Dr Michael Alan Hodgson



I have a BE degree in Metallurgical & Materials Engineering and have done a PhD on the investigation of High Temperature Fracture of Steels. I have a lot of experience in materials microstructure and composition studies, electronic materials, mechanical properties, materials selection, metallography and microscopy and device application; working with wide range of materials and companies within NZ, such as coatings and corrosion resistance of Mg alloys, mechanical behaviour, thermo-mechanical processing of steels, cast aluminium alloys mechanical properties heat treatment and microstructure, together with metal coating systems.

I have worked at the University of Auckland since 1993 as an Assistant Lecturer, through to my current position as Senior Lecturer in Chemical & Materials Engineering and Associate Dean (Undergraduate) for the Faculty of Engineering.

BE Metallurgical and Materials (with Honours)
PhD, University of Auckland

Research | Current

  • Mechanical behaviour
  • Steels
  • Fracture and failure
  • Light metals
  • Materials Characterisation
  • Materials Testing
  • High temperature mechanical behaviour

Research groups

  • Advanced Materials

Teaching | Current

  • CHEMMAT 204 - Materials
  • CHEMMAT 305 - Materials Processing and Performance
  • CHEMMAT 724 - Advanced Materials Characterisation
  • CHEMMAT 755 - Electronic Materials and their Applications
  • ELECTENG 210 - Electronics 1



  • Associate Dean - Undergraduate (Faculty of Engineering)

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Professional affiliations

  • Member of the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST)


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Xu, Z., Liss, K.-D., Hodgson, M. A., Chang, K., Chen, G., Hayat, M. D., ... Cao, P. (2018). Neutron diffraction investigation of vacuum sintering in a binary Fe/Mn powder mixture. JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS, 768, 563-571. 10.1016/j.jallcom.2018.07.262
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peng Cao, Muhammad Hayat
  • Xu, Z., Hodgson, M. A., Chang, K., Chen, G., Yuan, X., & Cao, P. (2017). Effect of sintering time on the densification, microstructure, weight loss and tensile properties of a powder metallurgical Fe-Mn-Si alloy. Metals, 7 (3)10.3390/met7030081
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peng Cao
  • Xu, Z., Hodgson, M. A., & Cao, P. (2017). Weight loss behavior of a vacuum sintered powder metallurgical Fe–Mn–Si alloy. Journal of Materials Research, 32 (3), 644-655. 10.1557/jmr.2016.506
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peng Cao
  • Xu, Z., Hodgson, M. A., & Cao, P. (2016). Effect of immersion in simulated body fluid on the mechanical properties and biocompatibility of sintered Fe-Mn-based alloys. Metals, 6 (12).10.3390/met6120309
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32403
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peng Cao
  • Xu, Z., Hodgson, M. A., & Cao, P. (2016). Effects of mechanical milling and sintering temperature on the densification, microstructure and tensile properties of the Fe–Mn–Si powder compacts. Journal of Materials Science & Technology, 32 (11), 1161-1170. 10.1016/j.jmst.2016.08.024
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peng Cao
  • Xu, Z., Hodgson, M. A., & Cao, P. (2015). Microstructure and degradation behavior of forged Fe-Mn-Si alloys. International Journal of Modern Physics B, 29 (10-11) Auckland, New Zealand: WORLD SCIENTIFIC PUBL CO PTE LTD. 10.1142/S0217979215400147
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peng Cao
  • Xu, Z., Hodgson, M. A., & Cao, P. (2015). A comparative study of powder metallurgical (PM) and wrought Fe-Mn-Si alloys. Materials Science and Engineering A, 630, 116-124. 10.1016/j.msea.2015.02.021
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peng Cao
  • Nashid, H., Clifton, C., Ferguson, G., Hodgson, M., Seal, C., & Choi, J. H. (2015). Relationship between hardness and plastically deformed structural steel elements. Earthquake and Structures, 8 (3), 619-637. 10.12989/eas.2015.8.3.619
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Charles Clifton, Chris Seal


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 9, Room 943
New Zealand

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