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Mark Easton

Mark Easton

Adjunct Fellow

He worked as a research assistant with the Department of Mining, Minerals and Materials Engineering, at the University of Queensland from September 1998- January 1999. From February to December 1999 he worked as a Research Engineer with Comalco Research and Technical Services, Thomastown, Victoria. From 2000-2004 he worked as a Research Engineer at Monash University with CRC for CAST Metals Manufacturing (CAST). From May to December 2004 he was seconded to the Leichtmetallkompenzzentrum Ranshofen (LKR) in Austria. From 2005 until present, he has been a Program Manager with the CAST Co-operative Research Centre based at Monash University. His management portfolio is diverse including light metals development related to structural and powertrain applications of metals in automotive industry, property and quality control in continuous casting and corrosion and surface protection. His research has focused mostly on the development of microstructure (particularly cast microstructure) and associated defects such as hot tearing, and the effect of this microstructure on properties including mechanical, creep and corrosion, particularly in aluminium and magnesium based alloys.
Dr. Easton completed his undergraduate education at Monash University in 1993 with a B.Sc. (majors in Applied Mathematics and Materials Science)/B.E. (First Class Honours) in Materials Engineering. From 1995-1998 he studied at the University of Queensland with the CRC for Alloy and Solidification Technology and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree on the 8th February, 1999. The thesis title was: Grain Refinement Mechanisms in Aluminium and its Alloys and the Effect of Grain Refinement on Castability.


  • 1. Birbilis, N., M.K. Cavanaugh, A.D. Sudholz, S. Zhu, M.A. Easton, and M.A. Gibson, A combined neural network and mechanistic approach for the prediction of corrosion rate and yield strength of magnesium-rare earth alloys. Corrosion Science, 2011. 53(1): p. 168-176. 2. Grbner, J., A. Kozlov, R. Schmid-Fetzer, M.A. Easton, S. Zhu, M.A. Gibson, and J.F. Nie, Thermodynamic analysis of as-cast and heat-treated microstructures of MgCeNd alloys. Acta Materialia, 2011. 59(2): p. 613-622. 3.Qian, M., P. Cao, M.A. Easton, S.D. McDonnald, and D.H. StJohn, An analytical model for constitutional supercooling-driven grain formation and grain size prediction. Acta Materialia, 2010. 58: p. 3262-3270. 4.Zhu, S.M., M.A. Gibson, M.A. Easton, and J.F. Nie, The relationship between microstructure and creep resistance in die-cast magnesium-rare earth alloys. Scripta Materialia, 2010. 63(7), pp. 698-703. 5.Easton, M.A., C.J. Davidson, and D.H. StJohn, Effect of Alloy Composition on the Dendrite Arm Spacing of Multicomponent Aluminum Alloys. Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A, 2010. 41A(6): p. 1528-1538. 6.Strobel, K., M.A. Easton, V. Tyagi, M.T. Murray, M.A. Gibson, G. Savage, and T. Abbott, Evaluation of the Castability of High Pressure Die Cast Magnesium Based Alloys. International Journal of Cast Metals Research, 2010. 23(2): p. 81-91. 7.A. V. Nagasekhar, M. A. Easton, and C. H. Cceres: 'Solute content and the grain structure of high pressure die cast magnesium-aluminium alloys', Adv. Engng. Mater., 2009, 11(11), 912-919. 8.M. Dargusch, M. A. Easton, S. M. Zhu, and G. Wang: 'Elevated temperature mechanical properties and microstructures of high pressure die cast magnesium AZ91 alloy cast with different section thicknesses', Mater. Sci. Engng. A, 2009, 523, 282-288. 9.S. M. Zhu, M. A. Gibson, M. A. Easton, J. F. Nie, and G. L. Dunlop: 'Primary Creep of Die-Cast MagnesiumRare Earth Based Alloys', Metall. Mater. Trans. A, 2009, 40(9), 2036-2041. 10.T.L. Chia, M.A. Easton, S.M. Zhu, M.A. Gibson, N. Birbilis, and J.F. Nie, The effect of alloy composition on the microstructure and tensile properties of binary Mg-rare earth alloys, Intermetallics, 17, (2009), 481-490.


Primary supervisor
Katharina Strobel - The Role of Intermetallics and Dispersoids on the Properties of 6000 Series Alloys
Leena Melag - Grain Refinement of Cast Al alloy
Darren Gandel - Corrosion Resistant Alloy Design
Serge Gavras - Effects of Heat Treatments on Microstructures and Properties of High Pressure Die Cast Magnesium Alloys
Kun Yang - Properties of high pressure die cast Mg alloys (UQ)
Feng Wang - Role of the peritectic in grain refinement (UQ)

Professional Association:

Member of Materials Australia and the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society.

Research Interests:

  • Light Metals, particularly Aluminium and Magnesium alloys, Solidification and Casting and the relationship between cast and heat treated microstructure and mechanical properties.