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Research programs

The ISEM at the University of Wollongong consists of more than 100 researchers and postgraduate students, working on seven large programs.

Superconductors and low energy materials

Superconductors and low energy materials for use in electrical and electronic devices such as motors, fault current limiters, transformers and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and future low energy electronics.
Coordinator: Prof Xiaolin Wang

Battery materials

Developing advanced materials for fuel cells and solar cells, and advancing rechargeable batteries for electric cars.
Coordinator: Prof Zaiping Guo

Energy conversion materials

Developing solar cell technology to improve energy generation and help reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Coordinator: Prof Jung-Ho Kim

Battery management system

Integrated electronic and software system to intelligently manage every single battery cell in a battery pack for the purpose to extend battery life while protecting the cells from any abnormal operations.
Coordinator: Dr Khay Wai See

Piezoelectric and dielectric materials

For electromechanical applications including the ultrasound transducers and piezoelectric sensors, and energy related applications such as mechanical energy harvesting and electrostatic energy storage.
Coordinator: Prof Shujun Zhang

Multiferroic materials

Focusing on materials with independent/coexisting ferroic properties, such as ferroelectric, magnetic and ferroelastic properties,  which have applications in energy storage, harvesting and conversion, information storage and processing.
Coordinator: Prof Zhenxiang Cheng.

THz photonics and solid state physics

Developing advanced materials and structures for terahertz science and technology for applications including medicine and biology.
Coordinator: Prof Chao Zhang

Thin film technology

Coordinator: Prof Alexey Pan

Scanning tunnelling microscopy program

Our Research focuses on nanoscale physical and chemical phenomena with an emphasis on probing the fundamental properties of low-dimensional quantum matters and energy conversion/storage materials. The target is to achieve detailed descriptions of exotic behaviours in low-dimensional materials which form the basis for exploring and utilizing physical and chemical properties associated with surface and interface.
Coordinator: A/Prof Yi Du

Biomaterials for health

Design, fabrication and study of advanced biocompatible multifunctional materials and composites for various health applications including therapeutic and diagnostic (theranostic) medical applications, melanoma prevention and treatment of oxidative stress.
Coordinator: A/Prof Konstant Konstantinov


Joint centres


Coordinator: Prof William Price


Cordinator: Prof Shi Xue Dou & Prof Lei Jiang