Keynote Speakers


Marca Doeff
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Marca Doeff has been a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 1990 and is a member of the Electrochemical Technologies group (ECT) in the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division (ESDRD). She has worked on materials for electrochromics, lithium and sodium polymer batteries, lithium ion batteries, solid-state lithium batteries, and sodium ion batteries with aqueous or organic electrolytes.  This work has resulted in publication of approximately 135 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and extended abstracts as well as six patents.

Marca is currently the treasurer of the Battery Division. She has co-organized several symposia on batteries for the International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites (American Ceramics Society) and the Electrochemical Society including a recent one on room temperature sodium batteries.

Gao Liu
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dr. Gao Liu is a member of the Electrochemical Technologies Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
We combine synthetic polymer chemistry, composite engineering, and electrochemistry to solve the interdisciplinary problems in energy generation, storage, and usage. Our current research focuses on the lithium-ion battery and the advanced lithium battery system. We are the major contributor to the Exploratory Battery Materials Research (BMR) Program and Applied Battery Research (ABR) program of Vehicle Technologies Office of U.S. Department of Energy.

Kang Xu
Army Research Laboratory

Dr. Kang Xu, explained to the crowd of more than 100 leading experts from the local universities, government labs and industry that the ground forces reliance on energy in places beyond traditional grid access has led ARL scientists on a search for advanced battery chemistries that are beyond the expertise of government laboratories alone.

An expert in his own right, and best known in the field for his two comprehensive reviews on electrolyte materials, published at Chemical Reviews in 2004 and 2014, respectively, Xu asked the on-looking members of government, university and industry organizations for their help.

Kening Sun
Beijing Institute of Technology

Dr. Kening Sun is Professor and Dean of Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Environment, Beijing Institute of Technology. He graduated from Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) in 1985, and received his Master and Ph. D degree in 1988 and 1996 from HIT. He worked at Key laboratory of Surface Chemistry, Université Pierre et Marie Curie: Paris 6, Paris, France, in 1997. Dr. Sun is mainly working on solid oxide fuel cells, lithium ion batteries, lithium-air batteries, battery industrialization, supercapacitors, hydrogen storage materials, new system of green batteries, nanomaterials and nanotechnology, new catalyst and technology. He has been authorized 18 patents and published over 180 peer-reviewed papers on Adv. Mater., Adv. Funct. Mater., Chem. Mater., ACS Nano, J. Mater. Chem., Chem. Commun., etc. He has received several national awards, including National Science and Technology Progress Award (2nd class), Natural Science Progress Award, Heilongjiang Province (1nd class), Technology Innovation Progress Award, Heilongjiang Province (1nd class). 82students including Masters and PhDs have been graduated from his group.

Soojin Park
Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology(UNIST) 

Research Interests:
Fabrication of Block Copolymer Templates for Data Storage Applications, Long-Range Order of Block Copolymer    Thin Films, Preparation of Block Copolymer Templates for Solar Cell Devices, Structural Characterization of Polymer from X-ray Scattering,  and Rigorous HPLC Characterization and Morphology Study of Block Copolymer

Liu Bin
National University of Singapore

Bin Liu received his B.Eng. (1st Class Honors) and M.Eng. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the National University of Singapore, and obtained his Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Minnesota in 2011. Thereafter, he moved to University of California, Berkeley and worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Department of Chemistry during 2011 – 2012 before joining School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Nanyang Technological University as an Assistant Professor in 2012. His main research interests are electrocatalysis, photovoltaics and photoelectrochemistry.

