TEAM MEMBERS

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

If interested, please contact at sam.chen@newcastle.edu.au

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.

Sofia Lazareva (PhD student)

Research Interest: 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. 

Current Research Interest: C60-based artificial carbon materials

Aliyu Salisu (PhD student)

Research Interest: materials for energy applications

Dan Villamanca (Research Assistant)

Research Interest: F-diamane, diamond, fullerenes 

Angus Munday (Research Assistant)

Research Interest: graphenic films, coal-derived carbon materials

Jack Hogan (Research Assistant)

Research Interest: fullerenes, graphene, van der Waals structures

Heath Bach (Research Assistant)

Research Interest: fullerenes, graphene, two-dimensional materials

Mohamed Magdi Abdelaziez Mohamed (Research Assistant)

Research Interest: shock reactions, electrochemistry

Alumni

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)