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2019 Laureate Profile: Professor Liming Dai

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Liming Dai

Professor Liming Dai 

Administering Organisation: The University of New South Wales (Currently at Case Western Reserve University, USA)
Discipline area: Engineering, Information and Computing Sciences

Fellowship project summary: 

FL190100126: Catalysis is a major field and noble metal catalysts play a key role in renewable energy technologies, chemical and environmental processes. However, the scarcity and high cost of noble metals have caused sustainability problems. Since this Laureate applicant discovered the first metal-free carbon catalyst for energy, carbon-based metal-free catalysis rapidly became a promising emerging field, but many scientific questions remain unsolved. In this program, innovative approaches will be developed to produce never-before-realized catalytic active centres of a controlled location and structure for mechanistic understanding to enable future breakthroughs in metal-free catalysis and a broad range of technology with far ranging applications.

Australian Research Council funding: $3,508,332

About Professor Dai

Liming Dai is a Scientia Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering at The University of New South Wales (UNSW) and the Kent Hale Smith Professor in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). He is also Director of the UNSW-CWRU International Joint Laboratory at UNSW and the Center of Advanced Science and Engineering for Carbon (CASE4Carbon) at CWRU. He will join The University of New South Wales to take up this ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship.

Professor Dai is recognised as a pioneer and leading scientist in the research and development of carbon-based metal-free catalysts for renewable energy technologies. His expertise includes the synthesis, functionalization, and device fabrication of conjugated polymers and carbon nanomaterials for energy-related and biomedical applications. He is an Associate Editor of Nano Energy and a Clarivate Analytics’ Highly Cited Researcher (in both Chemistry and Materials).

For his research achievements, Professor Dai has been recognised by a number of honours and awards, including the Ohio Outstanding Engineer and Scientist Award in 2006, the George Noland Research Award from Sigma Xi in 2006, the NASA-Langley Henry J.E. Reid Award in 2018 and the IUMRS-Somiya Award from the International Union of Materials Research Societies in 2019. He was also elected as an Advisory Committee Member for the American Carbon Society in 2016, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2011, and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 2012. 

Find out more about Professor Dai’s research by visiting his profile page on The University of New South Wales website.

For further information about this funding scheme, please visit the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme page on the ARC website.

Image credit: Case Western Reserve University.

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