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


Dan Li is a professor 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, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research in 2012 and a Visiting Changjiang Chaired Professorship from the Ministry of Education, China in 2016. He has been named in the list of Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers in the category of Materials Science since 2014.

Recent publications

  1. 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: Materials International. 2018, Vol. 28, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1016/j.pnsc.2018.02.009
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Li J, Sun Y, Li D, Yang H, Zhang X, Lin B. Novel ternary composites reduced-graphene oxide/zine oxide/poly(p-phenylenediamine) for supercapacitor: Synthesis and properties. Journal of Alloys and Compounds. Elsevier BV. 2017, Vol. 708. DOI: 10.1016/j.jallcom.2017.03.062
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Guo R, Zhang S, Xiao M, Qian F, He Z, Li D, Zhang X, Li H, Yang X, Wang M, Chai R, Tang M. Accelerating bioelectric functional development of neural stem cells by graphene coupling: Implications for neural interfacing with conductive materials. Biomaterials. Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 106. DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2016.08.019
  12. 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
  13. Zhou K, Motamed S, Thouas GA, Bernard CC, Li D, Parkington HC, Coleman HA, Finkelstein D, Forsythe JS. Graphene Functionalized Scaffolds Reduce the Inflammatory Response and Supports Endogenous Neuroblast Migration when Implanted in the Adult Brain. PLOS ONE. Public Library of Science. 2016, Vol. 11, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0151589
  14. Wang X, Lu M, Qiu L, Huang H, Li D, Wang H, Cheng Y-B. Graphene/titanium carbide composites prepared by sol-gel infiltration and spark plasma sintering. CERAMICS INTERNATIONAL. Elsevier. 2016, Vol. 42, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1016/j.ceramint.2015.08.017
  15. Wang Y, Yang X, Pandolfo AG, Ding J, Li D. High-Rate and High-Volumetric Capacitance of Compact Graphene-Polyaniline Hydrogel Electrodes. ADVANCED ENERGY MATERIALS. Wiley - V C H Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. 2016, Vol. 6, Issue 11. DOI: 10.1002/aenm.201600185

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