
    Nikki.Stanford@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 52783
    Office:
    Room 207, 20 Research, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    Coupling of multiple characterisation techniques to quantify microstructures., Texture development in magnesium alloys, Strip casting of ferrous alloys, Low cycle fatigue of multi-phase steels, Formability and strain partitioning in advanced TWIP/TRIP steel alloys, Characterisation of carbon fibre micro- and nano-structures
  • Professor Kiyonori Suzuki

    Professor Kiyonori Suzuki

    Professor & Deputy Head, Materials Science and Engineering
    Kiyonori.Suzuki@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 59566
    Office:
    Room 357, 20 Research, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    Development of nanocrystalline soft magnetic alloys (NANOPERM), Nanostructured materials for electromagnetic device applications, Magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications, Magnetic framework (MOF) composites for gas separation, Nanostructural formation in melt-spun alloys
  • Professor Terence Turney

    Professor Terence Turney

    Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
    Terence.Turney@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 51762
    Office:
    Room 229, 21 Alliance, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    Override, Terry Turneys current R&D interests include biomimetic materials and applications of nanoparticles and nanocomposites within the manufacturing sector. Most recent activities include the development of improved nucleating agents for polyolefins and extensive work on the properties and toxicology of nanoparticle ZnO for use in personal care products. Over the years, his various groups scientific activities have resulted in over 25 patents, over 100 published scientific papers and a similar number of major reports to industry, resulting in several nanostructured products entering the marketplace., He was previously Director of the Nanotechnology Centre in Australias Government R&D Organization, CSIRO, where he worked as a scientist in various roles in materials research for over 28 years. He is past-Chairman of the Asian Nano Forum, a network organization promoting regional R&D and the economic uptake of nanotechnology within Asia. He has an interest in technological disruption and the place of sustainable innovation within both the manufacturing and built environment sectors. This interest is reflected in his commercial activities as a Director & CTO of Sonic Essentials Pty Ltd, a micronutrient manufacturer for the agricultural sector, and of Micronisers Australasia Pty Ltd, a diverse nanoparticle manufacturer.
  • Associate Professor Matthew Weyland

    Associate Professor Matthew Weyland

    Titan Manager, Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy & Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
    matthew.weyland@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 59026
    Office:
    Room 108, 10 Innovation, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    Centred on the design of experimental technique for transmission electron microscope. His research has pioneered the application of electron tomography for the 3D characterization of nanoscale materials. His current research areas include: , Possibilities and challenges of Aberration corrected TEM/STEM., Atomic resolution 3D reconstruction., High resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS).
  • Professor Xinhua Wu

    Professor Xinhua Wu

    Professor, Materials Science and Engineering & Director, Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing
    Xinhua.Wu@monash.edu
    Phone:
    +61 3 990 55247
    Office:
    Room NA, 13 Normanby Road, Clayton Campus
    Research Interests:
    Laser Additive Manufacturing includes selective laser melting (laser powder bed) and direct laser fabrication (blown powder) processes. For the selective laser melting (SLM) the research is focused on the optimisation of process conditions in order to achieve smooth and consistent manufacture of net shape components from their CAD files as well as optimum microstructure and mechanical properties of alloys Al, Ti, Ni and steels. The research also covers optimisation of surface finish, dimension tolerance and elimination or minimisation of cracks or/and defects in the net shape components. The size of rapidly manufactured components using SLM can be up to 600mm in length, mainly for applications in aerospace, oil & gas, offshore, automotive, chemical and biomedical industries. For direct laser fabrication(DLF) (blown powder process), the research is focused on precision-repair of worn-out components, surface modification and manufacturing small batch of net-shape components from their CAD files directly using commercial alloys. The optimisation of process condition is coupled with the optimisation of microstructure and mechanical properties. The materials of interest include Ti, Ni, Steels and the size of the components can be up to 2-4m long. Rapid alloy synthesis using DLF by feeding different elements at different speeds at different locations is aimed to create new alloys 100 times faster and this study covers a wide range of alloys for structural and functional applications., Net shape HIPping is used to produce large Ti or Ni net shape components from commercial Ti or Ni alloy powders (up to 4m long and 2m wide) for applications in aerospace, energy, oil & gas and chemical industries. The research includes the optimisation of process conditions for mechanical properties required by individual service conditions and the development of processing route and condition for any alloys required by customers, including those which are normally deemed as un-HIPpable, e.g. Inco718, beta Ti alloys. Characterisation of a wide range of mechanical properties of HIPped alloy powders, such as Ti64, Ti5553 etc. is carried out for samples and for large components and ingots. The reduction of tooling cost through innovative methods aimed at further reducing component production cost for all materials is also of key interest., Alloy and Process Development, interested in understanding the relationship between composition and microstructure, mechanical properties and their processability for a range of alloys such as Ti64, Ti153, Ti5553, BuRTi, Ti6242, Ti6246 and others such asTiAl, NiTi and NiTiCu shape memory alloys and NbSi., The manufacturing processes studied include casting, forging and advanced powder processing. The research ranges from new alloy development to modification of existing commercial alloys or optimisation of their processing conditions to meet mechanical properties required by individual service conditions for applications in aerospace, oil & gas, offshore, automotive, chemical and biomedical industries. The characterisation of microstructure and mechanical properties covers materials from samples to large ingots or billets in tonnage.