Yuping Wu
Nanjing Tech University, Nanjing

Dr. Yuping Wu got his Ph. D. degree from Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China in 1997. Then he moved to Tsing hua University, Beijing, for postdoctor research.  From 1999 to 2001, he stayed in Waseda Universi ty, Tokyo, Japan as a visiting researcher. From 2001 to 2003, he stayed in Chemnitz University of Technology, Chemnitz, Germany as a Humboldt Fellow. In 2003, he came back to China as a full professor in Department of Chemistry, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. Since 1994, he has published over 150 papers on peer-reviewed journals such as Angew. Chem. Int. Edi., Prog. Mater.Sci., Chem. Mater., J. Mater. Chem. Electrochem. Commun., Carbon, and J. Power Sources. As a main author, he has contributed 4 monographs on lithium batteries in Chinese and the sale is above 20,000 copies. In December, 2003 he won “Star of the Century” from Fudan University. In July, 2004 he achieved “Rising Star” from Shanghai Committee of Science and Technology. In 2004, he was invited to act as an associate editor of Research Journal of Chemistry & Environment.  In April 2007 he joined the editorial advisory board of Electrochem. Commun. In 2009, he was invited to act as an associate editor of the e-Polymers Journal. In July, 2009, he achieved “Rising Star (Follow-up)” from Shanghai Committee of Science and Technology.

Maria Skyllas-Kazacos
The University of New South Wales

Maria Skyllas-Kazacos is a Professor in the School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering. Her research and professional interests include:
Metal Extraction and Molten Salts
Aluminium electrowinning from cryolite and alternative electrolytes. Aluminium plating from room temperature electrolytes. Advanced control in aluminium smelting. Vanadium extraction from fly-ash and spent catalysts.
Battery Research
Vanadium Redox-cell batteries for remote area and load levelling applications. Commercial prototype design and development. Field testing of vanadium battery in Solar House applications and electric golf cart. Redox fuel cells and batteries for electric vehicles.
Electrode Processes and Electrode Materials
Chronopotentiometry, cyclic voltammetry and rotating ring-disc voltammetry for study of mechanisms of electrode reactions at different electrode surfaces. Preparation and characterization of conductive polymers and conductive plastic composites. Electrode activation and modification.
Membranes for Electrochemical Systems
Membrane characterization for redox cell applications. Membrane modification

Sean Li
The University of New South Wales

Professor Sean Li is currently leading a research group, which consists of more than 40 researchers including 3 academics, 4 research fellows and 36 postgraduate students to work in the research areas of advanced multifunctional materials at UNSW.  Their research activities were/are funded by ~$20m from Australian Research Council, Australian Renewable Energy Agency, ANSTO, CSIRO and Industries etc, since 2005.   Professor Sen Li’s laboratory is equipped with a number of world-class research facilities, which are specially designed and fully geared towards the development of advanced multifunctional and energy materials with a total value of $8m.  It is one of the key research infrastructures in the University.  Professor Sean Li has published 2 textbooks, 1 edited book, 8 book chapters and more than 275 scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals.  He received the Global Star Award from American Ceramic Society in 2013.


Hongwei Han
Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Dr. Hongwei Han is Professor at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) and Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics (WNLO), and is now Deputy Director of the Michael Grätzel Center for Mesoscopic Solar Cells. Dr. Han obtained his bachelor degree from the College of Chemistry and Molecular Science in 2000 and his doctor degree from the School of Physics and Technology in 2005 at Wuhan University. And then, Dr. Han continued his research work at Monash University of Australia as postdoctor. Dr. Han joined HUST and WNLO in 2008 and began to establish his group of solar cells. Since 2000, Dr. Han has worked on the study of mesoscopic solar cells, his more than 40 SCI-indexed peer-reviewed papers have been published in the international journals such as Adv Funct Mater., Energy Environ Sci. et al. Moreover, two chapters in two professional books and 13 inventive patents have been issued. As an instructor, he instructed an institute team and won the highest prize in the first undergraduate optoelectronic design competition of China in 2009. His work monolithic solid-state mesoscopic solar cells exhibits promising application prospects and was regarded as “opens up a path to rapid commercial development of prochoice dye-sensitized solar cells”. Dr. Han devotes himself to the research and development of low-cost solar cells, aiming to make a contribution to the development of renewable energy.

Thomas Faunce
Australian National University

Professor Thomas Faunce is an expert in health law and nanotechnology regulation, as well as the impact on those areas of trade and investment agreements; areas where he has been awarded five Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery grants.

Thomas was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship to investigate how nanotechnology could help solve the great public health and environmental problems of our time. This has led him to research governance issues surrounding the globalisation of artificial photosynthesis to make every road, house and vehicle on the earth’s surface make renewable fuel and fertilizer. This is achieved by using sunlight to split water into hydrogen and oxygen while absorbing atmospheric nitrogen and carbon dioxide. His research here is focused on developing a Global Project on Artificial Photosynthesis to help promote environmental sustainability. Thomas has coordinated major international conferences on these themes.

