Dr Peng Cao

BE(Hon), ME, PhD

Biography

  • Associate Professor, University of Auckland
  • Senior lecturer, University of Auckland
  • Senior research fellow, The University of Waikato
  • FRST postdoctoral rellow, The University of Waikato
  • Research engineer, National University of Singapore
  • Lecturer, Central South University China


Qualifications 

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Hon), Xi’An Jiao Tong University
  • Master of Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • PGCert. Academic Practice

Research | Current

Research Interests:

  • Light alloys
  • Powder metallurgy
  • Metallic biomaterials
  • Casting
  • Electrode materials (including battery-related)

Research Projects Opening (PhD or ME):

NEW: Self-healing silicon anode for lithium ion batteries application.

 3-year PhD project funded by National Science Challenge. PhD stipend + tuition fees are covered. 

(1) Development of easy-to-decompose binders for metal injection moulding Titanium feedstocks

(2) Simulation of titanium metal injection moulding

(3) Highly conductive metal oxides electrodes

(4) Racking materials for titanium powder sintering

(5) Biodegradable metals

(6) Synthesis of calcium phosphates via hydrolysis

Publications:

Journal articles: 101

Conference articles: 27

Edited Books: 2

Research Grants:

2016 - 2019, National Science Challenge Seeding. Self-healing silicon anode for lithium ion batteries application. $255,000.

2016, ANSTO, Kinetic study of hydrogen release from TiH2 using neutron imaging. AUD 49,700.

2015, FRDF, All-solid-state batteries with highly conductive electrolyte, $156,404.

2014, MBIE subcontracting. Titanium injection moulding, $420,000

2014, ANSTO, Clarification of two puzzles in the current Ti-Ni binary phase diagram, AUD31,400.

2014, ANSTO, In situ neutron diffraction study of phase transition in Fe-Mn-Si, AUD 40,900

2014, VUW NZ Indian Research Institute, PEDOT/nitrogen doped graphene composites

2013, SIMTech, Binder development of titanium injection moulding.

2012, MBIE subcontracting, Titanium powder metallurgy, $600,000

2012, ANSTO, In situ phase development of Ni and Ti/TiH2, AUD$31,400.

2010, MBIE subcontracting, Porous titanium, $178,000.

2010, FRDF, Development of metal injection moulding, $150,000.

2008, FRST/MSI, Surface nanostructuring of titanium, $258,000

2008, WaikatoLInk, Biodegradable magnesium , $26,000.

2007, RSNZ, International Sci Tech Linkage, $10,000

 

 

 

 

Teaching | Current

  • CHEMMAT 221 - Materials
  • CHEMMAT 232 - Process Design 1
  • CHEMMAT 322 - Materials Processing and Performance
  • CHEMMAT 754 - Materials Engineering
  • PHYSICS 130 - Properties of Matter (discontinued)

Postgraduate supervision

PhD students

Main supervision:

Mr Gang Chen (2010- 2014) -- completed

Ms Hailian Bi (2010 - 2014) - completed

Mr Saifang Huang (2011-2015) - completed

Mr Muhammad Hayat (2012 - 2016) - completed 2016.

Ms Sharidah Abdul Azis (2012 - 2016) Termination 2015

Ms Chen Huang (2012 - 2015) - completed 2016

Ms Zhendi Yang (2011 - 2014) - completed 2015

Ms Jill Zhang (2011 - 2014) - completed 2015

Mr Zhen He (2014- 2018)
Mr Harshpreet Singh (2015-2019)

Mr Hongzhou Zhang (2016-2020)

Mr Burbery, Nathaniel (2013-2017)

Co-supervision:
Changzhou Yu - completed 2014

Francis Goh - completed 2015

Xin Ouyang - completed 2015

Zhigang Xu (2013 - 2016). completed 2016

Bo Hu (2015-2019)

Tang, Da (2016-2020)

Mr Khashayar Khanlari (2015-2019), enrolled at AUT

Mr Tianhang Zhang (2015-2019), enrolled at CUGB

ME students

Nurul Husna Othman (2014) - completed 2015

Nur Syazwani Ilya Sulaiman (2014) - completed 2015

Aparajita Goswami (2015) - completed 2016

Ying Li (co-supervision) completed 2015.

Walter Jayanth ME(Study), completed 2015.

Pratik Jadhav, ME, completed 2017.

 

 

Distinctions/Honours

- AJ Park Commercialisation Collaboration Award, KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards 2014

- University of Auckland Early Career Research Excellence Award 2012

- Henry Marion Howe Medal, American Society for Metals (ASM), 2006.

 

Responsibilities

Current:

Deputy Head Academic (2014 - )

Faculty Academic Programme Committee

MDLS Steering Group

Newmarket Directors Group

Department Student Staff Consultative Committee (Chair)

Course and Career Committee

Course Advisor (U/G)

Previous:

Faculty Practical Work Committee

Faculty Accreditation Committee

 

 

Areas of expertise

  • Powder metallurgy
    • Metal injection moulding
  • Titanium alloys development
  • Glass ceramics
  • Electrode
  • Metallic biomaterials

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Professional affiliations

  • Professional member, Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ)
  • Member, Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ)
  • Member, Materials Research Society
  • Science Assessor for MBIE (2012, 2014, 2016).
  • Science assessor for Foundation for Polish Science 
  • Reviewers for international journals
  • Editorial Board: Advanced Materials Research

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)