Hard Condensed Matter Materials

Our researchersĀ investigate matter on the nano-scale to design and engineer 2D materials that have applications in electronics, energy, environmental and sensing technologies.

Using state-of-the-art microscopy and analytical techniques, our group manipulates matter down to the atom-by-atom scale, opening up a new world of novel possibilities at the crossover of physics, chemistry and engineering.

Outcomes from the design and analysis of nanomaterials include development of new ultralight and super-strong structural composites and green energy materials. This can include:

  • advanced solar cells
  • touch panels
  • ion batteries
  • supercapacitors
  • field-effect transistors
  • photodetectors
  • light sensors and displays.

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Our experts have worked with industry and community partners, including:

  • National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan
  • University of Tsukuba, Japan
  • Waseda University, Japan
  • Australian National University, Australia
  • University of Queensland, Australia
  • Deakin University, Australia
  • University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Monash University, Australia
  • Rice University, USA
  • Drexel University, USA
  • University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • University of Nebraska, USA
  • CRISMAT, Caen, France
  • Italian Institute of Technology, Pisa, Italy
  • Leibniz IFW Dresden, Germany
  • Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Germany
  • National University of Science and Technology (NITU-MISIS), Russian Federation
  • Emanuel Institute of Biochemical Physics of RAS, Russian Federation
  • Physico-Technical University, Russian Federation
  • Skolkovo University, Russian Federation
  • University of Helsinki, Finland
  • University of Montreal, Canada
  • University of Toronto, Canada
  • McGill University, Canada
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  • Ben-Gurion University. Israel
  • Fudan University, PR China
  • Hebei University of Technology, PR China
  • Xiamen University, PR China
  • Beijing Jiaotong University, PR China
  • Yangzhou University, PR China
  • Peking University, PR China
  • Tianjin University, PR China
  • Institute of Metal Research, CAS, PR China
  • Institute of Process Engineering, CAS, PR China