Zonghan Xie

Professor Zonghan Xie


School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

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

Professor Zonghan Xie was raised in Huaibei, once a small town located in Eastern China's Anhui Province. His academic pursuits in the field of materials science began with studies in Metallic Materials and Heat Treatment at Northeastern University (Shenyang), followed by Metal Matrix Composites at Southeast University (Nanjing), both in China. Dr. Xie attained his PhD in Technical Ceramics from the University of New South Wales in 2004, made possible through the International Postgraduate Research Scholarship program funded by the Australian Government.

In that same year, he earned the distinction of an Australian Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Australian Research Council, which facilitated his research into metallurgical coatings, in collaboration with the CSIRO Thin Films Group in Lindfield, Sydney. His subsequent appointments include serving as a research fellow at the University of Sydney Dental School and the Centre for Integrated Nanotechnologies at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in New Mexico, USA.

Dr. Xie returned from LANL to Australia to spearhead a research group focusing on bio-inspired materials and surfaces at ECU in Western Australia. By July 2012, he had joined the University of Adelaide, specializing in high entropy alloys, calcified tissues and thin-film technology within the School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Alongside his academic and research responsibilities, Professor Xie fulfils the role of Associate Dean (International) within the Faculty of Sciences, Engineering, and Technology, orchestrating strategic partnerships with academic and research institutions across East and North Asia, including China, Japan, and Korea.

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

Deformation and fracture mechanisms of structural materials over multiple length scales 

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

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

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

First-principles calculations and finite element modelling of material behaviors

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2022 - ongoing Associate Dean - International (North and East Asia) University of Adelaide
    2018 - 2022 Director of Strategic Partnerships University of Adelaide
    2018 - ongoing Professor University of Adelaide, Adelaide
    2016 - 2017 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    2015 - 2018 Associate Dean - International University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2015 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write and speak
    English Can read, write and speak
  • Education

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

2020 Discovery Projects, Australian Research Council

2016 Discovery Projects, Australian Research Council

2015 Discovery Projects, Australian Research Council

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

  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83133980
  • Email: zonghan.xie@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83134367
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering South, floor First Floor
  • Room: S104
  • Org Unit: School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

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