Role in the Centre
Over the past several years, Deepak has accumulated a wealth of scientific knowledge and practical experience in designing advanced materials, in particular their implementation in emerging energy conversion and storage technologies with special focus on supercapacitors, batteries and integrated devices. Within the centre, Deepak is exploring new materials with fundamental understanding of the effect of structure, defects, and microstructure on transport and electrical properties of surfaces and interfaces. In addition, he is interested to underpin the mass and charge transport kinetics in the electrochemical systems using advanced in situ techniques. His team is currently developing piezo-supercapacitors, an integrated system of piezoelectric and supercapacitors to convert ambient vibrations such as human body motions into electricity and store it in the same device, paving the way toward the self-powered wearables and implantable medical devices. His new research lines such as valorisation of bio-wastes (agricultural and industrial wastes) for sustainable power sources (including potassium, aluminium and zinc batteries) and recycling of Li-ion batteries within the Centre for Materials Science helps to address the critical challenges of waste-disposal and energy security in collaboration with the Centre for a Waste Free World and the Centre for Clean Energy Technologies and Practices. His industry engagement through the translation of original research into real-world applications contributes towards the sustainable practices and circular economy.
Since being awarded his PhD from Shivaji University Kolhapur, India in 2011, Deepak has been successful in attracting several competitive fellowships at highly ranked institutions in South Korea, Germany, Spain and Australia. He received his first postdoctoral position as a Brain of Korea 21 (BK21) fellow at Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), South Korea where he independently established energy research using carbon-based materials. Following 6 months as a BK21 fellow, he was awarded the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship to work at Chemnitz University of Technology (TUC), Germany. As an indicator of his independent scientific contribution, he then received a Marie Curie Fellowship in 2014 to work at the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Spain alongside Prof. Pedro Gomez-Romero where he established key research lines such as “Hybrid Materials for Hybrid Devices” and “Electrochemical Flow Cells” for large-scale stationary energy storage. In 2017, he relocated to the University of Adelaide (UoA), Australia as a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow to develop waste-derived carbon materials for efficient lithium-sulphur batteries. In 2018, he won Australian Future Fellowship and then relocated to QUT in 2019 to take up the position of Senior Lecturer where he established “Energy Conversion and Storage” group. As the Chief Investigator (CI), he has been successful in attracting research funding to the value of around $4.5 million including competitive fellowships. He has made a genuine contribution to the field with more than 150 high ranking peer-reviewed articles, which have attracted >10,000 citations with h-index of >50 and i10-index >125 (Google Scholar). He has edited one book and registered 8 patents. He is serving as editorial board member of Scientific Reports (NPG) and member of several professional organizations including Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Deepak was recently appointed as visiting international professor at Mid-Sweden University, Sweden. He was also nominated among the top 4 scientists for the USERN Prize and elected as a Foreign Young Associate Fellow of Maharashtra Academy of Sciences, in India.
“Towards flexible solid-state supercapacitors for smart and wearable electronics” Dubal, D.P.; Chodankar, N.R.; Kim, D.; Gomez-Romero, P. Chem. Soc. Rev. 2018, 47, 2065-2129. Highly cited and Hot Paper on web of science.
“Ultrathin Hierarchical Porous Carbon Nanosheets for High-Performance Supercapacitors and Redox Electrolyte Energy Storage” Jayaramulu, K; Dubal, D.P.; Nagar, B.; Ranc, V.; Tomanec, O.; Petr, M.; Datta, K.K.R.; Zboril, R.; Gómez-Romero, P.; Fischer, R.A. Adv. Mater. 2018, 30, 1705789. (Contribution: Equal to First author). Highly cited Paper on WoS and highlighted among the top 10% most downloaded papers in 2018-2019.
“Metal-Organic Framework (MOF) Derived Electrodes with Robust and Fast Lithium Storage for Li-Ion Hybrid Capacitors” Dubal, D.P.; Jayaramulu, K.; Sunil, J.; Kment, S.; Gomez-Romero, P.; Narayana, C.; Zboril, R.; Fischer, R.A. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2019, 29, 1900532. Highlighted among the top 10% most downloaded papers in 2018-2019.
“Shape-Assisted 2D MOF/Graphene Derived Hybrids as Exceptional Lithium-Ion Battery ElectrodesK. Jayaramulu” Dubal, D.P.; Schneemann, A.; Ranc, V.; Perez-Reyes, C.; Stráská, J.; Kment, S.; Otyepka, M.; Fischer, R.A.; Zboril*, R. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2019, 29, 1902539. Highlighted among the top 10% most downloaded papers in 2018-2019.
“Tungsten Nitride Nanodots Embedded Phosphorous Modified Carbon Fabric as Flexible and Robust Electrode for Asymmetric Pseudocapacitor” Dubal, D.P.; Chodankar, N.R.; Qiao, S. Small 2019, 15, 1804104. Highlighted among the top 10% most downloaded papers in 2018-2019.