Dr Zhongfan Jia

ARC Future Fellow

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
z.jia@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 64163

Overview

Dr Zhongfan Jia is currently an ARC Future Fellow and an associate group leader in AIBN at UQ. He received his PhD. degree in polymer chemistry and physics from Fudan University, China, in 2007. He then took a postdoc position at the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD) in University of New South Wales (UNSW) with Prof. Tom Davis, where he worked with RAFT polymerization for polymer/biomolecules conjugation and biomedical applications. In 2009, he took the UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and moved to the University of Queensland and worked with Prof. Michael Monteiro at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN). His current research interests are (i) Living polymerization for complex polymer architecture; (ii) Synthesis of polymer nanostructures for biological application; (iii) Polymer-based electrochemical material for energy storage; (iv) Polymer-supported catalytic reaction. Dr Jia has authored 73 publications include three book chapters.

Research Interests

  • Organic radical polymer for energy storage
    Design and synthesis of new organic radical polymer for electrochemical energy storage - next generation of the plastic battery.
  • Organic radical polymer for oxidation catalysis
    Design and synthesis of new organic radical polymer for selective oxidation of alcohol.
  • Living radical polymerization and polymer design
    Synthesis of dendritic and cyclic polymers; Fabrication of thermo-responsive nanostructures with high solid content, variable functionalities, and diverse morphologies for stem cell and other applications.
  • Functional polymer for bioapplications
    Synthesis of functional polymer for protein conjugation, siRNA and drug delivery

Research Impacts

Current research on the development of polymer energy storage materials will have great impacts on (i) battery, supercapacitor for flexible electronic devices; (ii) redox flow battery for micro-grid energy storage (iii) recyclable catalysts.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Fudan University

Publications

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Supervision

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Available Projects

  • Organic radical polymers as electrochemical active materials provide both superior redox property and excellent processability and flexibily. This project aims to design and synthesis of new organic radical polymer structures and used as electrode material for electrochemical energy storage.

  • Nitroxide radicals are known as catalysts for many organic reactions. This project amins to synthesize new smart polymer-supported nitroxide radical material as catalyst for oxidation of alcohol to corresponding carbonyl compounds.

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Harkness, Linda, Chen, Xiaoli, Davies, Anthony M., Jia, Zhongfan, Monteiro, Michael J., Pera, Martin and Gray, Peter P. (2016). 3D neuronal differentiation: using a thermo-responsive polymer for expansion and release of differentiated hESC. In: Conference on Changing the Face of Modern Medicine - Stem Cells and Gene Therapy, Florence, Italy, (). 18-21 October 2016.

  • Harkness, Linda, Chen, Xiaoli, Davies, Anthony M., Jia, Zhongfan, Monteiro, Michael J., Pera, Martin and Gray, Peter P. (2016). 3D neuronal differentiation: using a thermo-responsive polymer for expansion and release of differentiated hESC. In: EMBO/EMBL Symposium: Organoids: Modelling organ development and disease in 3D culture, Heidelberg, Germany, (). 12-15 October 2016.

  • Jia, Zhongfan and Monteiro, Michael J. (2015). Temperature-induced gels from worms made by RAFT-mediated emulsion polymerization. In: Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Brent S. Sumerlin, Nicolay V. Tsarevsky and John Chiefari, Controlled Radical Polymerization, Vol 2: Materials. American Chemical Society Symposium on Controlled Radical Polymerization, San Francisco CA, United States, (79-90). 10-14 August 2014. doi:10.1021/bk-2015-1188.ch006

  • Monteiro, Michael J. and Jia, Zhongfan (2014). Multifunctional nanoworms and nanorods and functional membranes. In: Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society. 248th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), San Francisco CA, United States, (). 10-14 August 2014.

  • Skwarczynski, Mariusz, Liu, Tzu-Yu, Hussein, Waleed M., Jia, Zhongfan, Ziora, Zyta M., McMillan, Nigel A. J., Monteiro, Michael J. and Toth, Istvan (2014). Synthesis of therapeutic vaccine against cervical cancer. In: Yuji Nishiuchi and Tadashi Teshima, Peptide Science 2013: Proceedings of the 4th Asia-Pacific International Peptide Symposium held in conjunction with the 50th Japanese Peptide Symposium. 4th Asia-Pacific International Peptide Symposium in conjunction with 50th Japanese Peptide Symposium, Osaka, Japan, (65-68). 6-8 November 2013.

  • Jia, Zhongfan and Monteire, Michael J. (2012). Kinetic simulations of RAFT-mediated microemulsion polymerizations of styrene. In: Krzysztof Matyjaszewski, Brent S. Sumerlin and Nicolay V. Tsarevsky, Progress in Controlled Radical Polymerization: Mechanisms and Techniques. American Chemical Society Symposium on Controlled/Living Radical Polymerization, Denver, United States, (293-304). 29 August - 1 September 2011. doi:10.1021/bk-2012-1100.ch019

  • Skwarczynski, M., Fuaad, A. A. H. A., Zaman, M., Jia, Z., Kowapradit, J., Rustanti, L., Ziora, Z. M., Monteiro, M. L. J., Batzloff, M. R., Goodc, M. F. and Toth, I. (2012). Nanoparticles-based peptide subunit vaccines against group A Streptococcus. In: 32nd European Peptide Symposium, Athens, Greece, (S53-S53). 2-7 September 2012. doi:10.1002/psc.2448

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Organic radical polymers as electrochemical active materials provide both superior redox property and excellent processability and flexibily. This project aims to design and synthesis of new organic radical polymer structures and used as electrode material for electrochemical energy storage.

  • Nitroxide radicals are known as catalysts for many organic reactions. This project amins to synthesize new smart polymer-supported nitroxide radical material as catalyst for oxidation of alcohol to corresponding carbonyl compounds.