Associate Professor Sophie Primig
Associate Professor

Associate Professor Sophie Primig

  • Graduate Certificate of Management (2021), Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW Sydney
  • Graduate Certificate of University Learning and Teaching (2018), UNSW Sydney
  • Ph.D. in Mining and Metallurgical Engineering (2012), Montanuniversitaet Leoben (Austria)
  • M.Eng. in Materials Science and Engineering (2008), Montanuniversitaet Leoben (Austria)
School of Materials Science & Engineering
  • Associate Professor, School of Materials Science and Engineering, UNSW Sydney, Australia, 2020 - current
  • UNSW Scientia Program, 2019 - current
  • ARC DECRA Fellow, 2018 - 2020
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Materials Science and Engineering, UNSW Sydney, Australia, 2017 - 2019
  • Lecturer, School of Materials Science and Engineering, UNSW Sydney, Australia, 2015 - 2017
  • Senior Scientist and Head of the ‘High Performance Materials and Steels’ group, Department of Physical Metallurgy and Materials Testing, Montanuniversitaet Leoben (Austria), 2013 - 2015
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Christian Doppler Laboratory 'Early Stages of Precipitation', Montanuniversitaet Leoben (Austria), 2012 - 2013
+61 2 9385-5284
Room 346, Hilmer Building, E10 Kensington, New South Wales, 2033 Australia
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Gontijo M; Chakraborty A; Webster RF; Ilie S; Six J; Primig S; Sommitsch C, 2022, 'Thermomechanical and Microstructural Analysis of the Influence of B- and Ti-Content on the Hot Ductility Behavior of Microalloyed Steels', Metals, vol. 12,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Schulz B; Haghdadi N; Leitner T; Hafok M; Primig S, 2022, 'Dynamic recrystallisation via nucleation at distorted twins in a Ni-based superalloy', Journal of Alloys and Compounds, pp. 168318 - 168318,
    Journal articles | 2022
    Wang H; Chao Q; Cui XY; Chen ZB; Breen AJ; Cabral M; Haghdadi N; Huang QW; Niu RM; Chen HS; Lim B; Primig S; Brandt M; Xu W; Ringer SP; Liao XZ, 2022, 'Introducing C phase in additively manufactured Ti-6Al-4V: A new oxygen-stabilized face-centred cubic solid solution with improved mechanical properties', Materials Today,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Schulz B; Andersen HL; Al Bahri OK; Johannessen B; Liu J; Primig S; Sharma N, 2018, 'Electrochemical performance and structure of Al2W3-: XMoxO12', CrystEngComm, vol. 20, pp. 1352 - 1360,
    Journal articles | 2016
    Hofer C; Bliznuk V; Verdiere A; Petrov R; Winkelhofer F; Clemens H; Primig S, 2016, 'Correlative microscopy of a carbide-free bainitic steel', Micron, vol. 81, pp. 1 - 7,
    Journal articles | 2014
    Babinsky K; De Kloe R; Clemens H; Primig S, 2014, 'A novel approach for site-specific atom probe specimen preparation by focused ion beam and transmission electron backscatter diffraction', Ultramicroscopy, vol. 144, pp. 9 - 18,
    Journal articles | 2014
    Babinsky K; Knabl W; Lorich A; De Kloe R; Clemens H; Primig S, 2014, 'Grain boundary study of technically pure molybdenum by combining APT and TKD', Ultramicroscopy,
    Journal articles | 2014
    Sackl S; Leitner H; Zuber M; Clemens H; Primig S, 2014, 'Induction Hardening vs Conventional Hardening of a Heat Treatable Steel', Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science, vol. 45, pp. 5657 - 5666,
    Journal articles | 2013
    Nöhrer M; Zamberger S; Primig S; Leitner H, 2013, 'Atom probe study of vanadium interphase precipitates and randomly distributed vanadium precipitates in ferrite', Micron, vol. 54-55, pp. 57 - 64,

Selected recent grants:

S. Primig, N. Haghdadi
Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP230101063)
'In-situ grain boundary engineering during metal additive manufacturing'

S. Primig, S.P. Ringer, B. Oberwinkler
Australian Research Council Linkage Project (LP190101169)
‚Structure-property relationships of next generation aero-engine materials’

S.P. Ringer, S. Primig, C. Czettl
Australian Research Council Linkage Project (LP190100850)
'Advanced hard metals: microstructure-property-processing relationships'

M. Ferry, S. Primig, N. Birbilis, P. Nakashima
Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP190103592)
'Unlocking the diverse property profile of ultra-lightweight magnesium alloys'

