Dr Helen Tang is an expert in material science and engineering, including nanostructured material synthesis, colloidal and high temperature material processing, and their functional applications in energy, advanced manufacturing and environment sector.

Helen obtained her PhD degree from Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1999, working on the colloidal process of ceramic nanoparticles to achieve high mechanical performance. She then won a prestigious JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship of Japan, working at National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, focusing on the porous ceramic process and applications until 2004. After moving to Australia, she started to work at ARC Centre of Excellent for Functional Nanomaterials with the financial support of the competitive UQ Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme from 2006, working with a number of industry partners on the development of functional oxide nanoparticles for clean energy and advanced catalytic applications. Helen then joined the high-temperature processing (HTP) research group as a research fellow, and started to work on high-temperature refractory material processing with industry fund support. With many years of hands-on experience in advanced material processing and application, Helen is also skilled in a variety of advanced materials characterisation for better understanding of the material structure-property relationship.

At JKMRC, Helen also has responsibility for the lab safety and risk assessments of the HTP research group.