ARC DECRA Fellowship for Thomas

Dr Thomas Dorin has received a prestigious Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council.

The award will provide Thomas with $407,000 over the next three years to pursue research on new classes of aluminium-magnesium-silicon alloys via scandium additions.

With the transport sector accounting for 20 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, there is much interest in lightweighting vehicles as a strategy to reduce these emissions. The use of aluminium to reduce vehicle weight offers potential to also significantly reduce emissions. Scandium can improve the performance of aluminium. This project will attempt to explain the fundamental interactions between scandium and other alloying elements in 6xxx-series aluminium alloys.

German exchange award

Dr Matthias Weiss, Dr Buddhika Abeyrathna and Dr Thomas Dorin were successful in the recent Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme.

Their project on Laser heat assisted roll forming of new high strength Aluminium alloys for weight reduction in transport receives funding of $12,500 for Deakin University to enable visits to Germany with similar funding for their partner, the Technical University Darmstadt to enable researchers to visit Australia.

Sharing knowledge and flavours in Wuhan

IFM postdoctoral researchers, Dr Steven Babaniaris, Dr Nima Hagdadi and Dr Subhankar Biswas (Shuvo) recently returned from an international teaching trip to the Wuhan University of Science and Technology (WUST) in the Hubei province of China.

The IFM team enjoying Hubei style hot pot, courtesy of the students of WUST.

The trip was part of a long standing partnership between the two universities, where Deakin staff teach the engineering program collaboratively with the lecturers at WUST with the goal of providing an alternative and international perspective on their studies.

As well as teaching, Steven, Nima and Shuvo visited and presented their work at the International Research Institute for Steel Technology at WUST, the Hanzhong University of Science and Technology and the research and development department of the Baosteel group.

The IFM team also thoroughly enjoyed the local Wuhan cuisine under the guidance of their students, including hot pot, the sticky rice breakfast dish – Doupi, and the world renowned hot dry noodles. Steven’s attempts to return the favour by letting his students try the Australian breakfast staple Vegemite were less successful!

New publications

IFM researchers Dr Lu Jiang, Dr Ross Marceau, Dr Thomas Dorin, Prof Peter Hodgson and A/Prof Nikki Stanford of Uni SA have a cover paper on the Journal of Materials Science.

This work explores the effect of molybdenum alloying on the microstructural evolution of high-strength low-alloy strip-cast steel, which is a near-net-shape casting technology that produces thin strip material directly from the liquid metal, avoiding slab casting and hot rolling steps of conventional casting and thereby offering significant cost and energy savings. The work was part of Lu (Daniel’s) PhD research.

In the news

Dr Thomas Dorin featured in an article about the use of scandium in light-weight alloys on the create website recently.

The article, talks about the research with CleanTeq and Universal Alloy Corporation and the potential for small amounts of scandium to have a major impact on the properties of aluminium alloys. Read more