Professor Jiawei Mi

Professor Jiawei Mi

Professor of Materials

Faculty of Science and Engineering

School of Engineering and Computer Science

j.mi@hull.ac.uk

01482 465670

Jiawei Mi is the academic lead for the Advanced Materials and Manufacturing research theme in the School of Engineering and Computer Science.

His expertise is on the design and development of advanced metallic alloys, composites and the related novel solidification, spray deposition and thermomechanical processing technologies.

Previously, he worked at Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials, Beijing, China (1986-1998), the Interdisciplinary Research Centre, University of Birmingham (1999-2002), and the Department of Materials, University of Oxford (2002-2010).

Over the past 30 years, he has won and jointly won 30 research grants worth a total of ~£10 million in funding.

Research

Research Interests

• Design and development of advanced metallic alloys, composites and metallic glasses

• Development of novel ultrasound and magnetic field based solidification technologies

• In-situ studies of materials structure evolution in three-dimensional and four-dimensional space using electron microscopy, synchrotron X-ray and neutron beam

• Modelling and simulation of materials structure evolution in mesoscale using phase field model

• Processing simulation and optimisation using finite element method

Research groups

Publications

B. Wang, D. Tan, T.L. Lee, J. C. Khong, F. Wang, D. Eskin, T. Connolley, K. Fezzaa, Jiawei Mi, 'Ultrafast synchrotron X-ray imaging studies of microstructure fragmentation in solidification under ultrasound', Acta Materialia, Vol. 144, 2018, pp 505-515

F. Wang, D. Eskin, Jiawei Mi, C. Wang, B. Koe, A. King, C. Reinhard, T. Connolley, 'A synchrotron X-radiography study of the fragmentation and refinement of primary intermetallic particles in an Al-35 Cu alloy induced by ultrasonic melt processing', Acta Materialia, Vol. 141, 2017, pp 142-153

L. Zheng, T.L. Lee, N. Liu, Z. Li, G. Zhang, Jiawei, Mi, P.S. Grant, 'Numerical and physical simulation of rapid microstructural evolution of gas atomised Ni superalloy powders', Materials & Design, Vol.117, 2017, pp 157-167

F. Wang, D. Eskin, Jiawei Mi, T. Connolley, M. Mounib, J. Lindsay, 'A refining mechanism of primary Al3Ti intermetallic particles by ultrasonic treatment in the liquid state', Acta Materialia, Vol. 116, 2016, pp 354-363

J.C. Khong, D. Daisenberger, G. Burca, W. Kockelmann, A.S. Tremsin, Jiawei Mi, 'Design and Characterisation of Metallic Glassy Alloys of High Neutron Shielding Capability', Scientific Reports 6, Article no: 36998 (2016); doi:10.1038/srep36998

Teaching

Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Advanced Materials and Processing

  • Multiphysics modelling and simulation of materials processing

  • Engineering Management

  • Research Skills and Project Planning

  • Engineering Undergraduate Projects

  • Engineering MEng and MSc Projects

Research PhDs

Prof Mi welcomes PhD applications in the general areas of alloy design, materials characterisation, processing and manufacturing, modelling and simulation.

Potential applicants to the research areas of ultrasound and magnetic field processing of materials, modelling and simulation using phase field method and finite element methods, and in-situ studies of materials using electron, X-ray and neutron beam are particularly welcomed.

Every year, there are ~15 China Scholarship Council and Hull University (CSC-HoU) PhD studentships available for prospective PhD applicants.

The deadline for the 2018 entry is 15 February 2018. If you have any enquiries in terms of the application process of CSC-UoH scheme, please contact myself or send an email to: csc@hull.ac.uk.

