The CSIRO Graphene team has over 35 years’ combined experience working with graphene synthesis, characterisation and applications.
Katie is an experienced team leader and project leader, with a background in precision optics, thin films and surface analysis. Katie has lead teams who have delivered key components to high profile experiments including LIGO and The Avogadro Project. With numerous successful precision optics projects delivered for Australian and international clients including Caltech (US), JPL (US), Australian National University and Electro Optic Systems (Aust), Katie has demonstrated her ability to deliver on clients expectations and manage staff resources to achieve extremely challenging specifications.
Her current areas of interest include developing strong internal and external collaborations to build on CSIRO capabilities and exploring opportunities for commercialization of new technology.
Dr Zhaojun Han
Dr Zhaojun Han is a Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO Manufacturing. Zhaojun joined CSIRO Manufacturing (then Materials Science and Engineering) as an OCE Postdoctoral Fellow in 2009, after completing his PhD study from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He became a Research Scientist in 2012 and then a Senior Research Scientist in 2015. Over the years, his research focuses on developing functional materials and manufacturing methods to tackle the challenges in materials, energy, water and environmental science. In particular, he explored vertical graphene and metal oxides as the active materials for sustainable energy systems, including supercapacitors, catalysis and lithium-ion batteries. He was also involved in the synthesis and plasma process of nanomaterials, e.g., the GraphAir technology. He has published ~80 peer-reviewed papers with a total citation of ~2000. He is the recipient of the ATSE YSEP award 2017, the ATSE Priming Grant award 2016, the CSIRO Julius Career award 2014, and the ARC’s DECRA Fellowship 2013. In the past 5 years, he has been the supervisor for several postdoctoral fellows and 6 postgraduate students at CSIRO.
Dr Michael Dong Han Seo
Dr. Michael Dong Han Seo is a Research Scientist at CSIRO Manufacturing. He is the project leader of the Graphene Membranes work package within the AIM FSP Autonomous Chemical Processing Testbed. Michael has a wide range of expertise including graphene thin film and powder synthesis from both plasma & thermal processes, biomass conversion, energy storage devices, and membranes for water purification. Michael was awarded an Australian Institute of Physics Postgraduate Award in 2014 for his PhD work which also lead to media releases, including thw Sydney Morning Herald article “Material for future”. As an OCE Postdoctoral Fellow at CSIRO he invented the unique, low-cost graphene synthesis process- GraphAir. This research was selected for the inaugural CSIRO ON program and led to three patents. For his invention Michael was selected as a finalist in the Australian Innovation Challenge Award in 2015. This work was also highlighted by the media on ABC, BBC News, and The Australian article: “Tackling challenges from space to Earth’s surface”.
Dr Adrian T. Murdock
Dr Adrian T. Murdock is an OCE Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CSIRO Manufacturing. His research expertise is in the synthesis of novel nanomaterials, such as graphene, and atomic-scale electron microscopy. In particular, Adrian is developing the vertical graphene nanosheets dispersions for printable inks, energy storage devices, water membranes, and polymer nanocomposites.
Adrian studied as a John Curtin Undergraduate Scholar at Curtin University. He received a BSc in Nanotechnology with First Class Honours and the Nanotechnology Prize. He was awarded a Commonwealth Postgraduate Scholarship and a Clarendon Research Grant to undertake a DPhil (PhD) in Materials at the University of Oxford under the supervisor of Professor Nicole Grobert and researched CVD growth of graphene. After his DPhil he completed an internship within the Graphene Devices Team at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology in South Korea.
Adrian has over 10 years’ experience in teaching and science communication. He was an associate lecturer in physics; the director of the Curtin University Siemens Science Experience; a school liaison officer and tutor of materials science for St Anne’s college at the University of Oxford; and a guest science presenter for BBC radio Oxford. Adrian is currently an Executive Member of the AAS EMCR Forum.
Dr Tim van der Laan
Dr Timothy van der Laan is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Queensland University of Technology, and is a visiting scientist placed within CSIRO Manufacturing working with the Graphene team. Tim is currently working on a project relating to the low temperature growth of graphene materials and exploring unique graphene transfer mechanisms. Over the past 7 years he has gained significant experience regarding the growth, characterisation and application of graphene and graphene-related materials. He is also experienced in the design, commissioning and maintenance of plasma processing, material processing and vacuum systems. Tim’s work has led to a number of papers and a patent.
