Academic staff

Materials Science and Engineering - Academic staff

Professor Nick Birbilis

Head, Materials Science and Engineering, and Woodside Innovation Chair
Materials Science and Engineering
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

A/Professor Qiaoliang Bao

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering & ARC Future Fellow
Materials Science and Engineering
Room 256, 20 Research, Clayton Campus

Research Interests:

Atomically thin optical materials (graphene, 2D transition metal dichalcogenides, topological insulators, perovskites) and the photonic, plasmonic and optoelectronic applications.

A/Professor Laure Bourgeois

Microscope Manager, Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy & Associate Professor
Materials Science and Engineering
Room 105, 10 Innovation, Clayton Campus

Research Interests:

Nucleation and growth of solid-state precipitates in aluminium alloys, Curved graphitic structures, 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.

Dr. Laurence Brassart

Senior Lecturer, Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
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, Continuum mechanics, Diffusion, Computational mechanics (FEM).

Professor Neil Cameron

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Room 352, 20 Research, Clayton Campus

Research Interests:

Neil's research interest 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.

Professor Yibing Cheng

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
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

Director, Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy & Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
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.

A/Professor John Forsythe

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
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

Senior Lecturer, Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Room 301, 20 Research, Clayton Campus

Research Interests:

Dr.Jess's 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.

Mr. James Griffith

X-ray Platform Manager, Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Room 207, 20 Research, Clayton Campus

Research Interests:

A/Professor Aijun Huang

Platform Manager, Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing
Materials Science and Engineering
Room NA, 13 Normanby Road, Clayton Campus

Research Interests:

Professor Christopher Hutchinson

Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Engineering, Professor, Materials Science and Engineering & ARC Future Fellow
Materials Science and Engineering
Room 249, 20 Research, Clayton Campus

Research Interests:

Christopher's 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.

A/Professor Jacek Jasieniak

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering & Director, Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute
Materials Science and Engineering
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

Academic Research Fellow
Materials Science and Engineering
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).

A/Professor Chris McNeill

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering & ARC Future Fellow & VESKI Innovation Fellow
Materials Science and Engineering
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

Professor Laurence Meagher

Deputy Director/Director of Research, Monash Institute of Medical Engineering & Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
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.

A/Professor Nikhil Medhekar

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
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.

Dr. Andrey Molotnikov

Senior Lecturer, Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
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.

A/Professor Philip Nakashima

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering & ARC Future Fellow
Materials Science and Engineering
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, Override quantitative electron diffraction.

Professor Jian Nie

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Room 206, 20 Research, Clayton Campus

Research Interests:

Physical metallurgy of light alloys, structure/property relationships in metallic alloys, crystallography of phase transformations in solids, application of electron microscopy and diffraction.

Dr. Andrew Rodda

Assistant Lecturer, Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Room 223 (14), 20 Research Way, Clayton Campus

Research Interests:

Surface biofunctionalisation (attachment of proteins/peptides/DNA), material design to enhance specific binding/recognition of biomolecules, polymer-based surface coatings, coatings to control cell adhesion, 3D cell scaffolds, DNA diagnostic technologies.

Dr. Paul Rometsch

Senior Lecturer, Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Room 217, 21 Alliance, Clayton Campus

Research Interests:

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.

Dr. Hsin-Hui Shen

NHMRC Career Development Fellow
Materials Science and Engineering
Room 306, 20 Research, Clayton Campus

Research Interests:

Professor George Simon

Deputy Dean, Engineering & Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Room 144, 20 Research, Clayton Campus

Research Interests:

Polymer Blends, Polymer nanocomposites, Thermosets and Their Toughening, Electrospinning of Nanofibers, Dendritic Materials.

Professor Kiyonori Suzuki

Professor & Deputy Head, Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
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, Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Room 229, 21 Alliance, Clayton Campus

Research Interests:

Override, biomimetic materials and applications of nanoparticles and nanocomposites.

A/Professor Matthew Weyland

Titan Manager, Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy & Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering.
Materials Science and Engineering
Room 108, 10 Innovation, Clayton Campus

Research Interests:

Transmission electron microscope, electron tomography, nanoscale materials, 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

Director, Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing &
Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Design &
Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
13 Normanby Road, Clayton Campus

Research Interests:

Solving metallurgy issues to meet mechanical property requirements in 3D printed materials, Post treatment solutions for 3D printed components, Rapid alloy development using additive manufacturing, Repair of components using additive manufacturing, Quality assurance and process control, Surface finish solutions for 3D printed components.