Microstructure and Microtexture Characterisation
Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD)
My research portfolio over the past 10 years focused on material characterisation, physical metallurgy, materials processing, materials performance, phase transformation and heat treatment, low and high temperature corrosion, structure/property relationship, mechanical property of materials, fracture mechanics, fatigue, microtexture and texture analysis for materials used in power generation, nuclear, automotive and aero-engine applications.
My key research theme is the microstructure/microtexture characterisation of materials to ascertain exact structure/property relationship in various alloys. I believe that understanding and predicting microstructure and texture evolution during material processing, deformation and heat treatment are the foundation of materials property optimisation, designing new alloys as well as the development of the processing and joining techniques. Using a combination of electron microscopy and diffraction-based techniques (including SEM, EDS, EBSD, TEM, XRD, EMPA, GDOES, X-ray Nano and Micro-Tomography, and utilising synchrotron and neutron diffraction facilities) will assist greatly in achieving a comparative characterisation of the microstructures and assess the quantitative utility of different techniques.