A/Professor Qiaoliang Bao

A/Professor Qiaoliang Bao

Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering & ARC Future Fellow
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Room 250, 20 Research Way, Clayton

Qiaoliang Bao has over 150 peer-review publications in many prestigious journals such as Nature Photonics (1), Nature Chemistry (1), Nature Communications (4), Advanced Materials (6), Advanced Functional Materials (9), Light: Science and Applications (1), JACS (4), ACS Nano (14), 2D Materials (2), Nanoscale (4) and Chemistry of Materials (6). Overall citations ~15000, with an H-index of 50 (Google Scholar). 1 Book, 3 book chapters, 1 US patent and 50 international conference presentations.


  • BEng, Wuhan University of Technology
  • MEng, Wuhan University of Technology
  • Ph.D, Wuhan University


  • Guest editor of special issue, Optical Communications
  • Guest editor of special issue, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics of Quantum Electronics (JSTQE)
  • Editorial board member of npj 2D Materials and Applications (Nature Publishing Group)
  • Guest editor of special issue, Chinese Optics Letters

Research Projects

Current projects

ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-energy Electronics Technologies

Decreasing energy use is a grand challenge facing society. The ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low Energy Electronics Technologies addresses this challenge by realizing fundamentally new types of electronic conduction without resistance in solid-state systems at room temperature. Transport without resistance will be realized in topological insulators that conduct only along their edges, and in semiconductors that support superflow of electrons strongly coupled to photons. These pathways are enabled by the new science of atomically thin materials. Novel resistance-free electronic phenomena at room temperature will form the basis of integrated electronics technology with ultra-low energy consumption.

Graphene-based Optical Sensors for Construction Materials

To establish a versatile optical sensing platform based on graphene which will form a basis for extensive collaborations with t he best researchers in materials, chemistry, biology, environment and mining.

Nano infrared and sub micron Raman spectroscopy and imaging.

Near field infrared (IR) spectroscopy and imaging systems will be coupled to near-field scanning optical microscopes to provide IR spectroscopy and molecular images.

Engineering Novel Two-dimensional Materials for Optoelectronic Applications

On the basis of the applicant’s recent breakthroughs in the field of graphene optoelectronics, this project aims to engineer novel two-dimensional nanomaterials and demonstrate new approaches to fabricate optoelectronic devices with potential for light detection and solar light harvesting. By developing new techniques for material synthesis and device fabrication, this program will deliver high value-added prototypes for electronic and energy industries, with high efficiency of light utilisation. Successful outcomes will enable exciting innovations in the related technology area and help maintain Australia’s leading position in the rapidly emerging research area of two-dimensional materials and devices.

Past projects

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award DECRA DE120101569 and Defence Science Institute Top up funding 2012-2015 for DE120101569

Graphene has attracted enormous attention because of its richness in electronic and optical properties. The  fact that the electronic structure of graphene is highly sensitive to any charge perturbation by surface-adsorbed molecules makes graphene a perfect transducer to detect minute amount of biochemical agents with high sensitivity. This project will develop a conceptually-new, high throughput and cost-effective optical sensing platform based on graphene for high accuracy and rapid detection of a wide range of chemicals and biological agents, especially at very low levels in gases and liquids. This project will significantly advance the practical applications of graphene-based devices for biochemical defense and environmental monitoring.

Novel terahertz electronics, photonics and plasmonics in high-mobility, low-dimernsional electronic systems (HMLDES)

High-mobility, low-dimensional electronic systems (HMLDES) are of importance in developing the next genereation of electronics, photonics and plasmonics. This is due to their very rapid response time and their strong coupling with the elecromagnetic field. We will investigate the electronic and optical properties of HMLDES in the terahertz frequency regime in a search for a new mechnisms leading to terahertz emission and detection. This fundimental research on charge dynamics, plasmonics and non-linear optical processes in HMLDES will link electronics and optics, paving the way for new HMLDES-based terahertz electronic, photonic and plasmonic devices that will significantly expand terahertz technology to the benefit of all Australians.

Research articles, papers & publications

See Qiaoliang’s research contributions through published book chapters, articles, journal papers and in the media.


Last modified: February 15, 2018