Dr Richard Lin

BE, ME, PhD, Certificate for Tertiary Education


  • Senior Lecturer

Richard graduated in Taiwan with a Master of Engineering degree on the “Trobological Study of Aluminium Metal Matrix Composites” and carried out his PhD study on “Machinability of Aluminium Metal Matrix Composites” at The University of Auckland before joining the Department of Mechanical Engineering as a postdoctoral research fellow.  From there he obtained a part-time junior lecturership until 2007 when I he obtained a permanent position within the department as a senior lecturer.

Since gaining his PhD, research for Richard has mostly been focused on the manufacturing and performance evaluation of polymer matrix composite materials. He has immediate plans to expand on this subject but focus more on the sustainability of materials development eg. green or bio-composites and their environmental implications and applications.  Topics such as recyclability and life cycle analysis are on the medium-term goals for research career development.

Another area of interest is to (re)establish research capability in tribology: starting from projects on wear and scratch resistance of polymeric composites. With the facilities and resources provided by the Centre for Advanced Composite Materials, it is expected that expertis in these areas can develop to become leaders in NZ with the possibly to join other renowned world leading researchers in similar fields.


  • Certificate for Tertiary Education, Auckland University of Technology (2002)
  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering, The University of Auckland (1998)
  • ME in Mechanical Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (1991)
  • BE in Mechanical Engineering, National Sun Yat-Sen University,  Kaohsiung, Taiwan (1987)

• Departmental representative on the faculty organising committee for Annual Courses and Careers Day.

Research | Current


  • Machinability of composite materials
  • Tribological characteristics of composite materials
  • Manufacturing and performance evaluation of thermoplastics composite materials
  • Recyclability (re-usability) of composite materials

Research groups

Centre for Advanced Composite Materials

Teaching | Current

ENGGEN 115 - Introduction to Engineering Design
MECHENG 235 - Design and Manufacturing I
MECHENG 242 - Mechanics of Materials I
MECHENG 236 - Design and Manufacturing II
MECHENG 747 - Manufacturing and Industrial Processes

Postgraduate supervision

Mr. Tiange (Jack) Lu

Mr. Imran Razali

Mr. Günther Höfler


Course Director & Coordinator of Final Year Project (FYP) 2017

Areas of expertise

Development and Characterisation of thermoplastic composites

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Professional affiliations 
• Member of IMechE Group administered by IPENZ

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Hofler, G., Lin, R. J. T., & Jayaraman, K. (2018). Rotational moulding and mechanical characterisation of halloysite reinforced polyethylenes. JOURNAL OF POLYMER RESEARCH, 25 (6)10.1007/s10965-018-1525-3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Krishnan Jayaraman
  • Das, O., Kim, N. K., Hedenqvist, M. S., Lin, R. J. T., Sarmah, A. K., & Bhattacharyya, D. (2018). An Attempt to Find a Suitable Biomass for Biochar-Based Polypropylene Biocomposites. Environmental management10.1007/s00267-018-1033-6
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nam Kyeun Kim, Ajit Sarmah, Debes Bhattacharyya
  • Kim, N. K., Lin, R. J. T., & Bhattacharyya, D. (2017). Flammability and mechanical behaviour of polypropylene composites filled with cellulose and protein based fibres: A comparative study. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 100, 215-226. 10.1016/j.compositesa.2017.05.017
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nam Kyeun Kim, Debes Bhattacharyya
  • Chang, Y. P., Lin, R., Wang, H. Y., Chu, L. M., & Ho, T. C. (2017). An Experimental Study on Friction and Wear of Polyethylene with Rice-Husk. Key Engineering Materials. 10.4028/www.scientific.net/KEM.739.202
  • Zhu, R., Yadama, V., Liu, H., Lin, R. J. T., & Harper, D. P. (2017). Fabrication and characterization of Nylon 6/cellulose nanofibrils melt-spun nanocomposite filaments. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing, 97, 111-119. 10.1016/j.compositesa.2017.02.025
  • Shahbaz, K., AlNashef, I. M., Lin, R. J. T., Hashim, M. A., Mjalli, F. S., & Farid, M. M. (2016). A novel calcium chloride hexahydrate-based deep eutectic solvent as a phase change materials. Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, 155, 147-154. 10.1016/j.solmat.2016.06.004
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/29744
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mohammed Farid
  • Zuhudi, N. Z. M., Lin, R. J. T., & Jayaraman, K. (2016). Flammability, thermal and dynamic mechanical properties of bamboo–glass hybrid composites. Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials, 29 (9), 1210-1228. 10.1177/0892705714563118
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Krishnan Jayaraman
  • Zuhudi, N. Z. M., Jayaraman, K., & Lin, R. J. T. (2016). Mechanical, Thermal and Instrumented Impact Properties of Bamboo Fabric-Reinforced Polypropylene Composites. POLYMERS & POLYMER COMPOSITES, 24 (9), 755-765.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Krishnan Jayaraman


Contact details

Alternative contact

Building 903 Room 233

Newmarket campus, University of Auckland

Extension number: 84543

Primary office location

Level 6, Room 693
New Zealand

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