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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2017

Photocatalytic TiO?/porous BNNSs composites for simultaneous LR2B and Cr (VI) removal in wool dyeing bath

W Xie, M Zhang, D Liu, W Lei, L Sun, X Wang

(2017), Vol. 333, pp. 165-173, Journal of photochemistry and photobiology A: chemistry, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Hierarchical porous yolk-shell carbon nanosphere for high-performance lithium-sulfur batteries

T Yang, Y Zhong, J Liang, M Rahman, W Lei, Y Chen, M Monteiro, Z Shao, J Liu

(2017), Vol. 34, pp. 1-7, Particle and particle systems characterization, London, Eng., C1

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Porous boron carbon nitride nanosheets as efficient metal-free catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction in both alkaline and acidic solutions

J Wang, J Hao, D Liu, S Qin, D Portehault, Y Li, Y Chen, W Lei

(2017), Vol. 2, pp. 306-312, ACS energy letters, Washington, D.C., C1

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Hydrophilic PAN based carbon nanofibres with improved graphitic structure and enhanced mechanical performance using ethylenediamine functionalized graphene

Z Li, O Zabihi, J Wang, Q Li, J Wang, W Lei, M Naebe

(2017), Vol. 7, pp. 2621-2628, RSC advances, London, Eng., C1

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Reactive yellow 161 decolorization by TiO?/porous boron nitridenanosheet composites in cotton dyeing effluent

W Xie, M Zhang, D Liu, W Lei, L Sun, X Wang

(2017), Vol. 5, pp. 1392-1399, ACS sustainable chemistry and engineering, Washington, D.C., C1

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Porous BN/TiO? hybrid nanosheets as highly efficient visible-light-driven photocatalysts

D Liu, M Zhang, W Xie, L Sun, Y Chen, W Lei

(2017), Vol. 207, pp. 72-78, Applied catalysis B: environmental, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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High and stable ionic conductivity in 2D nanofluidic ion channels between boron nitride layers

S Qin, D Liu, G Wang, D Portehault, C Garvey, Y Gogotsi, W Lei, Y Chen

(2017), Vol. 139, pp. 6314-6320, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Washington, D.C., C1

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Synergistic influence from the hybridization of boron nitride and graphene oxide nanosheets on the thermal conductivity and mechanical properties of polymer nanocomposites

J Zhang, W Lei, D Liu, X Wang

(2017), Vol. 151, pp. 252-257, Composites science and technology, Kidlington, Eng., C1

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2016

Superior adsorption of pharmaceutical molecules by highly porous BN

D Liu, W Lei, S Qin, K Klika, Y Chen

(2016), Vol. 18, pp. 84-88, Physical chemistry chemical physics, Cambridge, Eng., C1

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Advanced N-doped mesoporous molybdenum disulfide nanosheets and the enhanced lithium-ion storage performance

S Qin, W Lei, D Liu, Y Chen

(2016), Vol. 4, pp. 1440-1445, Journal of materials chemistry a, Cambridge, Eng., C1

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A facile one-step synthesis of ZnO quantum dots modified poly(triazine imide) nanosheets for enhanced hydrogen evolution under visible light

H Zhang, F Liu, Z Mou, X Liu, J Sun, W Lei

(2016), Vol. 52, pp. 13020-13023, Chemical communications, London, Eng., C1

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Efficient photocatalytic reduction of aqueous Cr(VI) over porous BNNSs/TiO2 nanocomposites under visible light irradiation

D Liu, M Zhang, W Xie, L Sun, Y Chen, W Lei

(2016), Vol. 6, pp. 8309-8313, Catalysis science & technology, Cambridge, Eng., C1

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2015

High N-content holey few-layered graphene electrocatalysts: Scalable solvent-less production

D Liu, W Lei, D Portehault, S Qin, Y Chen

(2015), Vol. 3, pp. 1682-1687, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, C1

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Scalable production of wrinkled and few-layered graphene sheets and their use for oil and organic solvent absorption

