Dr Ma Qian is Professor of Advanced Manufacturing and Materials and Professor of Design, Multifunctional Structures at RMIT.
Professor Qian has come to RMIT from The University of Queensland where he was the Reader in Materials Engineering, School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering.
Currently Professor Qian also holds the appointments of Honorary Professor of The University of Queensland, Australia, and Specially Appointed Professor of Osaka University, Japan.
Professor Qian’s current major research interests are (i) additive manufacturing (3D printing) of metallic structures for both structural and functional applications including biomedical and acoustic applications, (ii) alloy design and development, (iii) powder metal processing, (iv) titanium powder metallurgy, (v) solidification processing of light alloys and ferrous alloys (heterogeneous nucleation and grain refinement), (vi) coating, and (vii) modelling.
Professor Qian has published 3 Elsevier books, 13 book chapters and more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles. In addition, he is a co-author of the 5th-edition Elsevier textbook Light Alloys: Metallurgy of Light Metals (the Ian Polmear textbook). His publications have resulted in more than 3800 citations (Scopus) with an h-index of 31 (Scopus) as of March 2017. He has delivered more than 47 invited talks, including 2 plenary talks and 12 keynote talks at international conferences or symposiums. He initiated the first biannual international conference on Powder Metallurgy Titanium (PM Ti) in 2011 (4-7 Dec 2011, Brisbane, Australia) for which he was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for the "Wonderful Contribution as Conference Chair to Powder Processing, Consolidation and Metallurgy of Titanium (4-7 Dec 2011, Brisbane Australia)" by Materials Australia. This biannual conference was subsequently held in New Zealand (2013), Germany (2015) and China (2017) and the 5th conference has been scheduled in the United States (Utah, 2019). It has become a premier conference on PM Ti and the scope of this conference was extended to cover 3D printing of titanium alloys since the 2015 conference in Germany.
Prof Qian currently serves as an Advisory Editor of Elsevier for academic publishing on Advanced Manufacturing and Materials; an Advisor and subject editor of JOM (TMS, Springer) as representative of the TMS Powder Materials Committee; a Key Reader of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A (TMS, Springer), an editorial committee member of Acta Metallurgica Sinica (English Letters), Powder Metallurgy (Maney, European Powder Metallurgy Federation – EMPA), Journal of Korean Powder Metallurgy Institute (JKPMI, Korean Powder Metallurgy Institute), Powder Metallurgy Technology (China) and Steel Iron Vanadium Titanium (China) and a member of the International Liaison Committee of the International Journal of Powder Metallurgy (American Powder Metallurgy Institute International, APMI). Prof Qian is on the Board of the Asian Powder Metallurgy Association (APMA). Professor Qian has received nine research awards including American Society for Metals (ASM) 2006 Henry Howe Marion Medal with his colleagues, TMS Light Metals 2003 - Magnesium Technology Award, and the inaugural Australian CAST-CRC Industry Partners Award (2003).
Prof Qian invented a key technology (WO03062492/EP1466038/US20050161121/CN1639389A/ DE60330309D1), which is currently in commercial production by an Australian company based in Sydney and is generating income.
Prof Qian’s current projects include six ARC-funded projects (five lead CI projects) on advanced manufacturing of titanium and titanium alloys from powder (additive manufacturing, metal injection moulding and powder metallurgy); biomedical titanium implants; solidification and heterogeneous nucleation; and intermetallic coating on steel substrates. In addition, Prof Qian has active collaborations with researchers in China through two major China National NSF grants and one major grant from the Ministry of Science and Technology China.
- Tang, H.,Wang, J.,Song, C.,Liu, N.,Jia, L.,Elambasseril, J.,Qian, M. (2017). Microstructure, mechanical properties, and flatness of SEBM Ti-6Al-4V sheet in as-built and hot isostatically pressed conditions In: JOM, 69, 466 - 471
- Xu, W.,Lui, E.,Pateras, A.,Qian, M.,Brandt, M. (2017). In situ tailoring microstructure in additively manufactured Ti-6Al-4V for superior mechanical performance In: Acta Materialia, 125, 390 - 400
- Liu, Z.,Lu, S.,Tang, H.,Qian, M.,Zhan, L. (2017). Characterization and decompositional crystallography of the massive phase grains in an additively-manufactured Ti-6Al-4V alloy In: Materials Characterization, 127, 146 - 152
- Leary, M.,Mazur, M.,Elambasseril, J.,McMillan, M.,Chirent, T.,Sun, Y.,Qian, M.,Easton, M.,Brandt, M. (2016). Selective laser melting (SLM) of AlSi12Mg lattice structures In: Materials and Design, 98, 344 - 357
- Sun, Y.,Luo, S.,Yang, Y.,Sun, J.,Qian, M. (2016). A detailed experimental assessment of microwave heating of titanium hydride powder In: Key Engineering Materials, 704, 388 - 399
- Qian, M.,Xu, W.,Brandt, M.,Tang, H. (2016). Additive manufacturing and postprocessing of Ti-6Al-4V for superior mechanical properties In: MRS Bulletin, 41, 775 - 783
- Wang, E.,Wang, G.,Dargusch, M.,Qian, M.,Eskin, D.,StJohn, D. (2016). Grain Refinement of an Al-2 wt%Cu Alloy by Al3Ti1B Master Alloy and Ultrasonic Treatment In: IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 117, 1 - 7
- Tang, H.,Wang, Q.,Yang, G.,Gu, J.,Liu, N.,Jia, L.,Qian, M. (2016). A honeycomb-structured Ti-6Al-4V oil-gas separation rotor additively manufactured by selective electron beam melting for aero-engine applications In: JOM [Journal of the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS)], 68, 799 - 805
- Yuan, X.,Aminossadati, S.,Qian, M. (2016). Variation in pore distribution along sample length in sintered 7xxx aluminum alloy In: Transactions of Nonferrous Metals Society of China (English Edition), 26, 2019 - 2028
- Balog, M.,Simancik, F.,Krizik, P.,Nosko, M.,Rajner, W.,Walcher, M.,Qian, M. (2016). Novel ultrafine-grained aluminium metal matrix composites prepared from fine atomized Al powders In: Proceedings of the 143rd TMS Annual Meeting and Exhibition (TMS 2014), San Diego, United States, 16-20 February 2014
- Hydrocarbon Fuel Technology for Hypersonic Air Breathing Vehicles (Administered by Defendtex). Funded by: Cooperative Research Centres Programme (CRC-Ps) 2017 from (2017 to 2019)
- Identifying and understanding the influence of powder feedstock characteristics on metal additive manufacturing by selective laser melting (SLM). Funded by: Arconic Titanium & Engineered Products Contract from (2017 to 2017)
- Additively Manufactured Lightweight Hybrid Balistic Protection Materials. Funded by: DST Competitive Evaluation Research Agreement (CERA) Program 2017 from (2017 to 2019)
- ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub - Steel Manufacturing. Administered by the University of Wollongong.. Funded by: ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre via other University Grant 2014 from (2015 to 2020)
- A novel approach to the design and fabrication of biomimetic and biocompatible Ti-Ta implants by additive manufacturing. Funded by: ARC Linkage Grant 2014 Round 1 from (2015 to 2018)
10 PhD Current Supervisions3 PhD Completions