Dr Ming Li

Associate Lecturer

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology


My research interests are in the materials of energy storage with specific interest in electrochemistry and electron microscopy, crystallography of engineering and functional materials.

I received my PhD from UQ in Chemical Engineering in 2017. Since completing my PhD I continue the research in the area of energy storage materials.

My interests are in operando physical characterisation methods for battery materials, understanding battery degradation mechanisms in fast charging mode, and crystallography of engineering and functional materials.

Research Interests

  • Operando electron microscopy methods for characterising battery materials
    Being able to characterise a battery material in close to operating conditions allows for a real and unique insight into the material behaviour. In liquid electron microscopy, operando characterisation is complicated as the electron microscope operates in a high vacuum condition. For operando observation of battery systems (with a liquid electrolyte) this requires a liquid cell that can be encapsulated, while still remaining electron transparent. This work is experimentally challenging, but its more direct characterisation perspectives can gain the insights of the interplay between microstructural heterogeneities and battery performance.
  • Degradation phenomenon in battery systems during fast charging
    The rapid market growth of all electric vehicle demands the great battery performance during fast charging mode (XFC). The exaggerated degradation issue during XFC becomes the bottleneck of XFC battery development. I am interested in researching and understanding how to limit degradation either through material, microstructure or operational design.
  • Crystallography of engineering functional and energy storage materials
    In my PhD project, I facilitated different microstructural-crystallographic technique (TEM and EBSD) to understand the grain refinement topic in metal alloy. Since completing my PhD, I transform the knowledge of crystallography to the energy storage materials, e.g. Li-S battery, Zn-ion battery, Na-ion battery and perovskite materials. My research strength lies in my ability to create links between alloy systems and energy storage which allows for unique research perspective and technology development.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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