Engineering and Information Sciences


Weihua Li

Current Positions:

Senior Professor, School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering
Director, Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Research Strength
Discipline Advisor for Mechatronic Engineering


Dr Li is working with Mechatronic Engineering as a full-time teaching-research staff. He received his B. E. and M. E. degrees from University of Science and Technology of China in 1992 and 1995 respectively, and Ph. D. degree from Nanyang Technological University Singapore in 2001. He was with the School of Mechanical and Production Engineering of Nanyang Technological University as a research fellow from 2001 to 2003. He has been with the School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor/Senior Professor. Dr Li has published more than 300 technical articles in refereed international journals and conferences. He serves as Technical Editor/Associate Editor/Editorial Board Member for more than 10 international journals, including Smart Materials and Structures, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Scientific Reports, etc. He is a recipient of Fellow of Engineers Australia (2016), Fellow of Institute of Physics (2015), JSPS Invitation Fellowship (2014), Australian Endeavour Fellowship (2011), and numerous Best Paper Awards.

Research Interests:

- Magnetorheological (MR) fluids and MR elastomers and their applications;
- Dynamics and Vibration Control;
- Microfluidics and Nanofluidics;
- Lab on a Chip
- Rheology;
- Intelligent Mechatronics;
- Vehicle Technology;

Grants summary:
Since 2004, Dr Li, as a sole/first/co-CI, has been securing more than 59 research grants/awards from a number of research agencies, including ARC, CSIRO, DSTO, NSFC, Hong Kong ITC, CRC Rail, etc.

Professional Activities:

Technical Editor/Associate Editor:
- Smart Materials & Structures, 2010 -
- IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 2015 -
- Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 2017 -
- Micromachines, 2016 -
- Current Smart Materials, 2014 -
- Frontiers in Smart Materials, 2014 -
- RSC Advances, 2014-2015

Editorial Board Member:
- Scientific Reports, 2015 -
- Korea-Australia Rheology Journal, 2012 -
- Frontiers of Mechanical Engineering, 2012 -
- Journal of Sensor Technology, 2010 -

- Fellow, The Institute of Physics (IOP)
- Fellow, The Institution of Engineers Australia
- Member, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
- Member, The Australian Society of Rheology
- Member, The Australian Association of Engineering Education

- Guest professor, University of Science & Technology of China, 2010-
- Guest professor, Hefei University of Technology, 2012-2015
- Guest Professor, Hunan University, 2012-2015
- Guest Professor, Fujian University, 2017-
- Adjunct professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2011-2014

- Visiting Professor (03/2014-05/2014), Tohoku University, Japan
- Visiting Professor (12/2012-2/2013), Tohoku University, Japan
- Visiting Professor (3/2011-8/2011), Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
- Visiting Professor (11/2009-12/2009), University of Science & Technology of China
- Visiting Professor (05/2007-05/2007), Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, Hong Kong
- Visiting Scientist (01/2007-05/2007), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Microstructure Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany

- ARC Expert Reader, 2008 -
- Hong Kong RGC, 2008 -
- China NSFC, since 2010 -
- Nanyang Technol Univ (Singapore) Tier 1, 2009 -
- NCSTE Kazakhstan, 2014 -

JOURNAL REVIEWER for more than 50 international journals
Delivered 18 times of Plenary/Keynote & Invited Talks in major engineering conferences


- Fellow, Institute of Engineers Australia, 2016
- Fellow, Institute of Physics, UK, 2015
- Vice-chancellor's Award for Interdisciplinary Research Excellence, 2015
- JSPS Invitation Fellowship (short-term), 2014/15
- Best Poster Presentation Award, the Future Land Force Conference 2014, Brisbane, Australia (with J. Ding et al.)
- Best Poster Award, 14th Int. Conf. on ER Fluids and MR Suspensions, 9-13 July 2014, Granada, Spain (With S. Sun)
- Distinguished Visiting Professorship, Tohoku University, Japan, 2012 & 2014
- Endeavour Research Fellowship, Australian Government DEEWR (Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations), 2011
- Best Student Paper Award, the 15th International conference on Mechatronics Technology, 29 Nov to 2 Dec 2011, Melbourne, Australia
- Scientific Visits to China Program Award, Australian Academy of Science, 2010-2011
- Scientific Visits to China Program Award, Australian Academy of Science, 2006-2007
- Visiting Scholar, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology, 2007
- Visiting Scientist Fellowship, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany, 2007
- Highly Commended Open┬┐ Prize in University of Wollongong┬┐s innovation competition, Trailblazer 2006.
- University Scholarship (1997-2000), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Scholarships from the University of Science & Technology of China: (1) First Prize for Huawei Scholarship, 1997; Donggang Scholarship, 1996; Precision Machinery Scholarship, 1995; Guanghua Scholarship, 1994; Outstanding Student Scholarships, 1988-1992.

Future Research Topics:

- Adaptive dynamic vibration absorbers
- Vehicle dynamics
- Semi-active and active control
- Sensing and actuating capacities of magnetorheological elastomers
- Novel application of MR shearing thickening fluids
- MR isolator for structural control
- Microfluidics for biological and biomedical applications
- Dielectrophoretic manipulation of Micro/Nano particles
- Energy harvesting systems working with smart materials
- Innovative technology for high speed trains

Research Students

  • Wenxing Li : Vibration reduction control for seat suspension with multiple degrees of freedom
  • Xiaojing Zhu : Integrated Forklift Supporting System with Magnetorheological Technologies
  • Guolin Yun : Development of an integrated Microdevice for Cancer Diagnostics
  • Lei Deng : Active Control of Noise and Vibration of Vehicles using Dielectric Elastomers
  • Haoshan Ren : Development of phase change material enhanced desiccant cooling systems
  • Matthew Christie : Magnetorheological Variable Stiffness Robotic Legs for Improved Locomotion Performance
  • Weiping Hu : Flexible Fluidic Actuators for hand rehabilitation Applications
  • Lirong Yao : Energy storage systems for vehicle technology
  • Lei Yuan : Process Control in Wire and Arc Additive Manufacturing
  • Qianbin Zhao : High-throughput microparticle focusing using arc-shaped groove arrays
  • Huan Zhang : Study on a novel powertrain system and it control for electric vehicles
  • Wenfei Li : Investigation of Advanced Brake-by-Wire Systems for Electric Vehicles