The University of Newcastle, Australia

In the Nann research group, we fabricate and characterise new, functional nanomaterials for the purpose of creating innovative energy storage solutions. Our focus is on luminescent, magnetic (multiferroic), dielectric, upconverting, Raman active, and nanomaterials with complex nanoarchitectures.

These nanomaterials allow for advanced energy storage and conversion systems, such as batteries (for example lithium-ion or multivalent), supercapacitors with high energy capacity and endurance, flow batteries for grid-level energy storage, and other technologies that can be used to power a future sustainable energy economy.

Competitive advantage

  • International leader in functional nanomaterials research
  • Strong track record and experience in collaborating with industry
  • Access to excellent research and development environment

Successful applications of research

  • Successful track record of product development and commercialisation in collaboration with industry
  • Commercialisation of several products currently underway

Impact

  • Access advanced functional properties of nanomaterials
  • New, tailored energy storage systems (e.g. aluminium-ion and redox flow batteries)
  • Advanced energy materials

Capabilities and facilities

  • Synthesis of functional nanomaterials
  • Access to all relevant analytical instruments (including electron microscopy and X-ray techniques)
  • Prototype battery manufacturing and testing facility
  • Fully equipped physical chemistry laboratory