Dr Ashraful Azam

Dr Ashraful Azam

Postdoctoral Fellow


  • Bachelor of Science (Materials and Metallurgical Engineering), Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, 2013.
  • Master of Science (Material Science and Engineering), Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, 2017.
  • Ph.D. (Material Science and Engineering), University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), 2023.

School of Materials Science & Engineering

Dr. Ashraful Azam is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Materials and Manufacturing Futures Institute (MMFI), UNSW, Sydney. He obtained his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at UNSW in 2023. Dr. Azam’s research focuses on developing novel functional nanomaterials, particularly 2D materials and quantum dots, to catalyse advancement of renewable energy technology. His interdisciplinary work delves into identifying promising nanomaterials, and pioneering cutting-edge technologies to spearhead the progress of energy and optoelectronics applications, encompassing solar cells, hydrogen fuel generation, batteries, smart windows, LEDs, and photodetectors. Notably, Dr. Azam has an impressive publication record, having contributed to major journals such as Advanced Materials, Progress in Materials Science, Nano Letters, ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, and Journal of Materials Chemistry A, among others. Additionally, he holds four scientific patents.

Moreover, Dr. Azam has research and working experience in both academia and industry. He served as a project member of the National Graduate Innovation Forum, Australia and as a Research Scientist at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in South Korea. Furthermore, he engaged in collaborations with various industries and research institutions, including BlueScope, BSRM, BITAC, LG Chem, KAIST Institute, and ANSTO.

