Dr Weiwei Lei

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Research Fellow ??? Plasma & Nanotechnology

Faculty

Instit for Frontier Materials

Department

Instit for Frontier Materials

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Contact

weiwei.lei@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 522 72881

Biography

Dr Weiwei Lei received his PhD degree in Condensed Matter and High-pressure Physics from the Jilin University in end of 2009. He then joined Yonsei University, South Korea as Research Visitor. In June 2010, Dr Lei joined Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany, working with Prof. Dr. Markus Antonietti as Research Fellow. He was awarded an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Deakin University in mid of 2011 working with Prof. Ying Chen. He was then granted a prestigious Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) in 2014. His invention of porous BN nanosheets (Nature Communications 2013, 4, 1777) has attracted both academic and industrial attentions. Another import research outcome (Nature Communications 2015, 6, 8849) reported a solvent free ball-milling method for the mass production of 2D nanomaterials such as BN nanosheets which has made a significant impact on the applications of water cleaning, functional material and energy storage.

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Career highlights

  •  Jan. 2014~now, Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), Deakin University, Australia.
  •  July. 2011~Dec. 2013, Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Deakin University, Australia.
  •  June. 2010 ~ June. 2011, Research fellow, Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany.
  • Dec. 2009~June. 2010, Research Visitor, Yonsei University, South Korea.

Research interests

  1. Designing novel two- and three-dimensional and porous nanomaterials, especially boron nitride (BN) nanosheets and graphene.
  2. Developing new nanomaterials for water cleaning, environment protection and green energy conversion and storage devices.
  3. Plasma surface functionalization of materials

Affiliations

Jan. 2015~now, Editorial Board member: Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group)

Knowledge areas

Nanomaterials, nanotechnology, photoluminescence, water cleaning, electrochemistry, green energy, supercapacitors, batteries

Expertise

Nanomaterials Synthesis Quite proficient in the physical and chemical knowledge, synthesis techniques, and characterizations and analyses method. The synthesis of 2D nanomaterials (BN, BCN, Graphene, MoS2, WS2, MoO3 nanosheets) and their related 3D structures. The synthesis of metal nitride (AlN, WN2, MoN2,TaN,GaN, InN, GaInN) nanostructures with different morphologies including rose-like, pine-like, wall-like, 6-fold symmetries, multipede-like, hollow-sphere urchin-like, 3D hierarchical nanoflowers and 1D nanorods by arc plasma technique . Material Characterization XRD, TEM, SEM, FTIR, Raman, UV, XPS, TGA, BET, AFM, TEM, EELS, PL and EDS etc. Electrochemistry and Green Energy Electrocatalysis of oxygen reduction/evolution and hydrogen evolution reactions, evaluation of energy conversion devices, supercapacitors, and batteries. Application Test Hydrogen storage, molecular absorption, water separation, gas separation, catalyst, light emission, photoluminescence, ferromagnetic, and biological applications.

Awards

1. 2016 Selected Global Young Scientists Summit@one-north 2016 (GYSS 2016) Awardee, Singapore.
2. 2015 Editorial Board member: Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group)
3. 2015 TechConnect Innovation Award from the TechConnect Corporate & Investment Partner Committee, Washington DC, USA.
4. 2014 Finalist of 2014 Australian Innovation Challenge.
5. 2014 Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) ($367,420)
6. 2014 Deakin University: Central Research Grants Scheme ($25,000)
7. 2013 Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Researcher Award ($5,000)
8. 2013 Smart Geelong Award for Early Career Researcher ($3,000)
9. 2012 Deakin University: Central Research Grants Scheme ($18,000)
10. 2012 The nomination award of 100 outstanding PhD theses of China
11. 2011 Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Deakin University ($225,000)
12. 2011 Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FRQNT) awards, Canada ($50,000)
13. 2011 Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces Research Fellowship, Germany (€26,000)
14. 2010 The award of outstanding PhD theses of Jilin Province of China.
15. 2010 The award of outstanding PhD theses of Jilin University of China.
16. 2009-2010 Research grant from Postgraduate invention fellowship of Jilin University.
17. 2008-2009 Research grant from Postgraduate invention fellowship of Jilin University.
18. 2009 The “Hua-Yan” Scholarship of graduate student of Jilin University.
 

Publications

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Grants

Australian Competitive Grants

Novel Boron Carbon Nitride (BCN) Nanosheets for Future Electrochemical Energy Storage

Dr Weiwei Lei

ARC DECRA - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

  • 2016: $131,648
  • 2015: $128,190
  • 2014: $125,419

Supervisions

Associate Supervisor
2017

Si Qin

Thesis entitled: Development of Two-Dimensional Nanomaterials for Energy Storage and Conversion

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Frontier Materials