Associate Researchers


Dr Aziz Ahmed

Dr Aziz Ahmed is an Associate Research Fellow within the Steel Research Hub and Sustainable Buildings Research Centre. In 2007, Aziz graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and technology Engineering. In 2013, he completed his Doctor of Philosophy in Structural Engineering at the National University of Singapore. Dr Aziz Ahmed is currently a member of the American Society of Civil Engineersand Engineers Australia. More>>


Ms Jenny Boge

Jenny is a Coating Research Scientist at BlueScope Steel. After graduating with an Advanced Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Honours from the University of Wollongong, Jenny joined BlueScope as part of their graduate program in 2009.
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Dr Tillman Bohme

Dr Tillmann Böhme Dr Tillmann Böhme is a senior lecturer at the University of Wollongong (Faculty of Business) and applied researcher. Tillmann’s particular research interest is supply chain maturity in practice and the development of pathways to enhancement. His research is founded on the concept of mature manufacturing systems (such as Toyota Production System) and how these systems can be adopted to suit alternate industries and drive innovation (in particular construction and engineering to order). He has conducted applied research with companies in Australia, Austria, Germany, New Zealand and the Netherlands and assisted those companies with their supply chain configuration. More>> 

Mr Trevor Clayton

Mr Trevor Clayton completed a Bachelor of Materials Engineering and Graduate Diploma Commerce (management) at the University of Wollongong. He is currently a Building Product Evaluation Engineer at BlueScope and is involved in the development and testing of steel building products.

His areas of interest include cold formed steel, structural testing and Finite element analysis (FEA). He has experience in cold formed steel framing including designing and testing components for steel house frames.

He hopes that the Steel Research Hub can develop an efficient cold formed steel structure for use in mid-rise residential buildings.


Dr Andrew Dixon

Dr Andrew Dixon has been working for the past 25 years as an Industrial Mathematician for BHP/BlueScope.

His work has specialised in developing models to describe manufacturing processes including metal rolling, furnace heating, thin strip steel casting and the flow of thin film coatings. He has a degree in physics and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from UNSW, where he did theoretical investigations into free surface flows. He hopes to use these mathematical techniques in flow mechanics to gain a better understanding into the causes of metallic coating thickness defects, which are known to develop when the coating is still molten. More>>


Dr Sina Jamali

Dr Sina Jamali obtained his PhD at the University of Wollongong (Australia). His main interests are the application of electrochemical techniques for non-destructive assessment at the surface and interface of materials. He also takes an interest in organic and inorganic protective coatings, development and characterization. More>>



Professor Tim McCarthy

Professor Tim McCarthy was appointed to the Chair of Structural Steel and Design in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the University of Wollongong in December 2004.Prior to that he was Lecturer then Senior Lecturerin Offshore Structures at the University of Manchester in UK (1985‐2004). In addition to his research into sustainable construction. He has a MSc in Offshore Structures from Cranfield University in the UK and completed his PhD and the Hydraulics and Maritime Research Centre at University College Cork in 1989.More>>


Dr Stuart McDonald

Dr Stuart McDonald is a graduate of The University of Queensland (UQ) having obtained a Bachelor of Engineering (Manufacturing and Materials) in 1997 and a PhD in Materials Engineering in 2002. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow in the Nihon Superior Centre for the Manufacture of Electronic Materials (NSCMEM) within the Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing (AMPAM) at the University of Queensland. More>>


Dr Nicole Pianegonda

Dr Nicole Pianegonda is a Microbial Specialist and Paint Coatings Developer and Analyst at BlueScope. She currently works at BlueScope’s Innovation Labs focusing on the development and assessment of antifungal coatings. Almost 11 years ago, she started working for BlueScope as a Chemistry Cadet while studying a Bachelor of Science Adv. (Chemistry) at UOW. After completing an undergraduate research project and Honours thesis focusing on the identification of micro-organisms using mass spectrometry, she started a PhD in 2013 in the School of Chemistry at the University of Wollongong. More>>


