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 renewable energy conversion 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.

Dr Kaneti has published 1 book chapter and 137 peer-reviewed journal articles (~60% as first and/or corresponding author). These include publications in leading Materials Science and Chemistry journals, such as Chem. Rev., Chem. Soc. Rev., Adv. Mater., ACS Nano, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., Matter, Mater. Horiz., and Small. These papers have attracted >12,000 citations with h-index of 58 (Google Scholar as of Dec. 2023). His work is well regarded in the field, as it is cited at rate of 3.94 times above the average for articles in the same field (SciVal, Dec. 2023). Currently, Dr Kaneti has 20 ESI Highly Cited Papers (Top 1% most cited papers worldwide) according to Web of Science (Dec. 2023). He has obtained several competitive grants from a range of research funding schemes, securing ~8M AUD in the last five years, including three ARC (3 LPs and 1 ARC Industry Hub) and one JST-ERATO grants as Chief Investigator [CI], one Advance Queensland as sole CI and two Australia-Japan Foundation Grants (funded by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade). Furthermore, he has also secured two competitive UQ research grants/awards, including one UQ Global Seed Funding and UQ Grand Agriculture Seed Funding, both as the lead CI. His standing in the field of functional nanomaterials is further evidenced by his recognition as a 2023 Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher (Cross-Field, Thompson Reuters) and inclusion in Top 2% most cited scientists in a single year (2019-2022) across all fields by Stanford University (USA). Currently. Dr Kaneti is serving as the Youth Editorial Board Member for Nano-Micro Letters (Springer), Editorial Advisory Board Member for Langmuir (ACS) and Editorial Board member for three MDPI journals (Batteries, Crystals, and Gases) and an Associate Editor for Frontiers of Materials (Carbon-Based Materials).

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 coronavirus RNA.

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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