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Associate Professor Laichang Zhang

Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering

Contact Information Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2322, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO23.203
Staff Member Details
Telephone: (61 8)  6304 2322  
Facsimile: (61 8)  6304 5811  
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO23.203  


Laichang is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering.

Current Teaching

  • ENS1115 - Materials and Manufacturing 1


Dr Laichang Zhang was awarded his PhD at the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has considerable researches on the alloy development, synthesis and microstructure characterisation and properties evaluation of advanced engineering materials, including nanocrystalline / ultrafine-grained metallic materials, bulk metallic glasses, biomaterials, and high-strength steels. He is an internationally recognised expert in the alloy development of advanced metallic materials (including nanocrystalline / ultrafine-grained materials, bulk metallic glasses) as well as the understanding of their processing-microstructure-property relationships. Dr Zhang has extensively contributed to a number of research grants supported by Australian Research Council, European Union, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Ministry of Science and Technology of China. He also has good links to industry both for teaching and research.

Prior to joining the Edith Cowan University, Dr Zhang has worked at The University of Western Australia (Perth, Australia) in 2009-2012, University of Wollongong (Wollongong, Australia) in 2007-2009, Leibniz-Institute for Solid State and Materials Research (IFW) Dresden (Dresden, Germany) in 2006-2007 and Darmstadt University of Technology (Darmstadt, Germany) in 2005-2006. Dr Zhang is currently the Program Leader of Mechanical Engineering at the School of Engineering. He is in charge of two materials research labs at the School, i.e., the Engineering Materials Laboratory and the Nanomechanical Testing Laboratory. Dr Zhang has also established several ongoing collaborations with The University of Western Australia (Perth, Australia), University of Wollongong (Wollongong, Australia), and Leibniz-Institute for Solid State and Materials Research (IFW) Dresden (Dresden, Germany), Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Shenyang, China), The Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA), Northwest Institute for Nonferrous Metal Research (Xi’an, China), and East China Normal University (Shanghai, China).

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2011: "Hundred Talents Program" Scholar (Shaanxi Provincial Government of China)
  • 2005: Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany)
  • 2004: Presidential Award (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • 2002: Liu Yongling Award (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

National and International Research Positions

  • June 2011: Visiting Scholar, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Shenyang, China)
  • June-July 2009: Guest Scientist, IFW Dresden (Dresden Germany)
  • 2011-present: Adjunct Professor of Curtin University (Perth, Australia)
  • 2011-present: Adjunct Professor of Jinggangshan University (Jiangxi, China)

Research Areas and Interests

  • Alloy development, materials processing, microstructure characterisation in light-weight alloys and steels
  • Mechanical behaviour and deformation mechanism
  • Metallic biomaterials and composites

Staff Qualifications

  • PhD (Doctoral Degree), China (excludes SARs and Taiwan), 2005 .


Recent Research Grants

  • Selective Laser Melting of Bulk Metallic Glasses,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Discovery,  2013 - 2016,  $15,000.
  • Polymer/ rare earth nano-sized Gadolinium metal hybrid materials-preparation methods, characterization and application,  Vietnam International Education Development of the Ministry of Education and Training,  VIED - Scholarship,  2014 - 2017,  $60,000.
  • Next Generation Small Angle X-Ray Scattering Facility,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2014,  $1,725,000.
  • Porous Beta-Titanium Bone Implants Optimized for Strength and Bio-Compatibilty: Design and Fabrication,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Discovery,  2011 - 2013,  $330,000.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)


  • Zhang, L., Yang, C., (2013), Titanium Alloy: Formation, Characteristics and Industrial Applications. ENGINEERING TOOLS, TECHNIQUES AND TABLES, 324, New York.

Book Chapters

  • Yang, C., Liu, L., Zhang, L., (2013), Fabrication of Titanium-based Composites by Spark Plasma Sintering and Crystallization of the Amorphous Phase. Titanium Alloys: Formation, Characteristics and Industrial Applications, 239-273, New York.
  • Zhang, L., (2013), High-strength ultrafine-grained titanium-based alloys with large plasticity. Titanium Alloys: Formation, Characteristics and Industrial Applications, 275-302, New York.
  • Zhang, L., Attar, H., Yang, C., (2013), Selective laser melting of Ti-24Nb-4Zr-8Sn alloy for biomedical applications. Titanium Alloys: Formation, Characteristics and Industrial Applications, 53-86, New York.
  • Zhang, L., (2012), Crystallization behavior and control of amorphous alloys. Advances in Crystallization Processes, 185-216, Croatia.
  • Zhang, L., Calin, M., Eckert, J., (2011), High-strength titanium base alloys with multiple length-scale microstructure. Advances in Mechanical Engineering Research, 2(11), 233-249, New York.
  • Zhang, L., (2011), Thermodynamic approach for amorphous alloys from binary to multicomponent systems. Thermodynamics - Kinetics of Dynamic Systems, 357-380, Croatia.

