About the Nano-Technology Group

As early as 1959, ‘nanotechnology’ was proposed by Physics Noble Laureate, Richard Feynman in his talk, “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom”, at an American Physical Society meeting at Caltech. To date, virtually in every area, nanotechnology starts to play a critical role. The main concern of the Nano Technology group at QUT is to probe the mechanical and thermal properties of nanomaterials, such as nanowires, nanotube, graphene and hybrid nanoarchitectures, through a combination of numerical simulations and in-situ experiments.

Nano-Technology Group Members

Dr. Arixin Bo

Bo received his bachelor degree from School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing, China. He finished his master study in School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Currently, he is doing PHD in QUT under the supervision of Prof. YuanTong Gu. His research interests include synthesis and experimental study of mechanical properties of 1D nanowires and application of inorganic nanowire materials for industrial waste water treatment and photocatalysts.

Edmund Pickering

Edmund graduated from a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with first class honours and a university medal in 2013, he quickly followed this with a Master of Engineering Management in 2014. Deciding to peruse his passion for both research and teaching Ted started along the path of obtaining a PhD in early 2015 and is the current recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award. Ted’s current research is focused on modelling and experimentation on low-dimension nanomaterials. Within this his key focus in graphene, other graphene-like materials, and nanowires.

Qiong Liu

Qiong Liu who completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s in science from Soochow University in China is now under Prof. Gu’s supervision for his PhD study at QUT. He focuses his research on nanomaterials for mechanical energy and photoelectrochemical as well as modeling of materials and molecules.

Past Nano-Technology Group Members

Dr. Haifei Zhan

Dr. Haifei Zhan received his Bachelor degree in 2009 in Vehicle Engineering from the College of Mechanical and Vehicle Engineering, Hunan University, China. He got his PhD in the area of numerical characterization of metal nanowires in 2013. Currently, he is working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology. His current research interests include nanomechanics through numerical simulations and experiments, and nanoscale thermal transport of nanomaterials.

Dr. Suchitra de Silva

Suchitra received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical & Process Engineering from University of Moratuwa Sri Lanka. She is currently doing her PhD study under the supervision of Prof. YuanTong Gu, A/Prof. Aijun Du and Dr. Wijitha Senadeera at Queensland University of Technology. Her current research interests include: Nanotechnology, computational chemistry and molecular simulations.

Dr. Kang Xia

Kang Xia received his Bachelor degree of Engineering (Mechanics & Material major), in Australia National University. He is doing his master study under the supervision of Prof. YuanTong Gu at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. His current research interest is advanced numerical modelling and simulation for nanomaterials and nanostructures.

Dr. Ye Wei

Dr. Wei received his bachelor’s degree in electronic information engineering from Taiyuan University of Technology. Dr. Wei completed his Ph.D’s degree in Chemical Physics and Mechanical Engineering of Queensland University of Technology under the supervison of Yuangtong Gu. His current research interests include numerical simulation of nanosensor’s mechanical properties and fabrication technology in nanoscale.