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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 Academic Program Director for Mechatronic Engineering 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 2001 to 2003, before he joined the School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronic and Biomedical 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 Specialty Chief Editor for Frontiers in Materials and Associate Editor or Editorial Board Member for other ten international journals, including Smart Materials and Structures, Lab on a Chip, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, etc. He has published more than 300 journal papers with an h-index of 61 (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) Study on a novel powertrain system and it control for electric vehicles Zhang, Huan
    Doctor of Philosophy Realization of the true 3D printing using wire and arc additive manufacturing Yuan, Lei
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Research on Advanced Control Strategies for Vehicle Active Seat Suspension Systems 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 Liquid Metal-filled Hybrid Filler Conductive Composites with Novel Piezoresistivity Yun, Guolin
    Doctor of Philosophy Control of Electrically Interconnected Vehicular Suspension System Liao, Yulin
    Doctor of Philosophy Cyber-Physical Security and Safety Control of Autonomous Connected Vehicles Zhang, Xiaofei
    Doctor of Philosophy Modularized intelligent platforms for assisting the on-demand production of nano/microparticles Lu, Hongda
    Doctor of Philosophy Control of Connected Autonomous Vehicles Yan, Yan
    Doctor of Philosophy Shear Thickening Materials and Applications Sokolovski, Vladimir
    Doctor of Philosophy Developing Novel Shear Thickening Electrolytes for Soft Armour Batteries Chen, Zhiqi
    Doctor of Philosophy Driver-automation shared control for steer-by-wire vehicle Huang, Heqing
    Doctor of Philosophy Microfluidics for Manipulation of Biological Particles Chen, Zexin
    Doctor of Philosophy Thermoelectric enhanced photovoltaic systems for environmentally friendly building Tong, Quange
    Master of Philosophy - EIS Development of Boom Path Planning Using Reinforced Machine Learning for Dynacut Uckan, Murat

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