Associate Professor Kazuhiro Nogita

Associate 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 for the Manufacture of Electronic Materials (NS CMEM) within the School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering in July 2012.

The application of new techniques to understand and improve material properties, often involving significant innovation to overcome experimental difficulties, has been a recurrent feature in Dr. Nogita’s research. He has significant experience with respect to the materials involved, which has allowed him to identify their potential for Hub project. Dr. Nogita has also contributed significantly to the understanding of the relationship between crystal structure, orientation and morphology and functional material behaviour. This has been in fields including the irradiation damage of nuclear fuel, hydride formation in Zr alloys and hydrogen storage in Mg-Ni alloys. This latter example of hydrogen storage in Mg-Ni alloys, shares similarities with the Hub project.

The innovation in Dr. Nogita’s approach is that rather than trying to create a structure with advanced manufacturing techniques, the structure is produced in bulk and economically, through controlling more ‘natural’ processes. This portfolio of research experience positions Dr. Nogita well to manage and direct the Steel Research Hub project research to make significant improvements in the coating on ferrous materials.