Completed PhDs

  • Wei Zhang (first supervisor), Study of the multi-length scale structures of metallic glasses using synchrotron X-rays and phase-field crystal modelling, CSC-UoH Scholarship (2016). Now, postdoc at China Nuclear Research Institute, Sichuan, China

  • Tung Lik Lee (first supervisor), Modelling and experimental study of the spray forming of dissimilar materials, Hull University International Scholarship (2016). Now, instrument scientist at Engin-X, ISIS Neutron Source, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Oxford, Didcot, UK

  • Dongyue Tan (first supervisor), In situ ultrafast synchrotron X-ray imaging studies of the dynamics of ultrasonic bubbles in liquids, CSC-UoH Scholarship (2015). Now, estate agent in China

  • Theerapatt Manuwong (first supervisor), Solidification of metal alloys in pulse electromagnetic fields, Thai Government Scholarship (2015). Now, engineer at OAP Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand

  • Jia Chun Khong (first supervisor), In-situ imaging and diffraction studies of the deformation of metallic glasses and composites, Hull University International Scholarship (2015). Now, postdoc at Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, University College London, London, UK

  • Tianen Yang (first supervisor), Novel processing of cermet materials, CSC-UoH Scholarship. Now, lecturer at Sichuan University.

  • Jianguo Wang (second supervisor), Numerical simulation of noise attenuating perforated combustor liners and the combustion instability issue in gas turbine engines, CSC-UoH Scholarship (2017)

In addition, Prof Mi supervised the following research fellows, visiting researchers and postdocs:

  • Zhipeng Guo, held a Royal Society Newton International Fellowship in 2009-2011, now is Associate Professor at School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University

  • Da Shu, sponsored by the Royal Society International Joint project and Shanghai Jiao Tong University visiting fellowship in 2009-2010, now Professor and Head of the Institute of Solidification Science and Technology in School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

  • Yongjiang Huang, held a Royal Society Newton International Fellowship in 2012-2014, now Associate Professor and Deputy Head of Department of Materials Processing in the School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology

  • Liang Zeng, sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Exchange project in 2012-2013, now senior research engineer at Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials

  • Jiao Zhang, sponsored by Shanghai Jiao Tong University visiting fellowship in 2014-2015, now Professor in School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

  • Shunli Zhao, sponsored by the Baosteel project in 2013-2014, now Senior Research Engineer at Baosteel Research Institute, Baosteel Group Co. Ltd

  • 7. Sanbing Ren, sponsored by the Baosteel project in 2014-2015, now Senior Research Engineer at Baosteel Research Institute, Baosteel Group Co. Ltd

  • Chuangnan Wang, sponsored by the EPSRC UltraCast project (EP/L019965/1) in 2014-2016, now Ultrasonic Engineer at Ionix Advanced Technologies Ltd

  • Bing Wang, sponsored by the EPSRC UltraCast project (EP/L019965/1) in 2017, now PostDoc at Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Wenjia Du (first supervisor), In-situ Synchrotron X-ray studies of the solidification processes under pulse magnetic field

  • Billy Koe (first supervisor), Modelling and experimental studies of novel melt-processing methods for recycled Al alloys

  • Abdulrahman Sumayli (first supervisor), Development of 3D printable metallic alloys for biocompatible and biodegradable applications

  • Chun Zhang (first supervisor),In-situ studies the micromechanics of metallic glasses

  • Yuliang Zhao (first supervisor), X-ray tomography studies of the intermetallic phases in Al alloys

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BEng

  • MEng

  • PhD

External roles

• Board of Review for the TMS journals: Metallurgical and Materials Transaction A and B

• Member of the EPSRC review College

Awards and accolades

• 2012-2016: The Royal Society Industry Fellowship, The Royal Society

• 2013 and 2014: Research excellence award at Faculty of Science, University of Hull

• 2008 and 2009: Research excellence award at Department of Materials, Oxford University

• 2003: Second prize of National Defence Science and Technology Award, Ministry of National Defence Industry of China (Certificate: 2003GFJ2079)

• 2002: First prize of Aeronautical Science and Technology Award, Ministry of Aviation Industry of China (Certificate No. 2002-11-28)

Professional highlights

• Won and jointly won 30 research grants with a total funding value of ~£10 million

• Since 2010, wrote 25 successful proposals and won 115 days of Synchrotron X-ray and neutron beam times from the national laboratories in the UK (Diamond Light Source and ISIS - the pulsed neutron and muon source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK), the USA (Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, USA), Switzerland (Swiss Light Source and Spallation Neutron Source at The Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland) and European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

• Published 120 scientific papers, wrote and edited the technical book, Solidification Processing of Metallic Alloys under External Fields

• Awarded a Royal Society Industry Fellowship in 2012-2016