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MSSI Research Forum by Dr Bin Zhao on April 16 2015


Dr Bin ZhaoNanomaterial Synthesis and Applications: Systematical Investigations on Phase Transition and Morphological Evolution Behaviors by Dr Bin Zhao, Department of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Biomedical Engineering & MSSI, University of Limerick.

Date: 16th April 2015

Time: 12:00  to 13:00

Duration: One hour

Location:  MSB-012 MSSI Building

Functional nanomaterials, especially the semi-conductive nanostructures with the unique morphologies are considered for extensive applications. The crystalline structure, phase composition, grain size and morphology of such nanomaterials strongly influence their photoelectric properties and catalytic performances. The speaker will briefly present his previous research work showing systematical investigations on phase transition and morphological evolution behaviors of several representative semiconductor nanomaterials including TiO2, titanate, ZnO, WO3, Bi2WO6 with unique morphologies (nanowires, nanoflowers, nanosheets, mesoporous spheres, hierarchical frameworks, etc.) synthesized by sol-gel, hydrothermal, calcination and/or supercritical fluid methods, as well as the related formation mechanisms and technical applications in environmental protection and the polymer industry. Additionally, current research and plans will also be outlined showing the design and synthesis approaches of dielectric absorption nanomaterials and related applications in adhesive polymers, according to the SFI project “Fastener-less Joining Technologies for High Performance Hybrid Composites-Metal Structures”.

Bin Zhao received his PhD degree from East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China. He subsequently worked as a scientific researcher, project manager and supervisor of the Laboratory for Functional Nanomaterials in the National Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology (NERCN, Shanghai, China) from 2011 to 2014, during which he received opportunities as short-term visiting scientist in Humboldt-University (Germany, 2014), Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil, 2013) and as trainee in SEPAREX S.A.S. (France, 2011). He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Limerick. His major research interests include: (1) Synthesis of functional metal oxide nanomaterials and inorganic-polymer composites via novel approaches; (2) Systematical investigations on phase transition, morphological evolution of metal oxide nanomaterials, as well as discussion and investigation on the crystal growth and formation mechanism; (3) Scientific and technical applications of these nanomaterials in photocatalytic / photoelectric / electromagnetic field and polymer industry. He published 23 papers in these areas in SCI journals, 15 of which were published as first/corresponding author (Citations 285, h-index 9). He applied for 50 innovation patents in China, 17 of which were applied for as first inventor. He supervised or participated in several related R&D projects including International Cooperation Projects of China with Japan and Brazil, “863” project, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Foundation of Shanghai Science and Technology Committee, and Chinese enterprises since 2011. He was awarded Shanghai “Rising-Star” Talent Prize in 2012. His current research focus is on the structurally and morphologically controlled synthesis of dielectric absorption nanoparticles and related applications in reversible adhesives.


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Dr Conor McCarthy, Tel. No: (061) 234334 or Email:  conor.mccarthy@ul.ie