Professor Faunce holds a joint position in the ANU College of Law and the ANU Medical School (where he chairs the Professionalism and Leadership Theme). He sits on the ANU central Research Ethics Committee and on the ACT Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal for health professional matters.


Adam Best
Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO

His core interests cover electrochemical energy storage with a particular emphasis on lithium metal batteries. Our research teams are focussed on developing novel electrolytes based on room temperature ionic liquids (molten salts that are liquid at room temperature) to enable high energy batteries such as Li-S and Li-Air. We are also developing electrolytes to enable high voltage cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries.

Their other area of interest is in wearable power. CSIRO has developed flexible batteries which could, ultimately, be able to be integrated into garments and apparel to power the next generation of electronics. We also have a large interest in energy harvesting as well.

Francesca Iacopi
University of Technology Sydney

Francesca Iacopi received her MSc in Physics from Roma I University, Italy (1996), and her PhD in E.E./Materials Science from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (2004).
Materials Scientist and Nanotechnology expert with nearly 20 years’ experience in semiconductor Industry and Academia, she is author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications and holder of 8 granted patents. She achieved international reputation for her contributions to the ITRS roadmap of materials and processes for advanced technologies across the area of devices, interconnects and packaging – particularly in the translation of basic scientific advances into manufacturable products.

Research Scientist at IMEC (Belgium) over 1999-2009, she then took up a year Guest Professorship at the University of Tokyo (Japan). In 2010-2011 she directed the Chip-Package Interaction strategy for GLOBALFOUNDRIES (Ca, USA), the world’s second -largest semiconductor foundry. At Griffith University she invented an in-situ process for self- aligned graphene on silicon, with applications in integrated micro-technologies, such as bio-compatible sensing and energy storage. In Oct 2016 she was appointed to Full Professor in the Faculty of Engineering & IT, University of Technology Sydney, with research focus on integrated systems for the Internet of Things.

Vanessa K. Peterson
Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology

Vanessa K. Peterson is Leader of Energy Materials Research Project at ANSTO. Her research interests include: 1. Expertise is in understanding materials function by relating atomic-scale structure and dynamics to material properties. 2. Structure/dynamics-property characterization using neutron and X-ray scattering including synchrotron/laboratory X-ray and neutron powder diffraction, Rietveld analysis, quasielastic neutron and inelastic scattering, as well as computational modelling methods. 3. Condensed matter materials of interest include porous coordination framework materials, energy-industry relevant materials such as batteries, gas-separation and storage materials, and fuel-cells, as well as cement.

Xiangdong Yao
Griffith University

Professor Xiangdong Yao`s research interests are:

  • Energy storage materials and nanotechnology
  • Amorphous and nano-materials
  • Computational modelling
  • Solidification/Casting
  • Light metals (Al and Mg alloys)
  • High temperature materials
  • Micro-structure property relationship


Deyang Qu
University of Wisconsin

Professor Qu’s researchers are focused on the research and development of renewable energy. The research areas covered are: Metal air, Supercapacitors, Fuel Cells, Lead Acid, Hydrogen Storage Materials and Alkaline Batteries
As the first Johnson Controls Endowed Chair, Professor Qu also leads the collaborations between University of Wisconsin and Johnson Controls partnering for the aligned and targeted research to improve and develop the next generation of car batteries; AND to develop curriculum and educate our engineering students for the talent pipeline development in order to support future skill set needs.

Ying (Ian) Chen
Deakin University

Professor Chen’s current research interests include:

  • Nanomaterials synthesis using ball milling and annealing and other methods
  • Structures and properties of nanotubes, nanowires, nanorods, nanoparticles and graphene
  • Boron nitride nanotubes for advanced composite, DUV light emission, and desalination pplications
  • Nano-batteries, super-capacitors and solar cells
    Bio and medical applications of nanomaterials


Lianzhou Wang
University of Queensland

Lianzhou Wang is currently Professor and ARC Future Fellow in School of Chemical Engineering and Director of Nanomaterials Centre, the University of Queensland. He received his PhD degree from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1999. Before joining UQ in 2004, he has worked at two leading national research institutions (NIMS and AIST) of Japan as a research fellow for five years. Since joining UQ, he has worked as ARC QEII Fellow (2006), Senior Lecturer (2007), Associate Professor (2010), and is now Professor (2012-) and ARC Future Fellow in School of Chemical Engineering. He is also the affiliated group leader of Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology.

