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 221 - Materials
  • CHEMMAT 322 - 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)

  • Xu, Z., Hodgson, M., 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), 81-81. 10.3390/met7030081
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peng Cao, Xiaowen Yuan
  • Xu, Z., Hodgson, M., & 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), 309-309. 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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32406
    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. Earthquakes and Structures, 8 (3), 619-637. 10.12989/eas.2015.8.3.619
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Charles Clifton, Chris Seal
  • Sittisart, P., Hyland, M. M., Hodgson, M. A., Nguyen, C., & Fernyhough, A. (2014). Developing a Cost-Effective Composite Based on Electroless Nickel-Coated Cellulose Fibres for Electromagnetic Interference Shielding. Journal of Renewable Materials, 2 (4), 264-269. 10.7569/JRM.2014.634123
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Chuong Nguyen, Margaret Hyland
  • Nashid, H., Ferguson, W., Clifton, G., Hodgson, M., Battley, M. A., Seal, C., & Choi, J. H. (2014). Non-destructive method to investigate the hardness-plastic strain relationship in cyclically deformed structural steel elements. Paper presented at NZ Society for Earthquake Engineering Conference 2014. 21 March - 23 March 2014. (pp. 9). Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mark Battley, George Ferguson, Charles Clifton


Contact details

Primary location

Level 8, Room 803
New Zealand

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