We are ALWAYS seeking Honours, MPhil, MSc and PhD students, or visiting scholars! 

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Sam Chen (Team Leader)

Dr Chen was awarded a PhD in Chemistry in 2014 from the University of Western Australia (UWA) followed by a postdoctoral experience in the Centre for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Flinders University with Prof Colin L. Raston AO. From 2015, he worked as a Research Fellow with Prof Rodney S. Ruoff in the Institute of Basic Science (IBS) Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials (CMCM) at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST). Upon the receipt of ARC DECRA, he joined the School of Chemistry at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in 2017, establishing a research group working on ‘artificial materials’ through developing new synthesis strategies and applications of materials. In 2021, Dr Chen was appointed as a Lecturer in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at the University of Newcastle. He is currently a Senior Lecturer. 

Sofia Lazareva (PhD student)

Research Project: Highly porous materials for CO2 capture and conversion

Chengyi Liu (PhD student)

Chengyi completed his Bachelor's degree in a joint program between Beijing University of Chemical Technology and the University of Birmingham, where he cultivated a strong foundation in the field of nanomaterials and electrochemistry. Pursuing his Master's at Imperial College London, he developed a keen interest in the synthesis of carbon nanomaterials ('buckypaper'), along with their related applications in in-situ characterisation, particularly in EPR-electrochemistry. 

Research Project: Fullerene-based artificial carbon materials

Sadeepa Amarathunga (PhD student)

Sadeepa completed his Bachelor's degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, where he performed modeling the effect of the surface topology of the electrodes on the EDL capacitance. Then he pursued a Master's degree at the same university, working on synthesizing graphene oxide (GO) and reduced graphene oxide (RGO) for supercapacitor applications and investigating the structure, property, and performance relationship of GO and RGO through physical and electrochemical characterizations.

Research Project: Diamond synthesis

Joshua Oborn (PhD student)

Research Project: Spectroscopic investigation of quantum optical emitters in diamane.

Aliyu Salisu (PhD student)

Research Project: Carbon materials for energy applications

Asma Obaidallah S Alatawi (PhD student)

Research Project: Removal of dyes from synthetic wastewater by modified camel bone,

Daniel Vadseth (PhD student)

Research Project: Functional properties of novel 1D heterostructured materials.

Amanda Cameron (PhD student)

Research Project: Analysis of the Electrified Interface

Dan Villamanca (Honours student)

Research Project: Developing new diamond synthesis methods

Jack Hogan (Research student)

Research Interest: fullerenes, graphene, thin film transfer

Heath Bach (Research student)

Research Interest: fullerenes, graphene, two-dimensional materials

Mohamed Magdi Abdelaziez Mohamed (Research student)

Research Interest: Shock reactions, electrochemistry

Youp van Deurzen (Research student)

Research Interest: Chemical Vapour Deposition

Lachlan Hoffman (Research student)

Research Interest: MOFs for CO2 capture


Karin Ching (PhD)

Graphene-based membrane for water filtration and separation (2022)

Charles Guo (Honours)

Metal-catalysed formation of atomically-thin carbon films (2020)

Sicheng (Chase) Wu (Honours)

Microwave shock exfoliation of graphene fluoride for potassium-ion batteries (2019)