Hub Achievements

Hub Achievements

The Research Hub, based on Laboratory for Simulation and Modelling of Particulate Systems (SIMPAS), is a world class, multi-disciplinary research facility established and directed by Professor Aibing Yu (Pro Vice-Chancellor and President), Monash Suzhou and Vice Chancellor's Professorial Fellow, Monash University. Annual achievements of the Research Hub are as follows:

2020

One fresh project was added to the Hub’s portfolio and all the CIs in the Hub have been actively engaged with the industry partners. A new partner Bradken Resources Pty Ltd applied to join the Hub and has been approved by ARC administration in 2020. Some of the highlights from 2020 can be summarized as follows:

PhD students: 8 new HDRs were recruited in 2020, most of them are fully working in the Hub projects. 9 PhD students graduated in 2020, as well as 2 students have currently submitted their thesis.

Publications: 70 Journal papers and 5 Conference papers were published by Hub members.

Conference/Workshop organizing: The Hub in partnership with other organizations, has organised the following:

  1. The Hub co-held The International Symposium on Minerals, Metallurgy and Materials Research and Development of Advanced Technology, 4-6 Jan 2020, Nanchang, China.
  2. 2020 ARC Computational Particle Technology Annual Meeting held on 18 Dec 2020.
  3. The Hub organized a research brief meeting to demonstrate our research capabilities with correspondents of our new partner, Bradken, on 20 Jul 2020.

Plenary/keynote Lectures: The Hub CIs have been invited to give 1 Plenary Lecture, 3Keynote Lectures and 5 Invited Talks (total of 9) in professional conferences and public including:

Plenary Lectures:

  1. Plenary Lecture (CI Dongyuan Zhao, Monash), Title: Oriented assembly of fuctional mesoporous materials with multi-level architectures, The International Coalition for Energy Storage and Innovation (ICESI) 2020, 1-4 Mar 2020, Sydney, Australia.

Keynote Lectures:

  1. Keynote Lecture (CI Vladimir Strezov, Macquarie), Title: Sustainable application of blast furnace slag for advanced environmental engineering, 5th International Conference on Civil Engineering for Sustainable Development, 7-9 Feb 2020, Khulna, Bangladesh.
  2. Keynote Lecture (CI Han Huang, UQ), Title: Lapping of brittle and hard solids using novel nanosuspensions, International Conference of Abrasive Machining Technologies and Surface Engineering, 17-18 Sept 2020 (via Zoom), Changzhou, China.
  3. Keynote Lecture (AI Mingxing Zhang, UQ), Title: Development of cost-effective creep-resistant Mg-Gd-Ca based cast magnesium alloys, The 7th International Conference on Magnesium, 19-22 2020 (Online), Shenyang, China.

Invited Talks:

  1. Invited Talk (CI Shibo Kuang, Monash) Title: 3D modelling of ironmaking blast toward industrial applications, The International Symposium on Minerals, Metallurgic and Materials Research and Development Advanced Technology, 4-6 January 2020, Nanchang, China.
  2. Invited Talk (CI Kejun Dong, WSU), Title: DEM studies of vibrated beds and screening processes, The 1st International Symposium on Mining, Metallurgy and Material Research and Development, 4-6 Jan 2020, Nanchang, China.
  3. Invited Talk (CI Dongyuan Zhao, Monash), Title: How to get published on ACS Central Science, 8th International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICONN 2020), 9-13 Feb 2020, Brisbane, Auatralia.
  4. Invited Talk (CI Haiping Zhu, WSU), Title: Particulate systems: link discrete to continuum description, Webinar on Materials Science, Engineering and Technology, 17-20 Nov 2020.
  5. Invited Talk (CI Kejun Dong, WSU), 22nd Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, 6-10 Dec 2020, Brisbane, Australia.