In the past several years, as a Chief Investigator, he has succeeded in winning a large number of competitive research grants including 18 ARC grants, two CSIRO Flagship Cluster projects, one major Queensland Government fund, one CRC project and a number of UQ grants. Prof. Wang has contributed more than 230 original journal publications (including top ranking journals such as Chem Rev., Chem. Soc. Rev., Angew. Chem., Adv. Mater., J. Am Chem. Soc., etc.), 11 patents and delivered more than 60 plenary/keynote/invited talk at conferences/symposia. He is serving as Associate Editor of Journal of Nanoparticle Research and Science Bulletin. Prof. Wang has won some prestigious Fellowships/awards including STA Fellowship of Japan, ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship of Australia, UQ Research Excellence Award of 2008, Scopus Young Researcher Award of 2011 (for outstanding researchers under 40 yo, Engineering and Technology, Australian Universities), and ARC Future Fellow of 2012, and is an elected Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry.


San Ping Jiang
Curtin University

Professor San Ping Jiang`s Research Interests:

  • Electrochemistry, interfaces and solid state ionics;
  • Nanomaterials, meso- and nanostructured membranes and catalysts for fuel cells;
  • Solid oxide fuel cells, proton exchange membrane fuel cells, direct methanol fuel cells;
  • Electrochemical supercapacitors;
  • High temperature solid oxide electrolysis.


Jia-Zhao Wang
University of Wollongong

Research Interests

  • Materials and electrolytes for lithium-air batteries.
  • Materials and electrolytes for sodium batteries.
  • Materials and electrolytes for lithium batteries.
  • Materials and electrolytes for lead-acid batteries.
  • Materials and electrolytes for supercapacitors.
  • Conducting polymers and conducting polymer composite for batteries.
  • Free-standing materials preparation and flexible bendable batteries fabrication.

2004: ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Superconducting & Electronic Materials (ISEM), University of Wollongong, Australia
2003-2004: Associate Research Fellow, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Australia
1995-1997: Visiting Fellow, ISEM, UoW
1987-1993: Lecturer, Public Health College of Harbin, P.R. China
1983-1987: Associate Lecture, Health College of Harbin, P.R. China

Jun Chen
University of Wollongong

My doctoral studies dealt with the electrosynthesis of novel conducting polymers and their great potential application in energy conversion areas, such as hydrogen gas generation and photovoltaic devices. A range of novel conducting electroactive polymers had been synthesised and characterised in my PhD studies.
A new electrolytic cell system for hydrogen gas generation and a new solar cell system for photovoltaic applications had been devised.  Efficient photovoltaic coatings are being developed in collaboration with Massey University (New Zealand) and Newcastle University. Novel conducting polymers as hydrogen generator are being developed in collaboration with CSIRO (Division of Molecular Science). I have substantial experience in electrochemistry, conducting/multifunctional polymers, and solid-state devices, and have interests in sensors and ionic liquids.
Since 2004, I have undertaken fundamental studies into “Supported Molecular Catalysts for fuel cell applications.” This research has been supported by an ARC discovery project.  Recently we have developed our Novel Carbon Nanotube 3D Architectures for Electrochemical Devices and Bionics (Patent filed).  My major aim is to explore ‘The Synthesis and Charaterisation of novel Nanoelectromaterials in Catalytic and Bionic Applications’ with a collaboration of both internal and external research groups.

Huaiguo Xue
Yangzhou University

Prof. Huaiguo Xue received his Ph.D. degree in polymer chemistry and physics from Zhejiang University in 2002. He is currently a professor of physical chemistry and the dean of the College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Yangzhou University. His research interests focus on electrochemistry, energy conversion and storage, functional polymers and biosensors.


