Dr Valentino Kaneti

UQ Advance Qld Industry Res Fellow

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology


Dr Kaneti focuses on the design of novel nanoporous carbon and inorganic materials with controlled structural parameters (size, shape, and porosity) to optimize their functional performance toward energy storage and conversion, sensing, and bio-related applications. In particular, he is interested in the rational design and construction of metal-organic frameworks and mesoporous materials and has demonstrated the novel self-assembly of inorganic 1D nanomaterials into 2D sheet-like structures using template-assisted approaches for supercapacitor and fuel cell applications. Finally, he has conducted several theoretical studies using density functional theory (DFT) simulations to understand the adsorption of gas molecules on various crystal facets of metal oxides.

Dr Yusuf Valentino Kaneti received his PhD degree from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. After that, he joined the Monash University/University of new South Wales as a part-time postdoctoral fellow with the Laboratory of Simulation and Modeling of Particulate Systems (SIMPAS). In December 2015, he was awarded the Endeavour Australia Fellowship and participated in a 4-month research exchange at the Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University (China) between February-July 2016 and worked on the development of anode materials for sodium-ion batteries using metal-organic framework-derived composites. In September 2016, he joined the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), specifically at the International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) as a Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellow. His JSPS research focuses on the fabrication of metal-organic frameworks and mesoporous materials for energy and environmental applications. In October 2018, Dr Kaneti was awarded the MANA Research Fellowship and worked at the Nanotubes group in NIMS with research projects focusing on the self-assembly of 1D nanomaterials into 2D nanostructures and vice versa for energy storage and conversion applications. Currently, he is working as an Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellow at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland. To date, Dr Kaneti has published more than 120 papers in international refereed journals with >9200 citations (h-index of 48), including 20 ESI Highly Cited Paper as of September 2022. He also serves as an Editorial Board Member of Batteries (MDPI), Crystals (MDPI) and Gases (MDPI). He has obtained some highly competitive Fellowships/awards, including JSPS Fellowship, Endeavour Australia Fellowship, NIMS-MANA Fellowship, and Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship.

Dr Kaneti has previously collaborated with several international companies. He has worked with NBC Meshtec Inc. (Japan) to develop mesoporous iron oxide catalysts for room-temperature carbon monoxide oxidation. He has also collaborated with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) to develop mesoporous alumina and alumina-titania composite adsorbents toward medical radioisotope production. Furthermore, he has work with Sensync Inc. (Indonesia) to develop metal oxide-based sensors using biomass precursors for the detection of toxic gases and to understand the underlying sensing mechanisms of these sensors toward such gases. Currently, Dr Kaneti is collaborating with AI Fluidics. Pty Ltd. (Australia) to develop point-of-care diagnostics device incorporating microfluidics and electrochemical biosensors for the detection of COVID-19 RNA.

Researcher profiles:

Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=429ZvLIAAAAJ&hl=en

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2433-7305

Research Interests

  • Mesoporous Materials
  • Self-assembly
  • Metal-organic frameworks
  • Electrochemical energy storage and conversion
  • Sensors


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales


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