This team of creative scientists and engineers is exploring new ways to develop applications of graphene and other 2D materials. Team leader A/Prof Rakesh Joshi is currently leading 5 industry-sponsored research projects on developing graphene-based products for industrial applications. A/Prof Joshi has more than $1.6 million of industry funding as Principal investigator (Lead Chief Investigator) and over $4 million as Chief Investigator (CI) on ARC projects. This team was the finalist (with Sydney Water) for NSW Water Award (Australian Water Association) in Research Excellence Category. 

Major Industry Partners: Sydney WaterBaxter Healthcare and Vesi Water     

Group Leader Rakesh Joshi is an Associate Professor at the School of Materials Science and Engineering. Before joining UNSW, Dr Joshi was a Marie Curie International Fellow with Nobel Laureate Sir Andre Geim at the University of Manchester. He has a PhD in Semiconductor Nanotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India. Joshi is among a select group of researchers who have been awarded each of the world’s most prestigious relevant International Research Fellowships; the JSPS Invitation Fellowship, the Humboldt Fellowship and the Marie Curie International Fellowship

Important publications with A/Prof Joshi as first/corresponding author

Science (2014); Materials Today (2021, 2011); Advanced Materials (2020); ACS Nano (2021); Applied Materials Today (2015); Chemical Science (2018, 2016); Green Chemistry (2018); Carbon (8 papers- 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020); Materials Today Chemistry (2019, 2020); Journal of Membrane Science (2019); Applied Physics Letters ( 5 papers- 2006, 2008, 2009); Nanotechnology (6 papers); Advanced Materials Interfaces (4 papers- 2018, 2019, 2020); Journal of Physical Chemistry (6 papers);  Nanoscale (2016, 2018).

Research scientists

1.  Dr Yee Yee Khine (Research Associate)

2. Shovon Bhattacharjee (Research Scientist)

Research students

1.  Xiaoheng Jin    

2. Tobias Foller       

3.  Xinyue Wen

4.  Fei Wang   

5. Dali Ji          

6.  Xiaojun Ren

7.  Neven Zhai    

8. Jialin Deng        

9. Xiaoyu Liu

Research facilities in Joshi's lab

  • Microphase CVD for graphene
  • Plasma CVD for large-area graphene and MoS2
  • Vacuum drying ovens (2)
  • Freeze-drying
  • 3D Printing
  • Kelvin Probe to measure work function
  • Electrical characterisation – Four-Point Probe (Ossila and Keithley Instruments)
  • Electrochemical work station
  • BET Analysis for the surface area
  • Anton Paar SurPASS3-Electrokinetic Analyser (Surface Charge & Zeta Potential) for Solid Surfaces
  • Water quality analysis (Hach DR900 and Hach SL1000)
  • Contact angle measurement
  • Dead-end filtration cells (multiple units – Sterlitech HP4750 High-Pressure Stirred Cell)
  • Forward osmosis and cross-flow filtration measurements
  • Radleys StarFish workstation.

Joshi's lab has multiple lab-scale membranes fabrication and testing facilities, industrial-scale membranes fabrication and testing facilities, and access to state-of-the-art facilities at  UNSW Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre.

Contact: +61(02) 90659731


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