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Li, Weihua Professor

Senior Professor & Director

  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
  • Director - Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
  • Discipline Leader - Mechatronic Engineering


Weihua Li, PhD, is a Senior Professor and Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Strength at the University of Wollongong. He completed his BEng (1992), MEng (1995) at University of Science and Technology of China, and PhD (2001) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He was with the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of NTU as a Research Associate/Fellow from 2000 to 2003, before he joined the School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering as a Lecturer. His research focuses on smart materials and structures, dynamics and vibration control, microfluidics, Lab on a Chip, and vehicle technology. He serves as editor or editorial board member for eleven international journals, including IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Smart Materials and Structures, Lab on a Chip, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures. He has published more than 350 journal and conference papers with a h-index of 53 (Google Scholar). He is a recipient of Fellow of the Engineers Australia, the Fellow of Institute of Physics (UK), Australian Endeavour Research Fellowship, JSPS Invitation Fellowship, Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research Supervision, Vice-chancellor's Award for Interdisciplinary Research Excellence, and numerous Best Paper Awards.

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  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Energy storage systems for vehicle technology Yao, Lirong
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Particle manipulation by geometry-induced secondary flow in double-layered microchannels with groove arrays Zhao, Qianbin
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Development of phase change material enhanced desiccant cooling systems Ren, Haoshan
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Study on a novel powertrain system and it control for electric vehicles Zhang, Huan
    Doctor of Philosophy Process Control in Wire and Arc Additive Manufacturing Yuan, Lei
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Vibration reduction control for seat suspension with multiple degrees of freedom Li, Wenxing
    Doctor of Philosophy Magnetorheological Variable Stiffness Robotic Legs for Improved Locomotion Performance Christie, Matthew
    Doctor of Philosophy Active Control of Noise and Vibration of Vehicles using Dielectric Elastomers Deng, Lei
    Doctor of Philosophy Integrated Forklift Supporting System with Magnetorheological Technologies Zhu, Xiaojing
    Doctor of Philosophy Development of an integrated Microdevice for Cancer Diagnostics Yun, Guolin
    Doctor of Philosophy Electromagnetic vibration absorber Liao, Yulin
    Master of Philosophy - EIS Cyber-Physical Security and Safety Control of Autonomous Connected Vehicles Zhang, Xiaofei
    Doctor of Philosophy Versatile Microfluidic Platforms Based on Novel Magnetorheological Elastomer Lu, Hongda
    Doctor of Philosophy Control of Connected Autonomous Vehicles Yan, Yan

Outreach Overview

  • Professor Li serves as Technical Editor (TE), Associate Editor (AE) or Editorial Board member for the following international journals:

    • Smart Materials & Structures (AE)
    • IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (TE)
    • Journal of Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures (AE)
    • RSC Advances (AE, 2014-2015)  
    • Frontiers in Smart Materials (AE)
    • Micromachines (AE)
    • Lab on a Chip
    • Scientific Reports
    • Korea-Australia Rheology Journal
    • Frontiers of Mechanical Engineering
    • Journal of Sensor Technology 

    Professor Li was appointed as Guest Professor of the following institutes:

    • Tohoku University (Japan)
    • University of Science and Technology of China
    • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    • Karlsruhe University of Technology (Germany)
    • Hunan University (China)

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Awards And Honors


  • Smart Materials (MR fluids & elastomers) and Smart Structures, Dynamics and Vibration Control, Microfluidics & Nanofluidics, Lab on a Chip Vehicle Technology, Adaptive Base Isolator, Rheology Soft Robotics, Self-sensing and self-powering technologies

Full Name

  • Weihua Li

Mailing Address

  • School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering


    New South Wales



Web Of Science Researcher Id

  • G-3605-2012

Top Publications

Selected Publications