Dr Xiaodong Ma specialises in the thermodynamics and kinetics of high-temperature processing and pyrometallurgical extraction for ferrous, non-ferrous and advanced materials.

Xiaodong Ma is the acting group leader of the High-Temperature Processing (HTP) group and leading the HTP Program. This program aims to develop or improve the processing of ferrous and non-ferrous metal productions towards more efficient and energy-saving routes to meet the increasing demand of elemental metals and reuse, or recycle, of secondary resources for a sustainable society.

Xiaodong obtained his Bachelor's Degree in 2006 and a Master Degree in 2009 from Dalian University of Technology, China, and was awarded his PhD in 2012 from The University of Tokyo, Japan, supported by the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship. Xiaodong joined The University of Queensland in 2012, right after his PhD graduation, starting as a postdoctoral research fellow, then promoted to research fellow in 2017.

Xiaodong has extensive experience in carrying out fundamental and applied research, and over the past ten years, he has successfully delivered several industry-funded projects. Xiaodong is a pyrometallurgical specialist with strong interest lying in lower CO2 emission technologies and hydrogen metallurgy in the metallurgical sector.


Xiaodong has been involved in applied research with ferrous and non-ferrous industries.


Xiaodong collaborates with Fangyuan, Codelco, Baosteel, Shougang, Rio Tinto, HBIS, Pansteel, Monash University, and Jiangxi University of Science and Technology.

At UQ, Xiaodong collaborates with other groups in the School of Chemical Engineering and School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering.


Xiaodong is currently leading several projects worth a total of over AUD2.3 million.