Awards: The Hub members have won a few awards in 2020 including:

  • Prof Cordelia Selomulya elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering
  • CI Yijiao Jiang selected as a Member of the ARC College of Experts
  • CI Kejun Dong promoted to Associate Professor
  • A/Prof Kejun Dong won Researcher Development Awards in Western Sydney University with a project on the application of self-assembly of granular particles.
  • A/Prof kejun Dong won Research Theme Grant Support Funding Award in Western Sydney University with a project on the CFD-DEM simulation on the dispersion of air pollutant particles.
  • Dr Xiaoteng Zhou was awarded the ANSTO 2020-2 proposal in Jul 2020. The proposal titled ‘Black carbon analysis at different fractions of atmospheric particles at iron and steelmaking areas in China’ with ID of AP12485.
  • Mr Min Wang awarded the Best Presentation Award at the Second National Conference on Process Modelling and Simulation, 16-17, Jul 2020.
  • Ms Noor Ismail awarded the Best Poster Award at the Second National Conference on Process Modelling and Simulation, 16-17, Jul 2020.
  • Mr Xuan Zhang won first place in Chemical Engineering for Merck Virtual Poster Award, 26 Nov 2020.
  • PhD student Yi Zou was awarded the excellent poster award, 11th Annual Conference of Chinese Society of Particles, 23 Oct 2020, Xiamen China.

Extra funds: Approximately $742k extra funds was generated by the Hub members in 2020, including:

  • CI Wenyi secured ARC LP200100110, $482k.
  • Industry partner, RioTinto, contributed an additional $60k to expand scope of existing research project.
  • New partner, Bradken, has onboard the Hub, bringing cash contribution of $200k for the remaining lifecycle of the Hub.

Outcomes highlight: Several outcomes were developed/proposed from Hub research and implemented / to be implemented in the industry. Selected outcomes are:

  • Project P13 developed a GPU-DEM large-scale model that has been applied to study particle degradation during ship-loading process. The effect of initial content on particle impacts, energy and breakage degree are analysed. Particle breakage model is established and calibrated based on the population balance model.
  • Project P21 developed a numerical model that is applied broadly as a design tool for low-low temperature ESP processes.
  • Project P38 achieved successful outcomes from the model development (with experimental validation from single droplet drying), and could be used in CFD simulation of antisolvent vapour precipitation at a large scale. This would enable the transition of antisolvent vapour precipitation from bench scale to the application stage.
  • Project P42 proposed a new method for predicting surface scratching for the workpiece-die contact sliding in deep drawing. This approach has been used by the industry partners to predict the surface scratching process in their lab experiments.

One-page summary of 2020 achievements can be found here (PDF, 0.14 MB).

2019

Six fresh projects were added to the Hub’s portfolio and all the CIs in the Hub have been actively engaged with the industry partners. A new partner JXUST (Jiangxi University of Science and Technology) applied to join the Hub and has been approved by ARC administration in early 2019. Some of the highlights from 2019 can be summarized as follows:

PhD students: 11 new HDRs were recruited in 2019, most of them are fully working in the Hub projects. 13 PhD students graduated in 2019, plus 3 PhDs submitted their thesis.

Publications: 55 Journal papers and 4 Conference papers were published by Hub members.

Conference/Workshop organizing: The Hub in partnership with other organizations, has organized the following symposiums:

  1. Joint Workshop on Functional Materials and Simulation between Monash University and Northwestern Polytechnical University, 5 Aug 2019, Clayton, Australia.
  2. The International Symposium on Minerals, Metallurgy and Materials Research and Development of Advanced Technology, 4-6 Jan 2020, Nanchang, China.
  3. Australia-China High-end Forum on Research Innovation and Commercialisation, 22-24 Oct 2019, Suzhou, China (the hub members heavily involved in the organisation of this symposium).

