Prof Hongbiao Dong

Prof Dong's 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.
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Professor of Materials Engineering
Research Chair of Royal Academy of Engineering
Director of EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Innovative Metal Processing

Prof Dong's research focuses on solidification and its application in casting, welding and additive manufacturing of high temperature materials for energy generation and transportation applications.

Prof. Dong joined the Department of Engineering at the University of Leicester in 2004 as  Lecturer, was promoted to Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor. He obtained his BEng and MEng degrees from University of Science and Technology Beijing, and his DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2000.

The research in Prof. Dong’s team aims to bring knowledge-inspired decision making to the production routes of high value-added components, such as aero-engine turbine blades, deep-sea oil and gas transport systems. He is a specialist in metal processing, in particular in the areas of processing Ni-base alloys for gas turbine engines, welding techniques for deep sea gas and oil transportation systems. He has expertise in experimential and modelling study of structure evolution and defect formation during casting and welding. Experimental expertise includes industrial scale casting, welding and the application of synchrotron and neutron diffraction/imaging of structure and stress during metal processing; his modelling expertise ranges from atomistic-scale materials modelling to macro-scale casting and components life prediction.

As a part of his RAEng Research Chair mission, Prof Dong is leading a project to establish a joint UOL-TWI Materials Innovation Centre (MatIC). The MatIC Centre will exploit Leicester’s research strengths in materials, physical metallurgy, welding and joining technologies which, combined with TWI’s members, will deliver funded, high quality, high impact collaborative research.

Prof Dong is also currently leading an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Innovative Metal Processing (IMPaCT CDT). For more info, please visit

Prof. Dong has collaborated extensively with industry, working with Rolls-Royce, TWI Ltd, NPL and Doncasters. Current projects focus on single crystal casting of gas turbine components, welding and heat treatment of linepipes for deep sea gas and oil transportation system. He sucessfully led a major EU FP7 consortium (Mintweld) on Modelling of Interfaces for Materials Design and Processing from 2009-2014. MintWeld was assessed "Excellent" for both R&D and management, for more details please check


Teach and research in: aerospace materials, processing of engineering materials, multi-scale and multi physics modelling of casting and welding, gas turbines, physical metallurgy, synchrotron X-ray and neutron diffraction and imaging.

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For information about the EU-PF7 Project MintWeld that Dr. Dong is leading, please visit

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