Advanced Manufacturing

Research focus

The department’s research into new manufacturing techniques includes work on additive manufacturing, fabrication of functional surfaces, automated machining and robotic fibre placement, finding applications in fields such as biomedical devices, composites and water filtration membranes.

Meet the researchers

A/Prof Ralph Abrahams

A/Prof Abrahams’ main research interests include laser cladding of rails and wheels, friction stir welding and processing, fracture and fatigue of aircraft structures, applying nanocoatings and advanced techniques to improve wear fracture and fatigue properties of alloys and the structural integrity of aircraft structures, and improving fatigue properties of aluminum and magnesium alloys using friction-stir processing and thermo-mechanical techniques.

Ralph Abrahams
Dr Victor Cadarso

We develop novel and scalable technologies for the fabrication of functional surfaces and 3D complex structures for applications in optical MEMS, biomedical devices, environmental monitoring and sensing platforms.


Victor Cadarso Busto
Dr Chao Chen

Dr Chen is specialised in robotic automation. His research interests include machine design, robotic dynamics, motion planning, virtual reality, sophisticated sensing and control. His research has been applied to smart manufacturing, smart farm, road research, and medical systems.


Chao Chen
Prof Wing Kong Chiu

My research strength in diagnostic and prognostic structural health monitoring is crucial for assessing the in-service performance of advanced manufactured components. Our diagnostics capabilities are founded upon fundamental concepts in structural dynamic responses, e.g. acoustics, mechanical vibrations, ultra-sonics and thermal responses. The intelligent prognostics for the continuous in-service monitoring and assessment is achieved by integrating these diagnostic concepts with the expected performance of the critical asset via machine learning concepts.

Wing Kong Chiu
Dr Jing Fu

My research interests are to combine nanoengineering tools, particularly charged particle beams to solve the structural and chemical maps, and to understand various interactions at cell-material interfaces.

Jing Fu
Prof Mainak Majumder

We apply fundamentals of materials science, notably Carbon, to create scientific & business opportunities. Our innovations have impacted a wide gamut of engineering problems such as water treatment, energy storage in supercapacitors & batteries, strain sensors, micro-/nano-fluidics and anti-corrosion coatings.


Mainak Majumder
Prof Bijan Shirinzadeh

Robotics/Parallel Mechanisms, Micro/Nano Manipulation Mechanisms; Intelligent Sensing and Control: Laser-based Sensing, Measurement and Control; Robotic Assisted Surgery / Haptics; Cell Surgery/Manipulation; Complex/Autonomous Systems; Automation and Manufacturing Sciences: Automated Fibre Placement, Fixturing and Machining.


Bijan Shirinzadeh
Dr Yunlong Tang

Our research mainly focuses on the exploration of the digital future of design and manufacturing, especially on AI-aided product and material design, smart manufacturing, advanced additive manufacturing, and its related design methods. We are developing the next-generation design tools and manufacturing processes that can create a better life.


Yunlong Tang
A/Prof Scott Wordley

My research interests include vehicle aerodynamics, racing, electric and autonomous vehicles, teaching and learning, teamwork and self and peer assessment, augmented and virtual reality.


Scott Wordley
A/Prof Wenyi Yan

My research in advanced manufacturing includes design optimization for additive manufacturing, computational simulation of additive manufacturing process and application of direct laser metal deposition in repairing engineering components.


Wenyi Yan