Da-Wei Wang

Associate Professor
Chemical Engineering
Contact details:
+61 02 9385 7355

Rm352, Tyree Energy Technology Building

Brief Bio

After receiving a Bachelor degree in materials science and engineering in 2003 from Northwestern Polytechnic University in China, Dr Wang started his PhD studies at the Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2003, and received his PhD in Materials Science in 2009. Under the supervision of Professor Hui-Ming Cheng and Professor Feng Li, and the co-supervision of Professor Max Lu, he developed hierarchical porous carbon electrodes for high-power/energy supercapacitors and flexible graphene-polymer electrodes for soft supercapacitors.

During 2009-2013, Dr Wang did his postdoctoral research at the University of Queensland in collaboration with Professor Max Lu and Professor Ian Gentle. Dr Wang studied the surface electrochemistry of carbon materials with a focus on the oxygen functional groups and the development of Co-based materials for water splitting. Dr Wang's research was oriented to the R&D of high-energy Li-S and metal-Air batteries.

Since 2014, Dr Wang commenced a Lecturer position in the School of Chemical Engineering, The University of New South Wales. Future research in Dr Wang's group focuses on synthesis and electrochemistry of electrode materials (carbons, metal compounds and polymers) and advanced energy storage/conversion nanotechnology.

Professional Experience

2019-present   Associate Professor, School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW Sydney

2016-2018       Senior Lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW Sydney; Scientia Fellow (2018)

2014-2016       Lecturer, School of Chemical Engineering, The University of New South Wales

                        Visiting Academic, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, The University of Queensland

2009-2013       Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

                        Research-Teaching Fellow, The University of Queensland


Awards and Honours

Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Award (2013)
Elsevier | Australasia Research Management Society

Foundation Research Excellence Award (2012)
The University of Queensland, Australia

Research Teaching Fellowship (2012-2013)
The University of Queensland, Australia

Carbon Excellence in Review Award (2012)

Early Career Researcher Travel Award (2013)
University of Queensland, Australia

Visiting Research Fellowship (2011)
Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Award for Scientific Visits to United States of America (2010)
Australian Academy of Science, Australia

Research Interests

Materials chemistry and engineering towards high-density energy storage

Advanced electrochemical energy technologies

In-operando diagnosis of energy storage systems


Corrosion and Electrochemistry

Nanomaterials Characterization

PhD Projects

Carbon-based electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction

Polymeric materials for high performance lithium storage

Carbon-sulfur nanocomposites for Li-S batteries

Co-based electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution reaction

Graphene oxide-based materials for energy storage

Carbon-metal oxide hybrids for energy conversion and storage

Competitive Projects

  • 2012-2013 Li-S battery, UniQuest Pathfinder, Wang
  • 2012 UQ ResTeach Fellowship, Wang
  • 2012-2013 Microporous cathode electrode for lithium-sulfur batteries, QSIEF, Gentle, Wang
  • 2012-2014 Advanced Materials for New Generation High Energy Storage, BAJC, Gentle, Wang
  • 2011-2013 Development of Nanostructured Sensors for Ultra-sensitive, Label-free and Selective Detection of Biological and Chemical Species. ARC DP, Chen, Wang, Liu
  • 2010 Electrochemical Lithographic Nanofabrication and Quantum Capacitance of Large Area Patterned Graphene Nanoribbons Circuits. Wang. UQ ECR
  • 2010 Chemically modified graphene materials for next generation supercapacitor. Wang. UQ NSRSF
  • 2010 Award for Scientific Visits to United States of America, Australian Academy of Science

Selected publications

Oxygen Electrocatalysis (2014-)

  • D. W. Wang, D. S. Su, Heterogeneous nanocarbon materials for oxygen reduction reaction, Energy & Environmental Science, 2014, 7, 576-591. (Invited Review Paper)

Li-S Batteries (2012~)

