Dr Bin Luo specialises in functional nanomaterials design for energy storage applications.

​Dr Bin Luo' s research focuses on the design of new functional nanomaterials/nanostructures for energy storage applications. Specially, the goal of his current research is to develop two-dimensional hybrid nanostructures for high performance energy storage devices, including Lithium-ion batteries, Sodium-ion batteries, Lithium-sulfur batteries, and Aluminium-ion batteries. Dr Luo's research interest also includes the design of next generation energy conversion or storage devices (i.e. flexible/transparent/microsized batteries, supercapacitors, or solar cells) and new conceptual energy storage system (i.e. solar rechargeable battery).

Dr Bin Luo received his doctoral degree in Physical Chemistry from National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST) of China, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) in July 2013. In August 2014, Dr Luo joined the University of Queensland (UQ) as a full-time Research Fellow in the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN). He then secured a highly competitive UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowship commencing in 2015. Dr Luo has been working on the energy related nanomaterials over 8 years and contributed more than 50 original publications (including 2 book chapters and 12 first-authored peer-reviewed articles on top ranking journals such as Adv. Mater., Energy Environ. Sci., Nano Energy, Adv. Sci., Small, etc.). As of June 2017, nine papers (including 5 first-authored) have been recognised as highly cited papers by Essential Science Indicators (ESI, top 1% of the academic field of Materials Science based on a highly cited threshold for the field and publication year). His work has received over 2,000 citations as of July 2017 with h-index of 21 (ISI). Dr Luo's research has generated significant novel IP: he is an inventor on 13 patents on functional nanomaterials and their applications for energy conversion or storage including lithium-ion batteries, supercapacitors, and catalysis.

Industry Engagement

Dr Luo had been working closely with industrial partners to develop functional materials (i.e. graphene based transparent conductive film and electrode materials for Lithium-ion battery) for industry applications since his PhD study. After joining Wang group at UQ, Luo has been working with Leling New Energy to develop high performance electrode material. More recently, with the support from one ARC Linkage project, we are working with XINXU Group to develop new electrode materials and other relevant technologies for high energy battery applications.

Key Publications

Luo, B.; Ye, D.; Wang, L. Recent Progress on Integrated Energy Conversion and Storage Systems. Advanced Science2017, 1700104.

Luo, B.; Qiu, T. F.; Ye, D. L.; Wang, L. Z.; Zhi, L. J. Tin nanoparticles encapsulated in graphene backboned carbonaceous foams as high-performance anodes for lithium-ion and sodium-ion storage. Nano Energy 2016, 22, 232-240.

Luo, B.; Zhi, L. J. Design and construction of three dimensional graphene- based composites for lithium ion battery applications. Energy & Environment Science 2015, 8, 456-477.

Luo, B.; Wang, B.; Liang, M.; Ning, J.; Li, X.; Zhi, L. Reduced Graphene Oxide-Mediated Growth of Uniform Tin-Core/Carbon-Sheath Coaxial Nanocables with Enhanced Lithium Ion Storage Properties. Advanced Materials 2012, 24, 1405-1409.

 Luo, B.; Wang, B.; Li, X.; Jia, Y.; Liang, M.; Zhi, L. Graphene-Confined Sn Nanosheets with Enhanced Lithium Storage Capability. Advanced Materials 2012, 24, 3538-3543.

Full list of publications available on e-space


​Since 2015, Dr Luo has been successful in attracting research funding, with 4 grants from UQ or ARC, including one UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowship ($343K), one UQECR ($21K), one ARC LP ($698K, 2nd CI), and one ARC LIEF ($370K, 6th CI). 

Featured projects Duration
New Electrode Materials for Rechargeable Batteries