D Liu, W Lei, Y Chen

(2015), Vol. 17, pp. 6913-6918, Physical chemistry chemical physics, London, Eng., C1

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Highly crumpled boron nitride nanosheets as adsorbents: scalable solvent-less production

W Lei, D Liu, Y Chen

(2015), Vol. 2, pp. 1-6, Advanced materials interfaces, London, Eng., C1

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Multifunctional polymer/porous boron nitride nanosheet membranes for superior trapping emulsified oils and organic molecules

D Liu, L He, W Lei, K Klika, L Kong, Y Chen

(2015), Vol. 2, pp. 1-6, Advanced materials interfaces, London, Eng., C1

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Synthesis of an indium oxide nanoparticle embedded graphene three-dimensional architecture for enhanced lithium-ion storage

S Qin, D Liu, W Lei, Y Chen

(2015), Vol. 3, pp. 18238-18243, Journal of materials chemistry a, Cambridge, Eng., C1

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GaN and Gax In1-x N nanoparticles with tunable indium content: synthesis and characterization

W Lei, M Willinger, M Antonietti, C Giordano

(2015), Vol. 21, pp. 18976-18982, Chemistry: a European journal, London, Eng., C1

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Boron nitride colloidal solutions, ultralight aerogels and freestanding membranes through one-step exfoliation and functionalization

W Lei, V Mochalin, D Liu, S Qin, Y Gogotsi, Y Chen

(2015), Vol. 6, pp. 1-8, Nature communications, London, Eng., C1

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Prediction of a superhard carbon-rich C-N compound comparable to diamond

J Hao, H Liu, W Lei, X Tang, J Lu, D Liu, Y Li

(2015), Vol. 119, pp. 28614-28619, Journal of physical chemistry c, Washington, D.C., C1

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2014

Oxygen-doped boron nitride nanosheets with excellent performance in hydrogen storage

W Lei, H Zhang, Y Wu, B Zhang, D Liu, S Qin, Z Liu, L Liu, Y Ma, Y Chen

(2014), Vol. 6, pp. 219-224, Nano Energy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Large-scale production of h-In2O3/carbon nanocomposites with enhanced lithium storage properties

D Liu, W Lei, S Qin, Y Chen

(2014), Vol. 135, pp. 128-132, Electrochimica Acta, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Template-free synthesis of functional 3D BN architecture for removal of dyes from water.

D Liu, W Lei, S Qin, Y Chen

(2014), Vol. 4, pp. 4453-, Scientific Reports, England, C1

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In-situ and tunable nitrogen-doping of MoS2 nanosheets

S Qin, W Lei, D Liu, Y Chen

(2014), Vol. 4, pp. 1-5, Scientific reports, London, Eng., C1

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2013

Large-scale synthesis of hexagonal corundum-type In2O 3 by ball milling with enhanced lithium storage capabilities

D Liu, W Lei, S Qin, L Hou, Z Liu, Q Cui, Y Chen

(2013), Vol. 1, pp. 5274-5278, Journal of materials chemistry A, Cambridge, England, C1

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Synthesis of single-crystal nanoparticles of indium oxide by 'urea glass' method and their electrochemical properties

S Qin, W Lei, D Liu, P Lamb, Y Chen

(2013), Vol. 91, pp. 5-8, Materials letters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Porous boron nitride nanosheets for effective water cleaning

W Lei, D Portehault, D Liu, S Qin, Y Chen

(2013), Vol. 4, pp. 1-7, Nature communications, London, England, C1

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Large scale boron carbon nitride nanosheets with enhanced lithium storage capabilities

W Lei, S Qin, D Liu, D Portehault, Z Liu, Y Chen

(2013), Vol. 49, pp. 352-354, Chemical communications, Cambridge, England, C1

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Room temperature ferromagnetism in new diluted magnetic semiconductor AlN:Mg nanowires

Y Xu, B Yao, D Liu, W Lei, P Zhu, Q Cui, G Zou

(2013), Vol. 15, pp. 3271-3274, CrystEngComm, Cambridge, England, C1

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2011

Boron carbon nitride nanostructures from salt melts : tunable water-soluble phosphors

