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Sean Li

Telephone: +61 (0)2 9385 5986
Facsimile:  +61 (0)2 9385 6565

Professional Experience

  • Professor and ARC Future Fellow 2011-
  • Associate Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering, UNSW 2009-2011
  • Senior Lecturer, School of Materials Science & Engineering, UNSW, 2007-2009
  • Lecturer, School of Materials Science & Engineering, UNSW 2004-2007
  • Assistant Professor, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), 1998-2004
  • Adjunct Fellow, Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering (Singapore), 2002-2004
  • Research Associate, University of Wollongong, 1997-1998

Research Contribution

Professor Sean Li is currently leading a research group, which consists of 6 full time research fellows, 12 Ph.D. students and 4 M.Eng. students, to work in the research areas of advanced electronic, photonic and multifunctional materials. His research has been funded with $5,550,000.00 AUD since 2007.  Associate Professor Li has published more than 157 scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals.  He is a referee for 30 journals including “Coordination Chemistry Reviews”, “ACS Nano”, “Chemistry of Materials”, “The Journal of Physical Chemistry”, “Applied Physics Letters” etc. prestigious/primary journals, and also the assessor of research programs for several countries.

Teaching Contributions

Professor Sean Li is not only teaching the courses of MATS1354, MATS1101 and ENGG1000 but also involving in the school’s marketing and administration activities.  His research interest covers multifunctional materials, energy materials, defence materials and biophotonic materials.

Awards & Memberships

  • 2009 – Vice President (Australia) for Thin Films Society
  • 2006 – Vice-Chancellors Teaching and Research Award
  • 2005 – Committee Member of Electronic Division, American Ceramic Society.
  • 2004 – Excellence in Teaching Award 2004, Nanyang Technological University Singapore

Selected Publications

1. K. Liao and S. Li, “Interfacial Characteristics of Carbon Nanotube-Polystyrene Composite System”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 79 (25), 4225 (2001).

2. C.Q. Sun, Y. Wang, B. K. Tay, S. Li, H. Huang, Y. B. Zhang, “Correlation Between the Melting Point of a Nanosolid and the Cohesive Energy of a Surface Atom”, J. Phys. Chem. B 106 (41), 10701 (2002).

3. S. Li, Z.L. Dong, K. Maung Latt, H.S. Park and T. White, “Formation of Cu Diffusion Channels in Ta layer of Cu/Ta/SiO2/Si Structure”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 80, 2296 (2002).

4. S. Li, T. White, K. Laursen, T.T. Tan, C.Q. Sun, Z.L. Dong, Y. Li, S.H. Zhou, J. Horvat and S.X. Dou, “Intense vortex pinning enhanced by semi-crystalline defect traps in self-aligned nanostructured MgB2”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 83, 314 (2003).

5. S. Li, T. White, C.Q. Sun, Y.Q. Fu, J. Plevert and K. Lauren, “Discriminating Lattice Structural Effects from Electronic Contributions to the Superconductivity of Doped MgB2 with Nanotechnology”, J. Phys. Chem. B 108, 16415 (2004).

6. S. Li, Z.W. Li, Y.Y. Tay, J. Armellin and W. Gao, “Growth Mechanism and Photonic Behaviours of Nanoporous ZnO Microcheerios”, Crystal Growth and Design 8(5), 1623 (2008).