Associate Professor Fei Yang

Fei Yang

Associate Professor

Qualifications: BEng IMUST, MEng, PhD HIT

About Fei

Fei Yang received his PhD degree in materials and process engineering from the Harbin Institute of Technology, PR China, in 2010, worked in the Guangzhou Research Institute of Non-ferrous Metals as a materials scientist from 2010 to 2011, and joined the University of Waikato in July 2011.

Fei has expertise in physical metallurgy, powder processing and consolidation, and hot processing (including hot forging, pressing, extrusion and rolling). His research mainly focuses on thermomechanical processing advanced materials; design and synthesis of advanced thermal management materials for power electronic devices, and high entropy alloys for hydrogen production and storage applications; materials characterisation and analysis, materials properties.

Fei has secured over NZ$1.2 million research funding from prestigious grants such as Marsden Standard Fund (2022) and US Air Force Fund (2017) as the Principal Investigator. As a key researcher, he co-led the Research Aim 1- Thermomechanical processing of powder titanium alloys of the MBIE-funded TiTeNZ programme (2014-2021, worth NZ$18.65 million). He received the University of Waikato Early Career Research Excellence Award in 2017, ICAMP Young Scientist Award in 2018, and has been nominated for several other awards.  He has authored and co-authored over 140 publications, including 100 high-quality refereed journal publications (>79 Q1), 29 conference-related journal publications, and 13 publications in conference proceedings. Fei is currently supervising eight PhD students at the University of Waikato and is also an appointed external PhD supervisor of the Harbin Institute of Technology; a committee member of the Society of Materials New Zealand Inc; and a member of TMS (the Minerals, Materials and Metals Society, US).

Papers Taught

Research Supervised


Chief supervision:

Shanquan Jia (In Progress). Cost-effictively synthesising high-quality copper/diamond composite and understanding the affecting factors.

Ashok Kumar (In Progress) Fabrication, microstructrue and properties of high entropy alloys for water electrolysis application

Rui Zhang (In Progress) Network-architecture manipulation and hot deformation behaviour of a hot-processed TiB/Ti-6Al-4V composite

Yutao Zhai (In Progress) Fabrication and characterisation of high entropy alloys for hydrogen storage application


Ben Jackson (In Progress). Direct metal fabrication of titanium composites and alloys by direct selective laser melting

Jingnan Ma (In Progress) Advanced copper/diamond heat sink materials

Junqi Liu (In Progress) Composition optimisation , microstructrues, and properties of L12-type high entropy intermetallics

Completed PhD

Wei Sun (April 2021). Microstructure and properties of hot-pack rolling TiAl/Ti laminated composites

Yu Su (April 2021). Investigation on hot-rolling deformatinon and microstructure and mechanical properties of high-temperature titanium alloy used for short-term service at 650-700℃

Yousef N J Alshammari (May 2021).

Dr Qinyang Zhao (April 2020). Hot deformation behaviour and processing of a powder metallurgy high-strength titanium alloy

Dr Carlos Romero Villarreal (April 2020). Effect of thermomechanical processing on mechanical properties of cost-effective powder metallurgy titanium-based materials

Dr Stiliana Raynova (March 2017) Study on low-cost alternatives for synthesising powder metallurgy titanium and titanium alloys


Yutao Zhai (Complated). Turning waste to useful: fabrication of titanium alloy matrix composite from the swarf

Jingnan Ma (Completed). Interface manipulation of copper/diamond composites

Yaqi Chang (In Progress). Fabrication of advanced heat sink materials by powder metallurgy approach

Research Interests

Powder Metallurgy, Structure and Property Relationships in Materials, Thermomechanical Processing of Titanium Alloys, Functionally Graded Materials, Mn+1AXn Materials, Advanced Heat Sink Materials, Functional High Entropy Alloys (used for water electrolysis, hydrogen storage, etc.).

Recent Publications

  • Guo, Y., Genelot, P., Singh, A. P., Bolzoni, L., Qu, Y., Kou, H., . . . Yang, F. (2022). High-strength near-beta Titanium alloy fabricated by direct hot pressing of the machining swarf. Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance. doi:10.1007/s11665-022-06846-w

  • Luo, L., Yang, F., Li, Y., Li, L., & Li, Y. (2022). Investigation of the microstructure and hydrogen storage behavior of V48Fe12Ti15+xCr25-x (x=0, 5, 10, 15) alloys. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. doi:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2022.01.058

  • Zhou, Q., Qu, Y., Li, G., Singh, A., Su, R., Chen, R., . . . Li, R. (2022). Improvement of interface bonding and thermal conductivity of carbon-fiber reinforced aluminum matrix composites with Sn-Cu coatings. JOM. doi:10.1007/s11837-022-05225-z

  • Bolzoni, L., Hu, J., Yang, F., Zhang, M., Li, J., & Lu, Z. (2022). Kinetics of oxidation of Fe-bearing powder metallurgy Ti alloys. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 906, 164332. doi:10.1016/j.jallcom.2022.164332

Find more research publications by Fei Yang


Engineering; Materials and Processing

Contact Details

Email: [email protected]
Room: F.G.06d
Phone: +64 7 837 9417