We welcome you to participate in The International Symposium on Advanced Composites Technology, to be held at the University of South Australia, 3–5 August 2018.
Having purpose-designed multiphase structure, properties and applications, composites over the past decades have been increasingly more researched and utilized in various industrial sectors especially aerospace and automotive. Significant research interests have been focused on using nanomaterials – including but not limited to silicate layers, carbon nanotubes and recently graphene sheets – for polymers/metals/ceramics to create nanocomposites with desired mechanical robustness and/or specific functionalities. What will be the next frontiers for composites research?
This symposium aims to provide a platform for academics, research scientists, engineers, postgraduates and other experts to exchange perspectives on this question, to stimulate new ideas and to create potential collaborations. This symposium is kindly supported by School of Engineering, Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment, University of South Australia. It is comprised of invited talks from experts in different composites research areas, posters from participants and a student poster competition.
Jun Ma received his PhD in 2002 at the Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He then conducted research as a visiting scholar and postdoc fellow at the Centre for Advanced Materials Technology, The University of Sydney. In 2007 Jun joined the University of South Australia as a lecturer and he is now an Associate Professor. His research focuses on the development of functional composites through processing polymers with a range of nanomaterials, aiming to engage with industry in the design, development, and manufacturing of advanced polymeric composite materials.
Professor Yiu-Wing Mai is distinguished for seminal work on fracture mechanics and materials science of advanced engineering materials. He received the RILEM Award and Robert L'Hermite Medal (1981), AFG Achievement Award (2000), and Takeo Yokobori Gold Medal (2013) among others. He was elected FRS (2008), FREng (2011), FAA (2001) and FTSE (1992). He was made AM (2010) for service to engineering and was conferred an honorary DSc (2013) by Hong Kong University in recognition of his contributions to scientific research and society. He was awarded the AA Griffith Medal and Prize by the UK Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) for outstanding contributions to fracture mechanics and advanced engineering materials in 2016. He was also awarded the AGM Michell Medal by Engineers Australia in 2016. IN 2017 he was awarded the ICCM21 Scala Award and World Fellowship of the International Committee on Composites Materials, and in December was elected a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE).