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Dan Li

Dan Li

Professor, Materials Science and Engineering & ARC Future Fellow
+61 3 990 59673
Room 257, Building 82, Clayton Campus

Ph. D - University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, 1999
BSc, MS - Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China
ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellow, University of Wollongong (2006-2008)
Research Fellow, University of Washington/Philip Morris, USA (2005-2006)
California NanoSystems Institute/Hewlett-Packard Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Los Angeles, USA (2004-2005)
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington, USA (2002-2004)
Winner of the Scopus Young Researcher of the Year award in Engineering and Technology (2010)

Our recent research is centred on graphene-based materials. Graphene is a single layer of graphite. This two-dimensional carbon nanostructure exhibits extraordinary electrical, thermal, mechanical properties as well as extremely high specific surface area. Since 2006, we have been developing innovative concepts to address the key scientific/technical challenges relating to scalable synthesis, processing and assembly of graphene-related materials. We are particularly keen to use this exceptional carbon molecule to build up new graphene-based assemblies for a broad range of applications. Our mission is to develop new materials to address the great challenges that our society is facing, such as energy, water, health care and environmental protection.

Teaching Commitments:

  • MTE4597


  • Recent representative publications on graphene-based materials
  • Cheng, C. & Li, D*. Solvated graphenes: An emerging class of functional soft materials (invited review), Advanced Materials 25, 13-30 (2013). Yang, X., Cheng, C., Wang, Y. Qiu, L. & Li, D*, Liquid-mediated dense integration of graphene materials for compact capacitive energy storage, Science, 341, 534-537 (2013). Qiu, L., Liu, Z., Chang, S., Wu, Y. & Li, D* Biomimetic superelastic graphene-based cellular monoliths, Nature Communications 3, 1241, (2012). Li, D*., Muller, M. B., Gilje, S., Kaner, R. B. & Wallace, G. G*. Processable aqueous dispersions of graphene nanosheets. Nature Nanotechnology 3, 101-105 (2008). Li, D*. & Kaner, R. B* Graphene-based materials (Perspective). Science 320, 1170-1171 (2008). Lu, J.Y., He, Y.S., Cheng, C., Wang, Y., Qiu, L., Li, D.*, Zou, D.R.* Self-supporting graphene hydrogel film as an experimental platform to evaluate the potential of graphene for bone regeneration, Advanced Functional Materials, 23, 3494-3502 (2013). Zhu, J., Cheng, C. Yang, X.W., Wang, Y.F., Qiu, L. & Li, D*. Dynamic electrosorption analysis as an effective means to characterize the structure of bulk graphene assemblies, Chemistry-a European Journal, 19, 3082-3089 (2013). Wang, Y.F., Yang, X.W., Qiu, L. & Li, D.* Revisiting the capacitance of polyaniline by using graphene hydrogel film as a substrate: the importance of nano-architecturing, Energy and Environmental Science 6, 477-481 (2013). Qiu, L., Zhang, X. H., Yang, W. R., Wang, Y. F., Simon, G. P. & Li, D*. Controllable corrugation of chemically converted graphene sheets in water and potential application for nanofiltration. Chemical Communications, 47, 5810-5812. (2011). Yang, X. W., Qiu, L. Cheng, C. Wu, Y.Z. Ma, Z.F. & Li, D*. Ordered Gelation of Chemically Converted Graphene for Next-Generation Electroconductive Hydrogel Films. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 50, 7325-7328 (2011). Yang, X. W., Zhu, J. W., Qiu, L. & Li, D*. Bio-inspired effective prevention of restacking in multilayered graphene films: Towards the next generation of high-performance supercapacitors. Advanced Materials, 23, 2833-2838, (2011). Bei, F. L., Hou, X. L., Chang, S., Simon, G. G. & Li, D*. Interfacing colloidal graphene oxide sheets with gold nanoparticles. Chemistry: a European Journal, 17, 5958-5964, (2011). Qiu, L., Yang, X. W., Gou, X. L., Yang, W. R., Ma, Z. F., Wallace, G. G. & Li, D*. Dispersing Carbon Nanotubes with Graphene Oxide in Water and Synergistic Effects between Graphene Derivatives. Chemistry-a European Journal 16, 10653-10658 (2010). Chen, H., Muller, M. B., Gilmore, K. J., Wallace, G. G*. & Li, D*. Mechanically strong, electrically conductive, and biocompatible graphene paper. Advanced Materials 20, 3557 (2008).