W Lei, D Portehault, R Dimova, M Antonietti

(2011), Vol. 133, pp. 7121-7127, Journal of the American chemical society, Washington, D. C., C1-1

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2010

Spectroscopic study of the effects of pressure media on high-pressure phase transitions in natrolite

D Liu, W Lei, Z Liu, Y Lee

(2010), Vol. 114, pp. 18819-18824, Journal of physical chemistry C, Washington, D.C., C1-1

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Ferromagnetic properties of Y-doped ALN nanorods

W Lei, D Liu, X Chen, P Zhu, Q Cui, G Zou

(2010), Vol. 114, pp. 15574-15577, Journal of physical chemistry C, Washington, D.C., C1-1

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One-step synthesis of AlN branched nanostructures by an improved DC arc discharge plasma method

W Lei, D Liu, P Zhu, X Chen, J Hao, Q Wang, Q Cui, G Zou

(2010), Vol. 12, pp. 511-516, CrystEngComm, London, England, C1-1

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Scandium-doped AlN 1D hexagonal nanoprisms : a class of room-temperature ferromagnetic materials

W Lei, D Liu, Y Ma, X Chen, F Tian, P Zhu, X Chen, Q Cui, G Zou

(2010), Vol. 49, pp. 173-176, Angewandte chemie - international edition, Weinheim, Germany, C1-1

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2009

Preparation and characterization of graphitic carbon nitride through pyrolysis of melamine

X Li, J Zhang, L Shen, Y Ma, W Lei, Q Cui, G Zou

(2009), Vol. 94, pp. 387-392, Applied physics A : materials science and processing, Heidelberg, Germany, C1-1

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Direct synthesis, growth mechanism, and optical properties of 3D AlN nanostructures with urchin shapes

W Lei, D Liu, J Zhang, P Zhu, Q Cui, G Zou

(2009), Vol. 9, pp. 1489-1493, Crystal growth and design, Washington, D.C., C1-1

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Pressure-induced structural transitions in MOO3·xH2O (x = 1/2, 2) molybdenum trioxide hydrates : a raman study

D Liu, W Lei, X Chen, J Hao, Y Jin, Q Cui, G Zou

(2009), Vol. 113, pp. 16479-16482, Journal of physical chemistry B, Washington, D.C., C1-1

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Compression and probing C-H···I hydrogen bonds of iodoform under high pressure by x-ray diffraction and raman scattering

D Liu, W Lei, K Wang, G Bao, F Li, J Hao, B Liu, T Cui, Q Cui, G Zou

(2009), Vol. 113, pp. 7430-7434, Journal of physical chemistry B, Washington, D.C., C1-1

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Synthesis and characterization of hexagonal and truncated hexagonal shaped MoO3 nanoplates

X Chen, W Lei, D Liu, J Hao, Q Cui, G Zou

(2009), Vol. 113, pp. 21582-21585, Journal of physical chemistry C, Washington, D.C., C1-1

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Plasma-assisted self-catalytic vapour-liquid-solid growth of ?-SiC nanowires

J Zhang, Q Wang, F Wang, X Chen, W Lei, Q Cui, G Zou

(2009), Vol. 42, pp. 035108-35108, Journal of physics D : applied physics, Bristol, England, C1-1

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In situ x-ray observation of phase transitions in Mg2Si under high pressure

J Hao, B Zou, P Zhu, C Gao, Y Li, D Liu, K Wang, W Lei, Q Cui, G Zou

(2009), Vol. 149, pp. 689-692, Solid state communications, Oxford, England, C1-1

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High-pressure structural transitions of Sc2O3 by X-ray diffraction, raman spectra, and ab initio calculations

D Liu, W Lei, Y Li, Y Ma, J Hao, X Chen, Y Jin, D Liu, S Yu, Q Cui, G Zou

(2009), Vol. 48, pp. 8251-8256, Inorganic chemistry, Washington, D. C., C1-1

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Structural phase transformations of Mg3N2 at high pressure : experimental and theoretical studies

