Professor Hongbiao Dong

Professor of Materials Engineering


Professor Hongbiao Dong is internationally renowned for his work in metal processing, manufacturing informatics, solidification and its application in casting, welding and additive manufacturing - or ‘3D printing’ – of metals and alloys.

He joined the School of Engineering at the University of Leicester in 2004 following research at the University of Science and Technology Beijing and University of Oxford.

He heads the MINTWELD project, made up of collaborators from Liberty Steel, British Steel (formally Tata Steel) and The Welding Institute (TWI) as well as academic partners from Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland.


My research focuses on materials and advanced manufacturing for energy generation and transportation applications, in particular solidification and its application in casting, welding and additive manufacturing of high temperature materials.


Feng, S., Zhou, H., & Dong, H. (2019). Using deep neural network with small dataset to predict material defects. MATERIALS & DESIGN, 162, 300-310. doi:10.1016/j.matdes.2018.11.060

Ma, S., Brown, A. J., Yan, R., Davidchack, R. L., Howes, P. B., Nicklin, C., . . . Dong, H. (2019). Atomistics of pre-nucleation layering of liquid metals at the interface with poor nucleants. COMMUNICATIONS CHEMISTRY, 2, 12 pages. doi:10.1038/s42004-018-0104-1

Zhang, H., Bai, X., Hou, M., Wang, L., Zhang, Q., Fan, J., Dong H.B., Xu, B. (2019). Compressive Deformation Behavior of AZ31Mg Alloy Containing {10–12} Extension Twins at Different Temperature. Metals and Materials International, 25(5), 1170-1181. doi:10.1007/s12540-019-00275-6

Qin, H., Zhang, R., Bi, Z., Lee, T. L., Dong, H., Du, J., & Zhang, J. (2019). Study on the Evolution of Residual Stress During Ageing Treatment in a GH4169 Alloy Disk. ACTA METALLURGICA SINICA, 55(8), 997-1007. doi:10.11900/0412.1961.2018.00428

Dong, H., Dong, H., & Li, Z. (2019). 5th UK–China steel research forum. Metals, 9(7). doi:10.3390/met9070738

Guo, H., Zeng, X., Fan, J., Zhang, H., Zhang, Q., Li, W., . . . Xu, B. (2019). Effect of electropulsing treatment on static recrystallization behavior of cold-rolled magnesium alloy ZK60 with different reductions. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 35(6), 1113-1120. doi:10.1016/j.jmst.2018.11.008

Li, Y., Lin, X., Hu, Y., Kang, N., Gao, X., Dong, H., & Huang, W. (2019). Zirconium modified Nb-22Ti-16Si alloys fabricated by laser additive manufacturing: Microstructure and fracture toughness. JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS, 783, 66-76. doi:10.1016/j.jallcom.2018.12.280

Sun, W., Yan, R., Zhang, Y., Dong, H., & Jing, T. (2019). GPU-accelerated three-dimensional large-scale simulation of dendrite growth for Ti6Al4V alloy based on multi-component phase-field model. COMPUTATIONAL MATERIALS SCIENCE, 160, 149-158. doi:10.1016/j.commatsci.2018.12.051

Saleem, B., Dong, H. B., & Patel, V. (2019). Effect of aging on the strength of corrosion-resistant incoloy alloys 945 and 945X: A microstructural perspective. MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING A-STRUCTURAL MATERIALS PROPERTIES MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROCESSING, 748, 327-336. doi:10.1016/j.msea.2019.01.114

Liang, X. Z., Dodge, M. F., Jiang, J., & Dong, H. B. (2019). Using transmission Kikuchi diffraction in a scanning electron microscope to quantify geometrically necessary dislocation density at the nanoscale. ULTRAMICROSCOPY, 197, 39-45. doi:10.1016/j.ultramic.2018.11.011

Zhang, H., Yang, M., Hou, M., Wang, L., Zhang, Q., Fan, J., . . . Xu, B. (2019). Effect of pre-existing {10(1)over-bar2} extension twins on mechanical properties, microstructure evolution and dynamic recrystallization of AZ31 Mg alloy during uniaxial compression. MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING A-STRUCTURAL MATERIALS PROPERTIES MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROCESSING, 744, 456-470. doi:10.1016/j.msea.2018.11.146

Qin, H., Bi, Z., Li, D., Zhang, R., Lee, T. L., Feng, G., . . . Zhang, J. (2019). Study of precipitation-assisted stress relaxation and creep behavior during the ageing of a nickel-iron superalloy. MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING A-STRUCTURAL MATERIALS PROPERTIES MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROCESSING, 742, 493-500. doi:10.1016/j.msea.2018.11.028


  • EG2070 Engineering Design
  • EG2150 Processing of Engineering Materials
  • EG4021 Design Study Management (I) / EG4022 Design Study Management (II)
  • EG4360 Aerospace Materials / EG7038 Aerospace Materials
  • EG4401 Holistic Gas Turbine Design (in collaboration with the Rolls-Royce design team, in preparation)

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