Researcher

Dr Wei Wang

My Expertise

Fire Safety Engineering; Flame Retardant Materials; Antistatic Materials; Bio-inspired Fire Resistant Coatings; Lithium Battery Safety.

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

Fire safety engineering, Composite and hybrid materials, Functional materials, Polymers and plastics, Nanofabrication, growth and self assembly, Inorganic materials (incl. nanomaterials)

Biography

Dr Wang is currently a Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales. Dr Wang obtained his BS degree in polymer materials from the Hefei University of Technology in China in 2013. After that, he moved to the University of Science and Technology of China and joined the joint PhD programme with the City University of Hong Kong and obtained his PhD from both Universities under the guidance of Prof. Yuan Hu and Prof. Kim Meow Liew in 2019....view more

Dr Wang is currently a Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales. Dr Wang obtained his BS degree in polymer materials from the Hefei University of Technology in China in 2013. After that, he moved to the University of Science and Technology of China and joined the joint PhD programme with the City University of Hong Kong and obtained his PhD from both Universities under the guidance of Prof. Yuan Hu and Prof. Kim Meow Liew in 2019. In the same year, he joined Prof Guan Heng Yeoh’s group, the ARC Training Centre for Fire Retardant Materials and Safety Technologies at UNSW as a research associate to continue the research on Fire Safety materials. As a young researcher, his achievements focused on fire-safe bio-coatings and flame-retardant polymer composites have already attracted wide attention. According to Google Scholar (as of Dec 2021), he has an h-Index as high as 26 with over 1700 citations. In the above fields, Dr Wang has already published 2 patents and > 50 top-class peer-reviewed papers such as Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Chemical Engineering Journal, ACS Applied Materials Interface, Composites Part B, Composites Part A, Composites Science and Technology, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Journal of Power Source, ACS Applied Energy Materials, etc. Besides, Dr Wang has extensive editorship and reviewing experiences. He is currently serving as topic editor (Natural Polymers for Fire Safety) of Molecules (IF:4.411), member of American Chemical Society, guest editor of American Journal of Nano Research and Applications, editorial board member of American Journal of Polymer Science and Technology, and reviewer for high impact journals, such as Chemical Engineering Journal, Carbohydrate Polymers, Progress in Organic Coatings, Energy & Fuels, Polymers, Journal of Composites Science, Materials & Design, Molecules, etc.


My Qualifications

2014 - 2019, Doctor of Engineering, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, The City University of Hong Kong (CityU), Hong Kong

2013 - 2019, PhD in Safety Science and Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Fire Science, The University of Science & Technology of China (USTC), China

2009 - 2013, BEng in Polymer Materials and Engineering, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, The Hefei University of Technology (HFUT), China


My Awards

2019, Excellent Doctoral Dissertation Nomination Award of USTC, USTC

2017, the Pollyanna Chu Excellent Doctoral Scholarship, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2016, the China National Scholarship for Doctoral Student, Ministry of Education

2016, the First-Class Academic Scholarship, USTC

2016, Peter Ho Conference Scholarship, CityU


My Research Activities

Dr Wang’s research focuses on the following four areas:

1) Antistatic, flame-retardant and eco-friendly biomass coatings; 2) Bioinspired assembly: to design and fabricate hierarchical structures and interfacing materials inspired by nature for advanced performance; 3) Safety of lithium batteries: to develop advanced separators and electrolytes for safe lithium batteries and to evaluate the fire risk of commercial batteries; 4) Nanocomposites: to prepare high-performance polymer/nanofillers composites, membranes and fibres (including bio-based natural materials) with advanced functions.

- Phosphorus based flame retardants;
- Organic synthesis of biomass-based fire-resistant coatings;
- Electrical conductive polymers and inorganics;
- Fabricate ceramic materials to construct layer-by-layer flame retardancy coatings and composites to obtain safe, eco-friendly and recycle foams, membranes, and composites;
- Synthesis of Phosphorus contained green and durable flame retardants for application of
fire-resistance out wall building materials;
- Research on antistatic and flame retardancy coatings and application on polymer foams, membranes, and aerogels;
- Employ flame retardant materials to obtain advanced batteries with high safety and performance;
- Fabricate carbon-based inorganic materials as nanofillers to enhance mechanical performance and flame retardancy;
- Employ natural polymers such as alginate, chitosan, cellulose, chitin and phytic acid to prepare advanced layer-by-layer coatings for improving flame retardancy and anti-static performance of polyolefin foams;
- In-situ polymerization of conductive polymers and one-/two- dimensional inorganic materials including polyaniline, carbon nanotube, graphene, MXene, etc., to fabricate advanced flame retardancy, conductive and eco-friendly coatings and further application in polymer foams and composites, building materials, manufacturing materials and electronics;
- Use UV-vis technology to thesis high transparency and flame retardancy coatings for polymer foams with various application scenarios;

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Location

Ainsworth Building(J17) Level 5, Kensington Campus