  • D. W. Wang, Q. Zeng, G. M. Zhou, L. C. Yin, F. Li, H. M. Cheng, I. R. Gentle, G. Q. Lu, Carbon–sulfur composites for Li–S batteries: status and prospects, Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2013, 1 (33), 9382-9394. (Invited Perspective Paper)
  • J. Liu, T. Y. Yang, D. W. Wang, G. Q. Lu, D. Y. Zhao, S. Z. Qiao, A facile soft-template synthesis of mesoporous polymeric and carbonaceous nanospheres, Nature Communications, 2013, 4, 2798.
  • G. M. Zhou, L. C Yin, D. W. Wang, L. Li, S. Pei, I. R. Gentle, F. Li, H. M. Cheng, Fibrous hybrid of graphene and sulfur nanocrystals for high-performance lithium-sulfur batteries, ACS Nano, 2013, 7 (6), 5367-5375.
  • G. M. Zhou, D. W. Wang, F. Li, P. X. Hou, L. C. Yin, C. Liu, I. R. Gentle, G. Q. Lu, H. M. Cheng, A flexible nanostructured sulphur-carbon nanotube cathode with high rate performance for Li-S batteries, Energy & Environmental Science, 2012, 5, 8901-8906.
  • D. W. Wang, G. M. Zhou, F. Li, K. H. Wu, G. Q. Lu, H. M. Cheng, I. R. Gentle, A micro-mesoporous carbon with graphitic structure for high-rate stable sulfur cathode in carbonate solvent-based Li-S batteries, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2012, 14, 8703-8710.

Li-ion Technologies (2008~)

  • D. W. Wang, C. H. Sun, G. M. Zhou, F. Li, L. Wen, B. C. Donose, G. Q. Lu, H. M. Cheng, I. R. Gentle, The examination of graphene oxide for rechargeable lithium storage as a novel cathode material, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2013, 1, 3607-3612.
  • Z. Weng, F. Li, D. W. Wang, L. Wen, H. M. Cheng, Controlled electrochemical charge injection to maximize the energy density of supercapacitorsAngewandte Chemie International Edition 2013, 52 (13), 3722-3725.
  • G. M. Zhou, D. W. Wang, L. C. Yin, N. Li, F. Li, H. M. Cheng, Oxygen bridges between NiO nanosheets and graphene for improvement of lithium storage, ACS Nano, 2012, 6, 3214-3223.
  • D. W. Wang, H. T. Fang, F. Li, Z. G. Chen, Q. S. Zhong, G. Q. Lu, and H. M. Cheng. Aligned titania nanotubes as an intercalation anode material for hybrid electrochemical energy storage, Advanced Functional Materials, 2008, 18, 3787-3793.

 Supercapacitors (2006~)

  • D. W. Wang, K. H. Wu, I. R. Gentle, G. Q. Lu, Anodic chlorine-nitrogen co-doping of reduced  graphene oxide films at room temperature, Carbon, 2012, 50, 3333-3341.
  • D. W. Wang, F. Li, L. C. Yin, X. Lu, Z. G. Chen, I. R. Gentle, G. Q. Lu, H. M. Cheng, Nitrogen-doped carbon monolith for alkaline supercapacitors and understanding of nitrogen-induced redox transition, Chemistry – A European Journal, 2012, 18, 5345-5351.
  • D. W. Wang, F. Li, J. P. Zhao, W. C. Ren, Z. G. Chen, J. Tan, Z. S. Wu, I. R. Gentle, G. Q. Lu, and H. M. Cheng. Fabrication of graphene/polyaniline composite paper via in situ anodic electropolymerization for high-performance flexible electrode, ACS Nano, 2009, 3, 1745-1752.
  • D. W. Wang, F. Li, and H. M. Cheng. Hierarchical porous nickel oxide and carbon as electrode materials for asymmetric supercapacitor, Journal of Power Sources, 2008, 185, 1563-1568.
  • D. W. Wang, F. Li, M. Liu, G. Q. Lu, and H. M. Cheng. Mesopore-aspect-ratio dependence of ion transport in rodtype ordered mesoporous carbon, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part C, 2008, 112, 9950-9955.
  • D. W. Wang, F. Li, M. Liu, G. Q. Lu, and H. M. Cheng. A 3D aperiodic hierarchical porous graphitic carbon material for high-rate electrochemical capacitive energy storage, Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 2008, 47, 373-376.
  • D. W. Wang, F. Li, M. Liu, and H. M. Cheng. Improved capacitance of SBA-15 templated mesoporous carbons after modification with nitric acid oxidation, New Carbon Materials, 2007, 22, 307-314.
  • D. W. Wang, F. Li, H. T. Fang, M. Liu, G. Q. Lu, and H. M. Cheng. Effect of pore packing defects in 2D ordered mesoporous carbons on ionic transport, The Journal of Physical Chemistry Part B, 2006, 110, 8570-8575.

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