Dr Peter Richardson

Dr Peter Richardson

Research Associate

School of Engineering

Career Summary


After completing Bachelor degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Physics, I pursued a PhD topic which was a combination of the two, focusing largely on Materials Science. This work investigated the synthesis behaviour and characterisation of high-performance ceramic materials, intended for use in extreme environments.

Following the submission of my PhD thesis, I started a post-doc research role in the field of marine corrosion of metals. In this work, I pay particular attention to the characterisation of marine corrosion products under various environmental conditions. This is performed in parallel with more conventional analysis such as determining corrosion rates associated with the various environments via sample mass loss and corrosion pit depth measurements. Ultimately, this research provides crucial information to industry in relation to predicting the lifetime of components as limited by failure due to corrosion.


  • PhD (Mechanical Engineering), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Newcastle


  • Ceramics
  • Corrosion
  • Materials Science
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Rietveld Refinement
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • X-ray Diffraction

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
340305 Physical properties of materials 40
401601 Ceramics 30
401607 Metals and alloy materials 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Research Associate University of Newcastle
School of Engineering
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
School of Engineering



Year Award
2020 Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Postgraduate Research Prize in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
The University of Newcastle
2020 Faculty of Science Best HDR Publication (Co-first author)
The University of Newcastle
2017 Daniel Clark Award
The University of Newcastle


Code Course Role Duration
MECH2450 Engineering Computations 2
The University of Newcastle
Lab demonstrator 16/7/2018 - 29/10/2018
MECH3400 Materials Science and Engineering 2
The University of Newcastle
Tutor 28/2/2019 - 15/6/2020
MECH2250 Materials Science and Engineering 1
The University of Newcastle
Tutor, Lecturer 16/7/2018 - 28/10/2019
MECH3750 Applied Engineering Thermodynamics
The University of Newcastle
Tutor 28/2/2018 - 14/6/2018


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Merz J, Richardson P, Cuskelly D, 'Formation of Mn2AlB2 by induction-assisted self-propagating high-temperature synthesis', Open Ceramics, 8 100190-100190 (2021)
DOI 10.1016/j.oceram.2021.100190
Co-authors Dylan Cuskelly
2021 Richardson PJ, Keast VJ, Cuskelly DT, Kisi EH, 'Theoretical and experimental investigation of the W-Al-B and Mo-Al-B systems to approach bulk WAlB synthesis', JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN CERAMIC SOCIETY, 41 1859-1868 (2021) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2020.10.066
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Vicki Keast, Erich Kisi, Dylan Cuskelly
2021 Richardson P, Cuskelly D, Brandt M, Kisi E, 'Effects of furnace annealing on in situ reacted Ti2AlC MAX phase composite coatings deposited by laser cladding', SURFACE & COATINGS TECHNOLOGY, 405 (2021) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2020.126597
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Erich Kisi, Dylan Cuskelly
2021 Tegg L, Cuskelly D, Studer AJ, Richardson P, Kisi E, Keast VJ, 'Intermediate Phases and Reaction Kinetics of the Furnace-Assisted Synthesis of Sodium Tungsten Bronze Nanoparticles', The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 125 8185-8194 (2021) [C1]
DOI 10.1021/acs.jpcc.1c00161
Co-authors Vicki Keast, Dylan Cuskelly, Erich Kisi
2020 Fu Y, Richardson P, Li K, Yu H, Yu B, Donne S, et al., 'Transition Metal Aluminum Boride as a New Candidate for Ambient-Condition Electrochemical Ammonia Synthesis', Nano-Micro Letters, 12 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s40820-020-0400-z
Citations Scopus - 20Web of Science - 22
Co-authors Erich Kisi, Scott Donne
2020 Zhang H, Kim JY, Su R, Richardson P, Xi J, Kisi E, et al., 'Defect behavior and radiation tolerance of MAB phases (MoAlB and Fe2AlB2) with comparison to MAX phases', Acta Materialia, 196 505-515 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.actamat.2020.07.002
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5
Co-authors Erich Kisi, John Oconnor
2020 Richardson P, Cuskelly D, Brandt M, Kisi E, 'Microstructural analysis of in-situ reacted Ti2AlC MAX phase composite coating by laser cladding', Surface and Coatings Technology, 385 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2020.125360
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6
Co-authors Dylan Cuskelly, Erich Kisi
2019 Reed S, Sugo H, Kisi E, Richardson P, 'Extended thermal cycling of miscibility gap alloy high temperature thermal storage materials', Solar Energy, 185 333-340 (2019) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.solener.2019.04.075
Citations Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8
Co-authors Erich Kisi
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Grants and Funding


Number of grants 2
Total funding $42,360

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20211 grants / $15,000

Ambient Catalytic Activity of MAB Phases and Binary Metal Composites$15,000

Funding body: MGA Thermal Pty Ltd

Funding body MGA Thermal Pty Ltd
Project Team Doctor Peter Richardson, Professor Eric Kennedy, Professor Erich Kisi, Mr Anthony Rawson, Professor Michael Stockenhuber
Scheme Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2021
GNo G2101023
Type Of Funding C3100 – Aust For Profit
Category 3100

20191 grants / $27,360

In-situ study into high-temperature synthesis of plasmonic sodium tungsten bronze nanoparticles$27,360

Funding body: ANSTO

Funding body ANSTO
Project Team

Levi Tegg, Dylan Cuskelly, Andrew Studer, Peter Richardson, Erich Kisi, Vicki Keast

Scheme ACNS Beamline Application
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
Type Of Funding Not Known
Category UNKN

Research Supervision

Number of supervisions


Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2020 PhD Synthesis and Characterisation of the MAB Phases by Induction Heating PhD (Mechanical Engineering), College of Engineering, Science and Environment, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Dr Peter Richardson


Research Associate
Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability
School of Engineering
College of Engineering, Science and Environment

Casual Academic
Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability
School of Engineering
College of Engineering, Science and Environment

Casual Academic
Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability
School of Engineering
College of Engineering, Science and Environment

Contact Details

Email peter.j.richardson@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4985 4495


Room ES339
Building Engineering Science (ES)
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308