Scientia Professor Chun Wang is currently the Head of the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and the Director of the ARC Research Hub for Connected Sensors for Health. His significant contributions to his field have been recognized with his election as a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (FTSE) and his appointment as a SHARP professor in recognition of his world-leading research and leadership. In 2022, he was appointed UNSW Scientia Professor, a special category of Professor that recognizes exceptional research and international eminence in their field.
Prior to joining UNSW, Scientia Professor Wang held several senior appointments in government and universities, including Head of Advanced Composites Technologies at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (1995 -2009) andt Director of the Sir Lawrence Wackett Aerospace Research Centre at RMIT University (2009-2016). He received his bachelor's degree from Huazhong University Science and Technology in 1985 and his Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield in 1991,
Scientia Professor Wang's research focuses on advanced composites technologies, with a particular focus on load-carrying high-performance strucrures and soft composites for wearable sensors, actuators, and energy storage devices. Recently, his team's breakthroughs in toughening carbon fibre-reinforced composites at cryogenic temperatures have enabled lightweight all-composite vessels for the transportation and storage of liquid hydrogen at minus 253 degrees Celsius, a significant milestone in enabling composite vessels to operate at liquid hydrogen temperatures without matrix cracks, a challenge that has, up until now, prevented mass-market adoption of these materials for such applications. Media Release.
In 2021 he successfully led the application of an ARC Research Hub for Connected Sensors for Health. As the Director of the ARC Research Hub, he leads the strategic partnership between 29 Australian companies and 64 researchers to co-design, verify, and certify sensors that industry partners will deploy to global health markets.
He serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of a number of professional journals, including Composites Science and Technology and Composites Part A. His past service experience to the professional community includes the ARC College of Experts (2013-2015), the Chair of the National Committee on Applied Mechanics (2013-2015), and the President of the Australian Fracture Group (1997-2003). He has chaired and co-chaired a number of international conferences, including the 11th International Fatigue Congress (Melbourne Australia and the 22nd International Conference on Composite Materials.
Some current research projects include:
2022 Scientia Professor in recognition of outstanding contributions and international eminence in research.
2018 Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (FTSE)
2015 RMIT University Research Excellence Award
2013 Best Research Performance Award, RMIT University
2011 Achievement Award for Science and Engineering Excellence, DSTO
2009 Best Research Award, DSTO
2002 Defence Science Fellowship, DSTO
2000 Best Research Award, DSTO
1999 Australian Academy of Science Fellowship Award.
1998 Best Scientific Paper Award, DSTO.
1995 Best Paper Award by the Journal of Strain Analysis.
Professor Wang's research focuses on the mechanics of advanced materials and manufacturing, including multifunctional composites and light alloys. He has co-authored two books on composite repairs and more than 400 articles and reports (Google Scholar and Research Gate). His research has made great impacts on engineering practice for fatigue design, advanced composites, and structural health monitoring of aircraft. His innovations have been incorporated in world-leading software for fatigue design (Wang-Brown model in MSC Fatigue), engineering manuals/standards for designing composite repairs, and time-reversal imaging algorithm adopted in international patents and commercial products for structural health monitoring. He is currently leading a number of research projects on nano-scale engineering of multifunctional composites with enhanced electrical, thermal and mechanical properties with potential applications to improve anti-static, electromagnetic shielding, strain sensing, energy storage, damage detection, and flame retardancy capabilities of polymers and fibre composites.
A recent example of working with industry partners is to develop conformal radar antenna for unmanned surface vessels.
In 2020 his team has partnered with an Australian SME manufacturer Omni Tanker and Lockheed Martin to begin commercial-scale production of lightweight composite vessels for the transportation and storage of liquid hydrogen at minus 253 degrees Celsius. The vessels build on a key technology developed by his team in collaboration with Lockheed Martin and Omni Tanker, which enables composite vessels to operate at liquid hydrogen temperatures without matrix cracks, a challenge that has, up until now, prevented mass-market adoption of these materials for such applications. Media Release.
In 2021 he successfully led the establishment of ARC Research Hub for Connected Sensors for Health, which brings together 30 companies and 64 researchers to co-design, verify, and certify sensors that industry partners will deploy to global health markets.
Recent plenary and keynote presentations at international conferences:
Editorial board members:
Composites Science and Technology
Advanced Composites and Hybrid Materials
Composites Part A
My Research Supervision
Ms Yuyan Yu (PhD candidate): Multi-modality sensors
Mr. Wenkai Chang (PhD candidate): Nano-engineering of carbon fibre composites for liquid hydrogen storage
Mr. Feng Huang (PhD candidate): Mechanically stiff and soft capacitors
Mr. Andrew Charles (PhD candidate): Fibre-Reinforced Magneto-Polymer Matrix Composites for Unmanned Air Systems
Mr. Benjamin Tynan (PhD candidate): Structural supercapacitors
Mr. Gang Li (PhD candidate): Flexible composites for sensing and energy harvesting
Mr. Wenmu Yang (PhD candidate): Non-toxic flame retardants for polymers and composites
Mr. Yuansen Qiao (PhD candidate): Piezoelectret sensors
Mr. Shanshi Gao (PhD candidate): Self-powered sensors and actuators