Chief and Partner Investigators

Chief Investigators

Professor Paul Cooper

Professor Paul Cooper is the founding Director of the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC). Paul has been involved in a wide range of research on sustainable buildings, renewable energy systems, energy efficiency and fluid mechanics over the past 35 years. He holds a bachelor in Electrical Engineering, a masters in Science and Technology Studies and a PhD in Heat Transfer, all from Imperial College London. He has published over 165 journal and conference articles. More>>

Professor Brian Monaghan

Professor Brian Monaghan has been an active lecturer and researcher in materials engineering at the University of Wollongong (UOW) for more than 10 years. He is a pyrometallurgist who believes passionately that if the sustainability, energy, and greenhouse gas challenges currently facing the planet are to be addressed, we need strong engagement from the engineering and scientific communities. His expertise lies in the kinetics and thermodynamics of high temperature metals processing. He is the Director of the Engineering Materials Strength at UOW as well as leader of the UOW PYRO Group. More >>

Professor Elena Ivanova

Professor Elena Ivanova is a Professor in the School of Science, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, Swinburne University of Technology.

Her professional interests are concentrated on development and research coordination in fundamental and applied aspects of Nano/Biotechnology including planar micro-devices, biomaterials, immobilization of biomolecules and microorganisms in micro/nano/environments and bacterial interactions with micro/nano-structured surfaces. More >>

Professor Ian Cameron

Professor Ian Cameron is a Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland and an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). Ian is also a Director and Principal Consultant with Daesim Technologies, Brisbane.

Over a period of 10 years with the CSR Group he worked in diverse industry sectors such as sugar, building materials and petrochemicals, having roles in process and control system design, plant commissioning, operations, risk management and environmental protection. More >>


Professor Huijun Li

Professor Huijun Li obtained a PhD degree in 1996 from the University of Wollongong. He has 20 years research experience in materials science and engineering. He has published more than 300 papers in the field of welding metallurgy, new alloy development, surface engineering, nuclear materials and microstructure characterization.

In 1995, he joined CRC Materials Welding and Joining as a postdoctoral research fellow at University of Wollongong. More >>

Professor Lip Teh

Prior to joining University of Wollongong as a lecturer in late 2009, Dr. Lip Teh had been working as a structural engineer in the manufacturing and consulting industries for many years. In particular, he was involved with the development of design methodologies for cold-formed steel storage racks including high-bay racks, which are arguably the precursor to modular cold-formed steel constructions.

His research interests lie with advanced analysis of steel frames, bolted connections, buckling analysis, climate resilient structures, cold-formed steel structures More >>

Associate Professor Buyung Kosasih

Dr. Buyung Kosasih is an Associate Professor in the school of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wollongong.

He is actively conducting research in: lubrication with green aqueous lubricant, wind and river current-based renewable energy, and fluid dynamics of jet stripping in coating process. He has received more than $1.5 million research funding including ARC Discovery grants, LIEF grant and several UOW grants. He published three books and since 2005 and 70 journal articles. More >>

Professor Kazuhiro Nogita

Professor Kazuhiro Nogita graduated as an engineer in Japan in 1990 and worked in the nuclear power industry with Hitachi Ltd. He was awarded a PhD from Kyushu University in 1997 and has subsequently worked on a variety of research projects, including the development of materials for alternative power industries and environmentally friendly applications.

He migrated to Australia in 1999 after accepting a position at The University of Queensland, where he became the founding director of the Nihon Superior Centre More >>

Professor Ma Qian

Prof Ma Qian has been working in the broad field of physical metallurgy including solidification processing, liquid metal handling, modelling and surface patterning from a nucleation-controlled perspective. He has published/edited two books, 11 book chapters and more than 200 refereed papers, which have led to a Scopus h-index of 25 with more than 2100 citations. He delivered 2 plenary talks, 8 keynote talks and 15 other invited talks at international conferences in his fields of research. He currently serves on the editorial/review/advisory boards of a number of international journals including Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A (Springer), JOM (Springer), Acta Metallurgica Sinica (English version, Springer). More >>

Professor David StJohn

Throughout Prof StJohn’s research career he has collaborated with industry including six years in CRA’s Advanced Technical Development group from 1988 to 1994. He was with the CAST Cooperative Research Centre from 1994 until 2008 becoming CEO in 2002. He initiated the Centre of Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing (AMPAM) at UQ in 2009. His current research interest is focused on nucleation and grain formation during solidification of light metal castings.


