Dr Chi David Cheng

Dr Chi David Cheng

Senior Lecturer
BEng (WUT, China); PhD in Materials Science & Engineering (Monash)
Previous appointments
  • ARC Future Fellow, Chemical Engineering, University of Melbourne, 2022-2023
  • Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Insitute of Technology, 2021-2022 
  • Postdoc, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2018-2021
  • Australian Endeavour Fellow, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017-2018
School of Chemical Engineering

Dr. Chi (David) Cheng is a Senior Lecturer and ARC Future Fellow in chemical engineering at UNSW Sydney, where he established the Nanofluidics and Advanced Separations Laboratory in 2023. Prior to this, he was a Postdoctoral Scholar followed by a Research Scientist appointment in the department of mechanical engineering at MIT from 2017 to 2022. Dr. Cheng received his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Monash University in 2014 and a B.Eng. in polymer materials and engineering from Wuhan University of Technology in 2010. From 2016 to 2017, he worked in the R&D division of DuluxGroup Australia, developing functional coatings. In 2017, Dr. Cheng was awarded the Australian Endeavour Research Fellowship, and in 2021, he received an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. He served as the Alumni Committee Chair for the MIT Postdoctoral Association from 2018 to 2019 and an MIT Communication Lab Fellow in 2019. His research and teaching focus on transport phenomena, membrane science, and nanopore technology for advanced bio/chemical separations, addressing critical societal challenges in resource and energy security.