Hilmer Building (E10) University of New South Wales Sydney NSW 2052
  • Journal articles | 2024
    Li W; Liu Y; Azam A; Liu Y; Yang J; Wang D; Sorrell CC; Zhao C; Li S, 2024, 'Unlocking Efficiency: Minimizing Energy Loss in Electrocatalysts for Water Splitting', Advanced Materials, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.202404658
    Journal articles | 2024
    Wang S; Li M; Liu Y; Shi J; Azam A; Zu X; Qiao L; Reece P; Stride J; Yang J; Wang D; Li S, 2024, 'Fabrication of transferable ultrathin Au films with eminent thermal stability via a nanocrystalline MoS2 interlayer', Materials Today Nano, 25, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mtnano.2024.100460
    Journal articles | 2024
    Wang S; White J; Li M; Azam A; Yang J; Zu X; Qiao L; Reece P; Stride J; Zhang S; Wang D; Wang Y; Li S, 2024, 'Size control of MoS2 quantum dots by varying the crystallographic orientation of sapphire substrates', Materials Today Chemistry, 35, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mtchem.2023.101887
    Journal articles | 2023
    Azam A; Yang J; Li W; Huang JK; Li S, 2023, 'Tungsten diselenides (WSe2) quantum dots: Fundamental, properties, synthesis and applications', Progress in Materials Science, 132, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pmatsci.2022.101042
    Journal articles | 2022
    Wang S; Yang N; Li M; Zhang J; Azam A; Yao Y; Zu X; Qiao L; Reece P; Stride J; Yang J; Li S, 2022, 'Insight into the growth behaviors of MoS2 nanograins influenced by step edges and atomic structure of the substrate', Nano Research, 15, pp. 7646 - 7654, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12274-022-4373-8
    Journal articles | 2021
    Azam ABMS; Schmidt WH; Elford K; Knudstrup C, 2021, 'Dynamic Loading Effect on Fault Current and Arc Flash for a Coordinated Substation', IEEE Access, 9, pp. 94309 - 94317, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/access.2021.3094168
    Journal articles | 2021
    Azam ABMS; Schmidt WH; Elford K; Knudstrup C, 2021, 'Emergency Loading of a Transformer in a Coordinated Substation at Different Dynamic Loading Conditions', IEEE Open Journal of Industry Applications, 2, pp. 251 - 258, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ojia.2021.3107743
    Journal articles | 2021
    Wang S; Huang JK; Li M; Azam A; Zu X; Qiao L; Yang J; Li S, 2021, 'Growth of High-Quality Monolayer Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Nanocrystals by Chemical Vapor Deposition and Their Photoluminescence and Electrocatalytic Properties', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 13, pp. 47962 - 47971, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.1c14136
    Journal articles | 2019
    Tiwari AP; Yoon Y; Novak TG; Azam A; Lee M; Lee SS; Lee GH; Srolovitz DJ; An KS; Jeon S, 2019, 'Lattice Strain Formation through Spin-Coupled Shells of MoS2 on Mo2C for Bifunctional Oxygen Reduction and Oxygen Evolution Reaction Electrocatalysts', Advanced Materials Interfaces, 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/admi.201900948
    Journal articles | 2018
    Azam A; Kim J; Park J; Novak TG; Tiwari AP; Song SH; Kim B; Jeon S, 2018, 'Two-Dimensional WO3 Nanosheets Chemically Converted from Layered WS2 for High-Performance Electrochromic Devices', Nano Letters, 18, pp. 5645 - 5651, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b02150
    Journal articles | 2018
    Novak TG; Shin H; Kim J; Kim K; Azam A; Nguyen CV; Park SH; Song JY; Jeon S, 2018, 'Low-Cost Black Phosphorus Nanofillers for Improved Thermoelectric Performance in PEDOT:PSS Composite Films', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 10, pp. 17957 - 17962, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.8b03982
    Journal articles | 2018
    Tiwari AP; Azam A; Novak TG; Prakash O; Jeon S, 2018, 'Chemical strain formation through anion substitution in Cu2WS4 for efficient electrocatalysis of water dissociation', Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 6, pp. 7786 - 7793, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c8ta01061g
    Journal articles | 2017
    Shorowordi KM; Moniruzzaman M; Taufique MFN; Azam A, 2017, 'Effect of Ni/Fe ratio of electrolyte salts on the magnetic property of electrodeposited Fe–Ni alloy', Surface Engineering and Applied Electrochemistry, 53, pp. 52 - 58, http://dx.doi.org/10.3103/s1068375517010124
    Journal articles | 2016
    Kim J; Kim J; Yoon H; Park M; Novak T; Ashraful A; Lee J; Jeon S, 2016, 'Simultaneous Exfoliation and Dispersion of Graphene/Carbon Nanotube via Intercalation Reaction and Its Application as Conductive Composite Film', Composites Research, 29, pp. 104 - 110, http://dx.doi.org/10.7234/composres.2016.29.3.104
    Journal articles | 2014
    Moniruzzaman M; Shorowordi KM; Azam A; Taufique MFN, 2014, 'Fe-Ni ALLOY ELECTRODEPOSITION FROM SIMPLE AND COMPLEX TYPE SULFATE ELECTROLYTES CONTAINING Ni/Fe RATIO OF 1 AND 12', Journal of Mechanical Engineering, 44, pp. 51 - 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.3329/jme.v44i1.19498
  • Patents | 2019
    Jeon S; Azam A; Jungmo K, 2019, Method for fabricating two-dimensional transition metal oxide flakes and electrochromic device using the transition metal oxide flakes, Patent No. KR102050245B1, https://patents.google.com/patent/KR102050245B1/en
    Patents | 2019
    Jeon S; Azam A; Kim J, 2019, Method of fabricating high-quality graphene flakes using electrochemical exfoliation process and dispersion solution of graphene flakes, Patent No. KR20180129220A, https://patents.google.com/patent/KR20180129220A/en
    Patents | 2018
    Jeon S; Azam A; Kim J, 2018, Method for producing high-quality graphene flake through electrochemical exfoliation and solution for dispersing graphene flake, Patent No. WO2018217042A1, https://patents.google.com/patent/WO2018217042A1/en

The Development and Research Training Grant (DTRG), UNSW, Sydney, Australia, 2022.

Awards and Memberships

  • Project Member, National Graduate Innovation Forum, Australia.
  • Federal Council Member, Australian Ceramic Society.
  • Research Training Program Scholarship (RTP), The University of New South Wales, Australia.
  • KAIST Scholarship, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea.
  • Hong Kong Fellowship Scheme (2015/16), Research Grants Council (RGC), Hong Kong.
  • Best Poster Award, CAMS 2022, Melbourne, Australia.
  • American Chemical Society Best Poster Award, NANO 2018 Hong Kong.
  • Best Poster Award, NANO KOREA 2017, South Korea.

Dr. Ashraful Azam is interested in the field of functional nanomaterials, particularly quantum dot materials for energy and optoelectronics applications. He is an expert in developing novel methods for synthesizing high-quality, mass-producible quantum dots. In light of this, Dr. Azam employs these quantum dot materials to design and fabricate high-performance catalysts for solar cells, lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells to solve the world's energy challenge. Dr. Azam is also interested in the optoelectronics field. He is currently focusing on quantum dot-based LED display technology development by harnessing the unique optical properties of these magic materials.


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