2015 News

WHEN: 17 Dec 2015
WHAT: Prof. Dan Li named one of "2015 Highly Cited Researchers"
WHERE:Thomson Reuters.Click here to view the full list.

MCATM Co-director Dan Li once again made the list of Thomson Reuters' 2015 Highly Cited Researchers. Prof. Li's Nature Nanotechnology article on "Processable aqueous dispersions of graphene nanosheets " was cited 3962 times since 2008. His full publication list can be accessed at this link.

Prof. Li's research expertise is primarily in the area of graphene-based soft materials. His key research activities include developing scalable and cost effective techniques to convert natural graphite into solution-processable functionalised graphene for applications in energy storage, separation membranes and flexible electronics.

Click here to view his research group's capabilities.

WHEN: 16 Dec 2015
WHAT: MCATM has two new ARC Future Fellows!
WHERE: ARC Research Management System. Click here to view the full outcome report.

We congratulate two of our youngest members in MCATM for their recent Future Fellowship awards, announced today.

Dr. Augustin Schiffrin from Physics and Astronomy, an expert in experimental condensed matter and surface physics, nanoscience, ultrafast photonics and strong light-matter interactions. His total number of citations is 872 and a H-index of 15. Click here to view his research group's capabilities.

Dr. Schiffrin's proposal: To synthesise and characterise low-dimensional organic nanostructures, in which the atomic-scale morphology and electronic structure give rise to nontrivial topological electronic states. Successful design of organic materials with topological electronic states would pave the way for the development of new technologies in dissipation-less electronics, spintronics and quantum information processing, with the flexibility and efficiency that organic compounds can offer. The project plans to exploit metal atoms and organic molecules as building units in approaches of supramolecular chemistry applied on surfaces, to achieve structural and electronic control at the single atom level.

Dr. Qiaoliang Bao from Materials Science and Engineering, an expert in light-matter interactions in graphene adn development of novel two-dimensional materials-based optical sensing and detection platform. Dr. Bao's h-index is 38 and has over 80 peer-reviewed journal publications with a total number of citations over 6600. Click here to view his research group's capabilities.

Dr. Qiaoliang Bao's proposal: To engineer novel two-dimensional nanomaterials and demonstrate new approaches to fabricate optoelectronic devices with potential for light detection and solar light harvesting. The conversion from light signals to electric signals is the central topic in modern telecommunication and solar energy harvesting. By engineering the thinnest materials in the world, this project aims to develop high value-added devices with high power conversion efficiency for electronic and energy industries. Successful outcomes would enable exciting innovations in the related technology area.

WHEN: 20 Nov 2015
WHAT: We're on YouTube!
WHERE: MCATM YouTube Channel Click here to view our recent video recordings.

The Monash Centre for Atomically Thin Materials now has its very own YouTube Channel. What we currently have here are video recordings of some of our recent events. They include presentations and industry panel discussions from our Graphene Industry Engagement event in August and the Novoselov public lecture in October.

So, if you couldn't make it to the events but still want to know what took place, you can watch it at our YouTube Channel. Enjoy!

WHEN: 10 Nov 2015
WHAT: MCATM Member won AIPS Victorian Young Tall Poppy Science Awards
WHERE: Australian Institute of Policy and Science Click here to view report.

Dr. Qiaoliang Bao was one of four Monash researchers who won the 2015 Victorian Young Tall Poppy Science Award, administered by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science, AIPS.

Dr. Qiaoliang Bao's research interests include photonics and optoelectronic devices based on 2D materials including graphene, h-BN, layered transition metal dichalcogenides and topological insulators. His research program within MCATM is focused on developing graphene-based mode-locked laser and graphene broadband polariser.

Dr. Bao's h-index is 38 and has over 80 peer-reviewed journal publications with a total number of citations over 6600. Click here to view his research group's capabilities.