Chengyin Wang
Yangzhou University

Chengyin Wang is a professor in the college of chemistry and chemical engineering in Yangzhou University, and the director of testing center of Yangzhou university. He received his Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from Yangzhou university in 2008. His research interests focus on chemically modified electrodes fabrication using nano materials and their applications in pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis; fabrication of single nanoelectrodes and micro/nano electrode ensembles/arrays and their applications; study of tunable micro-structure surface properties of microporous thin films of copolymer self-assembly; ultrasensitive biochemical sensors; nanostructured functional materials, materials chemistry in energy storage and conversion. Over 100 English papers (SCI indexing) have been published in scientific journals.


Zaiping Guo
University of Wollongong

Dr. Zaiping Guo was awarded her PhD degree in Materials Science from the University of Wollongong in December 2003. She has made significant achievements in winning research grants from the ARC and commercial projects from industry. As the supervisor of 1 Postdoctoral Fellow, 8 PhD students, and 3 visiting Fellows, she is targeting their work on practical applications of various nanomaterials as electrode materials for lithium ion batteries and other energy storage or conversion technologies. she is particularly interested in ways to improve the performance and cycle life of these nanomaterials, identifying the specific physical and chemical properties that can be put to a particular practical use.

Dr. Guo has been involved with Electrochemistry, nanotechnology and materials science since 1993 and has extensive knowledge and experience in material preparation, physical and structural characterisation and electrochemical testing and modelling. She has established a research program in nanomaterials for different applications, such as lithium ion batteries, supercapacitors, hydrogen storage and fuel cells. Substantial research work has been done under her supervision on the synthesis of nanomaterials, properties characterization and testing, and investigation of the reaction mechanism of nanomaterials electrodes. For example, by combining nano-composition preparation, surface modification and/or element substitution techniques, she has significantly improved the electrochemical capacity and cycling stability of a number of electrode materials for lithium ion batteries. Through more than 10 years of intensive research at the University of Wollongong, a set of technologies has been well established.


John Zhu
University of Queensland

John Zhu is currently a Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering, UQ. He is also the inaugural Director of Carbon Energy Research Centre. He received his PhD in Chemical Engineering, UQ in 2002, then worked as a lecturer in Curtin University of Technology from 2002 to 2004. He moved back to UQ at the end of 2004 and has been working in the same school until present.  He is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships, including RK Murphy Medal 2013, Freehills Award IChemE 2011, runner up of Innovator of the Year Award International IChemE 2011, the University of Queensland Foundation Research Excellence Award 2007, an ARC Future Fellowship from 2013 to 2016, an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship from 2008 to 2012, an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship from 2003 – 2005. In May 2012, John Zhu’s long term collaborative research with Eden Energy was recognised by Thomson Reuters Innovation Award for Innovative Collaboration between the University of Queensland and Eden Energy.


Yong-sheng Hu
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Research interests focus on fundamental science of new energy materials and devices, including: 1) Energy storage and conversion devices (sodium ion batteries, lithium ion batteries, Lithium sulfur (Li-S) batteries, supercapacitors, etc.); 2) Nanoionics (transport, storage and reactivity of ions/electrons in nanoscale); 3) Integrated energy system based on solar energy devices and energy storage media.

Dr. Hu has published over 140 internationally refereed SCI publications. His papers have been cited over 10000 times according to ISI web of science with an H-index of 50. He also holds about 40 patents in nanostructured electrode materials for high-performance sodium- (lithium-) ion batteries. Thr referee for Nature Energy、Nature Commun.、Adv. Mater.、Adv. Energy Mater.、Adv. Funct. Mater.、Energy & Environ. Sci.、Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.、JACS、Nano Letters, Nano Energy, Energy Storage Materials, etc.


Qiang Xu
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan

Qiang Xu received his PhD degree in Physical Chemistry in 1994 at Osaka University, Japan. After one year working as a postdoctoral fellow at Osaka University, he started his career as a Research Scientist in Osaka National Research Institute in 1995. Currently, he is a Chief Senior Researcher at National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST, Japan), adjunct professor at Kobe University, and fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). He received Thomson Reuters Research Front Award in 2012. His research interests include porous materials and nanostructured materials and related functional applications, especially for clean energy. He has published more than 300 papers in refereed journals.


Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou
The University of New South Wales

A/Prof. Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou is leading the Material Energy Research Laboratory in nanoscale (MERLin). His research is focused on the physical-chemistry of light metals and their hydrides at the nano-scale. His research group is aiming at designing a first generation materials capable of storing at least 3 mass % of hydrogen in the next 10 years.  A/Prof. Aguey-Zinsou has over 12 years of research in the field of hydrogen technology. He his also developping novel technologies for the effective conversion of CO2 into synthetic fuels and the effective utilisation of ezymes to catalyse hydrogen based reaction in novel fuel cell systems. During the last 4 years, A/Prof. Aguey-Zinsou has secured over $3 million in grant funding and established a hydrogen research laboratory unique to the Australia scene. He has published extensively in high ranking journals and has strong links with industry.

Jungho Kim
Professor/ARC Future Fellow/Advanced Photovoltaic Materials Group Leader: Institute for Superconducting & Electronic Materials

Research Interests:

  • Synthesis of nanostructure materials
  • Hybrid solar cells
  • Lithium rechargeable batteries
  • Nanogenerators
  • High-temperature superconductors


Antonio Tricoli
Australian National University

Antonio Tricoli received his PhD from ETH Zurich in 2010 with his thesis “Gas sensitive nanostructured films by direct flame synthesis and deposition”. He then worked as a research fellow and lecturer at ETH Zurich focusing on the rapid synthesis of nanoparticle and nanowire layers for dye sensitized solar cells and non-invasive medical diagnostics. He joined the ANU in 2012 as research fellowunder the Future Engineering Research Leadership Fellowship. His current research focuses on several fields ofnanotechnology ranging from renewable energy production to non-invasive medical diagnostics, including: synthesis of novel nanostructures for energy production and storage, non-invasive medical diagnostics and functional coatings, and the engineering of novel dry processes for the synthesis of functional nanocomposites.

Wojciech Lipinski
Australian National University

Wojciech Lipiński received his MSc Eng degree from Warsaw University of Technology (2000), and doctorate (2004) and habilitation (2009) from ETH Zurich. He is Professor and the Leader of the Solar Thermal Group at the Australian National University, and Privatdozent at ETH Zurich. His research interests are in thermal and chemical sciences, optics, and applications to energy, environmental, biomedical and space engineering. Lipiński has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and contributed to several books, edited books and e-books. He was awarded the 2006 Hilti Award for Innovative Research from ETH Zurich, the College of Science and Engineering 2010–2011 Outstanding Professor Award from the University of Minnesota, and the 2013 Elsevier/JQSRT Raymond Viskanta Award in Radiative Transfer. Since 2011, he has served as the Associate Editor in Bioconversion and Solar Chemistry for the ASME Journal of Solar Energy Engineering. He is a member of the Scientific Council of the International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer, AIChE, ASME and several other professional societies.

Yun Liu
Research School of Chemsitry, the Australian National University

Professor Yun Liu (ARC Future Fellow) is Head of the Functional Materials Research Group, Research School of Chemistry, ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. Her group aims to use materials chemistry as a tool to design and develop novel functional materials for uses in electronic components, smart devices, energy conversion and storage. The main research direction is to explore the correlation between defect clusters, local structure and property of functional polar materials though various spectral techniques (e.g. ERS and XPS) and diffraction techniques (including electron diffraction, neutron diffraction and synchrotron radiation), and then to design new materials or further optimize/develop the materials with novel functions for uses in charge/energy storage, photocatalysis, solar cells, including traditional lead-free ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials for uses in sensors, actuators and transducers etc. She is also interested in the researches related to nanomaterials and 2D materials in both synthesis and characterisation.

Dan Li

Monash Centre for Atomically Thin Materials,  Monash University

Professor Li’s current research interests are centred on synthesis and multi-scale characterisation of graphene-based soft materials and their applications in energy storage and conversion, nanofluidics, bionics and environmental protection.
Professor Li is an ARC Future Fellow, former ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellow, and winner of the Scopus Young Researcher of the Year award in Engineering and Technology (2010). He is named in the list of 2014 Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers in the category of Materials Science. He received his  PhD in 1999 from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. He has an h-index of 45 and two of his articles are listed in Top 12 most cited paper in the field of Materials Science for 2004–14 (Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators).

