Polymer Nanostructures for Biologic and Energy Storage Applications

​Dr Jia’s current research interests include living (radical) polymerization, 'click' chemistry for synthesis of complex polymer architectures, functional polymer nanostructures for biomedical applications, radical polymer for electrochemical energy storage and catalysis.

​Dr Zhongfan Jia is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow and Associate Group Leader within Monteiro group in AIBN at UQ. Dr Jia obtained his PhD in Polymer Chemistry and Physics from Fudan University in 2007. He then worked as postdoc with Professor Tom Davis in Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design at University of New South Wales on RAFT polymerization for bioconjugation. In 2009, he joined the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at University of Queensland as a UQ Postdoctoral Fellow.


  • Development of a totally plastic rechargeable battery (2016) UQ Foundation
  • Exosome and Bio/Nanoparticle Characterisation Facility (2016) UQ Major Equipment and Infrastructure
  • Engineered Polymer Scaffolds for Controlled Proliferation and Differentiation of Stem Cells (2014–2018) ARC Future Fellowships
  • Intelligent Polymer-based siRNA and Chemotherapeutic Drug Dual Delivery Carrier for Enhanced Anticancer Therapy (2011–2012) UQ Early Career Researcher
  • Synthesis of polymeric dendritic degradable macromolecules for targeted magnetic nanoparticles imaging and anticancer drug delivery (2009–2011) UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowship​
  • Cheaper and Safer Flow Battery for Micro-Grid Energy Storage (2018–2021) Advance Queensland Research Fellowships

Key Publications

  1. Zhang, Kai, Hu, Yuxiang, Wang, Lianzhou, Fan, Jiyu, Monteiro, Michael J. and Jia, Zhongfan(2017) The impact of the molecular weight on the electrochemical properties of poly(TEMPO methacrylate). Polymer Chemistry8 11: 1815-1823.
  2. Jia, Zhongfan, Bobrin, Valentin A., Truong, Nghia P., Gillard, Marianne and Monteiro, Michael J. (2014) Multifunctional nanoworms and nanorods through a one-step aqueous dispersion polymerization. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136 16: 5824-5827.
  3. Chen, Xiaoli, Prowse, Andrew B. J., Jia, Zhongfan, Tellier, Helena, Munro,Trent P., Gray, Peter P. and Monteiro, Michael J. (2014) Thermoresponsive worms for expansion and release of human embryonic stem cells. Biomacromolecules, 153: 844-855.
  4. Jia, Zhongfan, Bell, Craig A. and Monteiro, Michael J. (2011) Rapid and highly efficient functionalization of polymer bromide end-groups by SET-NRC. Macromolecules, 44 7: 1747-1751.
  5. Truong, Nghia P., Gu, Wenyi, Prasadam, Indira, Jia, Zhongfan, Crawford, Ross, Xiao, Yin and Monteiro, Michael J. (2013) An influenza virus-inspired polymer system for the timed release of siRNA. Nature Communications, 4 . doi:10.1038/ncomms2905​.