Plenary/keynote Lectures: The Hub CIs have been invited to give 9 Plenary Lectures, 14 Keynote Lectures and 10 Invited Talks (total of 33) in professional conferences and public including:

Plenary Lectures:

  1. Plenary Lecture (CI Liangchi Zhang, UNSW), Title: Moulding of Optical Lens and Microlens Arrays: Merits and Problems, 6th Asia Pacific Conference on Optics Manufacture, 7-9 Jan 2019, Hong Kong.
  2. Plenary Lecture (CI Liangchi Zhang, UNSW), Title: Mechanical property characterisation of carbon nanotube and graphene: the necessary-sufficient conditions and applications, 7th Edition of Graphene and 2D Materials Conference, 11-13 Jun 2019, Stockholm, Sweden.
  3. Plenary Lecture (CI Liangchi Zhang, UNSW), Title: Polishing of silicon, sapphire, silicon carbide and diamond wafers: fundamentals and practice, 2019 International Conference on Planarization/CMP Technology, 15-18 Sept 2019, Hsinchu, Taiwan, China.
  4. Plenary Lecture (CI Aibing Yu, Monash), Title: Modelling and simulation of particle-fluid flow, 10th National Conference on Fluidisation, 17-20 Sept 2019, Dalian, China.
  5. Plenary Lecture (CI Aibing Yu, Monash), Title: Modelling and simulation applied in process engineering, 1st International Conference on Energy and Environment, 19-22 Sept 2019, Nanjing, China.
  6. Plenary Lecture (CI Aibing Yu, Monash), Title: Modelling and Simulation of Mineral and Metallurgical Processes, International Conference on Mineral Processing, 4-6 Oct 2019, Wuhan, China.
  7. Plenary Lecture (CI Liangchi Zhang, UNSW), Title: Mechanics in the Machining of Some Hard-Brittle Materials, 5th Conference on Precision Manufacturing and Automation, 13-15 Oct 2019, Shenzhen, China.
  8. Award Lecture (CI Aibing Yu, Monash), Title: Simulation and Modelling of Particulate Systems, Shell Thomas Baron Award Lecture at AIChE Annual Meeting, Nov 2019, Orlando, USA.
  9. Plenary Lecture (CI Aibing Yu, Monash), Title: Powder Processing in Advanced Materials Manufacturing, Wiley-Guangdong Univ of Technology International Conference on Energy Chemistry, 20-22 Dec 2019, Guangzhou, China.

Keynote Lectures:

  1. Keynote Lecture (AI Mingxing Zhang, UQ), 2nd International Symposium On Materials Manufacturing Processes And Devices (MMPD2019), 15-17 Feb 2019, Auckland, New Zealand.
  2. Keynote Lecture (CI Runyu Yang, UNSW), Title: Experimental and Numerical Study on Charging Process in the COREX Melter Gasifier, International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences, 25-28 Mar 2019, Tokyo, Japan.
  3. Keynote Lecture (CI Zongyan Zhou, Monash), Title: Mixing and Segregation in Liquid Fluidizations of Spherical and Ellipsoidal Particles, The International Conference on Computational & Experimental Engineering and Sciences (ICCES) 2019, 25-28 Mar 2019, Tokyo, Japan.
  4. Keynote Lecture (RA Qinfu Hou, Monash), Title: Generating Macroscopic Quantities of Particle-Fluid Flows: Applications to Systems with Coarse or Cohesive Particles, Fluidization XVI, 26-31 May 2019, Guilin, China.
  5. Keynote Lecture (CI Yansong Shen, UNSW), Fluidization XVI, 26-31 May 2019, Guilin, China.
  6. Keynote Lecture (CI Wenyi Yan, Monash), Title: Optimisation Design of Mass Flow Hoppers in Granular Materials Discharging Systems, 13th International Conference on the Mechanical Behaviour of Materials, 11-14 Jun 2019, Melbourne, Australia.
  7. Keynote Lecture (RA Qinfu Hou, Monash), Title: A Scaling Approach for CFD-DEM Modelling of Thermochemical Behaviours in Moving Bed Reactors and its Application, Modelling of Multiphase Flow and Particulate Systems in ICCES2019, 17-19 Jul 2019, Tokyo, Japan.
  8. Keynote Lecture (CI Haiping Zhu, WSU), Title: An averaging method of particulate systems, 2019 Surrey Symposium on Formulation & Product Engineering, 19 Jul 2019, Guildford, UK.
  9. Keynote Lecture (CI Aibing Yu, Monash), Title: A scaling approach for two-order faster CFD-DEM modelling of thermochemical behaviours in moving bed reactors, 8th International Conference on Discrete Element Methods (DEM8), 21-26 Jul 2019, The Netherlands.
  10. Keynote Lecture (CI Runyu Yang, UNSW), Title: CFD modelling of air and particle flows in different airway models, 1st International Conference on Energy and Environment, 19-22 Sept 2019, Nanjing, China.
  11. Keynote Lecture (CI Shibo Kuang, Monash), Title: Multiscale modelling and analysis of particle-fluid flow systems: Some examples, 18th Asian Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering (APCChE) Congress, 23-27 Sept 2019, Sapporo, Japan.
  12. Keynote Lecture (CI Zongyan Zhou, Monash), Title: Modelling and Simulation of Packing and Flow of Ellipsoidal Particles, The 18th Asia Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering (APCChE) Congress, 23-27 Sept 2019, Sapporo, Japan.
  13. Keynote Lecture (CI Han Huang, UQ), Title: Developing advanced grinding technology for micro optical moulds, International Symposium for Intelligent Ultra­precision Optics Manufacturing Technology (IUOMT 2019), 11-14 Oct 2019, Changsha, China.
  14. Keynote Lecture (CI Zongyan Zhou, ,Monash), Title: Packing and Flow of Spherical and Ellipsoidal Powders, The Asian Pacific Congress on Computational Mechanics (APCOM) 2019, 18-21 Dec 2019, Taipei, Taiwan.

