Researcher

Dr Neeraj Sharma

My Expertise

My interests are broadly:
  • Solid state and Materials Chemistry
  • Towards the next generation of batteries: Sodium-ion & Potassium-ion batteries
  • Developing better lithium-ion batteries
  • Tuning negative thermal expansion to produce zero thermal expansion materials
  • In situ studies of materials
  • Development of new ionic conductors
  • Structural investigations using neutron and X-ray scattering
Our research approach can be defined as:
  • We chemically tune the atomic arrangement (crystal structure) of solid state materials to enhance their physical properties such as energy storage capacity, ionic conductivity or thermal expansion.
  • We use a combination of techniques to characterise our materials, including but not limited to X-ray and neutron diffraction (at the Australian Synchrotron and ANSTO), solid state NMR, electrochemical and impedance analysis, and electron microscopy.
  • Our goal is to fully characterise materials, place them into real-world devices such as batteries and solid oxide fuel cells, and then characterise how they work in these devices.

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

Neeraj completed his Ph.D. at The University of Sydney then moved to the Bragg Institute at Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) for a post-doc. He is currently a senior lecturer at UNSW, holding an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) transitioning in 2016 from an Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Research Fellowship. Neeraj has been the Royal...view more

Neeraj completed his Ph.D. at The University of Sydney then moved to the Bragg Institute at Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) for a post-doc. He is currently a senior lecturer at UNSW, holding an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) transitioning in 2016 from an Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) Research Fellowship. Neeraj has been the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Nyholm Youth Lecturer (2013/2014), won the NSW Young Tall Poppy Award and the UNSW Excellence Award for Early Career Research in 2014. Neeraj has 100 publications and has been invited to present his work at over 25 conferences. Neeraj’s research interests are based on solid state chemistry, designing new materials and investigating their structure-property relationships. He loves to undertake in situ or operando experiments of materials inside full devices, especially batteries, in order to elucidate the structural subtleties that lead to superior performance parameters. Neeraj’s projects are typically highly collaborative working with colleagues from all over the world with a range of skillsets. Neeraj also enjoys science communication and has been actively involved in projects such as www.crystalsinthecity.com.

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Location

Dalton (F12) Room 216

Contact

+61 2 9385 4714
+61 2 9385 6141