Associate Professor MD Shahriar Hossain

Associate Professor

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 336 58214


Dr. Hossain is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering (SoMME) and has a joint appointment in the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) at The University of Queensland (UQ). He currently leads a medium size research group within the Australian Centre of Materials Nanotectonics where he is the Co-Director. Dr Hossain has extensive expertise in the area of Materials Science and Engineering and one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of applied superconductivity. He has extensive expertise in a research field in which he has 12 years of experience. His research career has strongly supported by a number of awards, including the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from ARC, Strategic Research Fellowship from Australian Academy of Sciences, Priming and Bridging grant award from Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, the Vice-Chancellor’s Emerging Researcher Excellence Award and Vice-Chancellor’s Excellent Industry Partnership Award from University of Wollongong (UOW). His innovative research at the intersection of materials science, magnetism and applied superconductivity has already resulted in the elegant and efficient design of magnetic and superconducting materials for a range of applications including MRI, power cables, fusion magnets and chemical biosensors. He has devised novel strategies based on underlying physics and chemistry to design highly efficient nano-engineered materials and engineering devices which exhibit significantly enhanced superconducting and electromagnetic properties compared to current commercial counterparts.

The existing and new collaboration with leading universities, government organization and industry within Australia and abroad, including UOW, ANSTO, CERN and MIT will strengthen Australia's research profile in the field and the involvement of Dr. Hossain’s long standing industry partner Hyper Tech Reseatch Inc will ensure practical applications in an industry context.

Research Impacts

Dr Hossain’s sustained research excellence is demonstrated through more than 200+ publications with over 8,000 citations (h-index 47; Google Scholar April. 2022), including high-impact publications in Nature Protocols (1) Nature Communications (1), Advanced Materials (1), Advanced Energy Materials (1), Trends in biochemical sciences (1), Materials Horizon (2), Angewandte Chemie (2). The growing impact of his research is evidenced by the rapid increase in his total citations (by ~500 every year since 2017); in 2020 alone, his research works have been cited ~2,000 times, which is exceptional in his field. According to Google Scholar, he is currently the top cited researcher in the field of magnesium diboride (MgB2) superconductor.

In recognition of his sustained, prolific and creative contributions, he has attracted significant national and international research funding totalling approximately $5 million from a range of sources, including the ARC (a DECRA Fellowship, a Discovery Project, two Linkage Projects in last six years), overseas government agencies, and leading industry partners.

Dr. Hossain has the proven leadership capability required to build the novel research capacity demanded by this transformative research program. He has been playing an important leadership role in initiating and pioneering new research directions/areas of superconducting fields since he started in his first research (PhD as APAI) position at UOW in 2006. During the last 10 years, he has started to grow a moderate sized research group, attracted funding from national and international competitive grants programs, developed research infrastructure, attracted high quality PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and invited eminent scientists from around the world. His research in superconducting material and their applications has attracted great attention from the national and international scientific community, which is evidenced by his large number of high impact publications and citations. In last five years, 8 higher degree research students have been graduated under his supervision in the field of applied superconductivity. In addition, he has attracted and trained 15 PhD students of the highest calibre and mentored more than 20 postdoctoral researchers in various research fields.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Wollongong


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