Professor Elena Pereloma

Professor Elena Pereloma is currently Professor of Physical Metallurgy in the school of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronics Engineering, and Director of the Electron Microscopy Centre at the University of Wollongong. Professor Pereloma's main research interests are in processing-microstructure-property relationships, alloy design, advanced characterisation techniques and severe plastic deformation of metals.  More >>

Professor Michael Higgins

Professor Michael Higgins completed his PhD degree in Biology and Chemistry at the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2003. He was a research fellow and senior research fellow at the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanodevices and Nanostructures (CRANN), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland in 2003-2007. Professor Higgins is currently an ARC Australian Research Fellow at the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI), ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES), University of Wollongong, Australia. His research interest is the cellular-material interface and application of scanning probe microscopy techniques to study biological systems at the nanoscale.


Professor Irene Yarovsky

Irene Yarovsky is currently Professor of Theoretical Physics and Program Leader for Biophysics and Bioengineering of the Health Innovations Research Institute of RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Prof. Yarovsky will contribute expertise in molecular simulations to develop molecular design principles and a rational approach to engineering novel surface treatments and materials with antimicrobial properties. Molecular simulation work will help narrow down materials design options based on the fundamentals of intermolecular interactions between the synthetic surfaces and naturally occurring biomolecules.

Associate Professor Yue Zhao

Dr Zhao is currently the Coordinator of Postgraduate courses for the MMM School. Between 2012 and 2016 he was the Discipline advisor of Department of Materials. His research field is mainly in two areas: Surface Engineering for wear and corrosion resistance of engineering materials in applications such as cutting tools, coated steel construction products, and biomedical implants. For functional materials research, Dr Zhao is active in TiO2 nano-particle synthesis for dye sensitized solar cells and investigation in novel hydrogen storage materials for automobile applications. More >>


Professor Geoffrey Evans

Professor Geoffrey Evans has been actively involved in fundamental and applied research into multiphase systems over the last 30 years. During that time he has worked on a wide range of projects which have concentrated on free surface phenomena and phase interaction between bubbles, particles and the liquid and gas phases. Specifically, his research has typically focused on bubble formation and growth, bubble nucleation, bubble breakup and coalescence, two phase flow, mixing and agitation, emulsions, and plunging and submerged jets. His research has also included surface forces, particle-particle and bubble-particle interactions, as applied to a number of particle technology applications. More >>

Dr Guangqing Zhang

Dr Guangqing Zhang is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wollongong. Dr Zhang started his career at China University of Petroleum (CUP) and has also worked at UNSW before joining The University of Wollongong.

Dr Zhang has membership to the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST). More>>


Dr Zongyan Zhou

Dr. Zongyan Zhou received his BEng (1996) and MEng (2000) from Northeastern University (China), and PhD (2007) from UNSW Australia. Then he was an Australian Postdoctoral Fellow Industry (2007-2010), then lecturer (2011- ) in the School of Material Science and Engineering, UNSW. His research expertise related to the Hub include transport phenomena in process metallurgy, blast furnace burden distribution and multiphase flow and heat transfer modelling, and granular dynamics.

Mr Oscar Gregory

Former Director of the ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Manufacturing now a Principal Fellow. His extensive industrial background brought a unique perspective to this role.