Journal Articles

  • Wang, X., Fang, M., Zhang, L., Ding, H., Liu, Y., Huang, Z., Huang, S., Yang, J., (2013), Solid particle erosion of alumina ceramics at elevated temperature. Materials Chemistry and Physics, 139(2-3), 765-769, Lausanne, Switzerland, DOI: 10.1016/j.matchemphys.2013.02.029.
  • Miao, J., Zhang, L., Lin, H., (2013), A novel kind of thin film composite nanofiltration membrane with sulfated chitosan as the active layer material. Chemical Engineering Science, 87(N/A), 152-159, DOI: 10.1016/j.ces.2012.10.015.
  • Miao, J., Lin, H., Wang, W., Zhang, L., (2013), Amphoteric composite membranes for nanofiltration prepared from sulfated chitosan crosslinked with hexamethylene diisocyanate. Chemical Engineering Journal, 234(N/A), 132?139, Amsterdam, Netherlands, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2013.08.085.
  • Liu, Y., Zhao, X., Zhang, L., Habibi, D., Xie, Z., (2013), Architectural design of diamond-like carbon coatings for long-lasting joint replacements. Materials Science and Engineering C, 33(5), 2788-2794, Lausanne, Switzerland, DOI: 10.1016/j.msec.2013.02.047.
  • Yang, Y., Li, G., Wang, H., Wu, S., Zhang, L., Li, Y., Yang, K., (2012), Formation of zigzag-shaped {1 1 2}?1 1 1? ? mechanical twins in Ti-24.5 Nb-0.7 Ta-2 Zr-1.4 O alloy. Scripta Materialia, 66(5), 211-214, DOI: 10.1016/j.scriptamat.2011.10.031.
  • Zhang, L., (2012), High performance ultrafine-grained Ti-Fe-based alloys with multiple length-scale phases. Advances in Materials Research, 1(1), 13-29.
  • Pereloma, E., Beladi, H., Zhang, L., Timokhina , I., (2012), Understanding the Behavior of Advanced High-Strength Steels Using Atom Probe Tomography. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science, 43(11), 3958-3971, DOI: 10.1007/s11661-011-0782-0.
  • Su, L., Lu, C., He, L., Zhang, L., Guagliardo, P., Tieu, A., Samarin, S., Williams, J., Li, H., (2012), Study of vacancy-type defects by positron annihilation in ultrafine-grained aluminum severely deformed at room and cryogenic temperatures. Acta Materialia, 60(10), 4218-4228, DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2012.04.003.
  • Zhang, L., Sercombe, T., (2012), Selective laser melting of low-modulus biomedical Ti-24Nb-4Zr-8Sn alloy: Effect of laser point distance. Key Engineering Materials, 520(2012), 226-233, Switzerland, DOI: 10.4028/
  • Zhang, Y., Li, W., Wang, G., Zhang, L., Yao, B., Han, Z., (2012), Formation of thick nanocrystalline surface layer on copper during oscillating sliding. Materials Letters, 68(1), 432-434, DOI: 10.1016/j.matlet.2011.11.026.
  • Zhang, L., Klemm, D., Eckert, J., Hao, Y., Sercombe, T., (2011), Manufacture by selective laser melting and mechanical behavior of a biomedical Ti-24Nb-4Zr-8Sn alloy. Scripta Materialia, 65(1), 21-24, DOI: 10.1016/j.scriptamat.2011.03.024.
  • Roberts, A., Grayson, G., Challis, V., Zhang, L., Grotowski, J., Schaffer, G., Sercombe, T., (2011), Elastic moduli of sintered powders with application to components fabricated using selective laser melting. Acta Materialia, 59(13), 5257-5265, DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2011.05.002.
  • Carman, A., Zhang, L., Ivasishin, O., Savvakin, D., Matviychuk, M., Pereloma, E., (2011), Role of alloying elements in microstructure evolution and alloying elements behaviour during sintering of a near-? titanium alloy. Materials Science and Engineering A: Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing, 528(3), 1686-1693, DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2010.11.00.
  • Pereloma, E., Zhang, L., Liss, K., Garbe, U., Almer, J., Schambron, T., Beladi, H., Timokhina, I., (2011), Effect of thermomechanical processing on the microstructure and retained austenite stability during in situ tensile testing using synchrotron X-ray diffraction of NbMoAl TRIP steel. Solid State Phenomena, 172-174(1), 741-746, DOI: 10.4028/
  • Zhang, L., Calin, M., Paturaud, F., Eckert, J., (2010), Deformation-induced grain refinement in body-centered cubic Co?Fe alloys upon room temperature compression. Materials Science and Engineering A: Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing, 527(21-22), 5796-5800, DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2010.06.009.
  • Challis, V., Roberts, A., Grotowski, JF., Zhang, L., Sercombe, T., (2010), Prototypes for bone implant scaffolds designed via topology optimization and manufactured by solid freeform fabrication. Advanced Engineering Materials, 12(11), 1106-1110, DOI: 10.1002/adem.201000154.
  • Zheng, N., Wang, G., Zhang, L., Calin, M., Stoica, M., Vaughan, G., Mattern, N., Eckert, J., (2010), In situ high-energy x-ray diffraction observation of structural evolution in a Ti-based bulk metallic glass upon heating. Journal of Materials Research, 25(12), 2271-2277, DOI: 10.1557/jmr.2010.0298.
  • Zhu, Q., Zhu, H., Tieu, AK., Zhang, L., (2010), In-situ investigation of oxidation behaviour in high-speed steel roll material under dry and humid atmospheres. Corrosion Science, 52(8), 2707-2715, DOI: 10.1016/j.corsci.2010.04.027.
  • Lu, HB., Poh, CK., Zhang, L., Guo, ZP., Yu, XB., Liu, HK., (2009), Dehydrogenation characteristics of Ti- and Ni/Ti-catalyzed Mg hydrides. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 481(1-2), 152-155, DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2009.02.125.
  • Zhang, L., Timokhina, IB., La Fontaine, A., Ringer, SP., Hodgson, P., Pereloma, EV., (2009), Effect of pre-straining and bake hardening on the microstructure and mechanical properties of CMnSi trip steels. La Metallurgia Italiana , 101(6), 49-55.