S. Primig
Australian Research Council Linkage Project (LP180100144)
'Advancing the Australian Specialty Alloy Processing Capability'

S.P. Ringer, X. Liao, S. Primig
AUSMURI program, Department of Industry, Innovation & Science, Australia (AUSMURI000005)
'Rationalization of Liquid/Solid and Solid/Solid Interphase Instabilities During Thermal-Mechanical Transients of Metal Additive Manufacturing'

S. Primig
Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship (DE180100440)
'Engineering hierarchical microstructures in high strength low alloy steels'

Industry grants with Australian and international specialty alloy manufacturers

Undergraduate scholarships/internships with Australian manufacturers

Consulting on a wide range of metallurgical and materials problems for Australian and international partners

  • Dean of Science Research Excellence Staff Award (2022)
  • Postgraduate Research Supervisor Award (2021)
  • Dean of Science Collaboration & Partnership Award (2020)
  • Future Women Leaders Conference Award, Monash University (2019)
  • UNSW Scientia Fellowship (2019)
  • Postgraduate Research Supervisor Award (2018)
  • ARC DECRA Fellowship (2018)

  • TMS Phase Transformations Committee Vice Chair (2022 - current)
  • NSW branch president of Materials Australia (2019 - 2021)
  • Thermec Scientific and Executive Committees (2018 - current)
  • TMS Phase Transformations Committee (2018 - current)
  • TMS (2017 - current)
  • Certified Materials Professional (CMatP), Materials Australia (2016 - current)
  • Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Society (2015 - current)
  • NSW councillor and branch secretary of Materials Australia (2015 - current)

My Research Supervision

Post Doctoral Researchers:

  • Vitor Vieira Rielli (Nov 2022 - current): Processing of advanced materials for aerospace
  • Dr Ehsan Farabi (Jan 2022 - current): Processing of advanced materials for aerospace and tooling
  • Dr Felix Theska (Sep 2019 - current): Thermo-mechanical processing of Ni-based superalloys
  • Dr Carina Ledermueller (casual, Sept 2019 - current): Correlative microscopy
  • Dr Nima Haghdadi (Jan 2019 - current): Advanced manufacturing

PhD Students:

  • Xinyi (Cindy) He (Mar 2022 - current): Advanced characterization of additively manufactured alloys
  • Ming Luo (Aug 2021-current): Grain boundary engineering during metal additive manufacturing
  • Michael Haines (Oct 2020 - current): Understanding the effects of thermal-mechanical cycling in additive manufacturing
  • Nana Kwabena Adomako (UNSW Scientia PhD scholar, Oct 2020 - current): In-situ characterization of additively manufactured Ni-based superalloys
  • Bernd Schulz (Sep 2019 - current): Processing-structure-property relationships of forged Ni-based superalloys
  • Maxwell Moyle (Aug 2019 - current): Microstructure control during advanced manufacturing
  • Vitor Vieira Rielli (UNSW Scientia PhD scholar, Feb 2019 - current): Microstructural design of next generation Ni-based superalloys
  • Richard Buerstmayr (Aug 2018 - current): Advancing the Australian specialty alloy processing capability

MSc Students:

  • Wai (Wilson) Fung Tse (Feb 2020 - current): Advancing the Australian specialty alloy processing capability

Recent Alumni:

  • Dr Arnab Chakraborty (2018-2022): On the design of microstructures in low carbon microalloyed steels
  • Dr Alireza Samiee (2017-2022): Role of local variations of solute atoms in the strengthening mechanisms of dilute Al alloys
  • Dr Ryan Demott (2017-2021): Characterization of Alpha Variant Selection and Morphology in Additively Manufactured Ti-6Al-4V via 3D-EBSD
  • Dr Carina Ledermueller (2016-2020): Advanced thermo-mechanical processing of modern HSLA steels
  • Dr Felix Theska (2016-2020): High resolution characterisation of strengthening effects in Ni-based superalloys

My Teaching

  • MATS2004: Mechanical Behaviour of Materials (2021 - current)
  • MATS3003: Engineering in Process Metallurgy (2015 - current)
  • MATS1192: Design and Application of Materials in Science and Engineering (2017 - 2018)
  • MATS6002: Materials Design (2015 - 2017)
  • Metallurgy for the Non-Metallurgist for Materials Australia NSW (2016 - 2020)
  • Pre-UNSW teaching contributions at Montanuniversitaet Leoben (Austria, 2009 - 2015):
    Lecturing and lab demonstration in Physical Metallurgy, Mechanics & Testing of Materials, Advanced Materials Characterisation, and Failure Analysis