Mr Gregory has 43 years of manufacturing experience having held numerous senior executive positions with BlueScope Steel and BHPB. He brings a wealth of invaluable knowledge of the Steel Industry to his current role. Described as “a manufacturer who enjoys the challenge of increasing the productivity of businesses”, Mr Gregory is a strong advocate of companies remaining innovative and investing in product development. More>>


Chief Investigators Industry

Dr Sheng Chew

Dr Sheng Chew is a Senior Technology & Development Engineer in BlueScope Iron & Steelmaking Technology with postgraduate technical and business qualifications. He has over 20 years’ experience in the steel industry covering the primary operations value chain from raw materials through to secondary steelmaking. Throughout this time he has continued to support and participate in collaborative research.

As Program Leader (Industry) in the Sustainable Steel Manufacturing program of the Steel Research Hub, Dr Chew provides both business and research vision and leadership.

Mr Mark Eckermann

Mark Eckermann is the Product Innovation Manager at BlueScope. He leads the breakthrough innovation team that operates across a wide range of technologies from fundamental steelmaking metallurgy to building-integrated photo-voltaic. He studied at the University of Wollongong graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Engineering. A wide range of positions in 21 years with BHP and now BlueScope Steel including production quality investigations and projects, website design and build, marketing, strategy, direct customer sales and indirect customer business development. More >>

Dr David Nolan

Dr David Nolan is a materials engineer with more than 25 years of experience in materials research, as both an industry and academic researcher and research manager. He has particular expertise in galvanizing processes and products, surface engineering and welding metallurgy. His research is widely published in both peer-reviewed journals and international conferences, and he has wide-ranging experience in leading collaborative projects between industry, and government and academic institutions. More >>


Mr Jason Hodges

Jason is the Process Development Manager at BlueScope Australia. In his 20 years at BlueScope, he has held a diverse range of technical, manufacturing and technology development roles within Australia, Malaysia and China. Background academic qualifications include an Honours degree in Materials Science (UTS), an MBA (Deakin) and more recently a Master of Science and Technology Commercialisation (Adelaide). Jason is convinced that the likelihood of successful commercialisation of new technology is maximised by the collaborative combination of a diverse team of passionate people, extensive market engagement and the systematic application of adaptive processes. More>>


Partner Investigators

Mr Michael Bradburn

Michael Bradburn is a Senior Associate at Cox Architecture.

He boasts a diverse range of experience, including particular expertise in education and cultural building typologies. His work is grounded in a commitment to sustainable building practices and design excellence. This is demonstrated in recent projects such as the Adelaide Studios, the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) and the Hyatt Regency, Sydney. More >>

Dr Peter Key

Dr Peter Key is National Technical Development Manager for Australian Steel Institute (ASI).

His academic achievements include a Bachelor of Engineering from The University of Sydney with 1st Class Honours and University Medal (prox acc). Postgraduate qualifications include a PhD from The University of Sydney. He is a Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia and he has worked for more than 20 years in the design and construction arena, specialising in large span steel structures. He sits on numerous steel related Standards committees and is a member of the EA Civil and Structures panel in Sydney. More >>

Mr Chris Killmore

Mr Chris Killmore is currently the Product Innovation Specialist for plate and hot rolled strip products produced by BlueScope.

Previously, he was the Product Development and Design Manager for hot rolled products. He has worked on the product development of hot rolled products for BlueScope for over 30 years, and has worked in the steel industry for over 40 years. He received a Bachelor of Metallurgy degree from the University of Wollongong in 1978. More >>

Dr David Pinson

Dr David Pinson is a Senior Technology and Development Engineer, Iron & Steelmaking Technology at BlueScope. He received his PhD from the University of NSW in 1999 and was a postdoctoral fellow before joining BHP Steel in 2003.

He has maintained active research links with the academic community throughout his industrial career.
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Dr Dake Yu

Dr Dake Yu has a PhD in metallurgy and material engineering from the University of Wollongong. He is currently the Technical Manager for Bisalloy Steels and has expertise on processing, testing and developing high strength, high hardness quenched and tempered steels.

Dr Yu is involved in the Q&T plate project within the Steel Research Hub.