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Plenary Speakers

Assoc. Prof. Allison Beese

Professor Cuie Wen

Cuie joined RMIT University as a Professor of Biomaterials Engineering in 2014. She was Professor of Surface Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology from 2010 to 2014. She worked at Deakin University from 2003 to 2010 as Research Fellow, Senior Researcher and Associate Professor. Cuie’s research interests include new biocompatible titanium, magnesium, iron, zinc and their alloys and scaffolds for biomedical applications, surface modification, nanostructured metals, alloys and composites, metal foams and nanolaminates.
Abstract: ZnP-ZnO dual-phase coatings on Zn foam with excellent antibacterial ability and biocompatibility for biodegradable orthopedic applications


Associate Professor Jennifer MacLeod

Jennifer MacLeod is Head of School and Associate Professor in the School of Chemistry and Physics at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She holds MSc and PhD degrees in Physics from Queen’s University (Canada), where she worked on instrumentation development for scanning tunneling microscopy studies of semiconductor surfaces. She held a Natural Scicence and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Università degli Studi di Trieste (Italy) and a Research Associate position at INRS (Canada), where she worked on a range of topics in nanoscience, and more recently held a Discovery Early Career Research Awards (DECRA) fellowship at QUT. Her current research interests include self-assembly and reactions of molecules at surfaces, and the growth and modification of graphene and other 2D materials. She draws on a range of experimental and computational techniques, with a focus on using scanning probe microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to elucidate these systems.
Abstract: From molecule-by-molecule designed surfaces to functional coatings from the bottom up

Prof. Zhengyi Jiang

Professor Zhengyi Jiang

Zhengyi Jiang is Distinguished Professor, Director of ARC ITTC-Rail and Director of ARC ITTC Composites&Mining at the University of Wollongong (UOW). His research interest includes multiscale materials processing, advanced rolling technology, tribology in metal forming, development of novel lubricants in metal forming, microforming, manufacturing of composites, contact mechanics and numerical simulation of metal forming. He has over 500 journal articles and 5 monographs. He has been awarded over 40 prizes and awards including ARC Future Fellowship, ARF (twice), Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Invitation Fellowship.
Abstract: Innovative nanolubricant and its application in manufacturing process

Prof. Matt Barnett

Professor Matt Barnett

Professor Barnett is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and Director of the ARC Training Centre in Alloy Innovation for Mining Efficiency at Deakin University. He has a background in metallurgical research, beginning his career in BHP Steel. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from RMIT University in Melbourne and his PhD from McGill University in Montreal in 1997. His current research is aimed at designing alloys, processes and materials that stimulate circularity of material use – materials that can be readily recycled, reused, refurbished or shared.