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Associate Professor Laichang Zhang

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
  • ENM3218/ENS6100 - Fluid Mechanics


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), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Shanghai, China), South China University of Technology (Guangzhou, China), Shandong University (Jinan, China), Northwest Institute for Nonferrous Metal Research (Xi’an, China), China University of Geosciences (Beijing, China), and China University of Mining and Technology (Beijing/Xuzhou, 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)

University Awards

  • 2012: ECU Innovator Award (Edith Cowan University, Australia)

National and International Research Positions

  • Editorial Board Member, Advances in Materials Research: An international Journal
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
  • Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Technology & Applied Science
  • 2011-present: Adjunct Professor of Curtin University (Perth, Australia)
  • 2011-present: Adjunct Professor of Jinggangshan University (Jiangxi, China)
  • June 2011: Visiting Scholar, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Shenyang, China)
  • June-July 2009: Guest Scientist, IFW Dresden (Dresden Germany)

Research Areas and Interests

  • 3D print
  • Metallic biomaterials and composites
  • Nanocrystalline materials and metallic glasses
  • Alloy development, materials processing, microstructure characterisation in light-weight alloys and steels
  • Mechanical behaviour and deformation mechanism
  • Nanomaterials for wastewater treatment


  • 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,  2013 - 2016,  $60,000.
  • Ultra-high resolution focussed ion beam facility for Western Australia,  Australian Research Council,  Grant - Linkage (Infrastructure),  2015 - 2016,  $2,018,181.
  • 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)

Book Chapters

  • 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.
  • 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., (2012), Crystallization behavior and control of amorphous alloys. Advances in Crystallization Processes, 185-216, Croatia.
  • Zhang, L., (2011), Thermodynamic approach for amorphous alloys from binary to multicomponent systems. Thermodynamics - Kinetics of Dynamic Systems, 357-380, 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.