Dr Abhishek Saxena

Dr. Abhishek Saxena is a Research Scientist and Passivation and Resin Specialist at BlueScope. He is currently involved in development of next generation Passivation and Resin technologies for ZINCALUME® steel, TRUECORE® steel, GALVASPAN® steel and DECKFORM® steel at BlueScope Innovation Laboratories. More>>



Dr Simon Smart

Dr Simon Smart is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemical Engineering and a senior research fellow for the Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation at the University of Queensland. He received his BE(Chemical) /BSc (Hons 1a) and his PhD from the Univeristy of Queensland. His research interests include sustainable energy and chemistry production including: alternative chemistries for iron making, hydrogen production using methane pyrolysis, membranes and membrane reactor technologies, carbon capture and storage and energy optimisation. More>>


Dr Joe Williams

Dr Joe Williams is currently employed at BlueScope as a Metallic Coatings Specialist in the product innovation group. He is an Honours and PhD graduate of materials engineering from the University of Wollongong.

His key responsibilities centre on identifying new medium to long term opportunities in metallic coatings, and is the industry champion for Steel Research Hub project dealing with surface treatment of Mg-containing coatings. More>>


Dr Habib Zughbi

Dr Habib Zughbi is a Senior Technology and Development Engineer in Iron & Steelmaking Technology, BlueScope. Habib studied Chemical Engineering at UNSW (BE and PhD).

His Interests include; Industrial applications of numerical and experimental transport phenomena (fluid flow, heat and mass transfer), Computational Fluid Dynamics applications to single and multi-phase flows in order to optimise operation, debottleneck and re-design of various equipment and plants, use of models to monitor assets conditions and life, Integrated process flow sheeting and modelling aimed at optimising energy consumption and reduction of CO2 emissions across Port Kembla Steelworks (PKSW), Re-cycling of by-products streams at PKSW including various Zn bearing streams such as blast furnace, basic oxygen furnace filter cake and other environment related activities. More>>


Research Associates

Alberto Escribano

Mr. Escribano is a commercial & industrial business development professional, with strong capabilities in business strategy and business process management.

Mr. Escribano has developed new commercial enterprises for globally operating, construction, real estate, manufacturing and services companies in Western, Eastern Europe and recently Australia. Specifically from 2007 to 2013 Mr. Escribano was in charge of a 250 million Euro development budget delivering offices, residential housing, hotels and international schools. More>>


Dr Alan Green

Dr Alan Green is a researcher at the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, University of Wollongong. He undertook a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) Hons I degree while working as an Engineering Cadet at BlueScope Steel, and has since undertaken a PhD with research on water spray systems to protect buildings from bushfires. He has held research and engineering roles at the SBRC since 2013. More>>

Dr Emma Heffernan

Dr Emma Heffernan is a Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre. Emma is a UK registered Architect with over a decade of experience of working in architectural practice in the UK. She holds a Bachelor of Architectural Design and Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture from the University of Brighton, Masters in Urban Design from the University of the West of England, and PhD in Architecture, Design and Environment from Plymouth University. Emma’s previous research investigated the delivery of zero carbon homes in the UK context and explored the potential for alternative forms of housing delivery to promote sustainable communities. More>>

Dr Andrew Dennis Johnstone

Andrew is an Associate Research Fellow at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering, University of Wollongong. He is presently in the final stages of completing his PhD at University of Wollongong, graduating in spring 2017. His research background is previously in the field of renewable energy technology exploiting the energy sources of ocean waves and currents. More>>


Dr Abdul Khaliq

Dr Abdul Khaliq joins the discipline as a Research Fellow from KU Leuven University, Belgium. He received his PhD Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from Swinburne University of Technology Melbourne in 2013. He worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne and KU Leuven University Belgium after the completion of his PhD degree. In 2015, Abdul was awarded Marcus A Grossman Young Author Award by the American Society of Metals (ASM) International, USA. More>>


