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Associate Professor Deepak Dubal
Future Fellow
Faculty of Science,
School of Chemistry & Physics
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Science and Engineering Projects,
IHBI Chem Physics Mech Engineering - IPTM
Discipline *
Physical Chemistry (incl. Structural), Materials Engineering, Nanotechnology
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Member of Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Australia

Foreign Young Associate Fellow of Maharashtra Academy of Sciences, India

Member of Editorial board “Scientific Reports” Nature Publishing Group

Member of Editorial board “Electrochemical energy technology” De Gruyder publications

Member of Australian Nanotechnology Network

Member of International Association of Advanced Materials

Member of International Society of electrochemistry (ISE)

e-Member of Royal Society of Chemistry, UK



Materials for Clean Energy Storage, Biowastes for Energy Storage, Recycling of Batteries, Wearable and Implantable Devices, Agricultural Waste to Energy

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



Dr. Deepak Dubal is Associate Professor (Australian Future Fellow) at QUT and has a strong research background in the field of Nano-materials for clean energy conversion and storage systems. Briefly, Deepak’s research interest is focused on designing and engineering of functional materials such as New Oxides/Nitrides, Polyoxometalates (POMs), Conducting polymers and their hybrids for energy storage applications with special emphasis on Supercapacitors, Li-ion batteries, beyond Li-ion batteries etc. At QUT, his research is to develop an integrated system as self-charging power source for wearable electronics and implantable medical devices. Before joining QUT, Deepak worked as Vice Chancellor Fellow at School of Chemical Engineering, University of Adelaide. He is also former recipient of two most prestigious fellowships: Marie-Curie at ICN2, Spain (2014) and Alexander von Humboldt at TUC, Germany (2012). So far, Deepak has co-authored more than 140 research articles including Chem. Soc. Rev., Adv. Mater., Adv. Fun. Mater, Nano Energy, NPG Asia Materials etc. and achieved over 9767 citations, ‘h’ index: 53 and ‘i10’ index 122 (Google Scholar). He has edited one book, contributed several book chapters and filed several patents including World, US, European and Spanish. He has also participated as founding partner of Earthdas graphene mobility spin-off Company, Spain with Prof. Gomez-Romero. His Google Scholar citations is available via the link below

Research Interest

At various levels of research career, Dr. Dubal has developed a variety of disciplines and research topics, including thin films, semiconductors, gas sensors, solar cells and very specially energy storage materials and devices. Following are his different research lines of interest

1. Advanced Nano-materials

  • Two-dimensional (2D) materials, their hetero-structures and hybrids.
  • Synthesis of New Oxides/Nitrides, Nanocarbons (Graphene, CNTs), Polyoxometalates (POMs), Conducting polymers and so on.
  • Hybrid Nano-Materials (Nanocarbon/Oxides, Organic-Inorganic Nano-composites such as Polymer/metal oxides and Polymer-Polyoxometalates)
  • Metal-Organic-Framework (MOF) derived materials and their nanocomposites.

2. Bio-waste derived Materials

  • Turning organic wastes (e.g. Fruit-waste, Winery-waste (Grape-Marc) and all types of agricultural-waste) into value added porous carbon.
  • Surface treatments to prepare different types of porous carbons
  • Synthesis of carbon quantum dots using Bio-waste materials.

3. Supercapacitors

  • Novel electrode materials for high power devices
  • Electrolytes (Liquid and polymer-based electrolytes)
  • Micro-supercapacitors for wearable electronics
  • Piezo-Supercapacitors for medical implants
  • Electrochemical Flow Capacitors for large scale applications

4. Li-Ion Battery Technology

  • Engineering of nanostructured anode and cathode materials
  • Development of high energy density and fast charging battery materials
  • Computational Chemistry to uncover the charge-storing mechanism
  • In-situ and In-operando techniques for battery materials characterizations
  • Li-S battery: High ionic conductivity solid-polymer electrolytes
  • Li-S battery: Designing new porous carbon hosts to accommodate Sulfur

