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Dr Jane Dai

Position: Senior Research Fellow
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Faculty or Division: Instit for Frontier Materials
Department: Instit for Frontier Materials
Campus: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 72427 +61 3 522 72427


Biography summary

Xiujuan Jane Dai received her PhD degree in plasma physics from the Australian National University. She also has MSc and BSc degrees in plasma physics and semiconductor physics from China. Her research has focused on the development of novel plasma technologies and methodologies, and the development of materials with new functionality, for applications ranging from energy, biomedicine, food sterilization and agriculture, to nanotechology, composites, transport and textiles. A persistent theme has been the improved understanding of underlying mechanisms through surface characterization, analysis and diagnostics. She was an invited speaker at the Gordon Research Conference (USA) on plasma science & technology in 2000, and joint recipient of the CSIRO Research Medal and a NanoVic Prize in 2006 for her work on carbon nanotubes. She has established a new plasma laboratory and leads the plasma research team at IFM since joining Deakin University in 2009. She is committed to helping young scientists grow and to bringing different experts together in a harmonious working environment.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University, 1995


Knowledge areas

Plasma Physics, Plasma Chemistry, Material Science, Surface Analysis


Research interests

The focus of Dr Dai's research is on producing new surfaces/interfaces with new functionality, on the fabrication/doping of nanomaterials, and on food sterilization and agriculture applications. This encompasses the development of novel plasma technologies and methodologies; the development of materials with new functionality for energy and biomedical applications using semiconductors, metals, ceramics, polymers and textiles; and improved understanding of the underlying mechanisms through various surface characterizations, analysis and diagnostics. She has established a new plasma laboratory and led a plasma research group at IFM since joining Deakin in 2009 and has grown many collaborations within IFM, across the University and with outside research organizations nationally and internationally.  Current project examples are:

- Development of plasma in liquid for milk and food sterilization, and for plants growth and disease control
- Functional/doped nanostructured electrodes and materials for energy storage devices
- Development of new working electrode and solid electrolyte for dye-sensitized solar cells by using plasma doping, functionalization, and polymerization
- Development of novel nanotuboids by plasma nanofabrication for biomedical applications
- Plasma surface functionalization of nanomaterials, especially CNTs, BNNTs, and their composites
- Textile applications, including carbon fibre sizing, pilling performance, textile electronics, and textile wastewater treatment
- Development of biosensors using nanomaterials

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