Big Ideas 2015

Huijun Li

Prof. Huijun Li 

 

"I work in the fields of welding metallurgy, new alloy development, surface engineering, nuclear materials and microstructure characterisation".


Green Nuclear Power

Human beings are currently heavily reliant on fossil fuel power, which has had a huge impact on the environment. Renewable energy sources are good supplements but they are not capable of supplying base load electricity. A promising solution to the current energy crisis is Thermonuclear fusion. A large amount of energy is produced and the generated nuclear waste has a very short lifetime. However the reaction occurs at very high temperatures. Equipment and materials need to be able to perform under extreme heat as well as cope with any irradiation damage. In his talk, Professor Huijun Li will discuss his research in the development of innovative new structural materials to be used in fusion nuclear power stations.


Prof Huijun Li has 19 years research experience in materials science and engineering. He has published more than 250 papers in the fields of welding metallurgy, new alloy development, surface engineering, nuclear materials and microstructure characterisation. Prof Li is currently leading the Welding Engineering Research Group at UOW and is supervising (or co-supervising) 12 PhD students and 7 postdoc students. Prof Li was awarded the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia in 2013, an Australia Endeavour Fellowship in 2014, and a Defence Materials Technology Centre - Capability Improvement Award in 2014. 
 

Last reviewed: 18 March, 2016