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Prof Matthew Barnett

Position: Chair in Metallurgy
role description
Faculty or Division: GTP Research
Department: Institute for Frontier Materials
Campus: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 52272797 +61 3 52272797



  • Doctor of Philosophy, McGill University (Canada), 1996

Career highlights

2013 Visiting Professor, University of Lorraine, Metz, France

2013 Visiting Professor, University of Manchester, UK

2010 - present: Professor, Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University

2008 Visiting Professor, Free University of Brussels and Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium

2004 Visiting Scientist, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

2000 Visiting Scientist, School of Mines of St Etienne, France

1999 - 2010: Researcher positions in School of Engineering and Technology and Centre for Materials and Fibre Innovation, Deakin University

1997 - 1999: Research Engineer, BHP Research

1997 Visiting Engineer, Centre for Metallurgical Research (CRM), Gent, Belgium

1989 - 1994: Metallurgy Trainee, BHP Steel


Research interests

Dr Barnett is designing the microstructure of new metal alloys to give enhanced properties. He is particularly interested in manipulating the microstructure to give improved ductility. This requires control over features spanning size scales from small clusters of atoms to meso-crystallographic features up to 1 mm in length. Metals with optimized ductility are more readily manufactured, resist fracture and last longer under mechanical loading. His main strengths are in sheet steels and magnesium alloys. He is also carrying out research into metal particle composites and nano-crystalline electrodeposits.

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Stanford, N., G. Sha, A. La Fontaine, M.R. Barnett, and S.P. Ringer, Atom Probe Tomography of Solute Distributions in Mg-Based Alloys. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions a-Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science, 2009. 40A(10): p. 2480-2487.
Stanford, N. and M.R. Barnett, Effect of particles on the formation of deformation twins in a magnesium-based alloy. Materials Science and Engineering: A, 2009. 516(1-2): p. 226-234.
Malet, L., M.R. Barnett, P.J. Jacques, and S. Godet, Variant selection during the [gamma]-to-[alpha]b phase transformation in hot-rolled bainitic TRIP-aided steels. Scripta Materialia, 2009. 61(5): p. 520-523.
Hutchinson, B., M.R. Barnett, A. Ghaderi, P. Cizek, and I. Sabirov, Deformation modes and anisotropy in magnesium alloy AZ31. International Journal of Materials Research, 2009. 100(4): p. 556-563.
Beer, A.G. and M.R. Barnett, The post-deformation recrystallization behaviour of magnesium alloy Mg-3Al-1Zn. Scripta Materialia, 2009. 61(12): p. 1097-1100.
Barnett, M.R., A. Sullivan, and R. Balasubramaniam, Electron backscattering diffraction analysis of an ancient wootz steel blade from central India. Materials Characterization, 2009. 60(4): p. 252-260.
Barnett, M.R., A. Ghaderi, I. Sabirov, and B. Hutchinson, Role of grain boundary sliding in the anisotropy of magnesium alloys. Scripta Materialia, 2009. 61(3): p. 277-280.
Barnett, M.R., P. Cizek, M. Nave, A. Sullivan, and R. Balasubramaniam, Cobblestone mesotexture in a nanocrystalline Ni-20Fe electrodeposit. Scripta Materialia, 2009. 60(8): p. 603-606.
Stanford, N., U. Carlson, and M.R. Barnett, Deformation Twinning and the Hall-Petch Relation in Commercial Purity Ti. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 2008. in press.
Stanford, N. and M.R. Barnett, The origin of "rare earth" texture development in extruded Mg-based alloys and its effect on tensile ductility. Materials Science and Engineering: A, 2008. 496(1-2): p. 399-408.

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