Who we are

Monash University already has an established reputation in the field of atomically thin materials as well as closely related fields such as photovoltaics, water treatment, energy storage and biomedicine. Centre Directors Professor Michael Fuhrer and Professor Dan Li are recognised internationally for  their research in this field.

The Monash Centre for Atomically Thin Materials (MCATM) fosters collaboration among existing researchers at the university, bringing them together with those with expertise in atomically thin materials, as well as encouraging  partnerships with international partners and industry. It also provides a highly multidisciplinary environment to train early career researchers and students.

For more information on our researchers, materials we work with and why they are important for future advanced technologies, please visit the RESEARCH page. You are also welcome to download our recent annual report from the PRESENTATIONS page.


Michael FuhrerProfessor Michael S. Fuhrer

Professor Fuhrer is a recognised leader in the field of atomically thin electronic materials, including graphene, topological insulator bismuth selenide, and two-dimensional semiconductors such as molybdenum disulphide.

Professor Fuhrer is an ARC Laureate Fellow, Fellow of the American Physics Society, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He obtained his PhD  in 1998 from the University of California at Berkeley, and was previously Professor and Director of the Centre for  Nanophysics and Advanced Materials at the University of Maryland. His h-index is 44, and nine of his publications have been cited more than 500 times each.

Dan LiProfessor Dan Li

Professor Li's current research interests are centred on synthesis and multi-scale characterisation of graphene-based soft materials and their applications in energy storage and conversion, nanofluidics, bionics and environmental protection.

Professor Li is an ARC Future Fellow, former ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellow, and winner of the Scopus Young Researcher of the Year award in Engineering and Technology (2010). He is named in the list of 2014 Thomson Reuters' Highly Cited Researchers in the category of Materials Science. He received his  PhD in 1999 from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. He has an h-index of 45 and two of his articles are listed in Top 12 most cited paper in the field of Materials Science for 2004–14 (Thomson Reuters' Essential Science Indicators).

Centre Manager

Dr. Tich-Lam Nguyen

Dr. Tich-Lam Nguyen is the Research Centre Manager for the Monash Centre for Atomically Thin Materials. Tich-Lam holds a PhD in Chemistry from RMIT University and a Master of Management from the Melbourne Business School.

Tich-Lam manages MCATM's operations and the development of research and industry partnerships. She's responsible for the Centre's financial and operational effectiveness and the oversight of activities contributing to the development of its strategic goals.

Tich-Lam has 8 years research experience in nanoscience and nanotechnology. Her expertise includes synthesis and functionalisation of a range of nanocrystals including quantum dots, upconverters, magnetic and metal nanoparticles and their applications in optoelectronic devices, sensing and biolabelling.