The Federation Of Chinese Scholars In Australia


ZHANG Mingxing

Birth Year 1964
Position Associate Professor
Professional / Institution Affiliation and address
School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, The University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD 4072, Australia
Telephone +61 7 3346 8709
Mobile +61 466 150 610

II. CAREER SUMMARY (Education and employment history, List major past positions and current positions):
2009– Associate Professor, School of Mech Mining Eng., University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
2005-2009 Australian Research Council – Australian Research Fellow (ARC-ARF)
2005-2008 Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
2001-2004 Research Fellow, School of Engineering, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
1997-2000 Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Engineering., University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
1994-1996 PhD student, School of Engineering., University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
1987-1993 Lecturer, Inner Mongolian University of Science and Technology, Baotou, China
1984-1987 Master student, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xian, China
1980-1984 Undergraduate student, Inner Mongolian University of Science and Technology, Baotou, China

2006 The University of Queensland Foundation Research Excellent Award
2005 Australian Research Council, Australian Research Fellowship (ARC-ARF)
2004 Australian FEI Cowley-Moodie Awards for excellence in electron microscopy
1999 Japanese STA Fellowship

2008- Member of Editorial Board for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A
2008- Editor for Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
2009-2012 Guest Editor for Key Engineering Materials

(1) Dr Zhang initiated and developed the well-known edge-to-edge matching crystallographic model that is capable of predicting crystallographic features of phase transformations from the first principle. This model leads to significant impact on the research of phase transformations in solids.
(2) As the world pioneer, Dr Zhang have firstly and successfully applied a crystallographic model, the edgeto- edge matching model, to design new metallic materials and to develop new and more effective grain refiners for cast metals, including aluminum alloys, magnesium alloys, steels, zinc alloys, titanium alloys, tin alloys and copper alloys. This work not only creates to a new approach to metal research, but also impacts on industry metal making process to produce high quality alloys.
(3) Dr Zhang invented and developed two new surface treatment techniques for titanium alloys and holds two Australian patents. These techniques enable titanium alloys to be used at temperatures as high as 900°C without oxidation and to the severely wearing conditions. These techniques represent the most advanced technology in surface treatment of titanium alloys.
(4) Dr Zhang is also a co-authors of two patents on bainitic steels.
(5) Dr Zhang established and the research theme of surface engineering at the University of Queensland.
(6) Dr Zhang supervised total seven PhD students.
(7) In the past 10 years, he has been successful in obtaining research funds of total $5.8 million.

VI. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR MOST IMPORTANT PUBLICATIONS (publication number, impact and citations):
Since 1997, Dr Zhang has published more than 120 scientific papers in referred international journals and more than 60 in international conference proceedings. These publications include, one book on progress in surface treatment, one invited review paper on crystallography of phase transformations in Progress in Materials Science (impact factor = 18 2 in 2011) and 20 papers in Acta Materialia (impact factor = 3.86), which is recognized as the top one journal in the field of engineering materials. 85% of Dr Zhang’s journal papers are published in top 30 out of total 225 materials journals in all categories according to the Journal Citation Report. These publications have attracted over 1400 citations with an H-index of 21.

• Development of new metallic materials with significantly improvement mechanical properties, including steels, irons, light alloys and other nonferrous alloys.
• Surface treatment of metal components, including cold spray, surface alloying and new techniques development.
• Grain refinement of cast metals, including development of new and effective grain refiners.
• Application of electron microstructure in materials research.

VIII. VISIONS (related to China and Australia from the area of expertise):
With nearly 30 years research experience on engineering materials, Dr Zhang considers that, at least in the next 50 years, metallic materials, steels in particular, will still paly predominant roles in manufacturing sector, including automotive, aerospace, aeronautical, chemical engineering, mining and minerals, metallurgical, power generation, cement, construction, machining tools and missile industries. Although the total fraction of usage of metallic materials will probably reduce and some will be replaced by metal-based composites, they are will still be the key materials because of the low cost and well-developed metal making technologies. However, as the increasing requirements and interest in fuel efficiency in transportations and in better and higher quality of products, new metallic materials with significantly improved properties must be developed to fulfill such requirements. Therefore, it is believed that metal research will still be one of the most active topics in the field of materials science in addition to metal-based composites. As China is the biggest metal production country and Australia has the richest metallic ore resources, close collaborations in development of new alloys from both countries inevitable and essential.

Compared with metals, polymers, such as plastics, are relatively new materials with advantages of low cost, lightness and excellent corrosion resistance. However, the major and fatal problem associated with polymer, at least the currently used polymer, is the contamination and pollution to our environment caused by disposal of polymer. The currently used disposal process of polymers is similar to a process that we are gradually releasing suicide poisons in our homes. Unless innovative polymer disposal technology can be proposed or low cost biodegradable polymers are developed, the usage of current polymers will be significantly reduced, even completely banned in next 50 years because scientists have realized the harm of this type of materials.