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 was named in the list of Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers in the category of Materials Science in 2014-16.

Recent publications

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Cheng C, Jiang G, Garvey CJ, Wang Y, Simon GP, Liu Z, Li D. Ion transport in complex layered graphene-based membranes with tuneable interlayer spacing. SCIENCE ADVANCES. American Association for the Advancement of Science. 2016, Vol. 2, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501272
  12. Yu P, Tian Z, Lowe SE, Song J, Ma Z, Wang X, Han ZJ, Bao Q, Simon GP, Li D, Zhong YL. Mechanically-Assisted Electrochemical Production of Graphene Oxide. CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS. American Chemical Society. 2016, Vol. 28, Issue 22. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b04415
  13. Jiang G, Cheng C, Li D, Liu Z. Molecular dynamics simulations of the electric double layer capacitance of graphene electrodes in mono-valent aqueous electrolytes. NANO RESEARCH. Tsinghau University Press. 2016, Vol. 9, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1007/s12274-015-0978-5
  14. Lu J, Cheng C, He Y-S, Lyu C, Wang Y, Yu J, Qiu L, Zou D, Li D. Multilayered Graphene Hydrogel Membranes for Guided Bone Regeneration. ADVANCED MATERIALS. Wiley-VCH. 2016, Vol. 28, Issue 21. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201505375
  15. Li C, Qiu L, Zhang B, Li D, Liu C-Y. Robust Vacuum-/Air-Dried Graphene Aerogels and Fast Recoverable Shape-Memory Hybrid Foams. ADVANCED MATERIALS. Wiley-VCH. 2016, Vol. 28, Issue 7. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201504317

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