Researcher biography

Dr. Xiaodong Ma obtained his Bachelor's Degree in 2006 and a Master Degree in 2009 from Dalian University of Technology, China, then graduated with Ph.D. in 2012 from The University of Tokyo, Japan, supported by the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship.

Dr. Ma joined The University of Queensland in 2012 right after his Ph.D. graduation starting as a postdoctoral research fellow.

Dr. Ma’s research interests cover most of the research areas in the pyro-metallurgical field. He is an expert in the thermodynamics of high-temperature materials processing for ferrous, non-ferrous, and advanced materials. He has extensive hands-on experiences in the fundamental study and applied research, including solar cell silicon refining, ironmaking, inclusion engineering (oxide metallurgy and sulphide modification) of steel refining, copper smelting, and metal extraction from complexed ores. His recent research activities extend to the development of high-strength and high-end specials steels sophisticated control of second phase particles. Along with the research, he is also skilled at materials characterisation by operating the analytical facilities of FIB-SEM, EPMA, TEM, XRD, ICP, etc.