Queensland Centre for Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing (AMPAM)

The University of Queensland

AMPAM is dedicated to discovering new materials engineering and manufacturing technologies to benefit Australia's key economic and social sectors, including health, infrastructure/construction, rail, aerospace, defence, agriculture and resources. Our research experience spans new material development (including metals, polymers, ceramics and composites), innovative manufacturing technologies (such as additive manufacturing and advanced subtractive manufacturing processes), performance analysis (including corrosion and fatigue) as well as modelling, simulation and validation of materials performance and manufacturing processes. We value collaboration with industry, government and R&D providers to deliver systems integration, lean manufacturing solutions and design for manufacture.

Organisation type
  • Australian Research Centre Industrial Transformation Research Hubs - Headquarters
  • Cooperative Research Centre – Partner Organisation
Number of research staff
20-100 research staff
Advanced Engineering Building (49), The University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD 4072

Strengths and capabilities

  • High temperature polymer and ceramic matrix composites for defence, hypersonic and space applications
  • LIght-weighting and design
  • Composites manufacturing and evaluation
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Metal casting and solidification
  • Corrosion forming, joining and machining
  • Polymer processing
  • Powder metal science and engineering
  • Non-destructive testing
  • Light metal alloys including titanium and magnesium

Facilities and major equipment

  • Additive manufacturing units
  • Metal injection moulding units
  • Sintering units
  • Incremental sheet forming machine
  • High-pressure reactive thermoplastics moulding unit
  • Polymer characterisation lab (thermal, accelerated UV, rheology)
  • Digital image correlation (mechanical testing)
  • Vacuum assisted resin transfer moulding (VARTM)
  • Casting furnaces

Lead researcher

  • Emeritus Professor David StJohn—Focusing on solidification technology with over 300 publications in journals and conference proceedings, Dr StJohn has received many awards.
  • Associate Professor Kazuhiro Nogita—Dr Nogita holds several international patents and directs the Nihon Superior Centre for the Manufacture of Electronic Materials.
  • Associate Professor Martin Veidt—Dr Veidt's research interests include composite materials, non-destructive evaluation, ultrasonics and structural health management.

Achievements of the centre

  • In 2014, Prof David StJohn was awarded the prestigious John Campbell Medal by the Institute of Cast Metals Engineers (UK)
  • Titanium Fabrication for Aerospace Materials received the highest rating in the 2012 ATN-Go8 Excellence in Innovation for Australia Trial
  • AMPAM has a long history of working with many national and international industry partners including Cook Medical, Airbus and Boeing.

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