Journal Articles

  • Chen, L., Liu, J., Zhang, Y., Zhang, L., Lu, W., Zhang, L., Wang, L., Zhang, D., (2015), Effects of alloyed Si on the autoclave corrosion performance and periodic corrosion kinetics in Zr-Sn-Nb-Fe-O alloys. Corrosion Science, 100(2015), 651-662, Oxford, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1016/j.corsci.2015.08.043.
  • Li, X., Wang, X., Saunders, M., Suvorova, A., Zhang, L., Liu, Y., Fang, M., Huang, Z., Sercombe, T., (2015), A selective laser melting and solution heat treatment refined Al?12Si alloy with a controllable ultrafine eutectic microstructure and 25% tensile ductility. Acta Materialia, 95(2015), 74-82, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2015.05.017.
  • Chen, L., Li, J., Zhang, Y., Zhang, L., Lu, W., Wang, L., Zhang, L., Zhang, D., (2015), Zr-Sn-Nb-Fe-Si-O alloy for fuel cladding candidate: Processing, microstructure, corrosion resistance and tensile behavior. Corrosion Science, 100(2015), 332-340, Oxford, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1016/j.corsci.2015.08.005.
  • Liu, L., Yang, C., Wang, F., Qu, S., Li, X., Zhang, W., Li, Y., Zhang, L., (2015), Ultrafine grained Ti-based composites with ultrahigh strength and ductility achieved by equiaxing microstructure. Materials and Design, 79(1), 1-5, London, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2015.04.032.
  • Miao, J., Lin, HC., Zhang, L., (2015), Investigation of Anti-Alga Properties and Anti-Bacteria Effects of Composite Nanofiltration Membranes Based on Chitosan Derivatives. International Journal of Environmental Science and Development, 6(3), 174-177, Singapore, DOI: 10.7763/IJESD.2015.V6.584.
  • Ehtemam Haghighi, S., Lu, H., Jian, G., Cao, G., Habibi, D., Zhang, L., (2015), Effect of ?? martensite on the microstructure and mechanical properties of beta-type Ti-Fe-Ta Alloys. Materials and Design, 76(1), 47-54, London, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2015.03.028.
  • Ji, D., Zhang, L., Ren, J., Wang, D., (2015), Creep-Fatigue Interaction and Cyclic Strain Analysis in P92 Steel Based on Test. Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance, 24(4), 1441-1451, New York, United States, DOI: 10.1007/s11665-015-1446-9.
  • Attar, H., Prashanth, K., Chaubey, A., Calin, M., Zhang, L., Scudino, S., Eckert, J., (2015), Comparison of wear properties of commercially pure titanium prepared by selective laser melting and casting processes. Materials Letters, 142(1), 38-41, Netherlands, DOI: 10.1016/j.matlet.2014.11.156.
  • Attar, H., Lober, L., Funk, A., Calin, M., Zhang, L., Prashanth, K., Scudino, S., Zhang, Y., Eckert, J., (2015), Mechanical behavior of porous commercially pure Ti and Ti-TiB composite materials manufactured by selective laser melting. Materials Science and Engineering A: Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing, 625(2015), 350-356, Amsterdam, Netherlands, DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2014.12.036.
  • Wang, L., Qu, J., Chen, L., Meng, Q., Zhang, L., Qin, J., Zhang, D., Lu, W., (2015), Investigation of Deformation Mechanisms in ?-Type Ti-35Nb-2Ta-3Zr Alloy via FSP Leading to Surface Strengthening. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science, 46(11), 4813-4818, DOI: 10.1007/s11661-015-3089-8.
  • Lin, H., Luo, Q., Tong, W., Jiang, C., Huang, R., Peng, H., Zhang, L., Travas-Sejdic, J., Duan, C., (2015), Facile preparation of rare-earth semiconductor nanocrystals and tuning of their dimensionalities. RSC Advances: an international journal to further the chemical sciences, 5(106), 86885-86890, Cambridge, UK, DOI: 10.1039/C5RA17506B.
  • Zhang, L., Attar, H., (2015), Selective Laser Melting of Titanium Alloys and Titanium Matrix Composites for Biomedical Applications: A Review. Advanced Engineering Materials, Early View(Early View), 13p., Weinheim, Germany, DOI: 10.1002/adem.201500419.
  • Wang, L., Wang, X., Zhang, L., Lu, W., (2015), Ultrafine processing of (TiB+TiC)/TC18 composites processed by ECAP via Bc route. Materials Science and Engineering A: Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing, 645(2015), 99-108, DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2015.08.011.
  • Miao, J., Lu, HB., Habibi, D., Khiadani, M., Zhang, L., (2015), Photocatalytic Degradation of the Azo Dye Acid Red 14 in Nanosized TiO2 Suspension under Simulated Solar Light. CLEAN: Soil, Air, Water, 43(7), 1037-1043, DOI: 10.1002/clen.201400383.
  • Liu, Y., Li, X., Zhang, L., Sercombe, T., (2015), Processing and properties of topologically optimised biomedical Ti-24Nb-4Zr-8Sn scaffolds manufactured by selective laser melting. Materials Science and Engineering A: Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing, 642(2015), 268-278, Netherlands, DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2015.06.088.
  • Zheng, X., Liu, Y., Li, J., He, L., Zhang, L., (2015), Boride precipitation and mechanical behaviour of high boron stainless steel with boron and titanium additions. International Journal of Materials and Product Technology, 51(4), 332-344, Bucks, UK, DOI: 10.1504/IJMPT.2015.072559.
  • Attar, H., Prashanth, KG., Zhang, L., Calin, M., Okulov, IV., Scudino, S., Yang, C., Eckert, J., (2015), Effect of Powder Particle Shape on the Properties of In Situ Ti?TiB Composite Materials Produced by Selective Laser Melting. Journal of Materials Science and Technology, 31(10), 1001-1005, DOI: 10.1016/j.jmst.2015.08.007.
  • Liu, Y., Ye, S., An, B., Wang, Y., Li, Y., Zhang, L., Wang, W., (2014), Effects of mechanical compression and autoclave treatment on the backbone clusters in the Al86Ni9La5 amorphous alloy. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 587(2014), 59-65, DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2013.10.150.
