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Prof Qipeng Guo

Position: Personal Chair
Faculty or Division: GTP Research
Department: Institute for Frontier Materials
Campus: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 52272802 +61 3 52272802
Fax: +61 3 522 71103 +61 3 522 71103



  • Doctor in Sciences (Chemistry), Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), 2000
  • GCHE Exempt, Deakin University, 2006
  • Doctor of Engineering, Kyushu University (Japan), 1999
  • Master of Science, University of Science & Technology of China, 1987
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Science & Technology of China, 1984

Career highlights

2009-present: Personal Chair, Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University
2006-2008: Associate Professor, Centre for Material and Fibre Innovation, Deakin University
2005-2006: Associate Professor, Faculty of Life and Social Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology
2002-2005: Queen Elizabeth II Fellow, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland
2001-2002: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota, USA
1999-2001: Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, University of Freiburg, Germany
1999-1999: Visiting Professor, Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University, Japan
1998-1999: Senior Researcher, Department of Chemistry, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
1993-1998: Professor, Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China
1987-1993: Junior Researcher, Assistant Professor and Professor, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China


Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), UK, elected 2008


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Research interests

Professor Guo holds a personal chair in polymer science and technology at Deakin University where he leads the Polymers Research Group. He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), UK. He has extensive expertise in polymeric materials. His research interests include: block copolymers and block ionomers; high performance thermosets; polymer composites and nanocomposites; polymer blends and complexes; gels, membranes and microemulsions; biodegradable and natural polymers; recycling of rubber, plastics and composites; polymers for oil, gas and energy applications. Professor Guo is also engaged in commercial research, with plenty of experience in development of novel polymeric materials to meet various requirements for different applications, construction of processing equipment and scaling-up; in particular he has successfully established a pilot plant for tyre rubber recycling with an industry partner.

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  1. Guo, Q. (editor), “Thermosets: Structure, Properties and Applications,” Woodhead Publishing, Cambridge, UK, 2012.
  2. Song, P., Xu, Zh. and Guo, Q.,* “Bioinspired strategy to reinforce PVA with improved toughness and thermal properties via hydrogen-bond self-assembly,” ACS Macro Letters 2013, 2, 1100-1104.
  3. Wu, S., Guo, Q.,* Kraska, M., Stühn, B. and Mai, Y.-W., “Toughening epoxy thermosets with block ionomers: The role of phase domain size,” Macromolecules 2013, 46, 8190-8202.
  4. Zhang, T. and Guo, Q.,* “High internal phase emulsion (HIPE) organogels from charge-driven assembled polymer organogels,” Chemical Communications 2013, 49, 11803-11805.
  5. Zhang, T. and Guo, Q.,* “A new route to multiresponsive organogels from a block ionomer via charge-driven assembly,” Chemical Communications 2013, 49, 5076-5078.
  6. Salim, N. V., Hameed, N., Hanley, T. L., Waddington, L. J., Hartley, P. G. and Guo, Q.,* “Nanofibrillar micelles and entrapped vesicles from biodegradable block copolymer/polyelectrolyte complexes in aqueous media,” Langmuir 2013, 29, 9240-9248.
  7. Xu, Z. and Guo, Q.,* “A simple method to prepare monodisperse and size-tunable carbon nanospheres from phenolic resin,” Carbon 2013, 52, 464-467.
  8. Wu, S., Guo, Q.,* Peng, S., Hameed, N., Kraska, M., Stühn, B. and Mai, Y.-W., “Toughening epoxy thermosets with block ionomer complexes: A nanostructure–mechanical property correlation,” Macromolecules 2012, 45, 3829-3840.
  9. Peng, S., Guo, Q.,* Hughes, T. and Hartley, P. G.,* “In situ synchrotron SAXS study of polymerizable microemulsions,” Macromolecules 2011, 44, 3007-3015.
  10. Salim, N. V., Hanley, T. and Guo, Q.,* “Microphase separation through competitive hydrogen bonding in double crystalline diblock copolymer/homopolymer blends,” Macromolecules 2010, 43, 7695-7704.
  11. Hameed, N., Salim, N. V. and Guo, Q.,* "Microphase separation through competitive hydrogen bonding in self-assembled A-b-B/C diblock copolymer/homopolymer complexes," Journal of Chemical Physics 2009, 131, 214905.
  12. Hameed, N., Liu, J. and Guo, Q.,* "Self-assembled complexes of poly(4-vinylphenol) and poly(ε-caprolactone)-block-poly(2-vinylpyridine) via competitive hydrogen bonding," Macromolecules 2008, 41, 7596-7605.

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