WHEN: 05 Nov 2015
WHAT: MCATM student received 2016 Endeavour Fellowship
Australian Government Department of Education and Training Click here to view article.

Mr. Samuel Martin, co-supervised by A/Prof. Mainak Majumder and A/Prof. Adrian Neild was awarded one of the Department of Education and Training's 2016 Endeavour Fellowships.

Sam graduated from Monash University with a Science / Engineering double degree specialising in mechatronics, theoretical physics and mathematics. His PhD project currently looks at the nanofluidic behaviour of carbon systems with a goal to develop biosensors. Sam will visit Prof. Lyderic Bocquet's Laboratoire de Physique Statisque at Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France to study nano-scale fluidic transport phenomena in 2D materials. Click here to view his expertise.

 WHEN: 05 Nov 2015
WHAT: MCATM Member highlighted for their successful Industry-Academia Long-term Collaboration
WHERE: Page 32, ARC Annual Report 2014-2015. Click here to view report.

A/Prof. Mainak Majumder and his team in the Monash NanoScale Science and Engineering Laboratory were highlighted for their long term research collaboration with a publicly owned mining company, Strategic Energy Resources Ltd.

Together, the team had successfully produced outcomes relevant to Industry through two ARC Linkage Projects grants since 2011. More significantly, this partnership has resulted in a new spin off to form a pilot plant facility for graphene production, Ionic Industries Ltd. Ionic is the first company in Australia that is focused on the commercialisation of graphene technologies. They are developing graphene-based applications in energy storage, nano filtration and water treatment.

 WHEN: 31 Oct 2015
MCATM in The Age - Innovation
The Age. Click here to view article.

Following his public lecture at Monash University, technology journalist Hannah Francis at Fairfax Media talked to Sir Kostya Novoselov.

"Australia is jostling for its position on this new frontier, with scientists countrywide researching application for graphene and new exploration of graphite deposits… Sir Novoselov told Fairfax: 'The only way you can compete is to maintain a healthy level of science in the country and then there is a good chance the next best technologies are going to be produced here'. "

 WHEN: 30 Oct 2015
WHAT: MCATM Members' ARC grant successes
WHERE: ARC Research Management System. Click here to view the full outcome report.

We congratulate the following members in their recent ARC grant successes, announced 30 Oct 2015.

Dr. Mark Edmonds: to address one of the most pressing concerns facing society today, the efficient generation, storage, transmission and use of energy.
Dr. Bent Weber: to explore novel approaches to device fabrication and functionality by atomic-level engineering of next generation electronic materials.
Dr. Asghar Habibnegad Korayem: to develop high performance concrete structures using 3D printing techniques. These structures are reinforced using multi-scale fibres.

Discovery Projects:
A/Prof. Wenhui Duan and team: to develop high-performance concrete materials by exploiting emerging nanotechnology
Dr. Alison Funston and team: to provide a 'toolkit' to understand and grow nanocrystal shapes to achieve desired optical properties.
A/Prof. John Forsythe and team: to develop a new way of fabricating microfluidic devices using light-degradable hydrogels as its core element.
Prof. Dan Li : to synthesise a new generation of extremely lightweight, superelastic yet mechanically robust graphene-based cellular materials.
Dr. Nikhil Medhekar and team: to develop magnesium-based batteries with higher capacities and longer lifetimes.
Dr. Meera Parish and team: to investigate the interplay between pairing (superfluidity) and pattern formation (eg stripes) in quasi-two-dimensional quantum systems.
Prof. Raman Singh and team: to develop a novel hybrid construction system using seawater, sea sand and industrial waste, together with fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) and stainless steel (SS), for use in civil engineering infrastructure in marine environments.

 WHEN: 26 Oct 2015
WHAT: MCATM in The Australian - National Affairs
WHERE: The Australian. Click here to view article. The full text version is also available here.

Following the official launch of MCATM, journalist Andrew Trouson at The Australian commented on Australia's R & D investment in graphene materials research.

