Dr Dmitrii Rakov specialises in the experimental and computational electromaterials science: electrolytes, electrodes, interfaces, phenomenon of charge transfer

​Dr Dmitrii Rakov is an Early Career Researcher with expertise and extensive experience in the field of charge transfer phenomenon of energy storage devices, e.g., optimization of electrolyte/electrode materials and their interphases.  

Dr Dmitrii Rakov received his PhD degree in 2022 from Deakin University under the supervision of Professor Maria Forsyth.

He has international research experience from Russia (Ural Federal University), China (Harbin Institute of Technology), Australia (Deakin and Monash Universities, University of Western Australia, University of Queensland), and the United States (NASA Ames Research Center).

His collaborative network includes many world-known experts in the field of soft matter, nanomaterials, computational physics/chemistry, energy storage and conversion. His works on interfacial charge transfer are highly regarded internationally and published in the most reputable journals (Nature Materials, Energy and Environmental Science, Chemistry of Materials, ACS Materials Letters etc.)

In January 2022, he joined Professor Chengzhong Yu's group at the Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) as a postdoctoral research fellow.


​Dr Dmitrii Rakov works closely with the Graphene Manufacturing Group (GMG) Ltd. on the design of novel aluminium-ion batteries through the ARC Linkage project (LP190101279) "Enabling Next-generation Rechargeable Aluminium-ion Batteries"


Dr Dmitrii Rakov's collaboration network includes many well-known researchers in the filed of energy storage/conversion, soft-mater, metallurgy and computational chemistry/physics from Australia (Deakin University, Monash University, University of Western Australia, University of Queensland, Graphene Manufacturing Group Ltd.), Egypt (Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology), and United States (the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NASA Ames Research Center).


​2022, HPC grant from NCI Adapter scheme Q4 (ur31 project), Canberra, Australia 

2023, Funding source: National Computational Infrastructure, Canberra, Australia | HPC simulation grant from NCI Adapter scheme Q2 (ur31 project), Chief Investigator for “Proton dynamics and catalytic current in Al-ion containing soft matter”
Total value: 220 KSU

Awards and honours

2023, 243rd Electrochemical Society meeting in Boston (USA), Best presentation (A05 symposium on sodium and zinc batteries)

Key Publications

  1. Dmitrii A. Rakov, Ju Sun, Pavel V. Cherepanov, Khryslyn Arano, Patrick C. Howlett, Alexandr N. Simonov, Fangfang Chen, Maria Forsyth. Impact of the electrode conductivity on the electrolyte interfacial structuring and its implications to the Na0/+ electrochemical performance, Energy Environ. Sci., 2023, https://doi.org/10.1039/D3EE00864A
  2. Rakov Dmitrii A., Chen F, Ferdousi SA, Li H, Pathirana T, Simonov AN, Howlett PC, Atkin R, Forsyth M. Engineering high-energy-density sodium battery anodes for improved cycling with superconcentrated ionic-liquid electrolytes. Nature materials. 2020 May 4:1-6. 
  3. Urbi Pal, Dmitrii Rakov, Bingyu Lu, Baharak Sayahpour, Fangfang Chen, Binayak Roy, Douglas R. MacFarlane, Michel Armand, Patrick C. Howlett, Ying Shirley Meng, Maria Forsyth. Interphase control for high-performance lithium metal batteries using ether-aided ionic liquid electrolyte. Energy Environ. Sci., 2022, 15, 1907-1919, 10.1039/D1EE02929K 
  4. Dmitrii Rakov, Meisam Hasanpoor, Artem Baskin, John W. Lawson, Fangfang Chen, Pavel V. Cherepanov, Alexandr N. Simonov, Patrick C. Howlett, Maria Forsyth. Stable and Efficient Lithium Metal Anode Cycling Through Understanding the Effects of Electrolyte Composition and Electrode Preconditioning, Chemistry of Materials, 2022, 34, 1, 165–177, https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemmater.1c02981a
  5. Dmitrii Rakov, Ju Sun, Shammi A. Ferdousi, Patrick C. Howlett, Alexandr N. Simonov, Fangfang Chen, Maria Forsyth Polar Organic Cations at Electrified Metal with Superconcentrated Ionic Liquid Electrolyte and Implications for Sodium Metal Batteries ACS Materials Letters 2022, 4, 10, 1984–1990
  6. Dmitrii Rakov, Chunyu Sun, Ziang Lu, Siwei Li, Ping Xu. NiSe@Ni1-xFexSe2 core-shell nanostructures as a bifunctional water splitting electrocatalyst in alkaline media, Advanced Energy and Sustainability Research, 2021, 2100071, https://doi.org/10.1002/aesr.202100071 
Featured projects Duration
Nanomaterials for Energy Storage