Role in the Centre
Joseph Fernando is an early career researcher who is an expert in in situ and ex situ electron microscopy analysis of nanostructured materials. His newest research focus is on the design and utilisation of cutting-edge in situ TEM techniques to investigate the structural, morphological and compositional characteristics of energy storage materials at high spatial resolution in real-time, in line with QUT’s Centre for Materials Science theme of Materials Characterisation. In addition, he concentrates on the design and synthesis of nanomaterials for ion batteries such as lithium-ion, sodium-ion and zinc ion batteries, in line with the Centre’s research theme of Condensed Matter. Joseph is passionate about using his sound knowledge in electrochemistry, primarily in the field of rechargeable battery research and related in situ TEM techniques developed within the Centre to solve applications problems across QUT’s research centres, particularly in collaboration with the Centre for Clean Energy.
In February 2013, a year after completing his Bachelors (with first class honours), at the University of Sri Jayewardenapura, Sri Lanka, Joseph commenced his PhD research at QUT under the supervision of A. Prof. Eric Waclawik. Soon after completing his PhD, Joseph joined Flew Solutions Australia Pty LTD, a Queensland-based research, product development and advanced manufacturing company. Although his academic career was temporarily interrupted during this time, his position at FLEW as a Materials Scientist and Lab Manager trained him to work collaboratively in diverse work environments, comprising of engineers, physicists, project managers and company CEOs. In March 2017, Joseph commenced his first post-doctoral fellowship in the research group of Australian Laureate Fellow, Prof. Dmitri Golberg at QUT. Joseph has been working in this position since 23rd March 2017.
“ZnO Quantum Dots Anchored in Multilayered and Flexible Amorphous Carbon Sheets for High Performance and Stable Lithium Ion Batteries” Fernando, J.F.S.; Zhang, C.; Faerestein, Konstantin L.; Nerkar, J. Y.; Golberg, D.V. J. Mater. Chem. A 2019, 7, 8460-8471.
“Controlling Au Photodeposition on Large ZnO Nanoparticles” Fernando, J.F.S.; Shortell, M.P.; Noble, C.J.; Harmer, J.R.; Jaatinen, E.A.; Waclawik, E.R. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2016, 8, 14271-14283.
“Optical and Optoelectronic Property Analysis of Nanomaterials inside Transmission Electron Microscope” Fernando, J.F.S.; Zhang, C.; Faerestein, K.L.; Golberg, D. Small 2017, 13, 1701564.
“Recent Progress of in situ Transmission Electron Microscopy for Energy Materials” Zhang, C.; Faerestein, K.L.; Fernando, J.F.S.; Siriwardena, D.; von Treifeldt, J.E.; Golberg, D. Adv. Mater. 2020, 32, 1904094.
“Sandwich-Structured Ordered Mesoporous Polydopamine/Mxene Hybrids as High-Performance Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries” Li, T.; Ding, B.; Wang, J.; Qin, Z.; Fernando, J.F.S.; Bando, Y.; Nanjundan, A.K.; Kaneti, Y.V.; Golberg, D.; Yamauchi, Y. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2020, 12, 14993-15001.