Invited Talks:

  1. Invited Talk (AI Mingxing Zhang, UQ), Title: Crystallography of Phase Transformations in Solids and its Applications, 148th Annual Meeting & Exhibition of The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS2019), 10-14 Mar 2019, San Antonio, USA.
  2. Invited Talk (CI Geoff Wang, UQ), R&D Commercialisation Conference on Industry-University Interaction for R&D Development Research, 21-22 Mar 2019, Sydney, Australia.
  3. Invited Talk (CI Wenyi Yan, Monash), Title: Numerical simulation of direct laser metal deposition for restoration and prediction of optimal process parameters, Asia-Pacific International Conference on Additive Manufacturing 2019 (APICAM2019), 1-3 Jul 2019, Melbourne, Australia.
  4. Invited Talk (AI Mingxing Zhang, UQ), Title: Grain refinement in an additively manufactured aluminum alloy, Asia-Pacific International Conference on Additive Manufacturing 2019 (APICAM2019), 1-3 Jul 2019, Melbourne, Australia.
  5. Invited Talk (PDR Yingang Liu, UQ), Title: Morphology, structure and mechanical properties of titanium alloy processed via surface severe plastic deformation, 10th Pacific Rim International Conference on Advanced Materials and Processing (PRICM10), 18-22 Aug 2019, Xi’an, China.
  6. Invited Talk (CI Vladimir Strezov, Macquarie), Title: Analysis of atmospheric particles near industrial operations in Australia and China, Australia and New Zealand Food and Environmental Symposium, 6 Sept 2019, Sydney, Australia.
  7. Invited Talk (CI Geoff Wang, UQ), Title: Characterization of Inclusions and Precipitates in Si-deoxidized Spring Steel, 2019 Metallurgical Innovation Symposium, 22-25 Sept 2019, Wuhan, China.
  8. Invited Talk (CI Yansong Shen, UNSW), Title: Modelling and optimisation of ironmaking processes: Some recent developments, 18th Asian Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering (APCChE) Congress, 23-27 Sept 2019, Sapporo, Japan.
  9. Invited Talk (CI Kejun Dong, WSU), Title: DEM studies of vibrated beds and screening processes, The 1st International Symposium on Mining, Metallurgy and Material Research and Development, 4-6 Jan 2020, Nanchang, China.
  10. Invited Talk (CI Shibo Kuang, Monash) Title: 3D modelling of ironmaking blast toward industrial applications, The International Symposium on Minerals, Metallurgic and Materials Research and Development Advanced Technology, 4-6 January 2020, Nanchang, China.