Tim graduated with a PhD in Physics from the University of Sydney in 2017, he was a postgraduate student with the CSIRO for this project. Previous to this he received a BSc (Honours Class 1) in Physics from the University of Sydney. Tim has received a number of awards including an Australian Postgraduate Award, CSIRO OCE Postgraduate Scholarship, CSIRO OCE Honours Top-up Scholarship. Tim also has industrial and commercial experience having previously worked for a hydrogen gas production start-up and an environmental engineering company. He is a current committee member of the AIP NSW branch.
Dr Mohammad Rejaul Kaiser
Dr. Mohammad Rejaul Kaiser is an OCE Postdoctoral Research Fellow at CSIRO Manufacturing. His research focuses on the synthesis of carbon-based composite materials for energy storing devices, especially rechargeable Li/S, Na-ion and Li-ion batteries.
Rejaul completed a BSc in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2009. Following this he was employed for a year as an Assistant Engineer at Abul Khair Steel Ltd, Bangladesh. In 2012 he received a MSc in Materials Engineering with first class honours from the International Islamic University (IIUM), Malaysia. In 2013 Rejaul was awarded an AutoCRC and IPTA scholarship from the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM) at the University of Wollongong (UOW) to pursue doctoral studies under Professors Jiazhao Wang, Hua-kun Liu and Shi-xue Dou. During his doctoral study he received an AutoCRC professional development fund and ISEM merit award which helped him to spend one year as a visiting PhD scholar at the University of Maryland, USA, in Prof. Chunsheng Wang’s group. After achieving his PhD degree in 2017, he was employed as an Associate Research Fellow at ISEM under an Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) project before he joined CSIRO in February 2018.
Dr Scott Martin
Dr Scott Martin is a Group Leader in Applied Physics overseeing researchers, engineers and supporting functions across seven main activities: five are based around technical and scientific capabilities (graphene, electrical machines, high speed instrumentation, optical systems, superconductivity) and remaining two provide prototyping support (ElectroMechanical Development) and industry assistance/engagement (the Lindfield Collaboration Hub). Together the teams are creating benefit to industrial partners in: defence, aerospace, next-gen automotive, heavy transportation, minerals & mining, telecommunications, science infrastructure, renewable energy, and health amongst others.
Students and affiliates
Mr Timothy Zurrer is a PhD candidate from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) looking to develop novel products for energy and environmental applications from a renewable magnesium source formulated by EcoMag. This work is part of the Industry PhD Program – a collaborative initiative between UNSW and CSIRO aimed at bridging the gap between research and industry.
Tim received a BEng in Chemical Engineering with First Class Honours from UNSW in 2017. During his Honours project, he conducted research in partnership with The National Measurement Institute to quantify the conformation of surface stabilising layers around nanoparticles. He was awarded an Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering Honours Scholarship and beamtime to conduct experiments at the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering.
Jinyuan Yang is a visiting postgraduate student at CSIRO Manufacturing. He received a Bachelors Degree of Engineering from Zhejiang University in China in 2015. After that, he become a doctoral candidate in the College of Energy Engineering, Zhejiang University. He joined CSIRO Manufacturing in March 2018 under the sponsorship of China Scholarship Council (CSC). His research mainly focuses on the synthesis of graphene and graphene-based nanomaterials for energy storage, and the related dynamic mechanism during the energy conversion process. He is also familiar with molecular dynamic simulation.
Constantine Tsounis is a visiting student at CSIRO Manufacturing. He is currently working on novel vertical graphene synthesis and characterization for catalytic applications. These materials will be used for the (photo)electrochemical reduction of CO2 into valuable fuels, as well as the production of hydrogen from aqueous solution.
Constantine is reading his final year in a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering at UNSW, working in the Particles and Catalysis Research group (PARTCAT) led by Scientia Professor Rose Amal. He has also completed a research internship in the Tokyo Institute of Technology in the Maeda/Ishitani lab, investigating high-performance hybrid photocatalysts for CO2 reduction. Constantine has received a number of undergraduate scholarships and awards including the Royston Award in Chemical Engineering, PARTCAT Research Assistant Scholarship and the Tokyo Tech Winter Research Scholarship. He is also on the IChemE NSW Committee.