"Monash is bringing together all of its research in atomically thin materials to encourage better cooperation between experimental scientists and application development engineers. MCATM offers a 'one-stop-shop' for industry collaboration… Monash is punching above its weight in the global graphene race and Australia can fall behind without appropriate R & D funding from the government. "

 WHEN: 26 Oct 2015
WHAT: The Monash Centre for Atomically Thin Materials officially launches
WHERE: Monash University. Click here to view our press release.

Monday 26th October is a significant day for MCATM! After months of preparation, the Centre is now officially launched with two key events.

This morning, MCATM welcomes 250 delegates from 22 countries for a 5 day conference on graphene and 2D materials.
In the afternoon, the Centre is honoured by the visit of Nobel Laureate Sir Kostya Novoselov to Monash University. Sir Kostya will give a public lecture on "Materials in Flatland " at 6pm.

WHEN: 22 Sep 2015
WHAT: High-Tech devices based on graphene oxide thin films developed in Prof. Dan Li's lab.
WHERE: Nature Communications Click here to view.

Researchers at Monash University and Swinburne University of Technology have developed an ultra thin graphene oxide lens that could "revolutionaries next generation devices". Stemmed from the Swinburne news room, this article has been re-posted by more than 40 online networks and blog sites.

Prof. Dan Li said "This work opens up a new high-tech application for graphene oxide and demonstrates how nanotechnology can add significant value to natural graphite."

WHEN: 26 Aug 2015
WHAT: MCATM featured in Monash Memo
WHERE: Monash University Weekly News Click here to view.

MCATM was recently featured in Monash University News & Events. The article introduced MCATM:

"A ground-breaking new centre at Monash is set to take materials research to a new level of granularity.... A joint initiative between the faculties of Science and Engineering, designed to become an international research hub based in the southern hemisphere."

MCATM directors Professors Michael Fuhrer and Dan Li talked about the significance of atomically thin material research and how the Centre can contribute to Australian manufacturing and mining industries.

WHEN: 28 Jul 2015
WHAT: The successful industry-academia collaboration was featured in The Australian
WHERE: The Australian Business Review Click here to view. This story was also published in Monash University News.

A joint venture between A/Prof. Mainak Majumder and his industry partner, Ionic Industries, was featured on The Australian Business Review. The article showcased a breakthrough in battery technology with graphene supercapacitors.

Lead Scientist of the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Laboratory at Monash, A/Prof. Majumder said: "The super­capacitors could store huge amounts of energy. Here, we have shown that when the size of the electrode ­becomes smaller, the amount of energy and power these supercapacitors can deliver per unit volume becomes exceedingly large."

WHEN: 16 May 2015
WHAT: MCATM Director Michael Fuhrer was interviewed by Robyn Williams
WHERE: ABC The Science Show Click here to listen.

Prof. Michael Fuhrer talked to Robyn Williams on ABC's prestigious Saturday lunchtime program, The Science Show. Here's how he was introduced:

"While Michael Fuhrer, Professor of Physics at Monash University wouldn't say no to a small sack of diamonds, which are carbon atoms arranged in a particular way, but he also likes his carbon in its two-dimensional form when just one atom thick. This is graphene. Two researchers, Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov at The University of Manchester received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2010 for their pioneering work on graphene. Michael Fuhrer describes his interest in graphene and some of its unique properties."

WHEN: 17 Feb 2015
WHAT: Dr. Rico Tabor's research featured on national newspaper news: The Australian
WHERE: The Australian News. Click here to view online. A pdf version is also available here.

"Magnets and a Nobel prize-winning wonder material could be used to overcome toxic overload in the world's waterways."

The Soft Materials and Colloids Chemistry group, led by Dr. Rico Tabor was featured in the national newspaper, for their work on reversible magnetic recovery of graphene oxide. PhD candidate Thomas McCoy demonstrated how these nanosheets could be used to soak up toxic metal ions in waterways.