Awards: The Hub members have won a few awards in 2019 including:

  • Prof Aibing Yu received AIChE’s Shell Thomas Baron Award during the 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting in Orlando
  • Prof Aibing Yu received UoW’s Alumni Award for Research and Scholarship during the UoW 2019 Fellowship and Awards Dinner
  • Mr Siyuan He & Mr Yongli Wu received the Postgraduate Publication Award from Monash University
  • Mr Lingling Liu received the Conference Travel Grant Award (Modelling Category) at the CEPA Conference 2019, Monash University
  • Several CI were also promoted in 2019: CI Yijiao Jiang promoted to Associate Professor, CI Baojun Zhao & CI Jianqiang Zhang both promoted to Professor.

Extra funds: Approximately $2.3M extra funds was generated by the Hub members in 2019, including:

  • JXUST (JiangXi University of Science and Technology) was approved to participate collaborative research activities with the Hub and brought $300k cash to the Hub over the next three years (2019-2021)
  • CI Yansong Shen secured ARC Future Fellow (FT190100361, $878k)
  • CI Murray Rudman secured $30k from CSIRO to cover additional expenses of research project
  • The establishment of new projects, P45 & P46, led by CI Haiping Zhu & CI Kejun Dong respectively, have also attracted additional funding from WSU, $100k for each project.
  • CI Yijiao Jiang, along with Prof Catherine Stampfl, secured an ARC Discovery Project (DP190103720, $420k)
  • CI Baojun Zhao, along with Dr Mao Chen, secured a BAJC project (BA19014, $250k)
  • PDR Samuel Lim, along with A/Prof Aijun Huang, secured a BAJC project (BA19003, $250k)

One-page summary of 2019 achievements can be found here (PDF, 0.12 MB).

2018

Three fresh projects were added to the Hub’s portfolio and all the CIs in the Hub have been actively engaged with the industry partners. Some of the highlights from 2018 can be summarized as follows:

PhD students: 20 new PhDs were recruited in 2018, most of which are fully working in the Hub projects. 10 PhD students graduated in 2018, and 4 PhDs submitted their thesis.

Publications: 32 Journal papers and 5 Conference papers were published by Hub members.

Conference/Workshop organizing: The Hub in partnership with other organizations, has organised the following symposiums:

  1. International Symposium on Advancement and Prospect of Catalysis Science & Technology, 25-27 July 2018, Sydney.
  2. The 1st Monash-JITRI symposium, 16-17 Aug 2018, at Monash University, Clayton campus, attracted over 50 researchers and industry experts from both China and Australia.
  3. The 7th Australia-China-Japan Joint Symposium on Iron and Steelmaking, 4-7 Sept 2018, at Suzhou, China. 36 delegates, representing the top levels of R&D and best practice of the industry on behalf of China, Australia and Japan, presented their works during the symposium.
  4. The 2nd International Symposium on Computational Particle Technology, and the 13th International Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics in the Minerals and Process Industries, 4-8 Dec 2018, at InterContinental, Melbourne, attracted over 250 delegates from 13 countries.

Plenary/keynote Lectures:  The Hub CIs have been invited to give 12 Plenary/Keynote Lectures in professional conferences and public including:

