Program C: Innovative Coating Technologies
This program will strengthen existing capability and develop breakthrough technology in the field of continuous coil coating for steel. Fundamental knowledge on microstructure development in hot dip coatings through thermodynamic and phase field modelling will be developed, and novel structure refinement techniques to improve coated product performance will be explored. Surface engineering of coatings will lead to novel modified surface technologies resulting in world-leading Chromium free passivation systems for Al-Zn coated steel.
Program Leader (Academic)
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
Program Leader (Industry)
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. Within the Steel Research Hub, Jason is a member of the Research Management Committee providing leadership to the Innovative Coatings Program as well as making a technical contribution to the projects within Program C. Of particular interest is new insight on how lean industrial organisations can effectively develop strong long-term relationships with academic partners to efficiently develop new technology and actualise their commercial benefits.
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).