  • Yang, C., Wei, T., Yao, Y., Li, Y., Qu, S., Zhang, L., (2014), Bulk multimodal-grained irons with large plasticity fabricated by spark plasma sintering. Materials Science and Engineering A: Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing, 591(2014), 54-58, DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2013.10.076.
  • Attar, H., Bonisch, M., Calin, M., Zhang, L., Scudino, S., Eckert, J., (2014), Selective laser melting of in situ titanium?titanium boride composites: Processing, microstructure and mechanical properties. Acta Materialia, 76(2014), 13-22, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2014.05.022.
  • An, B., Li, Y., Liu, Y., Wang, Y., Zhang, L., Wang, W., (2014), Unique corrosion behavior of Fe78Si9B13 glassy alloy with different circumferential speeds under various chloride ion levels. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 593(2014), 16-23.
  • Zhao, L., Yang, P., Wang, J., Zhang, L., (2014), Cyclic direct shear behaviors of frozen soil?structure interface under constant normal stiffness condition. Cold Regions Science and Technology, 102(2014), 52-62, Amsterdam, Netherlands, DOI: 10.1016/j.coldregions.2014.03.001.
  • Zhang, Y., Zhang, L., Niu, H., Bai, X., Yu, S., Ma, X., Yu, Z., (2014), Deformation twinning and localized amorphization in nanocrystalline tantalum induced by sliding friction. Materials Letters, 127(2014), 4-7, DOI: 10.1016/j.matlet.2014.04.079.
  • Zhang, Y., Niu, H., Zhang, L., Bai, X., Zhang, X., Zhang, P., (2014), Grain coarsening behavior in a nanocrystalline copper subjected to sliding friction. Materials Letters, 123(2014), 261-264, Amsterdam, Netherlands, DOI: 10.1016/j.matlet.2014.02.050.
  • Challis, VJ., Xu, X., Zhang, L., Roberts, AP., Grotowski, JF., Sercombe, TB., (2014), High specific strength and stiffness structures produced using selective laser melting. Materials and Design, 63(2014), 783-788, London, United Kingdom, DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2014.05.064.
  • Zhao, L., Yang, P., Wang, J., Zhang, L., (2014), Impacts of surface roughness and loading conditions on cyclic direct shear behaviors of an artificial frozen silt-structure interface. Cold Regions Science and Technology, 106-107(2014), 183-193, DOI: 10.1016/j.coldregions.2014.07.009.
  • Attar, H., Calin, M., Zhang, L., Scudino, S., Eckert, J., (2014), Manufacture by selective laser melting and mechanical behavior of commercially pure titanium. Materials Science and Engineering A: Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing, 593(2014), 170-177, DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2013.11.038.
  • Wang, X., Zhang, L., Fang, M., Sercombe, T., (2014), The effect of atmosphere on the structure and properties of a selective laser melted Al?12Sialloy. Materials Science and Engineering A: Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing, 597(2014), 370?375, DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2014.01.012.
  • Zhang, J., Liu, C., Cheng, G., Chen, X., Wu, J., Zhu, Q., Zhang, L., (2014), Constant-stress accelerated life test of white organic light-emitting diode based on least square method under Weibull distribution. Journal of Information Display, 15(2), 71-75, DOI: 10.1080/15980316.2014.889613.
  • Attar, H., Bonisch, M., Calin, M., Zhang, L., Zhuravleva, K., Funk, A., Scudino, S., Yang, C., Eckert, J., (2014), Comparative study of microstructures and mechanical properties of in situ Ti-TiB composites produced by selective laser melting, powder metallurgy, and casting technologies. Journal of Materials Research, 29(17), 1941-1950, United States, DOI: 10.1557/jmr.2014.122.
  • Yang, C., Guo, H., Daguang, M., Qu, S., Li, X., Zhang, W., Zhang, L., (2014), Bulk TiB2-Based Ceramic Composites with Improved Mechanical Property Using Fe-Ni-Ti-Al as a Sintering Aid. Materials, 7(10), 7105-7117, Basel, Switzerland, DOI: 10.3390/ma7107105.
  • Miao, J., Jia, Z., Lu, H., Habibi, D., Zhang, L., (2014), Heterogeneous photocatalytic degradation of mordant black 11 with ZnO nanoparticles under UV?Vis light. Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers, 45(4), 1636-1641, DOI: 10.1016/j.jtice.2013.11.007.
  • Li, X., Kang, C., Huang, H., Zhang, L., Sercombe, T., (2014), Selective laser melting of an Al86Ni6Y4.5Co2La1.5 metallic glass: Processing, microstructure evolution and mechanical properties. Materials Science and Engineering A: Structural Materials: Properties, Microstructure and Processing, 606(2014), 370-379, DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2014.03.097.
  • Su, L., Lu, C., Deng, G., Tieu, K., Zhang, L., Guagliardo, P., Samarin, SN., Williams, JF., (2014), Vacancy-Type Defects Study on Ultra-Fine Grained Aluminium Processed by Severe Plastic Deformation. Science of Advanced Materials, 6(7), 1338-1345, USA, DOI: 10.1166/sam.2014.1809.
  • 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., Lin, H., Wang, W., Zhang, L., (2013), Amphoteric composite membranes for nanofiltration prepared from sulfated chitosan crosslinked with hexamethylene diisocyanate. Chemical Engineering Journal, 234(November 2013), 132?139, Amsterdam, Netherlands, DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2013.08.085.
  • 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(2013), 152-159, DOI: 10.1016/j.ces.2012.10.015.
  • Liu, Y., Zhao, X., Zhang, L., Habibi, D., Xie, Z., 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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/

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  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Effect Of Thermal Annealing And Carbon Implantation On The Functional Properties Of Nanocomposite Tisin Coatings On Steel
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Simulated Solar Light Assisted Photocatalytic Degradation Of Organic Matters
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Manufacturing And Properties Of Titanium-based Materials Produced By Selective Laser Melting.
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