  1. Keynote Lecture (CI A.B. Yu, Monash), Title: Small Particle, Big Science, the 83rd SCEJ conference, 3-14 Mar 2018, Osaka, Japan.
  2. Plenary Lecture (CI Prof Liangchi Zhang, UNSW), Title: Manufacturing Science vs Manufacturing Innovation, 5th Int Conf Manufacturing Sci Innovation and Fundamental Research. 12-14 Aug 2018, Shenzhen, China.
  3. Plenary Lecture (CI Prof Liangchi Zhang, UNSW), Title: Manufacturing Science vs Manufacturing Innovation, 13th Asia-Pacific Conf Materials Processing, 24-27 Aug 2018, Sydney.
  4. Plenary Lecture (CI A.B. Yu, Monash), Title: Simulation and modelling of the particulate system, 1st National Conference on Process Modelling and Simulation, 25-27 Aug 2018, Shanghai, China.
  5. Plenary Lecture (CI A.B. Yu, Monash), Title: Modelling and Optimization of the Ironmaking Blast Furnace, 2018 National Blast Furnace Ironmaking Academic Conference, Plenary presentation, 17-20 Oct 2018, Xi’an, China.
  6. Keynote Lecture (CI A.B. Yu, Monash), Title: Development of a Virtual Experimental Blast Furnace, the 7th Baosteel Bienniel Academic Conference, 29-31 Oct 2018, Shanghai, China.
  7. Plenary Lecture (CI Prof Liangchi Zhang, UNSW), Title: Mechanics of wrinkling and surface damage in sheet metal stamping/drawing, 7th Baosteel Biennial Academic Conf, 29-31 Oct 2018, Shanghai, China.
  8. Plenary Lecture (CI Prof Liangchi Zhang, UNSW), Title: Practical Modelling of Sheet Metal Rolling Across Multiple Dimensional Scales: Interface Stress, Surface Roughness and Texture Transfer, 14th Asia-Pacific Symp Engineering Plasticity and its Applications, 2-7 Dec 2018, Jeju island, Korea.
  9. Keynote Lecture (CI Dr Shibo Kuang, Monash University), Title: CFD Study Of Ironmaking Blast Furnace: Recent Model Development And Application, The 2nd International Symposium on Computational Particle Technology, 4-8 Dec 2018, at InterContinental, Melbourne.
  10. Keynote Lecture (CI A/Prof Zongyan Zhou, Monash University), Title: Simulation And Modelling Of Ellipsoids In Particulate Systems, The 2nd International Symposium on Computational Particle Technology, 4-8 Dec 2018, at InterContinental, Melbourne.
  11. Keynote Lecture (RA Dr Qijun Zheng, Monash University), Title: Transient Simulation of Particle Segregation by Coupling Granular Flow Model and Diffusive, Segregating Fluxes, The 2nd International Symposium on Computational Particle Technology, 4-8 Dec 2018, at InterContinental, Melbourne.
  12. Keynote Lecture (CI A/Prof Yansong Shen, UNSW),Title: Modelling and Optimisation of Reacting Particle Flow: Examples In Ironmaking Industry, The 2nd International Symposium on Computational Particle Technology, 4-8 Dec 2018, at InterContinental, Melbourne.

Awards: The Hub members have won a few major awards in 2018 including:

  • Two PhD students from the Hub won the best presentation (Ms Liuyimei Yang) and best poster (Mr Siddharta Shrestha) awards on The 2nd International Symposium on Computational Particle Technology, and the 13th International Conference on Computational Fluid Dynamics in the Minerals and Process Industries, 4-7 Dec 2018, Melbourne.
  • Ms. Yuxiang Zhu received the best Oral Presentation Award in 3rd International Symposium on Renewable Energy Technologies, Jul 19-22 2018, Gold Coast, Australia.
  • Mr. Aleksei Marianov and Ms. Xiaoxia Yang received the best Oral Presentation Award, in the Inaugural School HDR Conference, Macquarie University.
  • Ms Yuxiang Zhu received the best Poster Award in the Inaugural School HDR Conference, Macquarie University.
  • Mr. Aleksei Marianov and Ms Yuxiang Zhu received the 2nd and 3rd Oral Presentation Award in the 3-min Thesis Competition within the School of Engineering, Macquarie University.

Extra funds: Approximately $630K extra funds was generated by the Hub members in 2018 including:

  • DECRA fellow, Qinfu Hou won the 2019 Engineering Seed fund from Monash University, $29,490.
  • JUST (Jiangxi University of Science and Technology) was approved to participate collaborative research activities with the Hub and brought $300,000 cash to the Hub over the next three years.
  • Dr Yansong Shen won a DP award (DP180101232, $342K).
  • Dr Yijiao Jiang won a DP award (DP190103720, $420k).

One-page summary of 2018 achievements can be found here (PDF, 0.14 MB).

2017

The Hub members have been actively engaged in delivering results to industry and benefits to Australia. Some of the highlights are summarized below:

New PhD students:  17 new PhDs were recruited in 2017, 12 are fully working in the Hub projects and 5 are partially involved with the Hub projects.

Publications: 19 Journal papers and 4 Conference papers were published by Hub members.

