Dr Kaneti specialises in the design and self-assembly of porous nanomaterials toward energy, sensing, and bio-related applications.

Dr Kaneti focuses on the design of novel nanoporous carbon and inorganic materials with controlled structural parameters (size, shape, and porosity) to optimize their functional performance toward energy storage and conversion, sensing, and bio-related applications. In particular, he is interested in the rational design and construction of metal-organic frameworks and mesoporous materials and has demonstrated the novel self-assembly of inorganic 1D nanomaterials into 2D sheet-like structures using template-assisted approaches for supercapacitor and fuel cell applications. Finally, he has conducted several theoretical studies using density functional theory (DFT) simulations to understand the adsorption of gas molecules on various crystal facets of metal oxides.

Dr Yusuf Valentino Kaneti received his PhD degree in 2014 from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. After that, he joined the Monash University as a part-time postdoctoral fellow with the Laboratory of Simulation and Modeling of Particulate Systems (SIMPAS). In December 2015, he was awarded the Endeavour Australia Fellowship and participated in a 4-month research exchange at the Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University (China) between February-July 2016 and worked on the development of anode materials for sodium-ion batteries using metal-organic framework-derived composites. In September 2016, he joined the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), specifically at the International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) as a Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellow. His JSPS research focuses on the fabrication of metal-organic frameworks and mesoporous materials for energy and environmental applications. In October 2018, Dr Kaneti was awarded the MANA Research Fellowship and worked at the Nanotubes group in NIMS with research projects focusing on the self-assembly of 1D nanomaterials into 2D nanostructures and vice versa for energy storage and conversion applications. Currently, he is working as an Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellow at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland. To date, Dr Kaneti has published more than 100 papers in international refereed journals with >5,000 citations (h-index of 32), including 11 ESI Highly Cited Paper as of February 2021. He also serves as an Editorial Board Member of Batteries and Gases (MDPI, Swiss). He also won some highly competitive Fellowships/awards, including JSPS Fellowship, Endeavour Australia Fellowship, NIMS-MANA Fellowship, and Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship.


Dr Kaneti has previously collaborated with several international companies. He has worked with NBC Meshtec Inc. (Japan) to develop mesoporous iron oxide catalysts for room-temperature carbon monoxide oxidation. He has also collaborated with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) to develop mesoporous alumina and alumina-titania composite adsorbents toward medical radioisotope production. Furthermore, he has work with Sensync Inc. (Indonesia) to develop metal oxide-based sensors using biomass precursors for the detection of toxic gases and to understand the underlying sensing mechanisms of these sensors toward such gases. Currently, Dr Kaneti is collaborating with AI Fluidics. Pty Ltd. (Australia) to develop point-of-care diagnostics device incorporating microfluidics and electrochemical biosensors for the detection of COVID-19 RNA.


Dr Kaneti has previously collaborated and published scientific papers with world-leading researchers at NIMS, Waseda University and Tokyo Metropolitan University (Japan), Bandung Institute of Technology (Indonesia), National Taiwan University (Taiwan), Kyung-Hee University and Korean Institute of Advanced Science and Technology (Korea), Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (India), Georgia Institute of Technology (USA), University of Lyon (France), East China Normal University, Tsinghua University and Nanjing University of Science and Technology (China), King Saud University (Saudi Arabia), etc.

Key Publications

Y. V. Kaneti, J. Tang, R. R. Salunkhe, X. C. Jiang, A. B. Yu, K. C. W. Wu, Y. Yamauchi. Nanoarchitectured Design of Porous Materials and Nanocomposites from Metal-Organic Frameworks. Advanced Materials29, 1604898 (2017). (ESI Highly Cited Paper in Materials Science)

R. R. Salunkhe, Y. V. Kaneti, Y. Yamauchi. Metal-Organic Framework-Derived Nanoporous Metal Oxides toward Supercapacitor Applications: Progress and Prospects, ACS Nano, 11, 5293-5308 (2017). (Equal first author; ESI Highly Cited Paper in Materials Science)

Y. V. Kaneti, S. Dutta, M. S. A. Hossain, M. J. A. Shiddiky, K. L. Tung, F. K. Shieh, C. K. Tsung, K. C. W. Wu, Y. Yamauchi. Strategies for Improving the Functionality of Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks: Tailoring Nanoarchitectures for Functional Applications, Advanced Materials, 29, 1700213 (2017). (ESI Highly Cited Paper in Materials Science)

N. L. W. SeptianiY. V. Kaneti, K. B. Fathoni, J. Wang, Y. Ide, B. Yuliarto, H. K. Dipojono, A. Nanjundan, D. Golberg, Y. Bando, Y. Yamauchi. Self-Assembly of Nickel Phosphate-Based Nanotubes into Two-Dimensional Crumpled Sheet-Like Architectures for High-Performance Asymmetric Supercapacitors, Nano Energy, 67, 104270 (2020). (Equal first author; ESI Highly Cited Paper in Materials Science)

W. Zhang, X. Jiang, X. Wang, Y. V. Kaneti, Y. Chen, J. Liu, J. S. Jiang, Y. Yamauchi, M. Hu. Spontaneous Weaving of Graphitic Carbon Networks Synthesized by Pyrolysis of ZIF-67 Crystals, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 56, 8435-8440 (2017). (ESI Highly Cited Paper in Chemistry)


I have been successful in attracting over AU$1.1M in total funding, including both as primary chief investigator (CI) and partner investigator (PI). This includes the following funding:

  • Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship, $15,000, Metal-Organic Framework-Derived Materials for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries, Department of Education and Training, Australia (2016) as 1st CI
  • Grants-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows, $80,000, From Metal-Organic Framework to Highly Nanoporous Composites for Superior Supercapacitor Electrodes, The Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS), Japan (2016-2018) as 1st CI
  • World Class Professor Program (No. 168.A4/D2/KP/2017), $327,121, Development of Natural Product-Based Metal-Organic Frameworks for the Improvement of Health and Environmental Conditions, Indonesian Ministry of Research, Culture and Education, Indonesia (2017) – Applied with Prof. Brian Yuliarto from Bandung Institute of Technology (Indonesia) as partner investigator (PI).
  • World Class Professor Program (No. 123.11/D2.3/KP/2018), $163,418, Development of Nanomaterials for Energy, Health and Environmental Applications, Indonesian Ministry of Research, Culture and Education, Indonesia (2018) – Applied with Prof. Brian Yuliarto from Bandung Institute of Technology (Indonesia) as partner investigator (PI).
  • Foundation for Australia-Japan Studies, $100,000, Catalytic membrane reactors for the production of renewable ammonia, Australia (2020-2021) as 4th CI
  • Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship, $600,000, Point-of-care diagnostic device incorporating microfluidic technology and electrochemical biosensing platform for COVID-19 detection, Queensland government, Australia (2021-2024)