Dr Fei Yang

Fei Yang

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: BEng IMUST, MEng, PhD HIT

About Fei

Dr. Fei Yang received his PhD degree in materials processing engineering from the Harbin Institute of Technology, PR China, in 2010, working on hot processing of hard-deformed materials (e.g. titanium alloy and titanium aluminide intermetallics) and determining the hot deformation behaviour and mechanisms of the hard-deformed materials. Prior to joining the University of Waikato in 2011, Fei worked in the Guangzhou Research Institute of Non-ferrous Metals as a materials scientist from 2010 to 2011, where he worked on developing powder metallurgy processes and products. Currently, Fei is a key researcher and member of the Science Leadership Team of the TiTeNZ project, working with other research and industry partners on the commercialisation of powder titanium products in New Zealand. As a co-leader of the titanium research group at the University of Waikato, Fei is seeking to develop new materials and cost-effective processing routes for use in New Zealand manufacturing industry, and he has successfully initiated a new research area ─ cost-effective synthesis of advanced heat sink materials (e.g. copper/diamond composites) ─ in New Zealand, securing a prestigious grant from the US Air Force. Fei received the University of Waikato Early Career Research Excellence Award in 2017, and has been nominated for several other awards. Fei is currently supervising six 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

  • Du, Z., He, Q., Chen, R., Liu, F., Zhang, J., Yang, F., . . . Cheng, J. (2022). Rolling reduction - dependent deformation mechanisms and tensile properties in a β titanium alloy. Journal of Materials Science and Technology, 104, 183-193. doi:10.1016/j.jmst.2021.05.071

  • Jia, S. Q., Bolzoni, L., Li, T., & Yang, F. (2021). Unveiling the interface characteristics and their influence on the heat transfer behavior of hot-forged Cu–Cr/Diamond composites. Carbon, 172, 390-401. doi:10.1016/j.carbon.2020.10.036

  • Raynova, S., Yang, F., & Bolzoni, L. (2021). Mechanical behaviour of induction sintered blended elemental powder metallurgy Ti alloys. Materials Science and Engineering A, 799. doi:10.1016/j.msea.2020.140157

  • Ma, J. N., Bolzoni, L., & Yang, F. (2021). Interface manipulation and its effects on the resultant thermal conductivity of hot-forged copper/Ti-coated diamond composites. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 868. doi:10.1016/j.jallcom.2021.159182

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Engineering; Materials and Processing

Contact Details

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