Dr Mao Chen’s primary interests are thermodynamics and kinetics of high-temperature processing and pyrometallurgical extraction for ferrous, non-ferrous and advanced materials, and advanced refractory making and applications.


After completing an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at Central South University in 2008 in China, Mao started his PhD study in Metallurgical Engineering at UQ in 2009. He was awarded his PhD in 2013 and commenced working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UQ Chemical Engineering. Mao was promoted to Research Fellow in 2017.

Industry Engagement

Mao has more than a decade's experience in pyrometallurgical research. He has been involved in applied research in coppermaking, ironmaking, vanadium and titanium extraction and development of refractory for high-temperature processes for industry partners.


Mao collaborates with major coppermaking and ironmaking companies including Fangyuan, Codelco, Baosteel, Shougang, Rio Tinto, HBIS, and Pansteel.