Researcher

Dr Zhaojun Han

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Biography

Dr Han's research focuses on developing functional nanomaterials for energy storage and conversion, nanomaterials, plasma nanofabrication, electrochemistry, and advanced catalysts for hydrogen and CO2 reduction.

Dr. Han is an expert in vertical graphene, a special form of graphene that grows perpendicularly to the substrate. Vertical graphene can prevent the “re-stacking” issue of graphene layers, thereby enabling fast ion transport and...view more

Dr Han's research focuses on developing functional nanomaterials for energy storage and conversion, nanomaterials, plasma nanofabrication, electrochemistry, and advanced catalysts for hydrogen and CO2 reduction.

Dr. Han is an expert in vertical graphene, a special form of graphene that grows perpendicularly to the substrate. Vertical graphene can prevent the “re-stacking” issue of graphene layers, thereby enabling fast ion transport and large surface accessibility in energy storage devices. He has implemented vertical graphene for batteries and supercapacitors to offer highly-effective and reliable energy storage, as well as advanced electrocatalysts for low-cost and high-efficiency water splitting and CO2 reduction.

He is currently a Senior Lecturer at

  • School of Chemical Engineering

  • School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

He received 

  • PhD degree in 2009 from School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His PhD studies focused on fabricating conductive polymer nanocomposites using plasma-immersion ion implantation (PIII) technique.

  • B. Eng degree in 2004 from School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

During 2009-2012, Dr Han was the Office of Chief Executive (OCE) postdoctoral fellow at CSIRO, Lindfield. His postdoctoral research was on the synthesis and applications of carbon nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes and graphene.

He then became Research Scientist and Senior Research Scientist in 2012 and 2015, respectively, with the research oriented to energy storage devices such as supercapacitors and batteries.

Since 2019, Dr Han has held 

  • Part-time (50%) Senior Lecturer at School of Chemical Engineering and School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, UNSW Sydney.

  • Part-time (50%) Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO, Lindfield.


My Grants

  • High-loading single atom catalyst for hydrogen generation (CI), UNSW-Tsinghua Collaborative Research Fund seed grant, 2020.

  • Single-atom catalysis on vertical graphene for hydrogen energy (co-CI), CAS-CSIRO Business-As-Usual (BAU) project fund, 2019 – 2022.

  • Industry PhD programme on magnesium-based nanostructures (co-supervisor), 2018 – 2022.

  • Graphene electronics for wireless communications and sensing (co-CI), CSIRO Research Office, 2018 – 2021.

  • High-energy-density aqueous supercapacitors (CI), CSIRO Research Office, 2018 – 2021.

  • High-performance hydrogen generation by 3D nanocomposite (CI), CSIRO Hydrogen Energy System (H2ES) Future Science Platform (FSP), 2018.

  • N-doped vertical graphene with metal hydride for hydrogen storage (CI), CSIRO Hydrogen Energy System (H2ES) Future Science Platform (FSP), 2018.

  • Printable graphene inks (PI), CSIRO Research Office, 2015 – 2018.

  • Julius career award (CI), CSIRO Research Office, 2014 – 2017.

  • Sub-nanoporous graphenes for clean water technologies (PI), CSIRO Office of Chief Executive Science Team, 2014 – 2017.

  • Carbon nanotube-based supercapacitors: breaking the energy density limits (CI), Australian Research Council, 2013 – 2016.


My Qualifications

2009       Ph.D, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

2004       B. Eng., Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


My Awards

  • 40 under 40 Most Influential Asian Australians, AsiaLink (2019)

  • Australia-China Young Scientists Exchange Program Award, Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (2017)

  • Global Connection Fund Priming Grant Award, Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (2016)

  • Finalist team member in The Australian Innovation Challenge (2015)

  • Julius Career Award (2014)

  • Discovery Early-Career Researcher Award, Australian Research Council (2013)

  • CSIRO Advanced Acceleration Reward (2013)

  • Engineering Achievement Award, Institution of Engineers Singapore (2007)

  • SM3 Undergraduate Scholarship, Singaporean Ministry of Education (1999)


My Research Activities

  • Energy storage and conversion, such as supercapacitors, batteries, and hydrogen generation

  • Materials synthesis and nanotechnology, such as carbon nanomaterials and 2D materials

  • Plasma processes, such as plasma fabrication and functionalisation


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

  • Catalyst for energy conversion

  • Energy storage devices (supercapacitors and batteries)

  • Advanced materials (Graphene and related materials)


Currently supervising

  1. Ding Zhang (PhD, 2020), Project: Single Atom Catalysts on Vertical Graphene

  2. Zeheng Lin (PhD, 2019 - present; Primary: Dr. Xunyu Lu), Project: Fabrication Co-N on Vertical graphene for electrochemical synthesis of hydrogen peroxide

  3. Constantine Tsounis (PhD, 2019 - present; Primary: Sci Prof R. Amal), Project: Photo-enhanced Electrochemical CO2 Reduction of Hybrid Cu-based Photoelectrodes

  4. Jiajun Fan (Masters, 2018 - present; Primary: A/Prof D. Chu)

  5. Zhipeng Ma (PhD, 2018 - present; Primary: Sci Prof R. Amal)

  6. Feng Huang (PhD, 2018 - present; Primary: Prof C. Wang), Project: Multifunctional Structural Energy Storage Devices

  7. Timothy Zurrer (PhD, 2018 - present; Primary: Sci Prof R. Amal)

  8. Xiao Zhang (PhD, 2017 - present; Primary: A/Prof D. Chu)


My Teaching

  • CEIC2002 Heat and Mass Transfer (2021)

  • CEIC2009 Material and Energy Balances in the Chemical Process Industry (2019, 2020)

  • CEIC4951/4952/4953 Thesis A/B/C (2019-)

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Location

Rm 519, Hilmer Building (E10)

Contact

0411839318