5. Hybrid Devices (Unique Cell Configurations)

  • Asymmetric Supercapacitors (ASC)-Aqueous system
  • Hybrid Supercapacitors (HSC)-Aqueous system
  • Lithium Ion Capacitor (LIC)-Non-aqueous system

6. Beyond Li-ion Battery

  • Developing materials for Potassium Ion Battery (KIB)
  • Fabrication of cathode materials for Aluminium Ion Battery (AIB)
  • Investigating new battery technologies such as K-S
  • Potassium Ion Capacitor (LIC)-Non-aqueous system

6. Recycling of LIBs

  • Recovering materials from spent LIBs
  • Developing new materials from recovered waste from LIBs.
  • Circular economy: closing the loop

Awards and Recognition

  • 2019        Conference Ambassador of 20th IUMRS-ICA, 22-26 September 2019
  • 2019        Award of Australian Future Fellowship, QUT, Australia
  • 2018        Foreign Young Associate Fellow of Maharashtra Academy of Sciences, India
  • 2017        Nominee among top four Scientists for USERN Prize in Physical Sciences
  • 2017        Award of Vice Chancellor Fellowship, University of Adelaide, Australia
  • 2014       CEMAM Prize for Best Poster, (MAT4ENERGY),Grenoble, France,
  • 2014       Marie-Curie Fellow, ICN2, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2013       Award of Nobel Laureate Meeting 2013, Lindau, Germany
  • 2012       Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Germany
  • 2010       Senior Research Fellow, CSIR, New Delhi, India
  • 2009      Project Fellow, UGC, New Delhi, India
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Deepak Dubal.


Prior joining QUT

  1. PVB203-Practicals
  2. ST413-Chemistry Honors

Prior joining QUT

  1. 3620_CHEM_ENG_7046- Masters Project (Semesters 1 & 2) (2018)
  2. 3710_CHEM_ENG_4056- Honour Research Practice (Semester 1) (2017)
  3. 3820_CHEM_ENG_4054- Honour Research Practice (Semester 2) (2017)
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Deepak Dubal.


Professional Experience:

April 2019- onwards: Senior Lecturer (ARC Future Fellow), Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia.

2017-2019: Vice Chancellor Fellow, School of Chemical Engineering, University of Adelaide (UoA), Australia.

2016-2017: Senior Post-Doctoral Fellow, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, ICN2, Barcelona, Spain.

2014-2016: Marie-Curie Fellow, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Barcelona, Spain.

2011-2013: Alexander von Humboldt, Technische Universität Chemnitz (TUC), Germany.

2011-2011: BK21 Fellow, Gwangju institute of science and technology (GIST), Gwangju, South Korea.


Educational Qualifications:

2011: Ph. D. in Physics, Shivaji University, Kolhapur (M.S.), India.

2008: M. Sc. in Physics (First class with Distinction), Shivaji University, Kolhapur (M.S.), India

2006: B. Sc. in Physics (First class with Distinction), Shivaji University, Kolhapur (M.S.), India

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Deepak Dubal.


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


Awards and recognition

Funding Award
Reference year
Centre for Materials Science Fund ($342,648) for Multivalent Dual Ion Energy Storage Systems
Visiting Professorships/Fellowships
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Appointed as "International Visiting Professor" at Mid Sweden University, Sweden.
Funding Award
Reference year
IFE-Catapult Grant ($64,083) for the project on Empowering Waste: Textiles to be turned into potassium ion batteries
Recipient of an Australia Council Grant or Australia Council Fellowship
Reference year
Award of exceptionally competitive ARC Future Fellowship
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Nominated in top 4 Young Scientists for USERN Prize in Physical Sciences around the world
Recipient of a Nationally Competitive Research Fellowship
Reference year
Recipient of Vice Chancellor Fellowship of University of Adelaide, Australia.
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
Editorial Board Member of Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group).
Recipient of a Nationally Competitive Research Fellowship
Reference year
Marie Curie fellowship to undertake research at Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Spain
Recipient of a Nationally Competitive Research Fellowship
Reference year
Award of Alexander von Humboldt fellowship to work at Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany.
Recipient of a Nationally Competitive Research Fellowship
Reference year
BK-21 Post Doc Fellow at Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea


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