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Professor Hao Wang

Professor Hao Wang
Name Hao Wang
Position Professor (Materials and Manufacturing)
Section School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Office B427
Location Springfield Campus
Phone +61 7 3470 4102
Extension 4102
Qualifications GCertEd Qld , PhD Qld
Languages Chinese (accredited translator)

Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Construction Materials ( 090503 )
  • Materials Engineering ( 091200 )

Research interests
Hao Wang is currently the Professor for Materials and Manufacturing at USQ and the Leader of USQ Materials RPT (Research Program Team). He was previously the Director of Centre of Excellence in Engineered Fibre Composites (now called Centre for Future Materials). Professor Wang received his PhD in Materials Engineering from UQ in 2001, and continued his ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship at UQ. He then joined USQ in 2006. Professor Wang is currently USQ Academic Board member, USQ Research Committee member and USQ ERA Expert Group member. He is also Honorary Professor of the University of Queensland. Professor Wang has been selected as the member of the ARC College of Experts in 2017.

Professor Wang's research focus in three main areas:
- Alkali-activated concrete (geopolymer) and ultra-high performance concrete;
- Flame retardant composites and nanocomposites;
- Energy materials including solid fuel cells.

In the last several years, as the Chief Investigator, he has succeeded in winning competitive ARC grants (including DP, LP, LIEF and Fellowships), CRC program, Advance Queensland grants, Innovation Connection grants, and a number of USQ grants. Professor Wang has contributed over 200 journal publications (including Advanced Materials, Macromolecules, Composites Science and Technology, Cement and Concrete Research, etc.) with h-index 37, and delivered over 40 plenary/keynote/invited presentations. He is serving as Associate Editor and Editorial Board Member for five international journals including Composites Part B: Engineering, Journal of Sustainable Cement-Based Materials, and Australian Journal of Mechanical Engineering. Professor Wang has developed many research links with international renowned scientists in China, UK and USA. He has established the China-Australia Institute for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing based at Jiaxing University in China and served as its Director.

Professional memberships
Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia (FIEAust)
Fellow of Queensland Academy of Arts & Sciences

Industry affiliations
Associated Editor of Australian Journal of Mechanical Engineering (Taylor & Francis)
Editorial Board member of Composites Part B: Engineering (Elsevier)
Editorial Board member of Journal of Sustainable Cement-Based Materials (Taylor & Francis)
Editorial Board member of Special Casting & Nonferrous Alloys

USQ Research affiliations

  • Centre for Future Materials (CFM)

Currently teaching courses/programs
MEC1201, Engineering Materials
MEC2202, Manufacturing Processes
MEC3204, Production Engineering

Administrative responsibilities
USQ Academic Board member
USQ Research Committee member
USQ ERA Expert Group member
Program Leader of Biomass Composites Program and Green Concrete Program, Centre for Excellence in Engineered Fibre Composites (CEEFC)

Research most recent
1. Z Zhang, Y Zhu, T Yang, L Li, H Zhu, H Wang, "Conversion of local industrial wastes into greener cement through geopolymer technology: A case study of high-magnesium nickel slag", Journal of Cleaner Production, 141, 463-471, 2017
2. PA Song, C Wang, L Chen, YQ Zheng, LN Liu, Q Wu, GB Huang, YM Yu, H Wang, "Thermally stable and flame-retardant nylon 612 composites based on two-dimensional alumina platelets", Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacture, 97, 100-110, 2017
3. PA Song, ZG Xu, YP Wu, QF Cheng, QP Guo, H Wang, "Super-tough artificial nacre based on graphene oxide via synergistic interface interactions of p-p stacking and hydrogen bonding", Carbon, 111, 807-812, 2017
4. ZH Zhang, JL. Provis, J. Zou, A. Reide, H. Wang, "Toward an indexing approach to evaluate fly ashes for geopolymer manufacture", Cement and Concrete Research, 85, 163–173, 2016

