Xinhua Wu


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Professor Xinhua Wu is the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Precinct Partnerships) at Monash University and Director of Monash International Advanced Manufacturing Hub. In her role she is responsible for leading the Monash Technology Precinct partnership agenda, contributing to the implementation of Monash’s ambition to transform the Precinct into a global innovation and translation centre.

Prior to this, Xinhua was Director of Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing, Director of ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals, Director for ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub(ITRH) for high value additive manufacturing, leading research centres while working collaboratively with industry and government to advance research of 3D printing of metals and aerospace materials.

Xinhua has pioneered systematic fundamental materials research to transform the 3D printing technique from producing artefacts to manufacturing components for aerospace applications and by designing microstructurally enhanced non-equilibrium light alloys, which not only avoid the detrimental effects of rapid cooling but use such cooling rates to produce components with enhanced properties since 2011. She conducted ground breaking research to use 3D printing to print the world’s first full size jet engine in 2014 and achieved international aerospace qualification for 3D printed Ti components for civil aircraft applications in 2017.  Xinhua is the founder Director for Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing (MCAM), now with more than 60 externally-funded researchers working in the field of 3D printing of metals.   Xinhua was the Director of the prestigious ARC (Australia Research Council) Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals from 2011. This Centre of Excellence comprised of 6 partner Universities including Monash University, Melbourne University, Deakin University, University of Queensland, University of Sydney, and University of New South Wales, with Monash as the hosting and administrative institution, and consisted of 18 professors and associated professors and more than 100 PhDs and post-doctoral researchers.  In 2014 Xinhua was awarded the prestigious ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub(ITRH) for high value additive manufacturing , to deliver Australia’s strategy to transfer Australia’s research into applications by engaging strategic industrial partners and academic partners.  Xinhua and her team were awarded Australia BHERT (Business/Higher Education Round Table) Award for Best Research Translation (2016).

Collectively Xinhua has brought in more than $100m of research funding. Since her arrival to Monash University in 2011 she has supervised and co-supervised around 190 PhDs and post-doctoral research fellows, interns and final year students. 

Xinhua worked extensively with aerospace industry. She was a key member of Rolls-Royce Materials’ UTP for 15 years and has also had a decade long collaboration with Safran, Airbus, Bombardier, Messier-Dowty, DSTL UK, BAE Systems, European Space Agency, Timet, AWE, COMAC etc., while being involved in 13 European Framework Projects.

As a scientist constantly working at the frontline with industry, involving significant restriction in publication, Xinhua has published more than 180 papers in leading journals; been invited by more than 40 international conferences to give invited or keynote lectures; hosted 5 international conferences and edited or co-edited 5 conference proceedings.  Her scientific contribution in aerospace materials was acknowledged in 2009 by the Harvey Flower Ti award, Institute of Material, Mineral and Mining, London, UK: “In recognition of her outstanding record of world class research in titanium and its alloys”.  Xinhua is also the leading/co-inventor to 25 international patents and has founded 3 companies including Amaero International, listed on the Australian stock market. 

Xinhua holds a Bachelor degree in materials and metallurgy from Central South University, China, a Master’s degree from the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences and a PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK.


Education/Academic qualification

Materials Science, PhD, University of Birmingham

Award Date: 5 Jul 1996

Research area keywords

  • Advanced Materials Engineering
  • Alloys
  • Light Metals
  • Hybrid Materials
  • Materials Design
  • Physical Metal
  • Direct Laser Deposition
  • Laser Additive Manufacturing
  • Net Shape Hipping
  • Powder Processing
  • Lasers
  • Manufacturing Processes (Industrial Engineering)
  • Materials Processing Engineering
  • Materials Sciences
  • Materials, Engineering Properties
  • Materials, Preparation/Fabrication
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Metallurgy
  • Metals and alloys


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