Dr Bin Luo

ARC Future Fellow

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
b.luo1@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 63823

Overview

​Dr Bin Luo is currently an ARC Future Fellow in Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) at the University of Queensland (UQ). He received his doctoral degree in Physical Chemistry from National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST), University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) in July 2013. In August 2014, Dr Luo joined UQ as a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow in AIBN. He then secured highly competitive UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2015-2018), ARC DECRA Fellowship (2018-2021), and ARC Future Fellowship (2021-2025).

​Dr Bin Luo' s research focuses on the design of new functional nanomaterials/nanostructures for energy storage applications. Specially, the goal of his current research is to develop functional nanomaterials for next generation energy storage technologies, including metal-sulfur batteries, redox flow batteries, solar rechargeable batteries, solide state microbatteries.

Research Interests

  • Functional nanomaterials for energy related applications
    Development of new functional nanomaterials/nanostructures for energy related applications including rechargeable batteries, supercapacitors, and photocatalysis.
  • Next generation energy devices
    Design of next generation energy conversion or storage devices (i.e. flexible/transparent/microsized batteries, supercapacitors, or solar cells) and new conceptual energy storage system (i.e. solar rechargeable battery)

Research Impacts

Dr Luo has been working in the field of energy storage materials over 10 years and contributed more than 100 original publications on top ranking journals such as Adv. Mater., Energy Environ. Sci., Nano Energy, Adv. Sci., Small, etc. As of May 2021, his work has received over 7,300 citations with h-index of 39 (google scholar). Dr Luo's research has generated significant novel IP: he is an inventor on 13 patents on functional nanomaterials and their applications for energy conversion or storage including lithium-ion batteries, supercapacitors, and catalysis.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of the Chinese Academy of Science

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • This project aims to develop a new solar battery as a sustainable power source for future wearable electronics. The research will develop solar rechargeable Zinc-Manganese oxide batteries based on new stretchable microelectrodes and materials engineering for the direct storage of solar energy. Expected outcomes include new classes of planar-type solar batteries, functional microelectrodes and energy materials, as well as new knowledge generated from collaborations across materials science, photoelectrochemistry and nanotechnology disciplines. These will not only expand the applications of solar batteries to a new domain of wearable electronics, but also may eventually lead to new industry advances in functional materials for clean energy.

  • This project aims to develop a new prototype of solar rechargeable battery for the direct capture and storage of abundant but intermittent solar energy. This Project will integrate newly designed solar-driven photoelectrochemical energy conversion process and bifunctional photoelectrode into lithium-sulfur battery to achieve high energy storage efficiency. Expected outcomes include high-performance solar rechargeable batteries and new knowledge resulting from the disciplinary collaborations between energy storage, photoelectrochemistry and nanotechnology. These will provide advances in material science and solar energy storage technologies, thus addressing the global energy shortage and environmental pollution issues.

  • Effective energy storage system plays an important role in the installation of renewable energies and electric vehicles. This project aims to develop new sulfur cathodes, separators or solid electrolyte for high capacity metal (Li, Al)-sulfur battery with high capacity and long cycling life.

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Wang, Bin, Luo, Bin, Li, Xianglong and Zhi, Linjie (2017). Graphene-inorganic composites as electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries. Chemical synthesis and applications of graphene and carbon materials. (pp. 217-249) edited by Markus Antonietti and Klaus Müllen. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley. doi: 10.1002/9783527648160.ch10

  • Luo, Bin, Liang, Minghui, Giersig, Michael and Zhi, Linjie (2013). Graphene-based materials for clean energy applications. Graphite, graphene, and their polymer nanocomposites. (pp. 199-262) edited by Prithu Mukhopadhyay and Rakesh K. Gupta. Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/b13051-7

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Conference Publication

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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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.

  • This project aims to develop a new solar battery as a sustainable power source for future wearable electronics. The research will develop solar rechargeable Zinc-Manganese oxide batteries based on new stretchable microelectrodes and materials engineering for the direct storage of solar energy. Expected outcomes include new classes of planar-type solar batteries, functional microelectrodes and energy materials, as well as new knowledge generated from collaborations across materials science, photoelectrochemistry and nanotechnology disciplines. These will not only expand the applications of solar batteries to a new domain of wearable electronics, but also may eventually lead to new industry advances in functional materials for clean energy.

  • This project aims to develop a new prototype of solar rechargeable battery for the direct capture and storage of abundant but intermittent solar energy. This Project will integrate newly designed solar-driven photoelectrochemical energy conversion process and bifunctional photoelectrode into lithium-sulfur battery to achieve high energy storage efficiency. Expected outcomes include high-performance solar rechargeable batteries and new knowledge resulting from the disciplinary collaborations between energy storage, photoelectrochemistry and nanotechnology. These will provide advances in material science and solar energy storage technologies, thus addressing the global energy shortage and environmental pollution issues.

  • Effective energy storage system plays an important role in the installation of renewable energies and electric vehicles. This project aims to develop new sulfur cathodes, separators or solid electrolyte for high capacity metal (Li, Al)-sulfur battery with high capacity and long cycling life.

  • This project aims to develop new types of hierarchical electrodes for high-rate lithium ion batteries with long cycling life. The key concepts are the development of multi-shelled hollow structured silicon-based anode and Li-rich layered oxides cathode to achieve both high power and energy density, and the adoption of graphene to further improve rate capability and cycling stability. Effective energy storage systems play an important role in the development of renewable energies and electric vehicles. The project outcomes will lead to innovative technologies in low carbon emission transportation and efficient energy storage systems.