Conference Publications

  • Zhang, L., Miller, JD., Sercombe, TB., (2012), Microstructural manipulation and mechanical properties of Ti-24Nb-4Zr-8Sn alloy manufactured by Selective Laser Melting. Proceedings of the 12th World Conference on Titanium (Ti-2011), III(June 19-24, 2011), 1740-1743, Beijing.
  • Yang, Y., Jia, B., Ge, P., Zhang, L., Zhou, W., Feng, L., (2012), Quantitative Study on Relationships between Mechanical Properties and Characteristics of Primary ? Phase for a Solution-treated Near-? Titanium Alloy. Proceedings of the 12th World Conference on Titanium (Ti-2011), II(June 19-24, 2011), 1071-1073, Beijing.
  • Zhang, L., Yang, Y., Lu, H., Suvorova, A., Ge, P., Sercombe, T., (2012), Phase morphologies and mechanical properties during heat treatment of a hot-forged near-beta titanium alloy. Proceedings of the 12th World Conference on Titanium (Ti-2011), II(June 19-24, 2011), 924-927, Beijing.
  • Cheng, K., Lu, C., Tieu, K., Zhang, L., Sun, Y., (2012), Deformation Mechanism in Nanoindentation of Ti63.375Fe34.125Sn2.5 Alloy. TMS 2012 141st Annual Meeting and Exhibition, Materials Processing and Interfaces (Volume 1), 971-977, DOI: 10.1002/9781118356074.ch122.
  • Zhang, L., Lu, H., Calin, M., Pereloma, E., Eckert, J., (2010), High-strength ultrafine-grained Ti-Fe-Sn alloys with a bimodal structure. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 240(16-21 August 2009), 4, DOI: 10.1088/1742-6596/240/1/012103.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Master of Engineering Science,  Microstructure And Mechanical Properties Of Cold Drawn Steel Wires.
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Effect Of Thermal Annealing And Carbon Implantation On The Functional Properties Of Nanocomposite Tisin Coatings On Steel.
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