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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.

Applied Superconductivity

Program coordinator: Professor Shi Xue Dou

Key researchers: A/Prof. Josip Horvat, Prof. Jung Ho Kim, Dr. Xun Xu, Dr. Md. Shariar Hossain

  • Development of high temperature superconductors (HTS) and new superconductors
  • Fabrication and applications of HTS and MgB2 wires and tapes
  • Exploring the microstructure, flux pinning, and critical current density of HTS and MgB2 superconductors
  • Powder processing and characterisation of HTS and MgB2 superconductors
  • Application of superconductors for electrical and electronic devices such as motors, fault current limiters, transformers, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
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Energy Storage Group

Program coordinator: Professor Hua Kun Liu

Key researchers: Prof. Zaiping Guo, Prof. Jiazhao Wang, A/Prof. Kosta Konstantinov, Dr. Sima Aminorroaya

  • Development of advanced materials for fuel cells and solar cells
  • Exploring electromaterials for advanced lithium ion batteries and supercapacitors
  • Nickel-metal hydride materials for rechargeable batteries
  • Developing rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles
  • Nanomaterials and nanotechnology research for energy storage and conversion
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Spintronic and Electronic Materials Group

Program coordinator: Professor Xiaolin Wang

Key researchers: A/Prof. Zhenxiang Cheng, Dr. Germanas Peleckis, Dr. Yi Du, Dr. Zhi Li

  • Design of new generation functional materials using first principles calculation and various experimental approaches
  • Novel magnetic materials and magnetism for spin electronics
  • Ferroelectric, piezoelectric, and multiferroic materials for multifunctional electronic applications and data storage
  • Development of new thermoelectric materials for high efficiency energy conversion and refrigeration
  • Single crystal growth of functional materials
  • Correlation between magnetism and superconductivity in iron-based superconductors
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Thin Film Technology Group

Program coordinator: Professor Alexey Pan

Key researchers: Dr. Yue Zhao

  • Deposition and development of thin film, multilayer, and hybrid systems
  • New technologies for HTS coated conductors for electricity and energy handling
  • Development of tunnelling junctions for research and applications
  • Micro- and nano-structuring, optical and electron beam lithography
  • Magneto-optical imaging of superconducting and magnetic materials
  • Superconducting thin films for telecommunications, medicine, and space applications

Terahertz Science, Solid State Physics Group

Program coordinator: Professor Chao Zhang

Key researchers: Prof. Roger Lewis, A/Prof. Rodney Vickers, Dr. Carey Freeth

  • Quantum tunnelling and electrical characterisation of semiconductor nanostructures
  • Thermionics and thermoelectrics study in nanomaterials
  • High efficiency terahertz emitters
  • Developing advanced materials and structures for terahertz science and technology
  • Terahertz applications in medicine and biology
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Nano Structured Materials

Program coordinator: A/Prof. Kosta Konstantinov

  • High surface area nanostructured oxides for energy storage and conversion
  • Developing chemical deposition techniques for solid state thin film batteries
  • Novel nanostructured materials for asymmetric supercapacitors
  • Innovative nanomaterials for biomedical applications