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. 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’, particularly new carbon-based materials, through developing new synthesis strategies and applications of materials. In 2021, Dr Chen became a Lecturer in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at the University of Newcastle.

Angus Munday (Research Assistant)

Mr Munday is assisting on research projects investigating new methods to synthesise graphene-based materials including metal/heteroatom-doped graphene and graphene/clay hybrid materials.

Dan Villamanca (Research Assistant)

Mr Villamanca is focusing on research projects towards the experimental synthesis of two-dimensional diamonds and curved diamond(-like) nano-structures.


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)