Materials Theory, Modelling and Characterisation

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering has a large range of facilities and associated expertise for characterising materials. These range from the examination of macroscopic properties of bulk materials such as tensile, compression, fatigue, creep, fracture toughness, hardness and corrosion testing to microstructural, composition, atomic structure and chemical bonding analysis at the atomic and electronic scales. Specialist areas of expertise and technique development in materials characterisation, in combination with theoretical modelling, advanced data analysis and interpretation are also fundamental to the growth of new capabilities in materials characterisation and analysis. Technique development in these areas also constitutes a significant research effort within our Department. The Department houses the Monash X-ray Platform with its suite of new X-ray diffractometers and analysis facilities, hosts the academic staff in charge of the Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy which has some of the best electron microscopes in the world, and the Department also has strong ties to the Australian Synchrotron.

Areas


Theory

Theory

Expertise

  • Fundamental and theoretical materials science
  • Solid mechanics
  • Condensed matter physics
  • Thermodynamics and kinetics of phase transformations
  • Physical metallurgy and metals physics
  • Electron scattering theory

Experts


Modelling

Modelling

Expertise

  • Computational materials science
  • Multiscale modelling
  • Electronic structure and chemical bonding
  • Atomic structure modelling
  • Finite element modelling
  • Constitutive modelling

Experts


Development of experimental methods

Development of Experimental Methods

Expertise

  • Precipitation and phase transformation analysis
  • Defect structure analysis
  • Atomic structure determination
  • Applied crystallography
  • Materials resilience and corrosion response
  • Magnetic properties and magnetic response
  • Microstructural analysis
  • Chemical bonding measurements
  • Strain analysis
  • Crystallography of phase transformations
  • Non-linear materials behavior
  • Amorphous materials characterization
  • Mechanical properties and modes of deformation
  • Physico-chemical property determination

Experts


Characterisation techniques and major infrastructure

Characterisation Techniques and Major Infrastructure

Expertise

  • Transmission electron microscopy
  • Scanning electron microscopy and FIB
  • Electron diffraction and imaging
  • X-ray diffraction
  • Small angle X-ray scattering
  • X-ray texture analysis
  • Mechanical testing of materials
  • X-ray spectroscopies
  • Synchrotron X-ray characterisation
  • Neutron scattering
  • Vibrating sample magnetometry
  • Pulse magnetization
  • Characterisation technique development
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Raman / SERS
  • X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy
  • Thermal characterisation

Experts