+61 2 9348 1053
Hilmer Building, RM 522 UNSW Sydney Kensington NSW 2052
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Ding S; Xia B; Li M; Lou F; Cheng C; Gao T; Zhang Y; Yang K; Jiang L; Nie Z; Guan H; Duan J; Chen S, 2023, 'An abnormal size effect enables ampere-level O2electroreduction to hydrogen peroxide in neutral electrolytes', Energy & Environmental Science, 16, pp. 3363 - 3372, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d3ee00509g
    Journal articles | 2023
    Nie Z; Yu L; Jiang L; Li M; Ding S; Xia B; Cheng C; Duan J; Chen S, 2023, 'Back Cover Image: Carbon Neutralization, Volume 2, Issue 4, July 2023', Carbon Neutralization, 2, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cnl2.84
    Journal articles | 2023
    Nie Z; Yu L; Jiang L; Li M; Ding S; Xia B; Cheng C; Duan J; Chen S, 2023, 'Metal‐organic framework (MOF) thickness control for carbon dioxide electroreduction to formate', Carbon Neutralization, 2, pp. 458 - 466, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cnl2.66
    Journal articles | 2023
    Wang J; Cheng C; Zheng X; Idrobo JC; Lu AY; Park JH; Shin BG; Jung SJ; Zhang T; Wang H; Gao G; Shin B; Jin X; Ju L; Han Y; Li LJ; Karnik R; Kong J, 2023, 'Cascaded compression of size distribution of nanopores in monolayer graphene', Nature, 623, pp. 956 - 963, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41586-023-06689-y
    Journal articles | 2023
    Yu L; Nie Z; Xie S; Jiang L; Xia B; Li M; Cheng C; Duan J; Antonietti M; Chen S, 2023, 'Bioinspired inhibition of aggregation in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs).', iScience, 26, pp. 106239, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2023.106239
    Journal articles | 2022
    Lyu C; Cheng C; He Y; Qiu L; He Z; Zou D; Li D; Lu J, 2022, 'Graphene Hydrogel as a Porous Scaffold for Cartilage Regeneration', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 14, pp. 54431 - 54438, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.2c11307
    Journal articles | 2021
    Cheng C; Iyengar SA; Karnik R, 2021, 'Molecular size-dependent subcontinuum solvent permeation and ultrafast nanofiltration across nanoporous graphene membranes', Nature Nanotechnology, 16, pp. 989 - 995, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41565-021-00933-0
    Journal articles | 2021
    Shen L; Shi Q; Zhang S; Gao J; Cheng DC; Yi M; Song R; Wang L; Jiang J; Karnik R; Zhang S, 2021, 'Highly porous nanofiber-supported monolayer graphene membranes for ultrafast organic solvent nanofiltration', Science Advances, 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.abg6263
    Journal articles | 2021
    Wang P; Yan Y; Cheng C; Zhang W; Zhou D; Li L; Yang X; Liao XZ; Ma ZF; He YS, 2021, 'Structural and chemical interplay between nano-active and encapsulation materials in a core-shell SnO2@MXene lithium ion anode system', CrystEngComm, 23, pp. 368 - 377, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/d0ce01468k
    Journal articles | 2020
    Zhan H; Xiong Z; Cheng C; Liang Q; Liu JZ; Li D, 2020, 'Solvation-Involved Nanoionics: New Opportunities from 2D Nanomaterial Laminar Membranes', Advanced Materials, 32, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.201904562
    Journal articles | 2019
    Mao J; Liu C; Cheng C; Zhang W; Liao XZ; Wang J; Li L; Yang X; He YS; Ma ZF, 2019, 'A Porous and Interconnected Polypyrrole Film with High Conductivity and Ion Accessibility as Electrode for Flexible All-Solid-State Supercapacitors', ChemElectroChem, 6, pp. 5479 - 5485, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/celc.201901514
    Journal articles | 2018
    Cheng C; Jiang G; Simon GP; Liu JZ; Li D, 2018, 'Low-voltage electrostatic modulation of ion diffusion through layered graphene-based nanoporous membranes', Nature Nanotechnology, 13, pp. 685 - 690, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41565-018-0181-4
    Journal articles | 2018
    Jiang G; Wang P; Cheng C; Li D; Liu JZ, 2018, 'An equivalent 1D nanochannel model to describe ion transport in multilayered graphene membranes', Progress in Natural Science: Materials International, 28, pp. 246 - 250, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pnsc.2018.02.009
    Journal articles | 2018
    Zhang M; Cheng C; Simon GP; Li D, 2018, 'Ion-Transport Experiments to Probe the Nanostructure of Graphene/Polymer Membranes', Small Methods, 2, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/SMTD.201800187
    Journal articles | 2016
    Cheng C; Jiang G; Garvey CJ; Wang Y; Simon GP; Liu JZ; Li D, 2016, 'Nanotechnology: Ion transport in complex layered Graphene-Based membranes with tuneable interlayer spacing', Science Advances, 2, http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.1501272
    Journal articles | 2016
    Jiang G; Cheng C; Li D; Liu JZ, 2016, 'Molecular dynamics simulations of the electric double layer capacitance of graphene electrodes in mono-valent aqueous electrolytes', Nano Research, 9, pp. 174 - 186, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12274-015-0978-5
    Journal articles | 2016
    Lu J; Cheng C; He YS; Lyu C; Wang Y; Yu J; Qiu L; Zou D; Li D, 2016, 'Multilayered Graphene Hydrogel Membranes for Guided Bone Regeneration', Advanced Materials, 28, pp. 4025 - 4031, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.201505375
    Journal articles | 2014
    Qiu L; Liu D; Wang Y; Cheng C; Zhou K; Ding J; Truong VT; Li D, 2014, 'Mechanically robust, electrically conductive and stimuli-responsive binary network hydrogels enabled by superelastic graphene aerogels', Advanced Materials, 26, pp. 3333 - 3337, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.201305359
    Journal articles | 2014
    Wang Y; Hou X; Cheng C; Qiu L; Zhang X; Simon GP; Li D, 2014, 'Optical characterisation of non-covalent interactions between non-conjugated polymers and chemically converted graphene', Australian Journal of Chemistry, 67, pp. 168 - 172, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/CH13243
    Journal articles | 2013
    Cheng C; Li D, 2013, 'Solvated graphenes: An emerging class of functional soft materials', Advanced Materials, 25, pp. 13 - 30, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.201203567
    Journal articles | 2013
    Cheng C; Zhu J; Yang X; Qiu L; Wang Y; Li D, 2013, 'Dynamic electrosorption analysis: A viable liquid-phase characterization method for porous carbon?', Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 1, pp. 9332 - 9340, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c3ta10801e
    Journal articles | 2013
    Guo W; Cheng C; Wu Y; Jiang Y; Gao J; Li D; Jiang L, 2013, 'Bio-inspired two-dimensional nanofluidic generators based on a layered graphene hydrogel membrane', Advanced Materials, 25, pp. 6064 - 6068, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adma.201302441
    Journal articles | 2013
    Lu J; He YS; Cheng C; Wang Y; Qiu L; Li D; Zou D, 2013, 'Self-supporting graphene hydrogel film as an experimental platform to evaluate the potential of graphene for bone regeneration', Advanced Functional Materials, 23, pp. 3494 - 3502, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201203637
    Journal articles | 2013
    Yang X; Cheng C; Wang Y; Qiu L; Li D, 2013, 'Liquid-mediated dense integration of graphene materials for compact capacitive energy storage', Science, 341, pp. 534 - 537, http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1239089
    Journal articles | 2013
    Zhu J; Cheng C; Yang X; Wang Y; Qiu L; Li D, 2013, 'Dynamic electrosorption analysis as an effective means to characterise the structure of bulk graphene assemblies', Chemistry - A European Journal, 19, pp. 3082 - 3089, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/chem.201203219
    Journal articles | 2012
    Cheng C; Uhe J; Yang X; Wu Y; Li D, 2012, 'Multilayered graphene membrane as an experimental platform to probe nano-confined electrosorption', Progress in Natural Science: Materials International, 22, pp. 668 - 672, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pnsc.2012.11.002
    Journal articles | 2011
    Yang X; Qiu L; Cheng C; Wu Y; Ma ZF; Li D, 2011, 'Ordered gelation of chemically converted graphene for next-generation electroconductive hydrogel films', Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 50, pp. 7325 - 7328, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/anie.201100723
    Journal articles | 2010
    Yu Q; Zhang Y; Chen H; Wu Z; Huang H; Cheng C, 2010, 'Protein adsorption on poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-modified silicon surfaces: Effects of grafted layer thickness and protein size', Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, 76, pp. 468 - 474, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfb.2009.12.006

  • $795k ARC Future Fellowship. "Atomically thin Membranes to Transform Chemical Separations", 2022-2026 (CI)

  • Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, 2022-2026
  • DOE Geothermal Lithium Extraction Prize Phase I Semi-finalist, 2021 
  • GRC Seminar Membranes: Materials & Processes, Best Poster Award, 2018 
  • Australian Endeavour Research Fellowship, 2017-2018 
  • Monash Centre for Atomically Thin Materials Travel Award, 2016 
  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Award, 2013 
  • CAPS Research Symposium Australia Best Presentation Award, 2013 
  • Australian IPRS Scholarship, 2010-2014
  • JASSO Scholarship, 2009-2010
  • National Scholarship, 2007