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Dr Xiaoli Zhao

Principal Engineer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 6304 5782, Email:, Campus: Joondalup, Room: JO23.M01A
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 6304 5782
Campus: Joondalup  
Room: JO23.M01A  


Xiaoli is the Principal Engineer within the School of Engineering's Technical Support team.

Research Areas and Interests

  • Finite Element Modelling
  • Advanced coating structures and metamaterials
  • Structure and properties of biomaterials
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Radio frequency measurement


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of New South Wales, 1996.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Xu, J., Zhao, X., Munroe, P., Xie, Z., (2014), Synergistic toughening of hard, nacre-mimetic MoSi2 coatings by self-assembled hierarchical structure. Scientific Reports, 4(28 February 2014), Article Number 4239, DOI: 10.1038/srep04239.
  • Kuranchie, A., Shukla, S., Habibi, D., Zhao, X., Hossain, M., (2014), Studies on electrical resistivity of Perth sand. International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, 8(4), 449-457, United States, DOI: 10.1179/1939787913Y.0000000033.
  • O'Brien, S., Shaw, J., Zhao, X., Abbott, P., Munroe, P., Xu, J., Habibi, D., Xie, Z., (2014), Size dependent elastic modulus and mechanical resilience of dental enamel. Journal of Biomechanics, 47(5), 1060?1066, Oxford, UK, DOI: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2013.12.030.
  • Wo, P., Zhao, X., Munroe, P., Zhou, Z., Li, K., Habibi, D., Xie, Z., (2013), Extremely hard, damage-tolerant ceramic coatings with functionally graded, periodically varying architecture. Acta Materialia, 61(1), 193-204, UK, DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2012.09.049.
  • Amri, A., Jiang, Z., Bahri, P., Yin, C., Zhao, X., Xie, Z., Duan, X., Widjaja, H., Rahman, M., Pryor, T., (2013), Surface Electronic Structure and Mechanical Characteristics of Copper-Cobalt Oxide Thin Film Coatings: Soft X-ray Synchrotron Radiation Spectroscopic Analyses and Modeling. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 117(32), 16457-16467, USA, DOI: 10.1021/jp404841m.
  • Zhao, X., Munroe, P., Habibi, D., Xie, Z., (2013), Roles of compressive residual stress in enhancing the corrosion resistance of nano nitride composite coatings on steel. Journal of Asian Ceramic Societies, 1(1), 86-94, DOI: 10.1016/j.jascer.2013.03.002.
  • 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.
  • Zhao, X., O'Brien, S., Shaw, J., Abbott, P., Munroe, P., Habibi, D., Xie, Z., (2013), The origin of remarkable resilience of human tooth enamel. Applied Physics Letters, 103(24), 241901, United States, DOI: 10.1063/1.4842015.
  • Amri, A., Jiang, Z., Zhao, X., Xie, Z., Yin, C., Ali, N., Mondinos, N., Rahman, M., Habibi, D., (2013), Tailoring the physicochemical and mechanical properties of optical copper?cobalt oxide thin films through annealing treatment. Surface and Coatings Technology, 239(Jan 2014), 212?221, DOI: 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2013.11.044.
  • Li, Z., Munroe, P., Jiang, Z., Zhao, X., Xu, J., Zhou, Z., Jiang, J., Fang, F., Xie, Z., (2012), Designing superhard, self-toughening CrAlN coatings through grain boundary engineering. Acta Materialia, 60(16), 5735?5744, DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2012.06.049.
  • Ahmed, M., Zhao, X., Zhou, Z., Munroe, P., Tan, NC., Li, LK., Xie, Z., (2011), Effect of Thermal Annealing Upon Residual Stress and Mechanical Properties of Nanostructured TiSiN Coatings on Steel Substrates. Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 94(5), 1546-1551, United States, DOI: DOI: 10.1111/j.1551-2916.2010.04280.x.
  • Zhao, X., Xie, Z., Munroe, P., (2011), Nanoindentation of hard multilayer coatings: Finite element modelling. Materials Science and Engineering A, 528(3), 1111-1116, DOI: 10.1016/j.msea.2010.09.073.
  • Ahmed, M., Munroe, P., Jiang, Z., Zhao, X., Rickard, W., Zhou, Z., Li, L., Xie, Z., (2011), Corrosion behaviour of nanocomposite TiSiN coatings on steel substrates. Corrosion Science, 53(11), 3678-3687, DOI: 10.1016/j.corsci.2011.07.011.

Conference Publications

  • Al-Shabib, W., Habibi, D., Xie, Z., Zhao, X., (2012), Identifying smart conducting materials for Wi-Fi electromagnetic interference shielding. 2012 Asia-Pacific Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility, APEMC 2012 - Proceedings, 741-744, Piscataway, NJ, USA, DOI: 10.1109/APEMC.2012.6237899.
  • Ahmed, M., Munroe, P., Jiang, Z., Zhao, X., Wajrak, M., Guo, H., Rickard, W., Xie, Z., (2012), Corrosion- and damage-resistant nitride coatings for steel. Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 95(21-23 July 2011), 2997-3004, Hoboken, NJ, USA, DOI: 10.1111/j.1551-2916.2012.05328.x.
  • Ullah, I., Habibi, D., Zhao, X., Kiani, G., (2011), Design of RF/Microwave Efficient Buildings Using Frequency Selective Surface. 2011 IEEE 22nd International Symposium on Personal Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC), 2080-2084, Piscataway, NJ, USA, DOI: 10.1109/PIMRC.2011.6139878.
  • Ullah, I., Zhao, X., Habibi, D., Kiani, G., (2011), Transmission Improvement of UMTS and Wi-Fi Signals Through Energy Saving Glass Using FSS. Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference (WAMICON), 2011 IEEE 12th Annual, Article number 5872858(18-19 April), 1-5, Piscataway, N. J., DOI: 10.1109/WAMICON.2011.5872858.
  • Cai, Z., Wu, H., Zhao, X., Zhang, J., (2011), Bending stiffness analysis of elastic shafts with three types of transverse cracks. Advanced Materials Research: Progress in Environmental Science and Engineering, 356-360(21-23 October 2011), 2197-2204, Switzerland, DOI: 10.4028/

Research Student Supervision

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Engineering Science,  Finite Element Analysis Of Stress Distribution Within Metal- On - Metal Joint Replacements
  • Master of Engineering Science,  Vibration Diagnosis Of Elastic Shafts With A Transverse Crack
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