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.

After PhD, Richard's research has mostly focused on the manufacturing and performance evaluation of various thermoplastic polymer matrix composite materials. The plans are to expand on the same research field 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 the medium-term goals for research career development.

The recent research activities/interests include: rotational moulding of foamed natural fibre reinforced composites (NFRCs), development and characterisation of NFRC functional properties (flammability, dimensional stability when exposed to the environment), development of NFRCs from natural or recycled waste resources, such as rice husk (agriculture), oyster shells (aquaculture) and recycled plastics. With the facilities provided by the Centre for Advanced Composite Materials, it is expected that expertise in these areas can develop to become a leader 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 for Outreach (inc schools liaison and Taiwan Universities Internship Programme)

• Departmental web pages coordinator


Research | Current


  • Machinability of composite materials
  • Tribological characteristics of composite materials
  • Manufacturing and performance evaluation of conventional thermoplastics composite materials
  • Recyclability (re-usability) of plastics and composite materials
  • Manufacturing and performance evaluation of thermoplastics composite materials from various waste streams

Research groups

Centre for Advanced Composite Materials

Teaching | Current

MECHENG 235 - Design and Manufacturing I

MECHENG 242 - Mechanics of Materials I

MECHENG 236 - Design and Manufacturing II

MECHENG 700 - Research Projects

MECHENG 747 - Manufacturing and Industrial Processes

Postgraduate supervision

Mr. Raveen John - Machinability of Natural Fibre Composites

Mr. Hamza Qazi - Advanced Manufacturing of Recycled Carbon Fibre Reinforced Composites through Optimised Fibre Alignment Methods

Mr. Hosein Pouriman - Improving Impact Properties of PLA-PHBV Polymer Blend Using Joncryl and Lignin

Mr. Avishek Chanda - Fibre-reinforced Timber for Novel Hybrid Folded Thin-walled Structures 


Course Director & Coordinator of Final Year Project (FYP) 2017-2020

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)

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  • John, R., Lin, R., Jayaraman, K., & Bhattacharyya, D. (2020). Effects of machining parameters on surface quality of composites reinforced with natural fibers. MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURING PROCESSES10.1080/10426914.2020.1813896
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Krishnan Jayaraman
  • Zuhudi, N. Z. M., Jayaraman, K., & Lin, R. J. T. (2020). Effect of hybridization on the mechanical performances of bamboo-glass hybrid polypropylene composites. International Journal of Advanced Science and Technology, 29 (6), 186-195.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Krishnan Jayaraman
  • Zuhudi, N. M., Jayaraman, K., Lin, R. T. J., & Aris, K. D. M. (2020). Recycling of the natural fibre composites and their hybrids: A preliminary study. Test Engineering and Management, 83, 7767-7776.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Krishnan Jayaraman
  • Kim, N. K., Mao, N., Lin, R., Bhattacharyya, D., van Loosdrecht, M. C. M., & Lin, Y. (2020). Flame retardant property of flax fabrics coated by extracellular polymeric substances recovered from both activated sludge and aerobic granular sludge. Water research, 17010.1016/j.watres.2019.115344
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Debes Bhattacharyya, Nam Kyeun Kim
  • Das, O., Hedenqvist, M. S., Prakash, C., & Lin, R. J. T. (2019). Nanoindentation and flammability characterisation of five rice husk biomasses for biocomposites applications. COMPOSITES PART A-APPLIED SCIENCE AND MANUFACTURING, 12510.1016/j.compositesa.2019.105566
  • Hsu, H.-J., Lee, S.-Y., Jiang, C.-P., & Lin, R. (2019). A comparison of the marginal fit and mechanical properties of a zirconia dental crown using CAM and 3DSP. RAPID PROTOTYPING JOURNAL, 25 (7), 1187-1197. 10.1108/RPJ-03-2018-0053
  • Höfler G, Jayaraman, K., & Lin, R. (2019). Rotational moulding and mechanical characterisation of micron-sized and nano-sized reinforced high density polyethylene. Key Engineering Materials. 10.4028/www.scientific.net/KEM.809.65
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/48747
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Krishnan Jayaraman
  • Wu, H., Araby, S., Xu, J., Kuan, H.-C., Wang, C.-H., Mouritz, A., ... Ma, J. (2018). Filling natural microtubules with triphenyl phosphate for flame-retarding polymer composites. COMPOSITES PART A-APPLIED SCIENCE AND MANUFACTURING, 115, 247-254. 10.1016/j.compositesa.2018.09.030


Contact details

Alternative contact

Building 903 Room 233

Newmarket campus, University of Auckland

Extension number: 84543

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BUILDING 903 - Bldg 903
Level 2, Room 233
New Zealand

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