Research most notable
1. MB Qian, YQ Sun, XD Xu, LN Liu, PA Song*, YM Yu, H Wang*, J Qian, "2D-alumina platelets enhance mechanical and abrasion properties of PA-612 via interfacial hydrogen-bond interactions", Chemical Engineering Journal, 308, 760-771, 2017
2. S Liu, ZP Fang, HQ Yan, VS Chevali, H Wang*, "Synergistic flame retardancy effect of graphene nanosheets and traditional retardants on epoxy resin", Composites: Part A, 89, 26–32, 2016
3. XY Zhuang, L Chen, S Komarneni, CH Zhou, DS Tong, HM Yang, WH Yu, H. Wang, "Fly Ash-based Geopolymer: Clean Production, Properties and Applications", J Cleaner Production, 125, 253-267, 2016
4. LZ Zhao, CH Zhou*, J Wang, DS Tong, WH Yua, H Wang*, "Recent advances in clay mineral-containing nanocomposite hydrogels", Soft Matter, 11 (48), 9229-9246, 2015
5. H. Wang*, P. Schubel, X. Yi, J. Zhu, C. Ulven, Y. Qiu, "Green Composite Materials", edited special issue for Advances in Materials Science and Engineering, 2015
6. Z.H. Zhang*, J.L. Provis, A. Reid, H. Wang*,"Fly ash-based geopolymers: the relationship between composition, pore structure and Efflorescence", Cement and Concrete Research, 64, 30-41, 2014
7. S. Liu, H.Q. Yan, Z.P. Fang, H. Wang, "Effect of graphene nanosheets on morphology, thermal stability and flame retardancy of epoxy resin", Composites Science and Technology, 90, 40–47, 2014
7. Z. Zhang, J.L.Provis, A. Reid, H. Wang*, "Geopolymer foam concrete: an emerging material for sustainable construction", Construction and Building Materials, 56, 113-127, 2014
8. Z Wang, X Zhang, RG Wang, HL Kang, B Qiao, J Ma, LQ Zhang, H Wang, "Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Soybean-Oil-Based Elastomers with Favorable Processability and Tunable Properties", Macromolecules, 45 (22), 9010–9019, 2012
9, H Wang*, JL Provis, "Development of Sustainable Cements and Concretes", edited special issue for Journal of Sustainable Cement-Based Materials, 1 (4), 2012
10. H.S. Ku*, H. Wang*, N. Pattarachaiyakoop, M. Trada, "A review on the tensile properties of natural fibre reinforced polymer composites". Composites Part B: Engineering, 42, 856-873, 2011.

Publications in ePrints

Zhang, Zuhua and Zhu, Yingcan and Zhu, Huajun and Zhang, Yu and Provis, John L. and Wang, Hao (2019) Effect of drying procedures on pore structure and phase evolution of alkali-activated cements. Cement and Concrete Composites, 96. pp. 194-203. ISSN 0958-9465

Wang, Zhanke and Ge, Lei and Li, Mengran and Lin, Rijia and Wang, Hao and Zhu, Zhonghua (2019) Orientated growth of copper-based MOF for acetylene storage. Chemical Engineering Journal, 357. pp. 320-327. ISSN 1385-8947

Fang, Fang and Song, Pingan and Ran, Shiya and Guo, Zhenghong and Wang, Hao and Fang, Zhenping (2018) A facile way to prepare phosphorus-Nitrogen-Functionalized graphene oxide for enhancing the flame retardancy of epoxy resin. Composites Communications, 10. pp. 97-102. ISSN 2452-2139

Liu, Shan and Chevali, Venkata S. and Xu, Zhiguang and Hui, David and Wang, Hao (2018) A review of extending performance of epoxy resins using carbon nanomaterials. Composites Part B: Engineering, 136 (1). pp. 197-214. ISSN 1359-8368

Hong, Min and Wang, Yuan and Liu, Weidi and Matsumura, Syo and Wang, Hao and Zou, Jin and Chen, Zhi-Gang (2018) Arrays of planar vacancies in superior thermoelectric Ge1−x−yCdxBiyTe with band convergence. Advanced Energy Materials, 8 (30 - Article 1801837). ISSN 1614-6832

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