Supercapacitors: Problems and opportunities

Dan Li

Department of Chemical Engineering, Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne

Abstract: On the basis of our recent research on graphene-based supercapacitors, this talk will present what we have learnt about supercapacitors and my personal comments on some problems that are practically and fundamentally important but often overlooked. I will particularly discuss the following points: (1) The role of specific surface area of porous materials for supercapacitors; (2) The performance metrics of supercapacitors from the viewpoints of systems engineering and ion kinetics; (3) Remaining fundamental challenges and future opportunities in the field of supercapacitors.

Biography: Professor Dan Li is a professor in materials science and engineering at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He received his PhD degree in Materials Physics and Chemistry from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in 1999. After several years as a Research Fellow at Nanjing University of Science and Technology, University of Washington, University of California Los Angles, and University of Wollongong, he joined Monash University as an associate professor in 2008 and was promoted to full professor in 2012. He was a foundation co-director of Monash Centre for Atomically Thin Materials (2015-2017). He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Melbourne in 2017. Prof. Li received the ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship in 2006, the Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Award (Engineering and Technology) in 2010, ARC Future Fellowship in 2011, Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research in 2012 and a Visiting Changjiang Chaired Professorship from the Ministry of Education, China in 2016. He has been named in the list of Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers in the category of Materials Science since 2014.