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Huang M.X.

Professor, Associate Head (Technical Support)
Teaching and administration leave from June.1 2022 – May.31 2023


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Prof. Huang received his BEng and MSc in Mechanics  from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) in 2002 and 2004,  respectively, and his PhD in Materials Science in 2008 from Delft  University of Technology (TU Delft), The Netherlands. From  2008 to 2010, he worked as a research engineer at ArcelorMittal (the  largest steel company in the world) in Maizieres-les-Metz, France. His  research work in ArcelorMittal focused on the development of new  advanced steels for lightweight automotive applications.  Prof. Huang joined University of Hong Kong in 2010 as an Assistant  Professor, and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2016  and full Professor in 2019. Prof. Huang’s research interests focus on  two areas: (1) fundamentals of microstructure-property  relationship and phase transformation of advanced steels and alloys,  and (2) development of lightweight materials for automotive  applications. Both experimental and modelling works are involved in his  research. Being the PI, Prof. Huang secured funding from Collaborative Research Fund (UGC, HK), Research Impact Fund (UGC, HK), National Key R&D Program (mainland China),  General Research Fund (UGC, HK), Innovation and  Technology Fund (HK), National Natural Science Foundation of China  (mainland China),  and industries from Europe and China (e.g. ArcelorMittal France, General Motors, Ansteel, Baosteel etc). Prof. Huang has published 100+  SCI journal papers on top international journals in the field such as  Science, Acta Materialia, Scripta Materialia, JMPS and IJP etc.

Research Areas

Advanced High Strength Steels

Microstructure-property relation of Metals and Alloys

Deformation mechanism

Phase transformation

Crystal plasticity finite element method (CPFEM)

Research Projects


  1. He, B.B., Hu, B., Yen, H.W., Cheng, G.J., Wang, Z.K., Luo, H.W.*, Huang, M.X.*, High dislocation density-induced large ductility in deformed and partitioned steels (2017) Science, 357 (6355), pp. 1029-1032.

  2. Wang, M., Huang, M.X.*,  Abnormal TRIP effect on the work hardening behavior of a quenching and partitioning steel at high strain rate (2020), Acta Materialia, 188 551-559

  3. Li, Y.Z., Luo, Z.C., Liang, Z.Y., Huang, M.X.*,  Effect of carbon on strain-rate and temperature sensitivity of  twinning-induced plasticity steels: Modeling and experiments (2019) Acta Materialia, 165, pp. 278-293.

  4. Nimaga OG, He, BB, Cheng, GJ, Yen, HW, Huang, M.X.*, Revealing orientation-dependent martensitic transformation in a medium Mn steel by micropillar compression (2019), International Journal of Plasticity, 123, 165-177

  5. Liang, Z.Y., Luo, Z.C., Huang, M.X.*, Temperature dependence of strengthening mechanisms in a twinning-induced plasticity steel (2019) International Journal of Plasticity, 116,  pp. 192-202.

  6. He, S.H., He, B.B., Zhu, K.Y., Huang, M.X.*, Evolution of dislocation density in bainitic steel: Modeling and experiments (2018) Acta Materialia, 149, pp. 46-56.

  7. Luo, Z.C., Liu, R.D., Wang, X., Huang, M.X.*, The effect of deformation twins on the quasi-cleavage crack propagation in twinning-induced plasticity steels (2018) Acta Materialia, 150, pp. 59-68.

  8. Li, Y.Z., Huang, M.X.*, Revealing the interfacial plasticity and shear strength of a TiB2-strengthened high-modulus low-density steel (2018) Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 121, pp. 313-327.

  9. Zhou, P., Liang, Z.Y., Huang, M.X.*, Microstructural evolution of a nanotwinned steel under extremely high-strain-rate deformation (2018) Acta Materialia, 149, pp. 407-415.

  10. Liang, Z.Y., De Hosson, J.T.M., Huang, M.X.*, Size effect on deformation twinning in face-centred cubic single crystals: Experiments and modelling (2017) Acta Materialia, 129, pp. 1-10.

  11. He, S.H., He, B.B., Zhu, K.Y., Huang, M.X.*, On the correlation among dislocation density, lath thickness and yield stress of bainite (2017) Acta Materialia, 135, pp. 382-389.

  12. Wang, X.G., Wang, L., Huang, M.X.*, Kinematic and  thermal characteristics of Lüders and Portevin-Le Châtelier bands in a  medium Mn transformation-induced plasticity steel (2017) Acta Materialia, 124, pp. 17-29.

  13. Zhou, P., Liang, Z.Y., Liu, R.D., Huang, M.X.*, Evolution of dislocations and twins in a strong and ductile nanotwinned steel, (2016) Acta Materialia, 111, pp. 96-107.

  14. He, B.B., Luo, H.W.*, Huang, M.X.*,  Experimental investigation on a novel medium Mn steel combining  transformation-induced plasticity and twinning-induced plasticity  effects (2016), International Journal of Plasticity, 78, pp. 173-186.

  15. Liang, Z.Y., Wang, X., Huang, W., Huang, M.X.*, Strain rate sensitivity and evolution of dislocations and twins in a twinning-induced plasticity steel (2015) Acta Materialia, 88, pp. 170-179.

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