Dr Damon Kent

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Dr Damon Kent


Teaching areas

  • ENS281 Introduction to Sustainable Energy Systems
  • PHY311 Optics and Modern Physics

Research areas

  • net shape manufacturing and 3D printing
  • new β titanium alloys for biomedial and aerospace applications
  • powder metallurgy processing of aluminium alloys and composites
  • development of next generation endovascular stents
  • machining technologies


Dr Damon Kent is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering Sciences at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He is responsible for the development of teaching and research in the Mechanical Engineering program.

Damon has worked as a mechanical engineer in commercial manufacturing environments and has extensive experience in light metals research, primarily focused on characterisation of new materials, processes and manufacturing technologies. He is passionate about fostering strong links between teaching and research and believes discovery, problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity to be features shared by great research and inspiring learning environments. He was the recipient of Research awards in 2013 and 2014 from The University of Queensland to support his efforts to enhance teaching and learning through exposure of students to current research and modern learning practices.

He has a wide range of research interests and is particularly focussed on the application of design, new materials solutions and evolving direct manufacturing technologies to the biomedical field. He is an expert in materials characterisation techniques and has extensive experience in electron microscopy, x-ray analysis, mechanical property evaluation and other high-level materials characterisation technique.

Professional memberships

  • Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Society (AMMS)
  • Australian Research Network for Advanced Materials (ARNAM)


  • The University of Queensland - ResTeach Award (2013 & 2014)
  • The University of Queensland Midyear PHD Scholarship (2006)

Potential research projects for HDR and Honour students

  • Powder metallurgy processing of aluminium alloys
  • AI-AIN composites formed by direct nitridation of aluminium
  • Heat treatment and processing of titanium alloys

Research Grants

Smart Futures - Research Partnerships Program, Development of Next Generation Endovascular Grafts (2012).





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