Senior Lecturer

Dr Xiaopeng Li

Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Dr Xiaopeng Li is currently a Senior Lecturer and Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow in the School Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at UNSW Sydney, leading a research group working on additive manufacturing and advanced materials research. He received his PhD degree in Materials Engineering from The University of Queensland, Australia in 2013, where his PhD thesis won the Best Thesis Award by Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals in 2013. After his PhD, he joined The University of Western Australia as an Assistant Professor, working on additive manufacturing of metallic glasses, light alloys and their composites till 2016. Following this, he joined one of the world-famous additive manufacturing groups led by Prof Jean-Pierre Kruth in KU Leuven, Belgium as a Research Fellow till 2017. In 2020, Dr Li is listed as World’s Top 2% Scientists in Materials & Applied Physics & Enabling Strategic Technologies (single year in 2019) in the database of the most-cited scientists developed at Stanford University.

Research Interests:

  • Additive manufacturing;
  • Advanced materials and structures;
  • Machine learning;
  • Sustainability;
  • Medical devices

Research Appointments

  • The University of New South Wales, Senior Lecturer, 2019-current
  • Stanford University, Visiting Scholar, 2019
  • The University of New South Wales, Lecturer, 2017-2019
  • KU Leuven, Research Fellow, 2016-2017
  • The University of Western Australia, Assistant Professor, 2013-2016

Teaching and Supervision

  • MMAN 4200 Additive Manufacturing
  • MMAN 4010/MECH 9011 Thesis A
  • MMAN 9001 Thesis A
  • GSOE9820 Engineering Project Management

Research collaborations:

Dr Xiaopeng Li collaborates with a number of active researchers from UNSW, The University of Queensland, The University of Sydney, The University of Western Australia, RMIT University, CSIRO and Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). Internationally he also collaborates with Stanford University (USA), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA), KU Leuven (Belgium), The National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS, France), Osaka University (Japan) and Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).

Our group now has PhD openings for high-caliber and highly motivated students who are interested in pursuing their PhD in additive manufacturing and advanced materials research. Students with a strong background in mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, materials science and engineering, applied physics or other related fields are encouraged to apply. 


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  • Book Chapters | 2018
    Vanmeensel K; Lietaert K; Vrancken B; Dadbakhsh S; Li X; Kruth J-P; Krakhmalev P; Yadroitsev I; Van Humbeeck J, 2018, '8 Additively manufactured metals for medical applications', in Additive Manufacturing, Elsevier, pp. 261 - 309,
  • Journal articles | 2020
    Liu Q; Wu H; Paul MJ; He P; Peng Z; Gludovatz B; Kruzic JJ; Wang CH; Li X, 2020, 'Machine-learning assisted laser powder bed fusion process optimization for AlSi10Mg: New microstructure description indices and fracture mechanisms', Acta Materialia, vol. 201, pp. 316 - 328,
    Journal articles | 2018
    Li XP; Ji G; Eder K; Yang LM; Addad A; Vleugels J; Van Humbeeck J; Cairney JM; Kruth JP, 2018, 'Additive manufacturing of a novel alpha titanium alloy from commercially pure titanium with minor addition of Mo2C', Materialia, vol. 4, pp. 227 - 236,
    Journal articles | 2016
    Wang Q; Ren L; Li X; Zhang S; Sercombe TB; Yang K, 2016, 'Antimicrobial Cu-bearing stainless steel scaffolds', Materials Science and Engineering C, vol. 68, pp. 519 - 522,