Associated Research Centres
Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing (AMPAM)
Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (CMM)
Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (ANFF-Q)
Nihon Superior Co. Ltd. , Japan
Osaka University, Japan
Kyushu University, Japan
Wakasa-wan Energy Research Centre, Japan
Kyushu Synchrotron, SAGA-LS, Japan
Imperial College London, UK
Hydrexia Pty. Ltd. , Australia
Tritium Pty. Ltd. , Australia
Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Associate Professor Kazuhiro Nogita
Please direct all enquiries to:
Dr Stuart McDonald
(Senior Research Fellow)
Mr Jonathan Read
Dr Hector Henao Zapata
(Senior Research Fellow)
Dr Yueqin (Jerome) Wu
(ARC-Linkage Postdoctoral Fellow)
Mr Daniel Graham
(Senior Research Assistant)
Mr Keith Sweatman
Mr Dekui Mu
Mr Guang Zeng
For further information on Research Team members please click here.
Characterisation of Intermetallics in Solder Joints
(Funded by Nihon Superior Co. Ltd.)
This project focuses on controlling and understanding the formation of solder joint intermetallics (IMCs) which are critical for the reliability of circuit boards and other electrical components.
Members: Mr. Jonathan Read, Dr Stuart McDonald, Dr Jerome Wu, Mr. Dekui Mu (PhD candidate), Mr. Guang Zeng (PhD candidate), Associate Professor Kazuhiro Nogita.
New Solders for EVs, Photo-Voltaic Systems, Al Substrates
(Funded by ARC-Linkage)
Develop new lead-free solders for electric vehicle and photo-voltaic systems.
Members: Dr Jerome Wu, Professor Han Huang, Associate Professor Kazuhiro Nogita.
Mechanical Properties of Cu6Sn5
(PhD thesis funded by an Australian Postgraduate Scholarship and Nihon Superior Co. Ltd.)
To understand the mechanical properties of Cu6Sn5, which is the dominant intermetallic between the solder and Cu substrate.
Members: Mr Dekui Mu (PhD candidate), Professor Han Huang, Associate Professor Kazuhiro Nogita.
Microstructure of Sn-Cu based Solder Alloys and Joints
(PhD thesis funded by CSC and Nihon Superior Co. Ltd.)
Development of new 'micro-alloyed' solders based on Sn-Cu systems with additional elements tailored to improve solder properties.
Members: Mr Guang Zeng (PhD Candidate), Dr Stuart McDonald, Associate Professor Kazuhiro Nogita.
Surface Tension and Surface Oxide of Lead-Free Solder Alloys
(Funded by Nihon Superior and The University of Queensland)
Controlling melting solder surface, which is important for the process of soldering.
Members: Mr Jonathan Read, Dr Stuart McDonald, Associate Professor Kazuhiro Nogita.
For a full summary of publications please click here.
For sample production the Centre has access to several furnaces including induction melting and arc melting furnaces, atmosphere controlled electric resistance and directional solidification 'Bridgeman' type furnaces and a wave-soldering bath. Conventional soldering equipment is complemented by a Nd-YAG pulse laser welder.
Mechanical testing is facilitated by a comprehensive suite of apparatus housed at The University of Queensland. This includes a state-of-the-art Hysitron nanomechanical testing instrument capable of indentation and scratch testing at loads from a few mN to several N with in situ AFM imaging.