Professor Dmitri Golberg

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Role in the Centre

Dmitri is a material scientist and physicist with more than 30 years of hands-on experience in diverse nanomaterial syntheses and analyses using state-of-the-art methods of analytical and in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Within the Centre, Dmitri takes the role of a Co-Director and synchronises various endeavours with respect to Materials Science- and Physics-based/driven research. He particularly contributes to the projects devoting to understanding of nanomaterial behaviour under various stimuli in TEM, e.g. mechanical, electrical, thermal and optical impacts, for design of prospective solar cells, photodetectors, secondary ion batteries, field-emitters, structural nanocomposites, catalytic and thermoelectric systems. The scope of his interest ranges from carbon, boron nitride and dichalcogenide nanotubes and nanosheets, to various prospective 0D, 1D and 2D phases, like metallic nanoparticles and nanowires, MXenes, Borophenes etc. He is specifically targeting the implementation of advanced analytical and operando TEM methods for solving emerging technological problems, particularly in collaboration with the Centre for Clean Energy, with a strong focus on new “Green Energy” solutions and industries.

Short Biography

Dmitri graduated from Moscow Technological University in 1983 with a MS degree in Mater. Sci. Eng. He then obtained a PhD degree in Solid State Physics from Bardin Institute of Metallurgy in Moscow. After 10 years of studying intermetallic compounds by TEM and NMR in the position of a Senior Researcher of this Institute, he moved to Japan as a Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellow, and initiated a project on high-temperature shape memory alloys at the University of Tsukuba. His next career move was to Max-Planck-Institute fuer Eisenforschung in Duesseldorf, Germany, where he worked as a Max-Planck-Society Fellow on the growth and mechanical property analysis of metal single crystals. In 1995 he joined the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Tsukuba, Japan, as a Research Fellow and launched a novel study on boron nitride nanotubes. While exploring diverse 1D and 2D nanostructures with an emphasis on high-resolution in situ TEM, he was appointed as a Nanotube Unit Director of NIMS. In parallel, in 2005 he was elected as an adjunct Professor of Tsukuba University, and in 2011 secured a 6M USD$ Grant from the Russian Ministry of Science for creation of a “Nano-Material” Laboratory at the National University of Science and Technology-MISIS, in Moscow. In 2016 Dmitri won an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellowship and in 2017 moved to QUT as a Full Professor where he organised an “Inorganic Nanomaterial” Laboratory. Dmitri’s former Laboratories in Tsukuba and Moscow, and the present one in Brisbane are well connected and effectively collaborate. Over his 30-year career, Dmitri attracted over 30M AUS$ in funding from JSPS, ARC and top Japanese and International companies, e.g. Toyota, Denka, Teijin, Laureal etc. He has authored over 700 peer-reviewed publications in top-journals (cited over 50 000 times, h-factor 121), and is currently named as one of 5 most recognised Material Scientists of Australia (“The Australian”). He is also included into a cohort of 300 most-cited Material Scientists worldwide (Web of Science). To date, Dmitri has delivered more than 150 plenary, keynote and invited presentations at International conferences. His research achievements were recognised through a display of national and international awards including Tsukuba Prize, Thomson Reuters Research Front Award, Seto Prize by the Japan Microscopy Society, NIMS Presidential Award, and QUT-SEF Frontier of Knowledge Award.

Selected Publications

“Recent progress of in situ transmission electron microscopy for energy materials”. Zhang, C.; Firestein, K.; Fernando, J.F.S.; Siriwardena, D.P.; Von Treifeldt, J.; Golberg, D. Adv. Mater. 2020, 32, 1901048.

“Intrinsic and defect-related elastic modului of boron nitride nanotubes as revealed by in situ transmission electron microscopy”. Zhou, X.; Tang, D.M.; Mitome, M.; Bando, Y.; Sasaki, T.; Golberg, D. Nano Lett. 2019, 19, 4974-4980.

“Crystallography-derived Young’s modulus and ultimate tensile strength of AlN nanowires as revealed by in situ transmission electron microscopy”. Firestein, K.L.; Kvashnin, D.G.; Fernando, J.F.S.; Zhang, C.; Siriwardena, D.P.; Sorokin, P.B.; Golberg, D. Nano Lett. 2019, 19, 2084-2091.

“Mechanical, electrical and crystallographic property dynamics of bent and strained Ge/Si core-shell nanowires as revealed by in situ transmission electron microscopy”, Zhang, C.; Kvashnin, D.G.; Bourgeois, L.; Fernando, J.F.S.; Firestein, K.; Sorokin, P.B.; Fukata, N.; Golberg, D. Nano Lett. 2018, 18, 7238-7246.

“Visualizing nanoscale heat pathways”. Kawamoto, N.; Kakefuda, Y.; Yamada, I.; Yuan, J., Hasegawa, K.; Kimoto, K.; Hara, T.; Mori, T.; Mitome, M.; Bando, Y.; Golberg, D. Nano Energy 2018, 52, 323-328.