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Dr Tuquabo Tesfamichael
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Engineering,
School of Mech., Medical & Process Engineering
Discipline *
Materials Engineering, Nanotechnology, Condensed Matter Physics
+61 7 3138 1988
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Dr. Solid State Physics (Uppsala University)

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Materials Australia


Thin Film Technology, Nanomaterials, Metal Oxide Gas Sensors, Pervoskite Solar Cells, Thin Film Characterization

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Tuquabo Tesfamichael  has worked at QUT since 2001 and was promoted to Senior Lecture in 2011 at the school of CPME.  He obtained his Ph.D. from Uppsala University  (Sweden) in 2000 following by a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at QUT (Australia) between 2001-03.  In 2003 he was employed as  a lecture at the same university (QUT). Dr. Tesfamichael’s activities are focused on both teaching and research including service to the community. Dr Tesfamichael has gained extensive teaching and research experiences and obtained a number of competitive research grants.

Key research interests in science and engineering include:

  • Thin film technology,
  • Nanostructured materials and nanotechnology,
  • Metal oxide thin film gas sensors,
  • Perovskite solar cells,
  • ReRAM,
  • Atmospheric plasma deposition.

In the  last 10 years, he  has over $600,000 in research grants and awards. He published over 40 research journal articles with over 380 citations and i10-index 16 (or h-index 13) (Google Scholar). Some of his selected grants and awards include:

  • National and International Research Alliances Program (Smart Futures Fund)- NIRAP (2010-12).
  • AINSE Research Grants (2003-present)
  • ARC Discovery Grant (2006-08)
  • Japanese Sociality for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship (2007, 2013)
  • Country Energy (OCS) Temperature Increases in Water Pipes (2007)
  • Sustainable Technologies Australia Limited (2005)
  • Dyesol Pty Ltd (2005)
  • QUT ARC Linkage – Projects Incentive Scheme (2004)
  • QUT Strategic Collaborative Program Grant Scheme (2003)
  • QUT Research Encouragement Award Scheme (2003)

Dr Tesfamichael has international recognitions in his research career and has research collaboration with a number of universities and organisations including  ANU, RMIT, ANSTO, Hokkaido University (Japan), Institute of Plasma Science and Technology (Germany), University of Bayreuth (Germany).

This information has been contributed by Dr Tuquabo Tesfamichael.


Teaching areas

  • Engineering materials
  • Materials and manufacturing
  • Advanced materials

Units currently teaching 

  • Engineering Materials units (first year undergraduate unit-ENB110):

All engineers need to be aware of and apply the principles and processes that determine the interactions between the components of physical systems, including the properties of certain key materials from which those systems are made. This knowledge will help you to understand how major infrastructure systems (e.g. bridges, skyscrapers, roads, factories), mechanical systems (e.g. engines, turbines, pumps, vehicles), and electrical systems (e.g. power stations, transmission lines, motors) are designed and built. ENB110 is one of four first year units covering fundamental engineering principles you will need in your profession.

  • Materials and Manufacturing unit (second year undergraduate unit-ENB231):

Engineers need to possess an understanding of the fundamental relationships between the microstructure and mechanical properties of different engineering materials in order to deliver robust designs and/or manufacturing methods. ENB231 extends the introductory unit of ENB110 to introduce the deformation of materials at the micro-scale and how certain mechanical properties can be tailored to facilitate easy manufacturing. This knowledge along with a range of manufacturing processing (bulk material deformation) is an important tool for graduate engineers in evolving a robust design process. This unit will also become the platform to understand the more complex deformation mechanics and material removal processes which will be studied in ENB331.

  • Materials and Manufacturing unit (third year undergraduate unit-ENB331):

This unit builds on the formative body of knowledge you have acquired in ENB231 on the role of materials in terms of the design processes and material selection to entail the manufacturing of different types of materials for various applications. ENB331 helps you take a closer look at the material removal mechanisms, mechanics of metal cutting and failure of materials which are important to graduate engineers in making numerous shopfloor decisions.

  • Advanced Materials and Engineering Application (master/postgraduate unit-ENN531):

Design, material selection and processing play a vital role in developing products and structures. This unit is designed to introduce the recent development of advanced materials and their potential applications. The advances in characterization and microanalysis techniques will be also covered. The unit teaches the inter-relationships amongst the microstructure, properties and processing so that the fundamental principle of structure-property relationship and materials selection can be understood. The unit also provides students an opportunity to apply the knowledge to analyse a typical material problem through project work and use of state-of-the-art material selection software.

This information has been contributed by Dr Tuquabo Tesfamichael.


External collaborations

University (International)

  • Hokkaido University, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, Japan.
  • Uppsala University, Department of Engineering Sciences, Sweden.
This information has been contributed by Dr Tuquabo Tesfamichael.


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