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Li, Hui Jun. Professor

Faculty Member

  • School of Mechanical, Materials & Mechatronics Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
  • Advanced Manufacturing Technologies


Professor Huijun Li has over 26 years of research experience in materials science and engineering. This includes expertise in the use of electron microscopy to study the microstructure of materials (particularly metals and ceramics) in areas such as phase transformations and structural evolution, additive manufacturing. He also has extensive experience in mechanical tests, failure analysis and materials development, as well as detailed knowledge of crystallography, welding metallurgy, line pipe steels, nickel based alloys, high entropy alloys, and shape memory alloys.

As a Certified Materials Professional (CMatP) in Australia, Prof Huijun Li obtained a PhD degree in 1996 from the University of Wollongong; He has published 5 book chapters and more than 500 papers over his career in the field of additive manufacturing, welding metallurgy, new alloy development, surface engineering, nuclear materials and microstructure characterization.

 In 1995, he joined CRC Materials Welding and Joining as a postdoctoral research fellow at University of Wollongong. In 2000, he took a research scientist position at Materials Division, ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation), he worked on a wide range of research projects in conjunction with the CRC Welded Structures, CRC CAST3, CRC Rail, British nuclear research organisations and American national laboratories. During this period, Prof Li pioneered research on 9-12% Cr creep resistant steel s in Australia. Prof Li started working at University of Wollongong from July 2008; he is heavily involved in research work with Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC), Energy Pipeline CRC (EPCRC), Baosteel Australia Joint Centre (BAJC), and Australian Rail Industry, in particular, Sydney Trains. Prof Li won 45 research/commercial grants (with total more than A$20 million) from government and industry sectors since joining UOW in 2008.

Prof Li was awarded Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia, 2013, Australia Endeavour Fellowship 2014, and Defence Materials Technology Centre - Capability Improvement Award in 2014 and 2016. He was named in the 2019 Australian Research magazine as Australian Field leader in both Manufacturing & Machinery and Metallurgy.  He has also received UOW Vice Chancellor Award - Research Partnership and Impact Award for the year 2019. Prof Li has recently been recognised as Australia’s top researcher in metallurgy in 2020 and 2021 again. Prof Li is currently serving as a Technical Committee Member for both “Standards Australia, MB-028, Additive manufacturing” and “ISO Standards, ISO/TC 261 - Additive manufacturing” since 2020.

Research Overview

    • The effect of welding thermal cycles on microstructure and mechanical properties of Zircaloy-4 
    • Nuclear-material interaction research (neutron irradiation, neutron diffraction, positron life time spectroscopy, etc) 
    • National and International safeguards and security research (anti-terrorism research)
    • Research on CRC for light metals 
    • Creep properties of P91 and P92 steel welds 
    • Prequalifying emergency welding (temper bead welding)
    • Integrity of high energy piping (CRC project)
    • Coatings for high temperature steam valve spindles (CRC project) 
    • Synroc for immobilising nuclear waste 
    • Mechanised girth welding, (CRC project) 
    • Welding galvanised steel, (CRC project) 
    • Hot cracking in high strength cellulosic electrode weld metal, (CRC project)
    • Electric resistance welding of high strength pipe line, (CRC project) 
    • Transverse cracking in submarine steel weld metal, (CRC project) 
    • The application of shape memory couplings for high pressure fuel pipe, (CRC project) 

    Future Research Topics:
    • Life estimation of welded pressure equipment, (CRC project) 
    • High productivity welding of stainless steels, including duplex stainless steels, ferritic stainless steels and austenitic stainless steels, characterising corrosion failure of welding joints, (CRC project)
    • Cold cracking of HSLA pipe line steels weldment, including X70 and X80,, (CRC project)
    • Investigation of pipeline corrosion in Northern China oil fields, iron based shape memory alloy pipe joints have been developed for oil pipelines. 
    • Study of Fe-Mn-Si based shape memory alloys, the purpose of this research was to develop new corrosion resistant shape memory alloys for commercial application (ARC project)

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  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy The Study of Fabricating Cu-Al Alloy via Wire-Arc Additive Manufacturing Dong, Bosheng
    Doctor of Philosophy Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing: Hardfacing of Armour Steel Ning, Yimiao
    Doctor of Philosophy Mechanics, Prediction and Management of Squat Defects on Train Rails Tovar Camacho, Eduardo
    Doctor of Philosophy In-Situ Micro-XRD measuring of micron-sale microstructures in 3D-additive manufacturing for functionally graded materials. Ghosh, Sujan Kumer
    Doctor of Philosophy The effects of cooling rate and alloying elements on the solidification behaviour of continuously cast super-austenitic and duplex stainless steels Wang, Tong
    Doctor of Philosophy A feasibility study of fabricating pillar-structure parts using robotic wire and arc based additive manufacturing Yu, Ziping
    Doctor of Philosophy Fabrication of Ultrathin Metallic Nanosheets by Accumulative Rolling Nie, Ning
    Doctor of Philosophy Multi-sensor based system monitoring and defect indentification for wire arc additive manufacturing process Yuxing, Li
    Doctor of Philosophy Stress Corrosion Cracking Behaviour of Dissimilar Welding of Zeron100 Super Stainless steel to Monel 400 Alanazi, Nasser
    Doctor of Philosophy Rail/wheel contact and crack propagation behaviours of rail steels Afridi, Haseeb
    Doctor of Philosophy Solidification Behavior Research in the Continuous Casting of High Nitrogen and High Molybdenum Alloys Zhang, Zhihao
    Doctor of Philosophy Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing of Bridge Metal Components Hatamian, Houman
    Doctor of Philosophy Power Arc additive manufacturing of a FeCrV based refractory high entropy alloy Wang, Yangfan
    Doctor of Philosophy Additive manufacturing of metastable beta Titanium alloys. Awannegbe, Edohamen
    Doctor of Philosophy Determination of Material Properties and Defects Using Self-mixing Interferometry Zhang, Chengxun
    Master of Research - EIS Investigation on microstructure and high temperature properties of wire-arc additively manufactured Inconel 625 superalloy Zhou, Tianhao
    Doctor of Philosophy CVD and PVD Tantalum Coatings on 3D-Printed Ti6Al4V Substrates for Biomedical Implant Applications Yin, Jun
    Doctor of Philosophy Rail Crack Initiation and Growth Considering Retching by XFEM method Hobhaydar, Arman
    Doctor of Philosophy Research Proposal on Arc Additive Manufacturing of Lightweight high-strength alloys Guo, Xinpeng
    Doctor of Philosophy Automated Additive manufacturing of welded overlay and hard-facing Tandon, Durga