J Hao, Y Li, Q Zhou, D Liu, M Li, F Li, W Lei, X Chen, Y Ma, Q Cui, G Zou, J Liu, X Li

(2009), Vol. 48, pp. 9737-9741, Inorganic chemistry, Washington, D. C., C1-1

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Ferromagnetic Sc-doped AlN sixfold-symmetrical hierarchical nanostructures

W Lei, D Liu, P Zhu, X Chen, Q Zhao, G Wen, Q Cui, G Zou

(2009), Vol. 95, pp. 1-3, Applied physics letters, College Park, Md., C1-1

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AlN nanostructures : tunable architectures and optical properties

W Lei, D Liu, J Zhang, B Liu, P Zhu, T Cui, Q Cui, G Zou

(2009), pp. 1365-1367, Chemical communications, Cambridge, England, C1-1

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High-pressure Raman scattering and x-ray diffraction of phase transitions in MoO3

D Liu, W Lei, J Hao, D Liu, B Liu, X Wang, X Chen, Q Cui, G Zou, J Liu, S Jiang

(2009), Vol. 105, pp. 1-7, Journal of applied physics, College Park, Md., C1-1

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2008

One-Step synthesis of the pine-shaped nanostructure of aluminum nitride and its photoluminescence properties

W Lei, D Liu, P Zhu, Q Wang, G Liang, J Hao, X Chen, Q Cui, G Zou

(2008), Vol. 112, pp. 13353-13358, Journal of physical chemistry C, Washington, D.C., C1-1

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Direct synthesis and characterization of single-phase tantalum nitride (Ta2N) nanocrystallites by dc arc discharge

W Lei, D Liu, J Zhang, L Shen, X Li, Q Cui, G Zou

(2008), Vol. 459, pp. 298-301, Journal of alloys and compounds, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Three-dimensional AlN microroses and their enhanced photoluminescence properties

W Lei, J Zhang, D Liu, P Zhu, Q Cui, G Zou

(2008), pp. 5221-5223, Chemical communications, Cambridge, England, C1-1

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High-pressure x-ray diffraction and Raman spectra study of indium oxide

D Liu, W Lei, B Zou, S Yu, J Hao, K Wang, B Liu, Q Cui, G Zou

(2008), Vol. 104, pp. 1-5, Journal of applied physics, College Park, Md., C1-1

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Comparative studies of structural transition between AlN nanocrystals and nanowires

W Lei, D Liu, J Zhang, Q Cui, G Zou

(2008), Vol. 121, pp. 1-8, Journal of physics : conference series, Bristol, England, C1-1

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2007

Synthesis of cubic tantalum nitride nanocrystallites

W Lei, L Shen, D Liu, X Li, G Peng, Q Cui, G Zou

(2007), Vol. 22, pp. 400-402, Wuji cailiao xuebao/Journal of inorganic materials, [Beijing,China], C1-1

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Growth and characterization of single-phase metastable tantalum nitride nanocrystals by dc arc discharge

W Lei, D Liu, L Shen, J Zhang, P Zhu, Q Cui, G Zou

(2007), Vol. 306, pp. 413-417, Journal of crystal growth, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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High-pressure study of low-compressibility Ta2N

W Lei, D Liu, X Li, J Zhang, Q Zhou, J Hu, Q Cui, G Zou

(2007), Vol. 19, pp. 1-1, Journal of physics : condensed matter, Bristol, England, C1-1

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Synthesis and characterization of nanocrystalline hexagonal boron carbo-nitride under high temperature and high pressure

X Li, J Zhang, L Shen, W Lei, D Yang, Q Cui, G Zou

(2007), Vol. 19, pp. 425235-425235, Journal of physics : condensed matter, London, England, C1-1

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2006

Pressure-induced structural transition in AIN nanowires

L Shen, X Li, Y Ma, K Yang, W Lei, Q Cui, G Zou

(2006), Vol. 89, pp. 1-3, Applied physics letters, College Park, Md., C1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

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