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Prof. Wenjiang DING, Member of CAE

Office:Room 217, Building B, SMSE

Other Professions

Director of Shanghai Scientific Education Development Foundation;Deputy Director of China Magnesium Association;Member of the Standing Council of the Chinese Materials Research Society;Director of the National Engineering Research Centre for Light Alloy Precision Forming;Director of Centre of Hydrogen Science, SJTU.


For 35 years, Wenjiang DING (MCAE) has dedicated himself to research into advanced magnesium-based alloy materials and its precision forming, and to a systematic research into the combination of magnesium and rare earth. The research has formed Chinese characteristics. He is a trailblazer in applying degradable magnesium alloy to biomaterials, developing the state-of-the-art prototype of bone implants and cardiovascular stents at an international level. Ding and his team broke the scientific taboo and created a series of new high-strength magnesium alloy materials, thus winning an international say in magnesium alloy and ushering in a new era of lightweight magnesium.

In 2000, Ding founded the National Engineering Centre (NEC) where a R&D team of more than 300 people was formed. Benign interaction between fundamental research, application and development, engineering and technology transfer has since been realised. The NEC won national awards twice and the NEC’s 20-year Major Achievement Award. Having engaged in the application and R&D of hydrogen science, especially of solid magnesium-based materials for hydrogen storage for over 10 years, Ding established the Centre of Hydrogen Science of SJTU in 2019, which is the first institute committed to research into areas such as hydrogen energy, hydrogen medicine and hydrogen agriculture.

in 2013, Ding was elected a Member of the Chinese Academy of Science So far, he has published more than 600 SCI papers in the area (three out of which were ranked ESI Highly Cited Papers over the past 10 years) and owned nearly 200 patents of invention. As the primary award winner, Ding won the second prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award, the second prize of the National Technological Invention Award and the first prize of Shanghai Technological Invention Award. Additionally, he was also honoured with the National Outstanding Worker in Science and Technology.


Sep. 1975-July 1978

BSc Metal Forging, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Oct. 1978- March 1981

MSc Metal Forging, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University



Assistant Engineer, Shanghai Heavy Machinery Plant


Assistant Engineer, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

March 1981-Sep.1984

Teaching Assistant, Shanghai Jiao Tong University


Lecturer, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

April 1986-Nov.1987

Visiting Fellow, Mitsubishi Aluminium Company


Associate Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University


Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University


Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University


Deputy Director, Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality


Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University


Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (MCAE)

Supervision Information

Having supervised myriad graduate students in a range of fields, including new type of magnesium alloys, new type of aluminium alloys, new type of carbon fibres and hydrogen science, Professor Ding (MCAE) would welcome enquiries from motivated graduate students and young scholars from across the world.

Research Interests

Lightweight and high-strength materials (including magnesium alloys, aluminium alloys and carbon fibres)Hydrogen science (including hydrogen energy, hydrogen medicine and hydrogen agriculture).

Current PhD Students

Danyang CHEN: The effect of hydrogen on adjusting clusters of small intestinal bacteria and alleviating senile dementia

Zhiyu CHANG: Research into the fundamentals and craftsmanship of semi-solid squeeze casting of magnesium alloys with high solid phase ratio

Tian XIE: Calculation and design of corrosion-resistance of magnesium alloys based on the first principles.

Pengfei YAN: Design and manufacturing of bipolar plates for ultra-light magnesium alloy fuel cells

Yun ZHENG: Research on modification of ZL205A alloys

Liyang WANG: Research into strengthening mechanism and deformation behaviour of a new iteration of casting heat-resistant Al-Ce alloy

Liang JIN: A study of interaction between biodegradable magnesium alloys and macrophages

Lingyang YUAN: Development and engineering application of non-heat-treated high-strength and high-toughness die-cast AlMgSi alloys for large thin-walled car body structure

Research Projects

Year Project Award
2017 High-Strength magnesium-rare earth alloy and its R&D for military use First prize of the National Defence Technology Invention Award
2015 Breakthrough in application of magnesium-rare earth alloy, medical bio-magnesium and magnesium-based energy materials Shanghai Science and Technology Contributor Award
2007 R&D of a new type of high-performance temperature-resistant Mg alloy and its application to automobiles First prize of Shanghai Technology Invention Award
2006 Craftsmanship of purifying aluminium liquid and manufacturing pressure-resistant aluminium alloy vessels Second prize of the National Technology Invention Award
2006 Research on high-strength Mg alloy and its application to national defence Second prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award
2003 Research into flame-retardant magnesium alloy and its key applied technology Second prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award
2001 Development of manufacturing technology for exterior shell of portable Mg alloy electronic products Second prize of Shanghai Science and Technology Progress Award
1988 Research on the application of ZLJD-1S alloy to the casting shell of XX torpedo Third prize of the National Science and Technology Progress Award for National Defence Only

Selected Publications


Ding, W., G. Yuan and Wang, Q. Science and Technology on Magnesium Alloy, Science Press. (2007).

Articles, Book Chapters, etc.

1. Ding W., Wu Y., Peng L., et al. Formation of 14H-type long period stacking ordered structure in the as-cast and solid-solution-treated Mg- Gd-Zn-Zr alloys. Journal of Materials Research, 24(5):1842-1854 (2009)

2. Ding W., Fu P., Peng L., et al. Study on the microstructure and mechanical property of high strength Mg-Nd-Zn-Zr alloy. Materials Science Forum, 546-549:433-436 (2007)

3. Ding W., Wu G., You B. et al., Effect of CeCl3-containing flux on microstructure and mechanical properties of Mg alloy containing Rare Earth. Materials Science Forum, 546-549:563-566 (2007).

4. Ding W., Jin L., Lin D. et al., Effects of second phase on the mechanical properties of Mg-Al-Zn alloy by equal channel angular extrusion. Materials Science Forum, 546-549:249-252 (2007).

5. Ding W., Wang X., Zeng X., et al. Cyclic oxidation behaviour of cerium implanted AZ31 magnesium alloys. Materials Letters,61(6):1429-1432 (2006)

6. Ding W., Li, D., Wang Q. and Li Q. Microstructure and mechanical properties of hot- rolled Mg-Zn-Nd-Zr alloys. Materials Science and Engineering A, 483–484:228-230 (2008)

7. Guo X., Ding W., Lu C., and Zhai C., et al. Influence of ultrasonic power on the structure and composition of anodizing coatings on Mg alloys. Surface and Coating Technology, 183(2-3):359-368 (2004)

8. Zeng X., Wang Q., Lü Y., Ding W., Lu C., Zhu Y., Zhai C., and Xu X. Study on ignition proof magnesium alloy by beryllium and rare earth addition. Scripta Materilia. 43(5):403-409 (2000)

9. Lü Y., Wang Q., Ding, W., et al. Fracture behaviour of AZ91 magnesium alloy., Materials Letters. 44(5):265-268 (2000).