Xiaogang Zhang
Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Dr. Xiaogang Zhang received his B.Chem. (1991) and M.Chem. (1994) from the Xinjiang University of China. He obtained his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from Lanzhou University of China in 2001. He is now a full professor of Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. As a corresponding author, he has published over 120 papers in journals, including four invited review papers on the subject of supercapacitors and lithium/sulfur battery. He also holds ten Chinese patents in nanostructured electrode materials for supercapacitors and lithium-ion batteries. His current research interests include the design and development of nanostructured composites and their applications in electrochemical energy conversion and storage.

Eddie Shanqing Zhang
Griffith University

Shanqing Zhang obtained his PhD degree in electrochemistry at Griffith University in 2001. Since then, Dr Zhang has been working on synthesis, modification, characterisation of nanostructured materials for sensing, energy conversion and energy storage devices. Dr. Zhang has developed a series of patented and commercialized nanotechnologies for environmental monitoring based on the functional nanomaterials. Prof. Zhang was awarded Australia Research Council Future Fellow in photo-electrocatalysis for 2009-2013.  Currently, Dr. Zhang is leading his group conducting research on synthesis of functional nanomaterials and functionalization of natural polymers for lithium ion batteries, sodium ion batteries and supercapacitors.

Lan Fu

The Australian National University

Dr. Lan Fu received MSc degree from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1996 and PhD degree from the Australia National University in 2001. Dr. Lan Fu is currently an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow at the Dept. of Electronic Materials Engineering, ANU. Dr. Lan Fu has published over 100 journal/conference papers, two book chapters and held two US patents. Dr. Lan Fu was the recipient of the prestigious IEEE Photonic Society Graduate Student Fellowship (2000), ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2002) and ARF/QEII Fellowship (2005). Dr. Lan Fu is a senior member of IEEE, IEEE/Photonics and EDS societies, and the Chapter Chair of the Nanotechnology Council of IEEE ACT Section. Dr. Lan Fu’s main research interests include design, fabrication and integration of optoelectronic devices (lasers and photodetectors) and high efficiency solar cells based on low dimensional III-V compound semiconductor structures including quantum wells, self-assembled quantum dots and nanowires grown by metalorganic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD).

Kostya (Ken) Ostrikov 
Queensland University of Technology

Kostya (Ken) Ostrikov is a CEO Science Leader, Australian Future Fellow of the ARC, CSIRO’s Chief Research Scientist in Plasma- and Nano- Technologies, and a Founding Leader of the Plasma Nanoscience Center Australia at CSIRO Manufacturing Flagship, Professor of Nanotechnology and Molecular Science at of Queensland University of Technology, as well as universities nationally and internationally. His research interests are in advanced plasma treatments and nanomaterials for diverse energy, environment, electronics, optoelectronics and biomedical applications.

Xiaolin Wang
Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, University of Wollongong

Xiaolin Wang (ARC Future Fellow Level 3) received his PhD in Materials Engineering, University of Wollongong, Australia, in 2000. He is Associate Director (Research) & Professor of Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials. He is also the co-ordinator of “Spintronic and Electronic Materials” in ISEM. His research interests include superconductor, electromagnetics, thermoelectric and Spintronic materials. He has published more than 300 papers in Materials, Phys. Rev. Lett. , Advanced Material, Apple. Phys. Lett. , and  Phys. Rev. B.

Chuan Zhao
School of Chemistry, The University of New South Wales

Professor Zhao’s research interest focuses on developing nanoelectrochemistry technologies, and discovering novel nanomaterials, and their implications for clean energy and biomedicine applications. We are also interested in ionic liquids chemistry and their applicaitons for electrochemical energy conversion and storage. We are exploring these new electrode and electrolyte materials for electrocatalysis and applications in water splitting for generation of hydrogen fuel, oxygen reduction for fuel cells and lithium-air batteries, and gas sensors.