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Local Organising Committee

  • Professor Xiaozhou Liao

    NanoSPD7 Chair

    Xiaozhou Liao is Professor of electron microscopy of materials in The University of Sydney. He received his PhD degree from The University of Sydney in 2000. He then moved to Los Alamos National Laboratory as a director-funded postdoctoral fellow in 2001, and was a research scientist at The University of Chicago from 2004 to 2006. Liao returned to Sydney as a lecturer in June 2006.

    Liao’s research focuses on structures and synthesis/processing–structure–property relationships of advanced structural and functional materials including severely deformed nanostructured metals and alloys. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, which have been collectively cited over 10,000 times (Google Scholar). He and his research group members have successfully attracted over $7 million research grants.


  • Professor Yuri Estrin

    NanoSPD7 Honorary Chair

    Professor Yuri Estrin is a renowned specialist in Physical Metallurgy. He has held professorial positions in Germany and Australia and is currently Honorary Professorial Fellow in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Monash University in Melbourne. He also leads the Laboratory of Hybrid Nanostructured Materials at the National University of Science and Technology “MISIS” in Moscow.

    Professor Estrin has authored over 490 research papers in such fields as modeling of strength and plasticity, crystal lattice defects, nanomechanics, biomaterials, materials design, etc. For his research achievements, Professor Estrin has received numerous awards and distinctions, including an honorary doctorate from the Russian Academy of Sciences, a World Class University professorship from Korea, an Alexander von Humboldt Award, a Helmholtz International Fellow Award, and a Thomson-Reuter High Citation Award. He holds adjunct professorships in Korea and China and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.


  • Professor Michael Ferry

    Professor Michael Ferry obtained his BE and PhD degrees in Materials Engineering at University of Wollongong (UoW, 1989) and University of New South Wales (UNSW, 1994), respectively. He carried out postdoctoral studies at University of Manchester then returned to Australia in 1996 to commence his first academic position where he is currently Professor of Physical Metallurgy at The University of South Wales (UNSW Australia).

    Professor Ferry’s area of expertise is microstructure and texture control of alloys associated with solid-and liquid-state phase transformations and thermomechanical processing. He has published over 230 peer-reviewed papers in these fields including a sole-authored monograph entitled “Direct Strip Casting of Metals and Alloys”. He is a Fellow of The Institution of Engineers, Australia and Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, UK.


  • Dr. Chengfan Gu

    Chengfan Gu obtained a PhD degree in Materials Engineering, Monash University in 2011. She then worked as a Research Fellow at University de Lorraine (France) and, subsequently, served as Lecturer at School of Engineering, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University. She has a solid background to understanding of consequences of structure-property relation from severe plastic deformation. Within a single modelling frame, she is involved in the development of modelling of grain fragmentation based on lattice curvature that is currently in clinical trials for treatment of all main microstructural features. She has published fifty journal articles, which reflect her research interest in this area. She has also been a Discovery Early Career Researcher Awardee from Australian Research Council (host: UNSW).


  • Associate Professor Rimma Lapovok

    Rimma Lapovok is the Associate Professor (Research) in Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University (Australia). She has graduated in Solid Mechanics and completed her PhD in Metal Working Processes in Russia.

    From 1998 she works intensively in area of Severe Plastic Deformation and has published about 170 papers on this topic. R. Lapovok has pioneered the SPD research in Australia and designed several novel rigs for production of ultrafine grained materials, including ECAP machine with back-pressure, High Pressure Tube Shearing, Hydro-ECAP and others. The novel approach in these processes is based on fundamentals of mechanics of materials.


  • Professor Elena Pereloma

    Professor Elena Pereloma is the Senior Professor of Physical Metallurgy at the School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering and the Director of Electron Microscopy Centre at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

    She was the Director of BlueScope Steel Metallurgy Centre (2007-2013) and of Engineering Materials Institute Research Strength (2008-2012), University of Wollongong after spending 11 years at Monash University in various academic positions.

    Professor Pereloma’s areas of expertise include processing-microstructure-mechanical properties relationships, phase transformations, alloy design and advanced characterisation techniques (electron microscopy and atom probe tomography) of steels and alloys. She has authored more than 200 papers in leading international journals, edited the book and two conference proceedings.

    Professor Pereloma received numerous awards for her research including Honorary Doctor of Sciences and V.G. Kurdjumov Medal, Institute for Metal Physics, Ukraine, Sawamura Award, The Iron and Steel Institute of Japan, the Florence M. Taylor Medal, The Institute of Materials Engineering Australasia.


  • Professor Kenong Xia

    Kenong Xia is Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He received his PhD from The University of Southern California in 1988. He joined the Comalco Research Centre as a visiting scientist in Melbourne in 1988, and the University of Melbourne as an academic in 1993.

    Prof. Xia leads the Materials Group with research focused on nanostructured alloys and composites via severe plastic deformation. He is a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals and the Coordinator in the Melbourne University node of the Defence Materials Technology Centre. He has published extensively in the areas of creep and superplasticity, metal matrix composites, semisolid processing, intermetallic alloys, SPD processing, powder consolidation by SPD, mechanically activated phase transformation and beta titanium alloys, as well as in the emerging additive manufacturing. He has received more than $8.5 m for research from ARC, government and industry.


  • Key Dates
  • Call for Abstracts Open 8 August 2016
  • Registration Open 14 November 2016
  • Call for Abstracts Close 20 January 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance 30 January 2017
  • Early-Bird Registration Close 15 March 2017
  • Manuscript Submissions Close 15 March 2017
  • Pre-Conference 1 July 2017
  • NanoSPD7 Conference 2-7 July 2017