Professor Dan Li

  • Room: Level: 03 Room: 320A
  • Building: Chemical Engineering #1
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Colloidal processing of advanced materials
  • Electrochemical energy materials and devices (e.g. supercapacitors, batteries and fuel cells)
  • Flexible electronics
  • Graphene-based materials and related atomically thin materials
  • Materials systems engineering
  • Nanoionics and nanofluidics
  • New ion separation technologies such as capacitive deionization


Professor Dan Li is an Australian Laureate Fellow in materials science and engineering at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He received his PhD degree in Materials Physics and Chemistry from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in 1999. After several years as a Research Fellow at Nanjing University of Science and Technology, University of Washington, University of California Los Angles, and University of Wollongong, he joined Monash University as an associate professor in 2008 and was promoted to full professor in 2012. He was a foundation co-director of Monash Centre for Atomically Thin Materials (2015-2017). He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Melbourne in 2017. Prof. Li received the ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship in 2006, the Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Award (Engineering and Technology) in 2010, ARC Future Fellowship in 2011, ARC Laureate Fellowship in 2018. He was named in the list of Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers. Currently he is a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts.

Recent publications

  1. Xiong Z, Yun X, Qiu L, Sun Y, Tang B, He Z, Xiao J, Chung D, Tuck WN, Yan H, Zhang R, Wang X, Li D. A Dynamic Graphene Oxide Network Enables Spray Printing of Colloidal Gels for High-Performance Micro-Supercapacitors. ADVANCED MATERIALS. Wiley-VCH. 2019, Vol. 31, Issue 16. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201804434
  2. Yu P, Xiong Z, Zhan H, Xie K, Zhong YL, Simon GP, Li D. Electrochemically-derived graphene oxide membranes with high stability and superior ionic sieving. CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2019, Vol. 55, Issue 28. DOI: 10.1039/c8cc09970g
  3. Jiang G, Wang P, Cheng C, Li D, Liu Z. An equivalent 1D nanochannel model to describe ion transport in multilayered graphene membranes. Progress in Natural Science. Elsevier. 2018, Vol. 28, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1016/j.pnsc.2018.02.009
  4. Zhang K, Yang X, Li D. Engineering graphene for high-performance supercapacitors: Enabling role of colloidal chemistry. JOURNAL OF ENERGY CHEMISTRY. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 27, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1016/j.jechem.2017.11.027
  5. Zhang M, Cheng C, Simon GP, Li D. Ion-Transport Experiments to Probe the Nanostructure of Graphene/Polymer Membranes. Small Methods. 2018, Vol. 2, Issue 10. DOI: 10.1002/smtd.201800187
  6. Cheng C, Jiang G, Simon GP, Liu Z, Li D. Low-voltage electrostatic modulation of ion diffusion through layered graphene-based nanoporous membranes. NATURE NANOTECHNOLOGY. Nature Publishing Group. 2018, Vol. 13, Issue 8. DOI: 10.1038/s41565-018-0181-4
  7. Qiu L, He Z, Li D. Multifunctional Cellular Materials Based on 2D Nanomaterials: Prospects and Challenges. ADVANCED MATERIALS. Wiley-VCH. 2018, Vol. 30, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201704850
  8. Qiu L, Li D, Cheng H-M. Structural Control of Graphene-Based Materials for Unprecedented Performance. ACS NANO. American Chemical Society. 2018, Vol. 12, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b03792
  9. Petersen SV, Qiu L, Li D. Controlled Gelation of Graphene Towards Unprecedented Superstructures. CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL. Wiley-VCH. 2017, Vol. 23, Issue 54. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201703121
  10. Coskun MB, Qiu L, Arefin MS, Neild A, Yuce M, Li D, Alan T. Detecting Subtle Vibrations Using Graphene-Based Cellular Elastomers. ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES. American Chemical Society. 2017, Vol. 9, Issue 13. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b01207
  11. Qiu L, Huang B, He Z, Wang Y, Tian Z, Liu Z, Wang K, Song J, Gengenbach TR, Li D. Extremely Low Density and Super-Compressible Graphene Cellular Materials. ADVANCED MATERIALS. Wiley-VCH. 2017, Vol. 29, Issue 36. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201701553
  12. Tian Z, Yu P, Lowe SE, Pandolfo AG, Gengenbach TR, Nairn KM, Song J, Wang X, Zhong YL, Li D. Facile electrochemical approach for the production of graphite oxide with tunable chemistry. CARBON. Pergamon-Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 112. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2016.10.098
  13. Sun J, Xie X, Bi H, Jia H, Zhu C, Wan N, Huang J, Nie M, Li D, Sun L. Solution-assisted ultrafast transfer of graphene-based thin films for solar cells and humidity sensors. NANOTECHNOLOGY. IOP Publishing. 2017, Vol. 28, Issue 13. DOI: 10.1088/1361-6528/aa5e68
  14. Li D, Qiu L. Super-carbon spring: a biomimetic design. SCIENCE CHINA-MATERIALS. Zhongguo Kexue Zazhishe. 2017, Vol. 60, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1007/s40843-016-5164-4
  15. Ren J, Zheng X, Tian Z, Li D, Wang P, Jia B. Giant third-order nonlinearity from low-loss electrochemical graphene oxide film with a high power stability. APPLIED PHYSICS LETTERS. American Institute of Physics. 2016, Vol. 109, Issue 22. DOI: 10.1063/1.4969068

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