Ali (Rouholah) Jalili

Ali Jalili
Chemical Engineering
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(02) 9385 5966

Tyree Energy Technology Building

Dr. Ali Jalili is an Australian Research council DECRA Fellow at School of Chemical Engineering in University of New South Wales Sydney. He received his PhD from the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI) at the University of Wollongong, conducting research on additive manufacturing of electromaterials for electrochemical device fabrication under the supervision of ARC Laureate Fellow and the director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES), Prof. Gordon G. Wallace in 2013. Following his PhD graduation, he has received graphene development fellowship from ACES, where he was closely working with various nodes of ACES and the materials node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF). This position gave him the opportunity to interact with a larger network of researchers and exposed him to research areas outside of his expertise, instigating new project ideas and collaborations. At 2017, He has joined Prof. Calum Drummond’s research group at RMIT as a vice-chancellor's postdoctoral fellow to explore biomimetic systems for tailor-making a vast range of liquid crystalline-based 3D printing inks. At 2018, he has joined ARC Laureate Fellow Prof. Douglas MacFarlane’s laboratory at Monash University as a visiting fellow to conduct research on electrochemical nitrogen reduction reaction. From 2019, he has joined ARC Laureate Fellow Prof. Rose Amal’s Particles and Catalysis Research Group to continue research on nitrogen reduction to ammonia with the ARC DECRA Fellowship.


His research has focused on the development of different fabrication techniques for organic nanomaterials, such as conducting polymers, carbon nanotubes and atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) materials such as graphene. This has included translation of nano-electromaterials into multifunctional macrostructures, while preserving their inherent nanoscale properties using engineering processing techniques such as fiber spinning, electrospinning, printing (ink-jet and sof-3D) and coatings. He is utilizing soft self-assembly of atomically thin electromaterials and biomimetic systems to develop a platform for tailor-making self-assembled and self-oriented scaffold electrodes for sustainable energy, energy storage & conversion, sensors, electrocatalysis and bionic applications. Currently, he is utilizing biomimetic systems for tailor-making and self-oriented additive manufactured structures for environmental electrochemical conversion of nitrogen to ammonia.


Awards and prizes 

2018: ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award. 

2017: Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow Award from RMIT University. 

2016: Travel award from Australia Academy of Sciences. 

2015: The Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM) collaborative grant. 

2014: The Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM) for Gold grant. 

2013: Best poster award from the Fiber Society. 


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Dr Ali Jalili has funding to support PhD students intereted to work on the following projects:


If you are interested to work on any of the two projects, please email Dr Ali Jalili directly along with the following information: (1) CV/Resume; (2) Academic transcripts of all your degree (Bachelor and/or Master); (3) English test result (IELTS/TOEFL/etc - UNSW has a min English requirement for admission) and (4) Copy of publications (if any)