Dr Andrii Kostryzhev

Dr Andrii Kostryzhev is a Research Fellow from the University of Wollongong. He graduated in 1998 with Diploma of Engineer (MSc) and in 2002 with Candidate of Science Degree (PhD) from the National Metallurgical Academy of Ukraine (city of Dnepropetrovsk). During 2001-2005 he served as Assistant and then Lecturer in Engineering Mechanics at the same University. In 2005, he joined the School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham, UK, for the post-graduate research program and obtained PhD degree in 2009. During 2009-2011 he worked as a Research Fellow at Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education at the same University. From 2011, he is a Research Fellow at the School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronics and Biomedical Engineering, University of Wollongong, Australia. More>>


Dr Raymond Longbottom

Dr. Raymond Longbottom has been a Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong since 2008 and within the Steel Research Hub since 2015. He studied at UNSW and completed his B.Met.E. in 2000, and his PhD in 2005. Before coming to UOW, he worked at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) as part of the EU-funded Ultra-Low CO2 Steel (ULCOS) project. His interests lie in sustainable iron and steelmaking, in both conventional and alternative processing. Dr Raymond Longbottom brings to the hub 16 years’ experience in iron and steelmaking research. More>>

Dr Paul Molino

Dr Paul Molino completed his PhD in Botany at the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2008. He comes to the Steel Research Hub having successfully completed a UOW Vice Chancellors Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI), ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science. His research interests include studying fundamental biomolecular and cellular interactions with nanostructured materials using a range of microscopy techniques and microgravimetric surface sensing techniques. He is interested in the design of biomaterials to promote beneficial protein and cellular interactions, as well as developing ultra-low fouling materials and coatings for both biomedical and environmental applications.

Lloyd Niccol

Lloyd Niccol is a Building Systems Specialist in BlueScope’s Product Innovation Team, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC). In his current role, he works on the development of breakthrough steel construction systems and products. Lloyd completed a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Wollongong and a Fellowship with the Centre for Sustainability Leadership. More>>


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Dr Dongdong Qu

Dr Dongdong Qu joined the Steel Research Hub in the May of 2015 as a postdoctoral research fellow after he achieved my PhD degree in Harbin Institute of Technology, China, where he studied the in-situ atomic level structural evolution of amorphous alloys under external loading and heating conditions.

He is currently focusing on the physical metallurgy of the ZnAl alloys coating onto steel substrate involved in the hot dip coating process. Fundamental topics of liquid ZnAl alloys structure, the reaction of liquid ZnAl alloy with steel substrate and ZnAl alloy solidification during the coating overlay formation are studied in the current Steel Research Hub project. More>>


Dr Mohammed Sohel

Dr Mohammed Sohel obtained his PhD at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, Master of Science at Aachen University of Applied Science in Germany and his Bachelor of Science at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh. More>>


Dr Vi Khanh Truong

Dr Vi Khanh Truong completed PhD in Nano biotechnology at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia in 2012. After his PhD, he commenced a postdoctoral position working with the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Polymers, where his focus will be the development of novel biopolymers to assist sustainable agricultural development in Australia. More>>


Dr Leela Kempton

Dr Leela Kempton is an Associate Research Fellow at the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) at the University of Wollongong. After graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) from the University of Sydney, she worked as an industrial process engineer for a number of years before moving into ironmaking research at Bluescope Steel. She completed her PhD through the University of NSW whilst working at Bluescope Steel, with research focusing on numerical modelling of particle deformation within the blast furnace. More>>


Dr Xue Feng Dong

Dr Xue Feng Dong is a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering, University of Wollongong. He completed his PhD in 2004 at UNSW. After that, he worked for four years as postdoctoral fellow at UNSW and seven years as development engineer at BlueScope Steel. His research practices cover multiple disciplines including multiphase flow, heat transfer, mass transfer with reactions, computational fluid dynamics and process engineering. More >>


Dr Arturo Aburto-Medina

Dr Arturo Aburto-Medina is a researcher at the School of Science at RMIT University. He obtained his PhD from the University of Essex, UK. He has conducted postdoctoral studies at the University of California Irvine, Flinders University and has held lecturing positions at UAM and ITESM. His research interests include drug discovery, conservation of the environment, antimicrobial surfaces and the remediation of contaminated sites.