Researcher biography

Redox flow batteries for large-scale energy storage systems

​Dr. Masud Rana is working as a lead researcher with the  Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship program who has experience both in academic and industry settings. During his PhD, he worked on Lithium sulfur battery, Sodicum ion battery. Dr. Rana also worked at industry (Redflow International Pty Ltd) as a research scientist and is an established researcher in the field of energy storage. Dr Rana has significant knowledge in commercial electrodes design (anode and cathode), electrolyte preparation and flow for RFBs and has potential in materials design, synthesis, characterisation, battery assembling and testing, as well as electrochemical property testing and analysis. 

Currently, his research focuses on Redox flow batteries including Zinc Bromine flow battery, Zinc Iron flow batteries and Iron flow batteries. 

Dr Masud Rana is currently working as aAdvance Queensland Industry Research Fellow in Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland. After completion of  PhD, he joined Redflow International Pty Ltd in the R&D as a Research Scientist which is Brisbane based energy storage company that produces Zinc Bromine flow battery. He has a Bachelor degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Rajshahi University of Engineering and technology which is one of the reputed public Universities in Bangladesh. He has over 2 years of professional experience working in power stations as an Assistant Engineer in Bangladesh. Dr. Rana was awarded Ummatic Scholarship to accomplish Master’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering from International Islamic University Malaysia in 2016 with the best student award. He was awarded a prestigious Australian government scholarship (Research training Program) to conduct Ph.D on rechargeable batteries in the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, The University of Queensland, Australia. He successfully completed his Ph.D. in 2020. He was responsible for developing different materials and their implementations to achieve a high-performance rechargeable battery (Lithium-sulfur and Sodium-Sulfur). During Ph.D., he has been also awarded a candidature development award and become a champion in the 3MT (three-minute thesis) competition in the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering. In 2021, Dr. Md Masud Rana was awarded a UQ Research Stimulus Fellowship to conduct research on redox flow battery systems at the Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN). As an academic outcomes, he has published some of his research outcomes in high impact journals as Energy Storage Materials, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Journal of Energy Chemistry and ACS Central Science. In addition, obtained plenty of skills including project completion within a timeframe, report writing and verbal communications.

Throughout his career, Rana has demonstrated an ability to plan at both strategic and operational levels. This ability has resulted in a strong performance that exceeds projections across the industry and academic development. His major interests to work both in the energy storage area.


Dr. Masud Rana is engaged with industry partner  Elemental Laboratories Pty Ltd (ELPL), ESIAP who is an essential collaborator to ficus on Redox flow batteries, working with the UQ team on the fundamental research and development.


Dr. Masud Rana is is storong collaboration with the Elemental Laboratories Pty Ltd (ELPL) and ESIAP. 


Dr Md Masud Rana has awarded $240,000 from Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowships grant to create redox flow batteries for next-generation storage.

Key Publications

1. Masud Rana, AL-Fayaad HA, Luo B, Lin T, Ran L, Clegg JK, Gentle I, Knibbe R. Oriented nanoporous MOFs to mitigate polysulfides migration in lithium-sulfur batteries. Nano Energy. 2020 Sep 1; 75:10500

2. Masud Rana, Li M, He Q, Luo B, Wang L, Gentle I, Knibbe R. Separator coatings as efficient physical and chemical hosts of polysulfides for high-sulfur-loaded rechargeable lithium–sulfur batteries. Journal of Energy Chemistry. 2020 May 1; 44:51-60.

3. Masud Rana, Ahad SA, Li M, Luo B, Wang L, Gentle I, Knibbe R. Review on areal capacities and long-term cycling performances of lithium sulfur battery at high sulfur loading. Energy Storage Materials. 2019 Mar 1; 18:289-310.

4. Masud Rana, Li M, Huang X, Luo B, Gentle I, Knibbe R. Recent advances in separators to mitigate technical challenges associated with re-chargeable lithium sulfur batteries. Journal of materials chemistry A. 2019;7(12):6596-615.

5. Masud Rana He Q, Luo B, Lin T, Ran L, Li M, Gentle I, Knibbe R. Multifunctional effects of sulfonyl-anchored, dual-doped multilayered graphene for high areal capacity lithium sulfur batteries. ACS central science. 2019 Dec 5;5(12):1946-58.