Zonghan Xie

Professor Zonghan Xie

Director Strategic Partnership - China

School of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Professor Zonghan Xie grew up in Huaibei (淮北), a small town of Anhui Province in eastern China. He studied Metallic Materials and Heat Treatment at Northeastern University (东北大学) and Metal Matrix Composites at Southeast University (东南大学), both in China. In 2004 Dr Xie received his PhD (Technical Ceramics) from the University of NSW (UNSW), supported by the IPRS scholarship program of the Australian Government. In the same year, he was awarded an Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Australian Research Council to conduct research on hard coatings. Later Dr Xie worked as a researcher at both the University of Sydney Dental School and the Centre for Integrated Nanotechnologies of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM, USA before returning to Australia in 2008 to lead a materials research group in ECU, WA. He joined the University of Adelaide in July 2012 and has served as Associate Dean (International) with Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences. He is currently leading the development of strategic partnerships with universities and research organisations in China.

Biological and bio-inspired materials, including those with complex hierarchically heterogeneous microstructure 

Surface science and engineering for mechanical protection, self-cleaning and antibacterial purposes

Deformation and fracture of structural materials over multiple length scales 

Wear and corrosion of engineering materials, including thin films and coatings

Materials characterization techniques: Nanoindentation, electron microscopy, Synchrotron, X-ray Diffraction, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, and u-CT

First-principles calculations and finite element modelling of material behaviours

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 Professor University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2016 - 2017 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2015 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2000 - 2003 University of New South Wales Australia PhD
  • Research Interests

2016 Discovery Projects, Australian Research Council

2015 Discovery Projects, Australian Research Council

2015 & 18 Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities, Australian Research Council

2012 DVCR Infrastructure Grant, University of Adelaide

2012 Faculty Start-up Grant, University of Adelaide

Materials I, Materials and Manufacturing, Mechanics of Solids, Engineering Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics 

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  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2015 - ongoing Board Member Scientific Reports
  • Position: Director Strategic Partnership - China
  • Phone: 83133980
  • Email: zonghan.xie@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4367
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering South, floor 1
  • Room: 1 04
  • Org Unit: Faculty of Engineering Computer & Math Sciences

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