Conference/Workshop organizing: The Hub in partnership with other organizations, has organised the following symposiums:

  1. Australia-China High level Forum on Advanced Materials and Manufactory, Suzhou, China, Nov 24-26 2017 (Attracted more than 100 researchers/engineers worldwide).
  2. Monash-NEU Joint Symposium in 2017 on Particle Technology, Shenyang, China, Nov 8-9 2017 (Attracted more   than 70 participants from Australia and China).
  3. Australia-China-Japan Workshop on Powder and Nano Technology, Suzhou, China, Nov 30 2017 (Attracted more than 60 participants from Australia, Japan and China).

Plenary/keynote Lectures:  The Hub CIs have been invited to give 6 Plenary/Keynote Lectures and 1 Invited Talk in professional conferences and public including:

  1. Keynote Lecture (CI Prof G Wang, UQ), the Int’l Conference of Clean Energy, Xi’an, China, Dec 8-10, 2017.
  2. Keynote Lecture (CI Y Shen, UNSW), SteelSim 2017, Qingdao, China, Aug16-18 2017.
  3. Keynote Lecture (RA Y Jiang, Macquarie), Women in Leadership Forum, Our Lady of Mercy College, Parramatta,   Aug 23, 2017.
  4. Keynote Lecture (CI A Yu,  Monash), 110th Research Symposium for Chinese PhD Students and Scholars, Melbourne, Oct 26, 2017.
  5. Keynote Lecture (CI A Yu, Monash), How to develop big Australia-China joint collaborative research initiatives”, 7th Australia-China Symposium in Education, Science and Technology: Challenges and Strategies, Sydney, Nov 28-20, 2017.
  6. Plenary Lecture (CI Yu, Monash), A DEM-based model for the investigation of thermochemical behaviours in an experimental blast furnace, STEELSIM2017, Qingdao, China, Aug16-18, 2017.
  7. Invited Talk (V. Strezov, Macquarie): Impact of iron and steelmaking industries on air quality in Australia, 3rd Australia-Spain Research Forum: Air. November 3, 2018, Sydney, Australia.

Awards: The Hub members have won a few major awards in 2017 including:

  • Director Professor Aibing Yu was elected to Foreign Fellow, Chinese Academy of Engineering.
  • Hub researcher Dr Qinfu Hou won the 2018 ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA).

A number of Hub PhDs also won various awards including:

  1. Siyuan He won the People's Choice Award in the 3MP competition at the 10th Research Symposium for Chinese PhD Students and Scholars, Melbourne.
  2. Joel Samsu won the second prize (oral presentation) at the 7th CEPA Conference, Monash University.
  3. Helen Zhu won the Best Presentation Award at the 19th International Conference on Separation and Purification Technology, Barcelona, Spain.

Extra funds: Approximately $600K extra funds was generated by the Hub members in 2017 including:

  • RA Qinfu Hou was awarded a DECRA fellowship (Granular interfaces: Sustainable processing of raw materials, Monash University, $582K (2018-2020).
  • CI V. Strezov (with other CIs and PI) was awarded an ANSTO Research Portal (access to ANSTO facilities equivalent to $20k) for the project of tracing contribution of iron and steelmaking industries on urban air quality in China through PIXE analysis of the trace metals in atmospheric particles.

One-page summary of 2017 achievements can be found here (PDF, 0.09 MB).

2016

The Hub officially started its operation in Nov 2016. It has selected about 30 sub-projects (out of 36 initially proposed), together with its funding policy. Totally, over $8M has been allocated to these projects which may last for 3-4 years. So far, around 5 sub-projects have signed the IP agreements and formally commenced. It is expected that most of the selected sub-projects will commence by July 2017. Major research progress will be expected from next year.

The Hub has successfully organized The 6th Australia-China-Japan Joint Symposium on Iron and Steelmaking (Nov 2016), which attracted a good mix of industrial and academic participants from the three countries (total of 81 representatives attended the symposium).

The official Hub launching event, along with the Hub annual meeting, was held at Monash University in Melbourne on Nov 20th, 2017.