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Associate Professor Aijun Du

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering,
Energy and Process Engineering

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Name
Associate Professor Aijun Du
Position(s)
Associate Professor
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering,
Energy and Process Engineering
Discipline *
Nanotechnology, Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural), Theoretical and Computational Chemistry
Phone
+61 7 3138 6980
Email
Location
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Qualifications

Doctor of Philisophy (Fudan University)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Member  -  The Australian Research Council Nanotechnology Network 
  • Member  -  American Nano Society
  • Member  -  American Chemical Society
Keywords

Molecular Dynamics, Monte Carlo and Density Functional Theory, Nanotube, Nanoribbon and Nanodot, Fuel Cell, Hydrogen Storage, Carbon Dioxide Capture, Storage and Conversion, Gas Separation, Charge and Spin Transport, Spin and Magentism, Solar Photovoltaics, Photocatalysis

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Broad Area of Research: Computational Nanotechnology; Energy; Electronics and Environment.   A/Prof. Du’s Google Scholar Citations:  http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=gq46vrgAAAAJ&hl=en

*PhD Project Available:  We are seeking creative and highly motivated individuals with computational skills and a strong background in chemistry or condensed matter physics or materials engineering. China Scholarship Council (CSC) applicants are also welcome. For more details, please feel free to contact A/Prof. Du (aijun.du@qut.edu.au).  

Main Research Areas:  Our Research Lies at the Interface of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering, Focusing on Developing Innovative Materials for Clean Energy, Electronics and Environmental Science through Advanced Theoretical Modelling.     

(i) Clean Energy:

  • Hydrogen Storage – Ref: JACS 129 (2007) 10201; 129 (2007) 15650; JACS  132 (2010) 2876.     
  • Nanomaterials fo Photovoltaic and Photo-catalytic Application – Ref:  JACS 134 (2012) 4393 and JPCL  2 (2011) 894.
  • Oxygen Reduction and CO oxidation Reaction at Fuel Cell Cathode and Anode – Ref: JACS 133 (2011) 20116.

(ii) Nanoelectronics:

  • Prediction of Novel Nano-architectures – Ref: Nano Letters  7 (2007) 3349 and JACS 131 (2009) 1682.
  • Metal-free Magnetism and Spintronics – Ref:  Phys. Rev. Letts 108 (2012) 197207 and JACS  131 (2009) 17354 and JACS 134 (2012) 4393.
  • Band Gap Engineering – Ref:  JACS  132 (2010) 2876.     

(ii) Environment:

  • Carbon Dioxide Capture, Separation, Storage,  Activation and Conversion – Ref: JACS, 135 (2013) 8246.
  • Hydrogen Purification – Ref: Chemical Communications 47 (2011) 11843, Front Cover.

  Awarded Grants:

  • 2014-2015: ATN-DAAD Research Cooperation Scheme:  In-silicon Design of Graphene-based van der Waals Heterojuction for Photovoltaics Application, $25,000.
  • 2013-2015: ARC Discovery Project:  Non-precious fuel cell cathode catalysts from carbon-based nanohybrids: a computational to experimental quest, $334k
  • 2011-2015: ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship Grant Exploring electronic functionality in low-dimensional carbon and boron-nitride nanomaterials via advanced theoretical modeling, $700k
  • 2010-2014: ARC Future Fellowship Grant: Electronic Functionality in Nanoscale Materials: From Discovery to Design”, $630K.
  • 2007-2008: UQ early career research grant. Stochastical Models for Multiphase Kinetics of Hydrogen Storage in Designed Nanocomposite Materials. $30,000.
  • 2006-2007: Quantum Characterization of Doped Titania Materials for Microwave Technology Applications. Microwave and Material Development Pty Ltd, $10,000.

  Awards and Recognitions:

  • 2011, Recipient of ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship, ARC
  • 2011, Recipient of ARC Future Fellowship, ARC  

  Career History:

  • 2013- present: Associate Professor, School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2011- present: ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellow.
  • 2011: Associate Professor, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland.
  • 2007: Research Fellow, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland.
  • 2002: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Department of Material Science, University of Milan, Italy.
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Aijun Du.

Teaching

Nanomaterials – Numerical Modeling

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Experience

External CollaborationsOver the years, A/Prof. Aijun Du has established collaborations with the scientists of the following organizations:      

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA.   
  • Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.      
  • Bremen Centre for Comutaitonal Materials Science, Germany.
  • Fudan University, China. 
  • Northwestern University, China.     
  • University of New South Wales, Australia.    
  • University of  Queensland, Australia.     
  • Griffith University, Australia.      
  • Deakin University, Australia.
  • CSIRO, Australia.

  Interests and community service

  • Editorial Board:  <<Scientific Reports>>; <<Journal of Quantum Chemistry>>; <<Frontiers in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry>>; <<Advances in Chemistry>>.
  • Referee for the International Journals: Chemical Reviews, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Nano letters, Physical Review Letters, Advanced Materials, Small, ACS Nano, Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, Journal of Materials Chemistry and Applied Physics Letters etc.
  • Assessor for research proposals: ARC, Crotia and Romania.
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Aijun Du.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Non-precious fuel cell cathode catalysts from carbon-based nanohybrids: a computational to experimental quest
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP130102420
Start year
2013
Keywords
Density functional theory, catalyst, carbon nanohybrid
Title
Exploring electronic functionality in low dimensional carbon and boron-nitride nanomaterials via advanced theoretical modelling
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP110101239
Start year
2011
Keywords
Graphene/Graphene Nanoribbon; Carbon Nanotube; Conductivity; Transport; Spintronics; Boron Nitride; Density Functional Theory; Nanodot