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Multifunctional synergy for enhancing materials performance

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The State Key Lab of 

High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences 

中 国 科 学 院 上 海 硅 酸 盐 研 究 所 高 性 能 陶 瓷 和 超 微 结 构 国 家 重 点 实验 室 


Multifunctional synergy for enhancing materials performance


Shi Xue Dou

Australian Insinuate of Innovative Materials, University of Wollongong 


时间:2019 9 12日(星期四)上午10:00








  Significant advances in development of strategies and approaches on novel materials design and processing have been made. Here we particularly highlight the advantages of combination of multi-functionalities to achieve synergetic effect on materials performance. These include combination of carbon coating with band engineering for alteration of electronic properties; universal general approach for morphology control; combination of physical confinement with catalytic effect to control polysulphide loss in metal sulphur battery; Multiple strain engineering for improvement of flux pinning in superconductor and reactive sites in catalysts; Additive & subtractive engineering for controlled growth of nanomaterials with designed size, shape and composition; Multiple dimension manipulation to achieve optimised electronic, ionic and optical properties; York-shell sphere/Core-shell structures to control unwanted strain; Hybridisation at materials, structure & device level to achieve high reactivity in catalysts and storage materials. Among these the interface/surface science and engineering is the most critical element for materials design and processing at both fundamental and applied level. Most of our research is limited within the block of research inputs to research outputs while there is a huge gap between research outputs and commercial benefits in our research which need to be addressed. Scaling-up remains as a great challenge to facilitate industry transformation processes from laboratory to real world applications. 


  Shi Xue Dou is a Distingiushed Professor at University of Wollongong, the founding derector of ISEM and UOW Ambassador for China. He received his PhD at Dalhousie University, Canada in 1984 and DSc at the University of New South Wales in 1998 and was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering in 1994. He was awarded the Australian Government’s Centenary Medal in 2003 and Australian Order of Member in 2019 for his contribution to materials science and engineering, multiple Australian Professorial Fellowships from 1993 to 2011, the Vice-Chancellors Senior Excellence Award in 2008, Outstanding Partnership Award in 2012 and the Life Achievement Award from ASTS in 2018. He is named as a highly cited researcher in materials science by Thomson Reuters with citations of 42,000 and h-index of 94 (Scopus). His research focusses on energy and electronic materials. He has supervised and co-supervised 98 PhD students, more than 60 postdoctoral and visiting fellows. He is program leader for Auto CRC 2020 on electrification program and the on-going ARENA 2016-2020 on smart sodium storage system program.